Date: 07 May 2012
The annual Kaimanawa wild horse muster will take place at the end of May, to control numbers in the herd which lives primarily on the Waiouru Military Training Area.
The management plan for the horses’ aims to keep herd numbers in the management area to 300 to ensure the healthy condition of both the habitat and the horses, so this year the Department of Conservation plans to remove approximately 179 horses from the management areas through the muster.
Kaimanawa horses can be re-homed
The Department discusses its plans for the muster with the Kaimanawa Wild Horse Advisory Group (KWHAG). Membership represents RNZSPCA, Forest & Bird, NZ Veterinary Association, NZ Defence Force, KHH, KWHPS and DOC. The advisory group supports the Department’s plans.
The Department works closely with the two re-homing groups: Kaimanawa Heritage Horses (KHH) and Kaimanawa Wild Horse Preservation Society (KWHPS).
Elder Jenks from KHH says “Once handled, Kaimanawa wild horses have exceptional temperaments and are delightful ponies to interact with. They’re flourishing in pony clubs around New Zealand as great all-rounders and are highly sought-after as jumpers, eventers and games ponies”.
This year, a Kaimanawa horse, Watch Me Move, won the Pony of the Year Award in show jumping at the prestigious Horse of the Year show.
Anyone interested in obtaining a Kaimanawa wild horse can contact Simone from KHH email@example.com or phone +64 9 431 6111 or Pauline Kenney from KWHPS on +64 7 883 6708.
Time is running out so please contact one of these groups urgently. The horse muster currently takes place every two years.