Wild beauties for Hill

Friday, 5th May, 2017

Cath Healy with the 4BP horses that have been gelded during the week. PICTURE: Supplied Cath Healy with the 4BP horses that have been gelded during the week. PICTURE: Supplied

By By Emily Roberts

An outback property set on saving Snowy Mountain horses from being culled will soon be setting up clinics to help provide the horses with a home.

Twelve months ago, Jarrod Hughes, from Belarabon Station, volunteered to house and train a number of brumbies from the Kosciuszko National Park.

It came after an announcement by NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman who said while wild horses would always be part of the cultural heritage of Kosciuszko National Park, current numbers were unsustainable and the horses were damaging the park’s fragile alpine and subalpine environment.

A plan was drafted to reduce the population in the park from 6,000 to 3,000 in the next five to 10 years.

To avoid this happening, Mr Hughes took on some brumbies to train and rehome.

“We have low stock numbers, high feed and water and we are on about 189,000 acres of land,” he said at the time.

“We have the land, water, feed and infrastructure to do this.

“We also have the knowledge to do it - so we might as well have a go.”

Now, after almost 12 months into the project, Mr Hughes is looking to hold clinics for people interested in the horses.

“We have horses that are already saddle broken and we can go over the basics as well as the training techniques,” he said.

“We have about 26 horses and could offer three clinics.

“We have horses that are at various stages of their training.”

Mr Hughes said the clinics would run for a week at a time and are $2,200 which includes the horse, halter and feed.

“We’re looking to start in about two or three weeks and we wanted to give Broken Hill the first crack.

“We aim to match trainers to the horses. There has been interest worldwide.

“If you are interested jump on our site and send us an email - let us know that you come from Broken Hill.”

Mr Hughes said Belarabon Station also held their first vet clinic which saw 16 horses gelded.

“We expect to see new wild horses by mid-June, anywhere from 100 to 170 horses.”

For more information, go to facebook.com/BelarabonStation