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Brumby information booklet produced

November 6, 2010

An information booklet on what is needed to rehome an Australian wild horse has been produced by the Australian Brumby Alliance.

Armani, a wild horse rehomed by the Victorian Brumby Association, undergoes training for a career under saddle.
It is aimed at those who might consider taking on a wild horse, to reduce the number going to the knackery.

The Victorian Brumby Association highlighted the booklet in noting a recent New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) press statement seeking more people able to take wild horses removed from National Park.

The Victorian group said that, in the past 12 months, it had taken in and rehomed 45 of the Kosciuszko Brumbies.

"There are many more who went to the knackery as there was simply not enough places in programmes with the skills to train them to become the great horses that we know they can all be," president Colleen O'Brien said.

The booklet, she said, did not cover every eventuality, "but it gives you a good idea of where to start!"

It is available here.

Kosciuszko park authorities currently trap and remove an average of 300-350 horses each year.

However, it says it will have to increase the number removed to more than 500 horses a year following the results of recent aerial surveys of the wild horse population.

Park spokesman Steve Horsley said more people needed to come forward to provide homes to reduce the number of horses sent to abattoirs.

"The survey conducted last year estimated there were 4200 horses in Kosciuszko National Park and the population is growing at an estimated 20 per cent annually.

"We would very much prefer to see them find useful productive second lives on someone's property. There are many examples to demonstrate that if the brumbies are managed by experienced horse handlers they can make good riding mounts which have a variety of skills."



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