BRUMBIES OR FERAL HORSES?

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BANJO Pat­ter­son’s The Man From Snowy River was pub­lished in 1895. It sum­marised the ex­ploits of sev­eral of the re­gion’s ex­pert cat­tle­men (most no­tably, Jack Riley) into one char­ac­ter and pre­sented it to the sub­ur­ban­ites of Syd­ney and Mel­bourne. The Man From Snowy River movie was re­leased in 1982 and fur­ther ce­mented the horse­men’s folk­lore into the Australian psy­che. It’s for th­ese rea­sons some peo­ple wrongly be­lieve horses are a nat­u­ral or en­ti­tled part of the High Coun­try land­scape. Chances are you’ll see some in Aus­tralia’s high coun­try, es­pe­cially in the ar­eas of Kosciuszko Na­tional Park be­tween the Brind­abel­las and Jind­abyne, where higher, flat­ter ter­rain suits the wild horses more than the steeper val­leys of Vic­to­ria.

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