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Homes sought as NZ wild-horse muster approaches

May 9, 2007

Jay, a young Kaimanawa from a previous muster.
Picture: Isabel Park
The Kaimanawa Horse Breed Society has appealed for help in re-homing wild horses that will be taken from the North Island's volcanic plateau in a week.

A spokesperson for the society said just 30 homes had been found thus far through the organisation, with authorities intending to gather up to 150 horses in the planned May 15 muster.

The society is hoping that experienced horse people with the ability to take the animals will come forward.

They are asked to email their interest to

Two groups in New Zealand are involved in rehoming the equines. The Kaimanawa Wild Horse Welfare Trust has also been seeking people willing to adopt. The trust can be contacted at

Waikato horse advocate Michele Haultain, owner of Liberty Kaimanawas and a member of the trust committee, has handled many Kaimanawas at her Ngahinapouri property.

"The Kaimanawas coming out of this muster are true wild horses who have never been in contact with humans," she says. "In time they will do anything their owners ask of them, but in the early days they need sympathetic handling to ensure they make a successful transition to domestic life."



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