From proported Waler Breeders Yarramalong Waler Stud
In thier heyday, opinions as to "what is a Waler" varied according to time and place, according to the purpose for which they were bred and the preferences of the breeder concerned.
Today, opinions as to "what was a Waler", and What is a Waler now", vary according to interpretation of historical evidence.
Our approach is to consider all available historical evidence, identify the horses which maintain those attributes common to their ancestors and which are in danger of being lost, preserve them in their offspring.
Horses purchased for military service, for example, varied according to availability and demand. The W.W.1 Artillery horse, Mounted Infantry horse, Cavalry Charger, were different types; and different again from those horses of the same catagory in the 1930s. Yet all had points in common which made them Walers; in conformation, breeding, abilities, temperament.
The term Waler was applied to horses bred in the Colony of New South Wales.
It was never limited in application to a Cavalry Charger type
The old blood and generations of hard living, deprivation and adaptation which was the Walers foundation cannot be copied or re-created today.
Yet we now have not one but to registrys trying to do exactly that.
I have a massive objection and so do many others to "Breeding" these horses, if you want to save a wild horse then go out and take one from the bush and save it.
Dont buy one that has been bred from these saved horses. How is this doing anything to save wild horses, all you have done is paid for more to be bred.
BUT, these guys I can give a little more respect to..
Emu Gully Stockhorse and Waler Stud - About Us
Heritage Stockhorse Walers
What is a Heritage Stockhorse? Firstly it is a horse that has proven heritage Australian breeding back to Australian born horses circa 1870 - 1930 (or earlier) - the same era as the Waler horses sent overseas as remounts for the Australian Light Horse. Secondly the horse must have NO Quarter Horse or any other modern breeds not in existence in Australia in the Waler era. Effectively this means a full pedigree of at least 50 years to rule out any Quarter Horse (first imported into Australia in 1954) as any unknowns may possibly be Quarter Horse.
The Heritage Stockhorse traces back to those horses that helped establish our country in the early days of Australia's colonisation - the explorers, the farmers, the stockmen moving cattle for thousands of miles - an era when horses were essential for work, transport and pleasure. While these heritage horses owe a lot to the Thoroughbred, they may also have pony, Arab or sometimes a little of the heavier breeds such as Suffolk Punch, Cleveland Bay etc and generally go back on the dam line to "station mares".
What is the connection between Heritage Stockhorses and Walers? A.T. Yarwood in his book Walers, Australian Horses Abroad, 1989, said "In essence, the Waler was an Australian horse abroad, working chiefly in the countries washed by the Indian Ocean, though also in the Middle East and Asia. Initially, it was a horse bred in New South Wales and imported to India for military, sporting or domestic purposes, and the term remained current there for nearly a century, applying soon to all Australian horses." (Yarwood page 16). However in the 1800?s and early 1900?s, the term Waler was not used for horses in Australia; instead here they were called "remounts" or stockhorses. Originally, being a Waler only meant the horse came from Australia, so there were many types of Walers, depending on what they were used for. Yarwood stated that, ?like the Man From Snowy River?s horse, a Waler was typically ?three parts thoroughbred at least?, with the origin of the fourth element depending on its intended field of service.? (Yarwood p.17). Of course there were some very heavy horses used as artillery horses, but Yarwood is describing the typical horse used by our mounted infantry in the Boer War and WWI - it is this "remount" type most of us immediately think of when the word Waler is mentioned. These horses that are an integral part of our proud ANZAC history, essentially were the original Australian stockhorse.
Today the term Waler refers to those horses that are descended from the same horses as those sent overseas as ?Walers?, with no new breeds introduced since that time - and clearly heritage stockhorses fit this criteria - hence our stud name, "Emu Gully Heritage Stockhorse Waler Stud".
Our horses are all registered Australian Stockhorses as we believe this society (ASHS) has preserved and recorded the Waler bloodlines from the past. There are still families living on properties that have been in the same family since the 1800?s, breeding the same type of horses as their great grandparents did, that have maintained detailed stud records, and many of our horses go back to such stations like Bloomfield, Scrumlo, Thornthwaite etc. While not all ASHS horses are "heritage" due to the inclusion of Quarter Horse bloodlines; because our horses have known pedigrees, we can determine exactly what bloodlines are, and more importantly are not, in our horses. With these detailed pedigrees, links to known remount sires such as Tester, Gibbergunyah, Saladin, Jack and Bruce can be traced (See our History page for more information on these horses).
The combination of the Anzac theme of Emu Gully's Adventure Education, together with the family?s involvement in the Australian Light Horse (a WWI military re-enactment group) and love for horses was the basis for deciding the best secondary use for the properties was the development of a Heritage Horse Waler stud.
The family is passionately committed to keeping our Anzac Heritage alive, and the Australian Heritage Stockhorse Waler fits perfectly into the picture.
Currently in August 2009, we have 46 horses including 16 brood mares, with plans to increase the number of brood mares over the next 5 years. (See our Stallion, Brood mare and Foal pages for photos of our horses).
Our horses are all "Stock Horse Walers" and are from carefully researched old bloodlines with full breeding records for at least the last 50 years and have proven links back to the horses that went to war. Our horses have very old Arabian, Welsh, Cleveland Bay, Suffolk Punch, pony and Thoroughbred bloodlines from early last century and have been sourced from the Eastern states ie the area that was called New South Wales before Victoria and Qld became states in their own right. (91% of all Walers exported between 1860 and 1931 were from the Eastern states - our bloodlines go back to these horses. Yarwood, 1989, "Walers: Australian Horses Abroad")
Note: Emu Gully Heritage Stockhorse Waler Stud is not affiliated with either the WHSA or WHOBAA as both these breed societies now only register "Outback Walers" (horses rescued from outback stations in WA, SA and NT and descendants of these horses), and neither group will now register domestically bred registered Australian Stock Horses. Therefore our horses and their progeny are no longer eligible for registration with either Waler group (5 mares and one stallion were registered with the WHSA before they changed their criteria).
(these guys have their heads screwed on right)
Which then goes to my final comment on Walers, if you want one buy a Stockhorse with the above bloodlines, from reputable people like these.
Dont think that when you buy a horse that has been rounded up of a station that you have bought a Waler.
A few examples don't prove the norm, the stats show that from every round up not all horses where re homed, some where even released back for future study.
HVB taking your brumby to all who will come and see to raise awareness for the Brumby plight only further adds to the romanticized argument that these horses should be saved just because you might be able to save one like yours.
But they are NOT all like yours are they?
They can not all be saved.
There already are far to many of them now, breeding unsustainably right now, doing long term damage to the bush right now.
This us why the Government is doing the responsible thing and culling out as many as they can right now. Not leaving it to be debated until we are blue in the face with it.
The honest truth is that no matter what your opinion is, what view, believe etc, the Government, land owners, etc, have to clear these horses, and it will be done as quickly, cheaply, and humanely as possible.