Our Horses: Straight from the Wild.

On a cold and misty morning, 5 wild Kaimanawa stallions step into their new life.

We are very excited to announce that our long awaited journey just begun!

Every two years the Kaimanawa muster occurs, a round up of hundreds of wild horses from the Kaimanawa Ranges in order to conserve and maintain a delicate balance in the eco-system that these beautiful animals call home. (https://kaimanawaheritagehorses.org/kaimanawahorsesinbrief/)

Last weekend, 160 horses were mustered into yards via helicopter, sorted, and trucked to new homes all over the country. Only a day prior, they roamed freely through the ranges, completely unaware of how drastically their lives were about to change.

 

They have now begun a new journey, one filled with uncertainty, challenge, and hope, and we feel privileged to be a part of it. It is with deep respect, anticipation, excitement, and sadness that we await their arrival from the ranges, two wild horses who are inevitably about to change our lives as much as we are about to change theirs.

I’m nervous – both from excitement and uncertainty, jittery, unable to stand still and yet, I am not the one that has just had my life uprooted. Thus, I can only begin to imagine what they are feeling. They will need time and space to adjust to their new lives, and it is our responsibility to help them through this transition as gently as possible. We will have to earn their trust, a not-so-small feat considering what they have been through, and ask them to allow us into their lives.”

 

For those who are interested in following our journey, we will be thoroughly documenting everything, and sharing our experiences as we continue to learn and grow alongside our new equine companions.

Jess & Bijmin

They will need time and space to adjust to their new lives, and it is our responsibility to help them through this transition as gently as possible. We will have to earn their trust, a not-so-small feat considering what they have been through, and ask them to allow us into their lives.”

– Jess

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