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Brumbies are free-roamingrnferal horses in Australia. Although they are found in many areas around therncountry, the best-known Brumbies are found in the Australian Alps region.rnBrumbies have been seen in the Man from Snowy River movies and the opening ofrnthe 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Brumbies are therndescendants of the horses that were transported on ships from England withrnconvicts and first settlers. The initial horses included "Capers"rnfrom South Africa, Timor Ponies from Indonesia, British pony and draught horsernbreeds, and a significant number of Thoroughbreds and Arabians. Many of thosernearly horses escaped or were left to run free. Over time the developed intorntheir own breed, much like America Mustang horses.

The name ‘Brumby’ isrngenerally thought to have originated from an early settler, James Brumby.rnHorses owned by him were left to free range and readily adapted to the harshrnclimate of the Australian bush. As there were vast areas of unfenced land thernhorses roamed freely and breeding was intermixed.

Brumbies were used asrnwar-horses in the First and Second World Wars and the Boer War in South Africa.rnThey also were mounts used in the gold rush days and as police horses.

Today Brumbies live in manyrnplaces, including some National Parks. Occasionally they are mustered andrndomesticated for use as campdrafters, working stock horses on farms orrnstations, but also as trail horses, show horses, Pony Club mounts, and pleasurernhorses.

Brumbies are the subject of some controversy. Somernenvironmentalists and government officials believe that they are a diseasedrnpest and a threat to native ecosystems. However others feel that they should bernvalued as part of Australia's heritage, and rehome Brumbies who have beenrncaptured.

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