Breed Released: July 22, 2008 Found On: Grass
Early in the 19th century, horses were introduced into New Zealand. By the end of the century there were many feral horses running over the North Island around the Kaimanawa Mountains. As the human population increased, the horses lost their range and their population decreased to under 200 horses left. In 1981 a protected area was established for them. Currently, annual roundups occur to help keep the population at 500. The main purpose of these roundups is to protect the habitat in which the horses live. Because of the harsh environment in the wild, the horse is known to be very sturdy and hardy. The Kaimanawa ranges from 12.2-15hh.