Since 2002, almost 1000 horses have been rehomed from Kosciuszko National Park. Most recently, a total of 68 horses were rehomed from the spring 2019 control program.
These horses are removed from the park as wild and unhandled animals, unfamiliar with the human environment. To ensure that people are aware of what is involved in rehoming a wild horse and to support good animal welfare outcomes, we encourage people new to owning a wild horse to seek the help of experienced rehoming groups. Potential rehomers will need to ensure they have the necessary skills, facilities and resources to care for these wild animals.
Transport assistance for rehomers during COVID-19 movement restrictions
In recognition of the current temporary COVID-19 movement restrictions in some states, rehoming organisations and individuals from affected areas will not be permitted to collect horses from National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) for rehoming. Instead, only commercial livestock carriers will be able to collect horses for transport to their new home.
Acknowledging the hardship the transport requirements may impose on some rehoming organisations and individuals, and to help ensure the greatest number of horses are rehomed during the COVID-19 health restrictions, NPWS will pay the full cost of the first 400 kilometres of transport (one-way) by a commercial livestock carrier from NPWS to the rehomer's nominated property. NPWS is extending this offer to all rehomers throughout the east coast and South Australia while the border restrictions remain.
The following conditions will apply:
- NPWS' financial contribution to transport will only be available until the movement restrictions are revoked, such that rehoming organisations and individuals would again be permitted to travel to collect horses should they wish.
- NPWS reserves the right to change or stop the financial contribution at any time.
- The offer is valid for a maximum journey distance of 400 kilometres one-way. If the transport distance is greater than 400 kilometres, the rehoming organisation or individual will be required to pay the difference via their own arrangements with the transport company.
- NPWS may combine loads for transport if deemed to be financially beneficial and will not increase the transport duration of horses. The financial contribution arrangements in these cases will be made at the discretion of NPWS in consultation with the affected rehoming organisations or individuals.
- Due to purchasing arrangements and proven value for money, the rehoming organisation or individual must utilise one of the local transport businesses nominated by NPWS. If the rehoming organisation or individual elects to utilise their own transport company (or picks up horses themselves if located outside of Victoria), the financial contribution will not be paid.
- The financial assistance will only be made once per rehoming organisation or individual, and per property.