A retrospective from December 2009 – “A New Home for Kaimanawas” – Nelson!

Here is the first article we had about the Kaimanawa Hills Sanctuary in Nelson – December 2009 newsletter. Was it that long ago we shipped the first lot of horses to Jose? They are going from strength to strength.

A band of Kaimanawas at Kaimanawa Hills Sanctuary

On the 4th of September 2009, 20 Kaimanawa horses arrived in Nelson, to their new home in the South Island , where they could live in similar conditions to the land they come from. Nearly 30 ha and 5,000 meters of purpose built fencing on hill country were made available to them, so they could run free, live as wild horses but be observed and appreciated with a minimal interaction. Surrounded by a forestry development for the ETS or carbon credit scheme and a sustainable farm in conversion.

A specially designed handling facility has been built as the horses will be mustered once per year to wean off the foals at around 6 months. These will be handled and sold to make the initiative sustainable. The Kaimanawa Hills Sanctuary in Nelson is the result of the collaboration between Stonehurst Farm and KKB Carbon Forest Ltd.

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