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Since 2012, Amanda and her two sisters have tamed over 50 wild horses from around the world. Starting first with horses in their own back yard, the Wilson Sisters began their wild horse journey saving eleven Kaimanawa horses from slaughter following the 2012, New Zealand wild horse muster. One of those saved, was an 17 year old stallion they named Major Hibbs, who was successfully started under saddle 40 days out of the wild by older sister Vicki who recently won the back-to-back World Championship of Colt Starting in 2018. This set a precedent that older horses could be tamed.
In 2014, the Wilson Sisters wild horse journey was televised in a top rated television series ‘Keeping up with the Kaimanawa,’ showcasing their work with twelve horses they saved from the 2014 New Zealand wild horse muster. In 2015, they travelled to America and rehomed eleven wild Mustangs from the BLM yards, before road tripping 5000km across the Wild West, on a trip of a life time. In 2016, they ventured to Australia to work with the wild Brumbies which features in middle sister, Kelly’s, fourth Wild Horse autobiography ‘Saving the Snowy Brumbies,’ based on the Wilson Sisters adventures.
In 2018, the sisters rehomed 17 wild horses from the New Zealand Kaimanawa muster. Of these, thirteen are being trained on behalf of owners or being guided by middle sister Kelly, in a Kaimanawa workshop, a program designed to help people begin the Kaimanawa taming process. To keep up to date on the Wilson Sisters wild horse adventures and more, check out My Facebook Page and www.wilsonsisters.nz.
Amanda credits much of her current training methods to the wild horses, claiming them to be some of her finest teachers and her toughest critics and she cannot wait to work with more wild horses in the future. “Training a wild horse demands patience, respect and understanding. You can’t shortcut your way to success with these horses. I am forever a student of the horse and am extremely grateful for what I have learnt from these animals.”