Image and text courtesy of Ebony Finck from her series ‘Brumby’.
“The sun has disappeared over the Mount Kosciuszko mountain range. I spot a nearby mob and silently ask their permission to approach. I explain that they are in a catchment zone, that they will likely be killed if they cant be rehomed, and that I would like to tell their story in photographs. A muscular, beautiful 15-hands mare allows me to come closer and lowers her head.
For 150 years the wild Brumby has called the Australian landscape home. First introduced by the European settler, the Brumby has been made famous by writers such as Elyne Mitchell and Banjo Paterson, warranting an important place in our national cultural heritage.
Their management is a highly contentious issue generating emotionally charged debate from both conservationists and activists, as the Brumby is both an introduced species and a national icon. The lack of public support is no surprise given the confusion regarding population numbers and the paucity of rigorous research. Both governments have committed to trapping the Brumbies before they are to be rehomed or to humanely kill them. Volunteer organisations across Australia are working to take on as many brumbies as possible as their temperaments and versatility are ideal as domestic mounts”.
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