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Re: Was Sandy the Only Horse That Returned Home?

From: Rob THomas
Date: 4/18/2001
Time: 7:16:06 AM
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OFFICIALLY Sandy was the only horse returned to Australia after WWI I have not seen the book mentioned earlier and there is not a copy of it at the AWM as far as i can ascertain. However it may be possible to check through quarantine and customs archives to confirm the story.

It is most unlikely that there were offspring from any horses returned. Sandy was a gelding so scratch that one immediately.

He also was not a brumby. he was a thoroughbred. The percentage of horses exported for use as walers which had been brumbies was very minute. The majority of horses were purchased off private breeders. One of the bigger suppliers was Kidman.

According to a letter from Sir Harry Chauvel, in 1916 only 6% of horses in Australia had been judged suitable for military use.

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