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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2013, 12:21:58 PM »
Worth more than a bullet: saving the brumby  ABC Rural  By Lisa Herbert 22.10.2013

  Teaching an old horse new tricks height=467  Photo: Horseman Philip Snell uses his trusty stockhorse to help train and calm 8 year old Byami. The brumby was captured in Guy Fawkes River National Park in October 2012. (Lisa Herbert)     
    Brumbies given another chance height=227  Photo: 8 year old Byami (right) and his daughter Sera. Both brumbies were caught in Guy Fawkes River National Park in October 2012 and are now being trained at the New England Brumby Sanctuary. (Lisa Herbert) 

Culling animals often creates controversy, not least when it involves the iconic Australian brumby.

Now, in NSW, a program run by volunteers has found an alternative to culling. They are trapping and re-housing the wild horses.

It's part of an ongoing pest management plan in the Guy Fawkes River National Park in northern NSW.

The park was the scene of a controversial aerial cull of 600 horses in 2000.

These days up to 80 horses are trapped each year and given months of handling and training before being put up for adoption.

One of the organisations that works with those horses is the New England Brumby Sanctuary.

Founder Jan Carter says the brumbies should be given a second chance.

"They deserve more than a bullet. They're very good horses. There is a lot of propaganda about them, accusing them of being wild, diseased, weedy little beasts that aren't worth anything. 

"Any animal in large numbers will cause a certain amount of environmental damage but, as far as the horses are concerned, they're often accused of things they don't do. A lot of the damage they're accused of is
caused by wild pigs.

"If we can bring out a certain number of horses from the park each year and re-home them, they excel for pony club, general riding and we've even got them in the show ring.

"Anything you want to do with a horse, a brumby will do it better."

Horseman Phil Snell has been working with several horses caught in the national park last October, including an eight-year-old chestnut gelding.

"When he was trapped he was a stallion. He was the boss of about 12 mares. He was gelded in February, I started handling him in June and he's on the way to being broken in.

"The transition must have been hard; from running around in thousands of hectares, being caught, and now he's in a yard and we're putting gear on him and can ride him, and even crack a whip on him."

Mr Snell says the brumbies that are captured in Guy Fawkes National Park are tough and wise.

"Just look at their heritage and how they survive. That area isn't the plains: it's tough conditions.

"Just looking at these horses, they're sure-footed and pretty lively.

"Breaking these horses comes down to a lot of time, kindness and perseverance."
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