Homes still sought for 150 Kaimanawa wild horses to avoid mass cull

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As the yearly muster of Kaimanawa wild horses draws near, a home is yet to be found for about 150 of them.

Kaimanawa horses being mustered in 2016.

Photo: Supplied / Kimber Brown

This year, a total of 206 horses need to be removed from the Kaimanawa Ranges in the central North Island.

Those that cannot be rehomed will be culled.

Last year’s muster had to be cancelled because of Covid, so the herd has increased well beyond the level recommended by an advisory group.

Kaimanawa Wild Horse Preservation Society chair Sharyn Boness is calling for anyone interested to apply.

She said taking on a wild horse is not easy but support and information packs will be provided to help them prepare.

“Once they contact us we’re sending out the information pack which is all about the horses coming in, what you need to go through, the facilities that you need, previous handling, all about the transportation, about the heavy worm burden.”

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The muster is scheduled for late next month.


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