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The Australian Brumby, a National Treasure

January 2013 by Anne Wilson on behalf of the Australian Brumby Alliance

Australia’s heritage horse

In Australia’s early years, a man’s best friend was not his dog, but rather his (or her) horse.

The early pioneers were reliant upon their horses for farming, transport and industry. To perform these tasks, horses needed to be versatile, to have strength and endurance, and be able to survive Australia’s climate and nutrient-poor grass.

Consequently, the settlers interbred horses from available stock which, in the early years, was limited to Cape and Barb horses, Thoroughbreds and Arabians.