The Kaimanawa muster horses in need of owners
More than 200 horses are to be captured in the Department of Conservations (DOC) Kaimanawa horse muster.
Kaimanawa Heritage Horses (KHH) who are a charitable society run by volunteers and are dedicated to the welfare of Kaimanawa horses, need people who can provide good homes for the horses.
In 2012, KHH was able to find homes for 119 of the 191 mustered horses.
Unfortunately the remaining 72 horses, many of which were suitable for re-homing were sent to slaughter.
Waikato area representative for KHH, Christine Wilson, 29, adopted her first Kaimanawa horse back in 2006.
‘‘Porscha turned out to be the best jumper. I sold her on and now she’s doing the show hunting circuit,’’ Wilson said.
Wilson now owns Odin who was a foal in the 2012 muster.
‘‘They [KHH] didn’t want to give him to just anyone because he was very upset, so I ended up with him,’’ she said.
It took a month for Odin to settle in, be tied up and go on the horse float voluntarily.
‘‘Now he’s the most cruisey horse ever. I use him to babysit other horses.
‘‘He’s just the friendly horse who can fit in with anyone. He’s super easy,’’ Wilson said.
Wilson first heard about Kaimanawa Heritage Horses (KHH) when she was a little girl and applied for a horse at the Fieldays.
‘‘They [KHH] called up and my parents found out and said no,’’ she laughed.
An ideal owner for a Kaimanawa horse is someone with some horse experience that has the time and resources.
Wilson said taking something that had had no human contact and turning it into a great horse is an amazing challenge.
‘‘It’s saving horses and giving them a second chance said.
When the mustered horses have been placed in suitable homes they have proven to be great all round riding ponies.
Many have also become talented competition horses with successes in Show Hunter, Saddle Hunter, Pony Grand Prix Jumping and Eventing.
When Odin is old enough he will be broken in (trained).
Wilson will be involved with this year’s muster.
Applications to take wild Kaimanawa horses from this year’s muster close April 30.
Another way to support KHH’s ongoing work and to allow the temporary homing of additional horses until permanent homes can be found is through taxdeductible donations.
Visit kaimanawaheritagehorses.org for more information.