The Australian Heritage Brumby
From our Man from Snowy River legacy to the opening of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games the horse is synonymous with the outdoors Australian lifestyle and none more so, than the Heritage Brumby Horse.
The Australian Heritage Brumby is a unique equine and epitomizes the spirit of freedom, roaming through rugged bush land and the harsh outback areas of Australia where they are free to run wild and survive in extreme conditions. The largest numbers range freely throughout the Northern Territory, Queensland and northern Western Australia as these States contain the most undeveloped and least populated areas of Australia.
Contrary to the perceived belief that the Heritage Brumby is a diseased, inbred animal not worthy of preservation, they are, in fact, exactly the opposite. Free ranging horses in the wild look after themselves very well. DNA testing of horses from Guy Fawkes, NSW has shown less inbreeding, (less than 5%) than is found in the modern thoroughbred industry. Horses from the Northern Tablelands for example, are mostly Galloways, they have strong bone, sound conformation, their feet are excellent and they are highly intelligent, thinking animals with well developed perception, sight, scent and hearing.
THE PRINCIPLE AIMS OF SAVE THE BRUMBIES Inc. are:
To see humane, controlled management and the abolition of shooting of wild horses in national parks and public lands Australia wide.
To maintain the unique genetics of the brumby for future generations.
To ensure no captured horses be consigned to sale yards or abattoirs.
To establish permanent wild horse sanctuaries as a fitting memorial to those Guy Fawkes horses that were slaughtered so cruelly. This will forever be a black mark in Australian history.
Where possible to run adoption programs so that the public can home one or more of these horses.
To see legislative changes, in line with other nations who value their wild horses, (in the US the Mustang has been protected for over thirty years) as the only viable, long term solution; thus giving the Australian Brumby protection into the future.
THE HORSES HAVE HELPED TO BUILD THIS NATION, THEY HAVE FOUGHT FOR US AND GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN WAR, THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO LIVE IN CONTROLLED AREAS OF OUR PUBLIC LAND, PLEASE GIVE THE BRUMBIES YOUR SUPPORT.
Link: Save the Brumbies, Inc