04-26-2013, 10:50 PM
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Here is a little history on the name Brumby and how Brumbies came to live wild in Victoria and New South Wales.
The Brumbies that we see in Victoria and NSW today are thought to have originated from some horses left behind when Sergeant James Brumby was transferred from Botany Bay to Van Diemens land in 1806. The horses
proved impossible to catch (in the days before every property was fenced) and became known as Brumby’s horses – eventually shortened to Brumbies.
During World War I, many of the remounts sent over for the Australian Light Horse troops came from the Snowy Mountains region. After the war, with increasing industrialisation, the remaining horses were valueless. The gates were left open and they were allowed to ‘join the wild bush horses’...
Brumbies in South Eastern Australia tend to mature between 13.2 and 15hh. Colours range from the standard blacks, bays, chestnuts to
roans, paints and occasionally even buckskin and palominos.
Many unwanted horses today are still being released into the wild, this changing the breed characteristics with each new Stallion. In one part of NSW a Standardbred Stallion was released and stole several mares from local Brumby bands. The last round up saw the Standandbred influence in many young horses. Over the years the Brumby is made up of many many different breeds.
An interesting fact is that DNA testing in NSW has shown that the Brumbies in the Guy Fawkes Park are less than 5% inbred, in
comparison with Thoroughbreds, who are around 20% inbred!
I love Brumby's they are a hardy breed with not too many health issues, OP do not listen to negativity - A good horse is of no colour or breed..