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


In 1986 Reg Wilson purchased 17 foals on Mt Riddock station as all horses were being eradicated including the dams of those foals (one pictured here). We know that most of those foals went to Arnhem Land and some to the Darwin area. Do you have details or photos of any of these foals?

Bay mare photographed on Mt Riddock station, 1986
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Walers at farm in Victoria Australia


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
Cavalry fighting in the Russo Japanese war 1904-1905

Russo-Japanese War 1904-05

Enoch Waler

Over 1903 to 1905 (the war was 1904-5) Japan bought a minimum of 100,000 horses from us – I’ve researched the numbers – probably a lot more.

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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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Young Waler Indi looking across the plains

On connecting with land and Waler

Susan McNab

Photographer and little Waler Indi connect amidst whispering volcanic plains of Western Victoria.

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