Kaimanawa Heritage Horses is dedicated to the care and protection of Kaimanawa horses in both the wild and domestic environments.
Every year the population of wild Kaimanawa horses is reduced to 300 by aerial mustering. We search for suitable homes for these horses, preventing all that we can from being sent to slaughter. We also support the people who have bought the horses, and the horses themselves, through our welfare team and area representatives.
Since the musters began in the 1990s we have rehomed hundreds of Kaimanawa horses. In 2012 we helped save 119 of the 191 horses that were mustered, and since 2014 every horse suitable to rehome has been saved. We organise an annual show where people can show their amazing Kaimanawas; publish a magazine; organise trips to see the wild horses; and promote the Kaimanawa horses as great all-round riding ponies.
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Annually the population of wild Kaimanawa horses is reduced to 300 by aerial mustering. We search for suitable homes for these horses, preventing all that we can from being sent to slaughter. We also support the people who have bought the horses, and the horses themselves, through our welfare team and area representatives.
110 horses are to be removed from the mid April 2020 muster.
As most of the country has been in drought, plus so many Kaimanawas already in captivity, this year it is a real struggle to find homes for these horses and we need your help more than ever!
KHH has come up with a few ways to save as many as possible this year.
We are running another Stallion Challenge Training Initiative. Stallions must go to experienced people so we are offering top trainers, who we trust, $1500 per stallion they take on. This covers the purchase price, transport to their place, castration of the stallion, and some feed, farrier and vet costs.
- For every $1500 we get donated, we will be able to place another stallion with a suitable trainer.
We will put an album with all the trainers and links to their pages on Facebook and our website so that their progress can be followed.
- For every $2500 we raise, we shall place a pregnant older mare with an approved, experienced trainer. This money donated will go towards handling, care and foaling costs to get the mare and her foal to a standard where they are well handled to then be placed into permanant homes. These mare's will have to stay with their trainer for at least a year while they safely raise their foals.
- Help get horses into suitable homes in the South Island.
Horses going to the south island must have basic handling in the North Island first due to health and safety issues concerning traveling of wild horses. This makes it super expensive for people in the South Island wanting to take on a wild kaimanawa. On top of paying for handling, they also need to pay approximately $600 per horse to travel them
With each donation that is made to KHH, we will subsidise transport for each of these horses by $200 to help make it more affordable.
Your help is much appreciated to help us achieve our goal to place every horse mustered into the best homes possible to give them the best start to domestic life! Thank you!