At River Valley Stables we are fortunate enough to have several Kaimanawa (wild) New Zealand horses.
What is a Kaimanawa Horse?
The Kaimanawa wild (feral) horses are found grazing in small family bands within the boundary of the New Zealand Defence Force Army Training Area at Waiouru on the central North Island of New Zealand. Wild horses were first reported in this area in 1876, some 62 years after the first horses were brought into New Zealand by the Reverend Samuel Marsden in 1814.
While Kaimanawa Horses now have a certain “look” to them, they are in fact the product of numerous liberations on top of the original base feral population. Included in these liberations have been the descendents of Welsh and Exmoor ponies, sheep station hacks, at least one Arab stallion, a Clydesdale Stallion, mounts for cavalry units and who knows what else.
The herd is now recognised as deserving a heritage classification, both because of its uniqueness and its historical story.
Read more about the Kaimanawa horses here.