Kaimanawas anyone?

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    08-07-2012, 08:00 AM
Kaimanawas anyone?

Such a beautiful breed - Originate from New Zealand.
Can't believe its not an option on the 'breeds' section of "your horse"

This is what a kaimanawa looks like to those who havent seen one -

Excuse the big lump in the saddle ;)

Has anybody else heard of this breed/have a pony of this breed?:)
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    08-07-2012, 08:07 AM
Never heard of it. How many are in existence, and how long has the breed been around?

Cute horse. If someone had posted a pic and asked what it was, I'd have said an Arabian cross of some sort.
    08-07-2012, 08:15 AM
They were discovered in 1876 I believe. I think at the moment there are around 300 or so in the herds. Unfortunately they round a large amount of them up every few years and few get sold, most of them go on a one way trip. Which I find absurd. They claim it is to "save the unique plants" and so on. But they're also living on a large area where the army train, I think that's the underlying reason they get rounded up.

They are beautiful really, yeah It does look like she has a bit of Arab in there! In that photo. She was originally wild, round up and (thankgoodness) sold.
    08-07-2012, 08:45 AM
Wow! Never heard of one. Love to learn a bit more though!
    08-07-2012, 11:07 PM
Wow a New Zealand Mustang.
There is a lot of Arab in that mare. TB possibly too. Shalom
    08-07-2012, 11:10 PM
Theres actually no arab or tb at all in that mare. She was mustered and was originally wild - 100 percent kaimanawa :) Might just be the angle? Here's another anyway -

That photo's been edited obviously though :)
    08-07-2012, 11:59 PM
Most modern riding horses have been influenced by the Arab.
If horses are not native to New Zealand then they had to be descended from horse that were imported from elsewhere.
If that stock came from England or Australia then there is a very good chance Arabs and TBs were the foundation stock. Shalom
    08-08-2012, 12:02 AM
Interesting! Learn more every day ;)
Thanks for that :)
    08-08-2012, 12:15 AM
They can be as much of a destructive pest as the wild goat population can be - it is a good thing that they are regularly rounded up to maintain numbers. Cousins of mine are closely involved through the D.O.C.

The area they live in is not large enough to support un-monitored numbers and it is ridiculous to say otherwise, yes its sad that they end up in a can but realistically they are a feral problem - they're not native - are an introduced pest much like the possum. The department of conservation and the kaimanawa horse advisory trust do manage to find homes for alot of them but due to the unusual geologic and climate of the area they live in there are many threatened unique plants that grow only there and that are being destroyed by the horses. Those plants are threatened species and native only to New Zealand , the kaimanawa is not - its destroying them and as such they are externally managed to preserve the landscape which is something of a national treasure interms of its importance.

Dbarabians, you're right in that there is likely arab and god only knows what else in there - they're the result of imported animals being let loose way back when and breeding feral, much like alot of the american mustangs are. NZ has no native horses - so to say that it is 100% kaimanawa and not influenced by anything else is untrue :).
    08-08-2012, 12:20 AM
Also - there is no natural predator here that would otherwise help keep numbers down , about the most aggressive thing living out there with them is probably a pukeko which isnt exactly a threat! (chickens have more sense than them for those of you unfamiliar with a pukeko), since they have started externally managing them the overall conditions of the herds now are much better than when they first started - animals are healthier as a whole which is a good thing.


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