A PUBLIC RECORD

Walers are a uniquely Australian mix of the horses brought to the Colony to provide transport and facilitate communication, settlement and farming in our harsh environment. Walers were bred to suit local conditions so successfully that they were also exported all over the world up until the mid-twentieth century.

Despite efforts to save the breed, the old blood lines and types are fast disappearing. This public record is intended to help ensure that we do not lose them, providing opportunity for public assistance.

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Foundation Walers

DOES ANYONE KNOW?

38 horses are currently unmatched to an original source station. You can see them listed in our database here. Do you know which station any of these horses are from?

Central Australian landscape
Australian Waler Horse Database
Walers at farm in Victoria Australia

ALL FOR THE WALER

The Waler horse is something most will just read about in history books; or recognise from legendary feats such as the Charge at the Battle of Beersheba. They are however not a relic of history, and several groups have been working since the 1980s to secure their future, with remnant herds likely still existing in remote Australia.

Our database provides a place to record our foundation generation of Waler horses and their offspring, acknowledging their significant contribution to our history. To ensure our Walers are still here for future generations to know, we are collecting this information for owners, breeders and the generally interested.

Foal Indi with poppy sculpture
Camargue horses grazing near Sainte Marie de La Mer, France, backpackinglikeaboss.com

Conservation Grazing

The Walers

Conservation grazing is done very successfully in so many countries. It’s all about adequate management, with local people forming groups to do this.

Of basic significance is that wild horses/native horses and ponies graze totally differently to domestic equines.

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How you can help

The Waler Database is a work in progress. Our team has spent years collecting information. Now we need your help to improve the records. Please send in any Waler details you can recall.

Advice, corrections, photographs and stories are all welcome.

Without your contribution we will not be able to provide a comprehensive public record, and without one, our old-fashioned Walers will likely be lost to us all.

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‘Roy James the Pilot… photographed by Ray Bean... James is mounted on “Journal,” a well-known horse in the Welshpool district, which he has used in this droving job for the past eleven years.” Walkabout, 1st September, 1948.

Snake Island Droving

Enoch Waler

This has been a success story between Parks Victoria and local traditional use, for almost a century.

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Just Horsing Around

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Waler Data Base @ FaceBook
Waler Data Base @ FaceBook
Waler Data Base @ FaceBook