The Australian Brumby is a controversial subject for many. Unfortunately there are extremists in every area of argument and emotion can be a powerful motivator but too much can be a powder keg where there is no solution just destruction. While so many people become so damn determined to prove they are RIGHT and no one stops to listen there will be no satisfactory outcome for anyone. Everyone will lose in some way. As long as only 2 options are considered satisfactory, being 1.eradicate or 2. leave them where they are and let them be, there will never be suitable solution found where all parties can benefit. Now the Australian brumby has a proud history in that they are credited with being a major factor in our world war as the Light Horse Brigade for us winning the battles in the middle east and bringing that part of the war to an end. Another group of brumbies are stock horses raised on stations and then bred with Arabian horses to create a horse with the quick footed maneuvering for station work the trade mark of the stock and quarter horses and the stamina and endurance to perform the work needed by station owners to preserve their livelihoods, under very harsh conditions, and so that the animals they farmed could them be sold throughout Australia to feed the millions. There are in fact environmental reports showing how the brumby actually help preserve our native flora and are an important part of the ecosystem in which they live. These horses have had to overcome drought and disease and due to this what we have today is a horse that is extremely hardy and healthy as in the wild it is survival of the fittest. Okay so it doesn't seem possible for them to stay in the habitats that they currently live in with the numbers that are reported by some agencies but the solution is not to kill these very valuable Australian assets either. At this current time all over Australia there are both organisations and experienced private citizens who have placed themselves in a position to be able to assist the relevant government agencies in catching these regal animals and rehoming them so that they can be trained in disciplines celebrating their natural attributes which make them such a stunning horse. In the time that I have become interested in these horses I have had the pleasure of meeting people who have successfully caught, trained and rehomed brumbies and it came as quite a surprise to me that these wild horses could display such a natural affinity with those that were handling them and training them. I imagined, at first, horses that were caught in the bush and then brought back to properties and trying to escape their new holdings and being resistant to human contact in any way let alone training them in suitable disciplines. That was my ignorance through a lack of understanding of these horses which was born from a total lack of knowledge of what these horses were truly like and what they are capable of. Now after some time I have been able to watch brumbies be caught by organisations equipped to do so and then just a matter of days they are positively responding to human contact and training. The intelligence of these horses is abundantly apparent as they move through training sessions and accomplish their benchmarks with such precision and acceptance and display such even temperaments. The temperaments of these horses are anything but wild and the eagerness they display in pleasing their trainers and working with their trainers is a sight in itself not to mention the snuggles with their carers that they just adore. So I say this, we need to preserve these Heritage Horses and the strengths they have developed in mind, body and spirit. At this time the government and relevant agencies feel that the numbers need to be reduced as the land cannot be sustained with the brumbies in their current numbers and so to them the most cost effective way was to eradicate them altogether. The responsible solution would be to reduce current numbers with licensed capture by appropriate brumby associations and then to reduce the capabilities of the brumbies to breed in the wild by selective sterilisation of a portion of mares, fillies, colts and stallions. This could mean that the brumbies and the relevant farmers could live in harmony in the areas where the brumbies live. Now if for some reason there is no possible way to allow any brumbies to remain in the wild then again the solution is not to kill them. All the relevant agencies have to do is work in partnership with the associations and knowledgeable private citizens in catching the brumbies so they can be trained and rehomed to responsible carers which the relevant associations will ensure and do ensure. The Bottom Line to the argument is please don't kill as there is no need to kill! There are easily manageable solutions within grasp so please grab hold and support the lives of Australia's Heritage Horses. Lets work together so we can all be happy!!!!