Post by .:Phantom:. on Dec 28, 2010 11:13:03 GMT 8
Name: Australian Brumby
Colours: All colors
Basic History: Horses first arrived in Australia with the first fleet of British and Irish settlers. They were imported mostly for work. Horses were contained in the Sydney region of Australia when settlers crossed the Blue Mountains to expand. Some of the horses they brought probably escaped from faulty fences, but most of them became feral because they were released into the wild. They were released when settlers abandoned their settlements most of the time. After World War I, the need for horses in defense declined because of mechanization. Many were set free because they were unwanted. Throughout the 20th century, machinery replaced the horses even more and it led to the increase of feral horses, later named Brumbies.
Habitat: Most of these horses have lived in the wild all their lives, and they could live in deserts easily, as that is what much of Australia is.
Quick Facts: Currently, about 400,000 wild horses roam Australia. Their numbers increase 20% a year during non drought times.