4BP Horses starts Snowy Mountains brumbies sales

FOR SALE: 4BP Horses' Kosi will be the first brumby to go under the hammer this week.
FOR SALE: 4BP Horses' Kosi will be the first brumby to go under the hammer this week. Contributed

THE first of the 4BP Horses' Mt Kosciuszko brumbies will go under the hammer this week.

Joe Hughes and his family currently have 18 wild Snowy Mountains horses in their training program on their New South Wales sheep station.

In June this year the Rural Weekly reported on Joe and his family's plan to save brumbies from slaughter by transporting captured horses from Mt Kosciuszko National Park to their property, Belarabon Station near Cobar, to be trained and sold.

The NSW Government's Draft Wild Horse Management Plan is tipped to result in 3000 horses being culled or removed from the Snowy Mountains within five to 10 years.

Their first fully-trained brumby, Kosi, has been listed on their newly launched website.

Joe said there were already some private offers made, but he declined them so the horse could be sold at auction online.

He describes Kosi as a gentle gelding, who prefers a steady pace.

"He is a sensational horse," he said.

"There is nothing nasty or spooky about him.

"Lauren said he is the smoothest horse she has ever ridden, he just glides through a trot to a canter like water over glass."

Lauren is only 17, but works alongside her dad breaking and training the horses.

The family currently have 23 stallions, which will all be gelded, and 10 mares on their property, with more brumbies to come.

A recent video of Lauren working with another wild horse, Clancy, a stylish chestnut stallion, was viewed by more than 100,000 people online.

"It just went off," he said.

The site is now reaching people all over the world.

"We have people in America, Iran, Iraq, parts of Russia - I don't think there is a country we haven't reached," Joe said.

4BP's social media presence is co-ordinated by Samantha Caplan, from Lead Mare Studios in Santiago.

"She noticed our video on the Ringers From the Top End Facebook page and reached out to us," he said.

"She is a horse person and wanted to help."

Taking on so many brumbies has been challenging at times, especially considering the family are still at the helm of running their 76,000ha sheep property, but very worthwhile.

"I will be working with a horse thinking, this animal is quite spectacular... then I think 'you would have ended up in a can somewhere. You would have ended up in a can of dog meat'.

"It's been refreshing to work with good, honest horses again."

A new horse will be offered for sale once a week on the website. If a horse is purchased for more than $4000 a half-day private clinic will be offered so the buyer can learn the 4BP methods.

Topics:  brumby

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