The Kaimanawa muster horses in need of own­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MERE­ANA AUSTIN

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.

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