Why would you do that?
A video recorded at Assateague Island National Seashore has gone viral that shows a woman getting hit by a horse after she hits it with a shovel. The video uploaded by a Facebook page People of the Ocean City Boardwalk has been viewed 800,000 times and has got the park authorities alerted against the woman.
According to the Chesapeake Bay Magazine: "The Assateague Island National Seashore says law enforcement staff were notified about the video, as it violates the Wildlife Protection code prohibiting “the feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentional disturbing of wildlife nesting, breeding or other activities”–including those of horses."
They added: "The Maryland herd is a free-roaming population and have access to all areas of the island from the Ocean City Inlet to the Maryland/Virginia state line. The law (posted on signs at both Assateague State Park and Assateague Island National Seashore) require people to maintain a distance of 40 feet from the horses at all teams– even if horses come into an area where you are set up on the beach."
The woman clearly didn't get the memo. The National Park Service Chief of Interpretation and Education Liz Davis said: "Visitors must take personal responsibility for their actions and behaviors when visiting Assateague or any other natural area with wildlife present." Well, of course, they should!