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Heritage horses feeling the effects of drought

HORSING AROUND: The Guy Fawkes Heritage Horses Association needs to offload stock due to the continuing dry conditions.
HORSING AROUND: The Guy Fawkes Heritage Horses Association needs to offload stock due to the continuing dry conditions. Ellen Keidge-Still Free Photography

THE drought is proving problematic for members of the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association, which is ever-mindful of the welfare of the brumbies in the park.

Pasture levels are deteriorating rapidly in and out of the Guy Fawkes National Park and, with the trapping program in full swing, a lot of feed is needed for an ever-growing number of horses being brought in from the wild.

The push is now on to find homes for a large number of horses, ranging from weanlings and colts, ready to start under saddle, through to breeding mares with foals at foot.

An open day is being held on Sunday, March 2, at 1378 Guyra Rd, Ebor, to see if any of the horses can be found new homes.

Erica Jessup said the open day was not just about selling horses, it would also raise public awareness of the plight of the brumbies running wild in the national park, where they are considered feral pests.

"We, on the other hand, consider them to be attractive, versatile, curious and friendly horses that are willing to try anything you put at them and become your lifelong friends at the same time," Erica said.

"We are fully self-funded and run entirely by volunteers, because we think they deserve the option."

For more information on the open day call Helen and Digby Foster on 6775 9149, Erica Jessup on 0428 575 342 or email guyfawkesheritagehorse@hotmail.com.

Topics:  drought horses livestock