As part of what we do, we work with DOC, SPCA, owners and the community to support the welfare of domestic Kaimanawa horses. We guarantee to look after every horse that comes out of the ranges into domestic life so this often means we have horses in our care.
When a horse comes into our care, they are assessed by our welfare team and sent to the most appropriate foster carer depending on their needs. Our high needs cases are given immediate vet attention and their every need taken care of it until they are in a fit state for further assessment.
Their second assessment by the welfare team is to assess if they are likely to be suitable for re-homing, or if they are likely to become full-time residents at KHH facilities. Some older horses, and those with specialist ongoing care requirements, remain with us for the rest of their lives. For those that are deemed suitable to rehome, they will receive the training they require, have their feet and teeth done, and the colts or stallions will be gelded before they are ready to go off to their new homes.
To support the horses that are in our care, we run a sponsorship program that enables people to help a great cause and be included in their chosen horses’ journey through updates and photos.
Through donations from our members and the community, we can often save more horses from the muster than we have homes for at the time. These horses, once handled, are also then available for sale. All proceeds go to supporting our work and enabling us to continue to assist other kaimanawa horses.
If you are interested in applying for a horse please contact the WELFARE TEAM for assistance.
Current KHH Horses available
With such an incredible response to our muster fundraising, we were able to place 15 horses with our registered handlers who will be available to approved homes once their handling has been completed.
Kaimanawa Heritage Horses will require references and any sale is subject to a home check.
Click here to email us about what horses might be available.
Current KHH Horses available for Sponsorship
These two beautiful Kaimanawa mares recently came into our care needing a lot of help and care.
Sadly their owner had rehomed them to an unsuitable home who starved them. We were very sad to be alerted to this situation and jumped in to help asap.
Please if you are wishing to rehome your Kaimanawa, contact us and we are more than happy to do home and reference checks anywhere in NZ. Meanwhile these two lovely girls need your help.
KHH Pearl – Pearl is a huge young Kaimanawa who came out of this years muster. Sadly she was onsold to an unsuitable home who starved her. Pearl also has an old injury (possibly born like it or injured as a baby) which makes her unsuitable to be ridden. Our plan for Pearl is to get the weight and muscle back on her and earn her trust to be handled and then assess her to see if she could be rehomed as a paddock companion. We would love a sponsor for Pearl, she deserves lots of love, kindness and patience to get back to full health.
KHH Hilda – Hilda is a pretty old mare who came out of this year’s muster. Sadly she aborted her foal and unfortunately was then onsold to an unsuitable home who starved her. We have taken Hilda into our care where she is now receiving all the love and care she needs. Hilda will be under our care for some time and we would love a sponsor for her.
KHH Max came out of the 2018 muster and sadly his first home did not work out as his owners struggled to handle him. He is a very old battle-scarred stallion and hasn’t coped too well coming into domestic life. Max will remain under KHH care where he can receive gentle handling in his own time and where we know he will remain safe, well and happy.
KHH Halo came out of the 2016 muster and sadly was never handled and instead just run on the hills with a stallion to breed foals. Then her owner wanted her gone, so KHH stepped in to take her into our care. Halo had a foal at foot (KHH Jilly) and has just foaled another filly (KHH Beatrice)
We are pleased we can now stop her breeding more and once she has weaned her current foal we can get her handled. She is just a tiny mare and age is unknown. We expect Halo to be under our care for some time.
KHH Polly was part of a large group of Kaimanawa x Stationbred’s who were left to run wild and starve in a forest. Polly is approx. 6yrs old and 15hh. Polly has an old leg injury with a large scar but this has improved with getting the correct nutrition and getting the weight back on her. We hope in time once she is handled we can find her the perfect home.
KHH Dolly – Another girl from the large group of horses left to run wild and starve in a forest.
KHH Mia came out of the 2019 muster and was in foal. Her owner struggled to handle her and gave up on her so she came into KHH care. Her foal KHH Sparkle has now been rehomed and Mia will start her handling soon. Mia is approx. 14hh, very pretty and really starting to trust people.
KHH Molly came out of the 1997 muster as a youngster and was with the same family her whole life until they sold up their land and moved into town and could no longer care for Molly. Molly is now in her 20’s and will live out her days under KHH care.
KHH Tenna is another one of our old boys, in his mid twenties now and only around 12hh, Tenna came out of one of the first musters and has been used as a teaser on a stud farm for many years. Once his old owner sold up his land we were asked to take him on. Tenna is a rig and therefore will need to remain in KHH care where he can live out his days with the other old boys.
KHH Bob is in his early 30’s now and has remained a stallion his whole life since coming out of one of the very first musters. Bob lived alone in a paddock next to the railway tracks for most of his life with all the local kids coming and riding him. At around 13hh he is rather a little character. As it is not safe to geld him at this late age, Bob will remain in KHH care for the rest of his days where he can live with our other old boys.
KHH Sundance came into KHH care after running wild for many years and then his owner no longer able to care for him. Sundance is from the 2010 muster and KHH paid for him to go straight to a professional trainer where he was handled, gelded, feet and teeth done.
Although he tolerated all this process, being an old boy, he has found it hard to adjust to being handled and we don’t feel we can rehome him, therefore he will remain under KHH care where he gets all he needs and is well cared for. Sundance is a beautiful black boy, approx. 14.1hh and around 20yrs old. He adores his carrots!
Current KHH Horses available for Sale
KHH Beatrice is a 11month old filly, she is a Kaimanawa x Stationbred and a lovely big chunky girl. Expected to mature approx. 15hh. Beatrice is very easy going and easy to catch, lead, tie up and have feet done. Ready to find that special home.
Sale agreement applies. $1000
For more info please contact
Michele – welfare@
KHH Louie – Louie is now a year old (Born November 6th 2020) His Mum is KHH Dolly. Louie is a Kaimanawa x stationbred and we expect him to mature 15hh. He is a very fine build and moves beautifully. He’s a very sensitive wee boy so the right home will be a must for him. He has been gelded and handled and is now available to his forever home.
LACEY is approx 5yrs old and is approx 13.2hh home measured. Lacey was mustered infoal in 2021.
Lacey has had professional natural horsemanship handling and has really bonded to her owner so will need an experienced home to go to, someone who understands Kaimanawas. Sadly due to her owners ill health, Lacey is looking for a special home.
$500 Home check and references required.
For more info please contact Michele – email@example.com
RAINE is a filly yearling born on 23rd September 2021. Raine is halter and lead trained, can be brushed all over and will be taught to float load before leaving. Raine loves being brushed and fussed over and always wants to know what you are doing, following you around. A delightful young filly who is looking for a loving family.
$500 Home and reference checks required.
For more info please contact – Michele – welfare@
KHH Bo Jangles – Mr Bo Jangles is a 7 year old gelding. He came out of the 2018 muster but has only recently begun his handling. He has a lovely nature once he gets to know you and has been taught to halter, lead, tie up, have feet done and load onto a float. He would make a wonderful family addition and we would love to find him the perfect home to continue his education.
A sale agreement applies. $1000
For more info please contact Michele – welfare@
Kaimanawa horses advertised on behalf
Please contact us if you have a kaimanawa horse for sale and would like to include it on this page.
Arobridge Horses For Sale
Arobridge Elsie-Mae. Kaimanawa mare From muster June 2018. -rising 5 years. 15.2hh (home measured).
Pretty light bay. White socks, solid good doer, a leg in each corner, this girl is solid.
Has been used in equine-assisted therapy sessions for the past 2 years… Natural Horsemanship methods. Started slowly, Great ground manners. Good for farrier, drench, groom etc. ready to be started under saddle.
Elsie-Mae is an absolute joy to handle and in training- she is not only willing to learn, she is also a teacher. Elsie-Mae has immense potential, a great project for a keen teen. Elsie will excel in any discipline.
Chestnut Kaimanawa Gelding 14hh ( home measured) 13 years. off muster 2010. Oscar is one of our therapists at AROBRIDGE.
Great for farrier, float, dentist, groom, drench
When you win his respect and trust Oscar will give you the world. He is a valued member of the therapy team. Biggest feedback – He touched their souls and filled their hearts.- a real lovebug. He is super handsome and just loves the camera.
Is ridden. Quietly hacks out. Used in all Hoofcamps – Full set of tack at extra cost.
Phone Kathy Marx – number above
Arobridge Sargeant (Sarg)
From 2007 muster – 13 years 13hh ( Home measured). Dark choclate bay. White socks. Impeccable ground manners, a little pocket rocket, super safe, bundle of mischievous fun…. this guy exudes energy.
Sarg has participated in all of out programs at Arobridge- a wonderful therapist with people and in the herd. Suits a best friend or paddock mate only.
Contact Kathy Marx – number above
Marama is a 5-year-old 14hh kaimanawa pony.
I have had her for the past year and a half as a project and have fallen in love with her kind loving nature and her lovely personality. She has had some jump training and is very brave and honest, has extensively trekked over our neighbour’s 1000-acre property. She is very brave and if/when she finds something scary, she will want to explore what it is before reacting. She has gone to pony club a few times and has not minded being in a group with other ponies running around her, but she is still green in this area. She has gone to 2 training days which she handled very well. She is very nice to handle on the ground, not pushy at all. She LOVES attention and being scratched! She has had limited flat work schooling but she wouldn’t take long to pick it up as she is a very quick learner who always wants to please. She is still young and green so needs a confident rider especially when it comes to jumping.
Asking price 5,500
Can come with all gear for additional price.
horses we have helped
Rossi has now been sold to a wonderful new home and will be moving to be with her new family soon.
Have fun miss Rossi. We are glad we could assist you along in your journey to finding new adventures.
KHH Shanti has been sadly been returned to KHH care several times. She is finally with a brilliant trainer and doing really well. Shanti will remain under our care for the rest of her days but if the perfect home for her comes along we shall look at a long term lease for her.
Shanti is now in a new home.
KHH Bess came into our care after her owner no longer wanted her, she was sent to a trainer for handling and unfortunately injured her leg. We currently have her under our care to heal and to earn her trust again. Once she is ready, we will be looking for the right home for Bess. Bess is approx. 9yrs old and 14.2hh.
Bess now has a home with her foster carers who came to love her too much.
KHH Jilly – Jilly is one year old and her Mum is KHH Halo. Jilly is a Kaimanawa x Stationbred. She is very pretty with an easy going nature and is very well handled. She is going to be a very solid big girl. Jilly is now ready to find her perfect home and we think she will fit in anywhere and will excel at anything she is asked to do. We expect her to mature 15hh+