Rehoming requirements for wild horses removed from Kosciuszko National Park

These guidelines specify the minimum requirements for the possession of wild horses removed from Kosciuszko National Park.

Rehoming requirements

  1. The applicant is responsible for providing adequate transport of the animals from the location specified by National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to their new home. NPWS reserves the right to inspect trailers, crates and trucks before transport and refuse loading if NPWS staff believe the trailer does not ensure the safe transport of the animals. Basic transport requirements are:
  2. The applicant must provide adequate food, water, shelter, care and a safe, appropriate facility for containing the animals. Minimum facility requirements are:
    1. Yarding (suggested on arrival)
      • 1.8 metre high fences for an animal two years of age or older
      • 1.5 metre high fences for a yearling
      • fences constructed from metal or wood posts and rails
      • minimum space of 20 m2 per animal
      • well-drained surface
      • ability to see other horses.
    2. Paddocking (suggested once animals are accustomed to their surrounds and fences).
      • housed with at least one other horse (domestic horses may help with the transition)
      • fencing consisting of post and rail, conventional stock barrier, electric, or a combination (can be 1.2 to 1.5 metres in height)
      • as large a paddock as possible.
  3. Where possible, animals will be selected to meet the applicant's specified preferences. Where this is not possible, and wherever practicable, selected animals will be diverse in sex, colour and size. An applicant is to take possession and ownership of all animals designated for them.
  4. The applicant agrees to maintain regular contact with NPWS during trapping operations and provide transport for animals from the location specified by NPWS to their new home within 48 hours of being notified. Animals can be collected early morning or late afternoon Monday-Sunday by prior appointment only.
  5. Transfer of the animals to the applicant is final on pick-up. On loading to the applicant's transport, the applicant becomes solely responsible for the animal's care, welfare and all associated costs and liability.
  6. The animals cannot be used for rodeos or disposed at or to a public sale yard or auction; or provided to third parties who intend to dispose of animals via these avenues, within 3 months of being rehomed.
  7. The animals must not be returned to publicly managed lands. Penalties apply for releasing animals onto NPWS land and offenders will be prosecuted.
  8. The applicant acknowledges that NPWS staff or its representatives may conduct compliance inspections of the location where the animals are to be kept.
  9. The applicant acknowledges that the animals are wild and unhandled and as such have received no training, farriery, dental treatment, first aid or preventative health care, such as vaccinations and deworming.
  10. NPWS reserves the right to refuse an application for rehoming if an applicant does not meet the criteria specified by NPWS.
  11. A Property Identification Code (PIC number) must be supplied for the location where the animals are to be kept.
  12. An application must be made for a minimum of 5 animals. Applications for 4 animals or less should be made directly to wild horse rehoming groups and individuals.
  13. An application for more than 25 animals may require additional verification by NPWS or its authorised representatives relating to standard of care and compliance checks.
  14. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have no convictions related to the inhumane treatment of animals.
  15. After three months of receipt of animals, applicants are to notify NPWS of the fate of the animals received. Fates will be recorded by NPWS for program monitoring purposes.

To apply

Applicants must complete and return the Application to Rehome Wild Horses form (DOCX 68KB).