Brumbies face some unique welfare issues, mostly related to attempts to decrease population numbers in the wild. Useful links and information about brumby issues and the organisations that work hard on their behalf will continue to be added to this page, so please check back again.
Once removed from the wild, given training and TLC, they can turn a hoof to anything a domestically bred horse can do. Read more in our post: What can you do with a brumby?
Latest News and Links:
- “The Wild Horse Management Plan for Kosciuszko National Park is currently being reviewed and your input will help shape the next plan. ” – Go to the website to join the conversation
- Trial of fertility control in mares at Save the Brumbies’ New England Brumby Sanctuary in NSW – ABC news report “Fertility trial to stop brumbies horsing around“
- Australian Brumby Challenge final was held Feb 2014 – View website and Facebook page.
- Barmah brumbies – Members of the public are invited to participate in an online survey titled “Barmah National Park Wild Horse Social and Heritage Values” – view more information on the Parks Victoria website or go straight to the survey here.
- Victorian Alps Wild Horse Management Plan in development, including public consultation. More information on the Parks Victoria website.
- Western Australian Kimberley: Cull of thousands of horses at Lake Gregory. Photos of injured and deceased horses have raised serious concerns. Read more here.
- “Worth more than a bullet: Saving the brumby” about brumbies from Guy Fawkes.
- Victorian Alps: Debate over brumby management has fired up recently as some conservation groups call for brumbies to be culled. You can listen to a half hour podcast from Radio National’s Bush Telegraph on this issue. Download audio file at top of page at this link, and read story about it at this link. (May 2013)
- Cull of Waler horses at Tempe Downs Station, NT – Petition against the cull on Change.org. Some of the news coverage: “CLC chairman defends red centre horse cull“, “Huge aerial cull in inland Australia begins“, “Images of suffering ‘show need to shoot horses'” *warning* distressing images at this link and “Horse cull spurs calls to preserve heritage breed“.
- Equitana Waler Legacy – 6 wild Walers caught by passive trapping, given 12 months training in different disciplines appeared at Equitana Sydney 2013. Find out more on their website.
- Petition to the Australian Government to “Ban Aerial Culling of Australian Brumbies in all Australian States” on Change.org
- Western Australia ~ “RSPCA wants alternative to brumby cull in Kimberley”
- Victoria ~ “Barmah Brumby Battle” and “Park Funds Returned to Canberra”
Organisations and Businesses promoting and/or rehoming brumbies:
Waler Horse Society of Australia Inc Website and Facebook page. (What is the difference between a brumby & a Waler? “WHSA Foundation Walers are often selected from free roaming outback herds that are believed not to contain any breed influences that were not present prior to WWII” – Quote from Equitana Waler Legacy website)
North Queensland Horse Services are involved with brumbies in the North of the state – Facebook group
New South Wales
“Bonrook” – a property that has been set up with a brumby sanctuary, and runs a business offering country stay holidays. [Broken Link – if anyone has information on whether this is still operating as a sanctuary please let us know, thank you]
2012 Brumby trapping:
NSW NPWS used passive trapping in Kosciuszko National Park in 2012 and removed 615 brumbies, 35% of them found homes in the community and the remainder went to knackeries. Listen to a radio interview about the program on the ABC’s website here. Hoofs2012 and the Hunter Valley Brumby Association were among those who took in horses.