How to train a brumby

BRENDAN Antone has handled and re-educated horses for the best part of 40 years, he has even broken in a group one winner but now he is tasked with turning a wild horse into a friendly and versatile one.

BRENDAN Antone has handled and re-educated horses for the best part of 40 years, he has even broken in a group one winner but now he is tasked with turning a wild horse into a friendly and versatile one.

Mr Antone is one of 20 equine trainers picked to take part in the Australian Brumby Challenge which pairs wild brumbies with professional and amateur trainers.

In June Mr Antone picked up Yani, the horse he will gently and saddle train for 150 days before being showcased at Equitana in Melbourne come November and then sold off at the end of the four day event.

Nearly 60 days into the challenge Mr Antone says Yani had so far shown him as much as he had shown her.

“They’re amazing animals, they may be wild but they’re so different to a domestic horse in so many ways,” he said.

“Yani is very wild but when I say that it’s because some things you expect her to be cautious of she’s not and other things you don’t think she will be worried about she is.

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