Kaimanawa Horses

Here in New Zealand, our most well known wild horses are the Kaimanawa horses, that originally descended from Exmoor ponies imported from England between 1858 - 1875.

Major George Carlyon, who imported these ponies, crossed them with the local horses to produce a more stronger and hardier breed, which was then called the Carlyon.

Apparently, many of these cross breeds either escaped, or were released into the wild in the early 1870's, to eventually find their way into the Kaimanawa Ranges, where they have become well established in the North Island’s Central Plateau.

The Department of Conservation currently holds an annual muster of Kaimanawa horses to maintain their numbers at a manageable level, and captured horses are made available for adoption by the public.