Visitors to the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge often stop to admire the majestic and powerful Chincoteague Pony stallion known as Miracle Man. But this island favorite wasn't always a dominant herd sire. Here's the story of the orphaned foal found near death on Assateague Island, and Cynthia, the little girl whose faith and dedication helped him survive after her father rescues him from Black Duck Marsh. Cynthia's determination to save the tiny pinto colt begins the moment he is brought to their island farm. She spends every day in the barn, giving him his medicines, bathing his injuries, and wrapping his leg. She takes him on long walks along the bay and ruffles his spiky mane, and each time there is a setback Cynthia aches for the foal. But, no matter what they do, the colt's leg will not heal. Finally, the vet suggests they throw away all the medicine and let nature take its course. Cynthia is afraid. How will the little colt survive? All ages.
Lois Szymanski is the author of 26 books, including many about Chincoteague Ponies. She has researched Chincoteague Ponies for over 29 years. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband, Dan, their Sheltie, Ryley, and a cat named K.C.