When many people think of Kaimanawa horses, the brain conjures up breathtaking images of bands of colourful, fairytale-like horses flitting across the tussock – here one minute and gone the next, never to be seen again. And whilst that is an accurate description, it can be rather a jump for some people to consolidate the picture of these majestic beings with their desire for a quiet, reliable horse or pony for themselves or their child. Yet the true magic of the breed is that they are just that. The harsh and variable conditions on the Ranges mean that Kaimanawa horses must be extremely adaptable simply to survive. One might say that adaptability is literally bred into them. It is this adaptability that means that Kaimanawas are perfect for a range of disciplines and activities. You will find Kaimanawas competing highly successfully in a variety of disciplines such as Show jumping, Eventing, Games, Driving and Endurance. Kaimanawas are highly intelligent, and once they know you can be relied upon, they are a loyal family member for life.
I have never regretted welcoming kaimanawa horses in to my world. They are loyal, honest and affectionate horses with so much to give. They have been some of the best kids ponies I have worked with over the years and the breed will always be special to me.
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