Wild Ponies On-site
Refuge Inn founder Don Leonard had a passion for ponies. He bought his first horse when he was 12,
and they were a constant presence in his life from that point forward. He often said that the ponies were the reason for his success in life. His sons maintain his herd now, and they keep a few of their authentic Chincoteague ponies here at the Refuge Inn for our guests to enjoy. The ponies are friendly, but wild–they love attention, but they really love fed corn and sweet feed. They’ll come right over to the feed boxes to greet you. Just be sure to put the treats in the boxes provided.
Currently in the pasture at the Refuge are Mooney, Luna and Martha. Mooney is a bay with a crescent on her forehead. Her mama Sandy Pony lived at the Refuge Inn for most of her 36 years, and was famous for her gentleness and resilience. Luna looks just like her mama Mooney, but with a white drip down her nose, rather than a moon. Martha, a cream and white pinto, is named after Don’s wife– her sweet disposition reminds everyone of Mrs. Martha Leonard, a fixture at the Refuge Inn for nearly 30 years.
Come visit the herd! The ponies say, “Bring Treats!”