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The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - COLUMN -

Kolovos had to choose be­tween train­ing a wild brumby and train­ing a do­mes­ti­cated horse, the an­swer is easy.

“I’d def­i­nitely pre­fer to train a brumby,” says the 27-year-old, who runs GC Nat­u­ral Horse­man­ship.

“Most do­mes­ti­cated horses take up to 10 weeks to train and a brumby from wild to will­ing takes up to 150 days. But the brumby is eas­ier in that they are a blank slate, with­out any bad habits.

“Once a brumby trusts you, they are happy to try any­thing, whereas a reg­u­lar horse can get pushy or dis­re­spect­ful be­cause they’ve learnt bad habits.

“We train a lot of ex-race­horses and they can have so many is­sues. It’s hard to get them re­laxed.”

Ge­or­gia is cur­rently ded­i­cat­ing 150 days to the Aus­tralian Brumby Chal­lenge, one of 20 train­ers trans­form­ing an un­tamed brumby to com­pete in four days at Equi­tana 2018.

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