Celebrating a century of wild horses

Tireless archival research by Manni Goldbeck and Wild Horse researcher Telané Greyling has found evidence supporting the origin of the wild horses dating back to the turbulent times of World War I, a hundred years ago.

The bombing of the Union base by retreating Germans in 1915, together with the well-bred horses from the Kubub stud formed the core of the herd.

At the time the only permanent source of water in the area was the water point for the steam strains at Garub, and that is where they have make their home.

Much in the news at present as the horses are challenged by drought – not for the first time - a decision has been taken to supplement feeding in the form of mineral lick. More beneficial in the circumstance than indiscriminately feeding grass or lucerne, the specially prepared lick contains a fair amount of

salt meaning horses are only able to eat a small quantity at a time.

During the 1997 drought when fodder was put out indiscriminately the stronger horses took control of the resource and mares and foals were injured in the ensuing scuffles.

Freed from domestication and the horrors of war in which so many died, they have returned to their instinctual ways, surviving conditions that no domestic horse could endure.

Donor response has been heart-warmingly overwhelming. To all those in whom the spirit of all things wild and free is alive and well, thank you.

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