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 and offer our support to the people who take the horses, and the horses themselves, through our welfare team and area representatives.
Since the musters began in the 1990s we have rehomed thousands 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.
Annually the population of wild Kaimanawa horses is reduced to 300 by aerial mustering. We search for suitable homes for these horses, rehoming as many as possible.
Muster 2024 1 March 2024
The Department of Conservation has completed its annual aerial survey and the official Kaimanawa herd count is 530. In keeping with the Kaimanawa Wild Horse Advisory Group (KWHAG) management plan, that puts the target removal number at 230. This large number of horses is not unexpected due to the cancellation of the 2023 muster due to the cyclone damage.
We must now find as many homes as possible by reaching out on social media and completing potential home checks. The list of approved homes is matched to horses at the muster yards in the Ranges and the horses are then either trucked to temporary yards for a night or delivered directly to their new owners.
KHH works hard throughout the year with selling our merchandise, supporting our generous sponsors, reaching out to our many members and promoting the work we do to ensure that as many horses as possible have a safe and knowledgeable home to go to. We also have a very active welfare team that responds to any concerns about care of the Kaimanawas once rehomed and we provide on going financial support to cover costs of horses that are in our care. All funds raised will go directly towards muster and welfare costs. KHH is run by a group of very dedicated volunteers.