Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

" Noble Kaimanawa "

(Oils on Canvas) 12x16in

This painted was painted and auctioned to raise funds for HUHANZ Animal Sanctuary. HUHANZ do such an amazing job, including rehoming some of the Christchurch earthquake animals, temporarily provide shelter and rehome animals in need.

This painting of a Kaimanawa captive-bred horse, one of many destined for slaughter, saved by HUHANZ of Kapiti Coast, NZ. She has now been rehomed and named Heidi.

Kaimanawa horses are a population of feral horses in NZ that are descended from domestic horses, released in the 19th and 20th centuries. The herd grew to 2000+ but the NZ Govenment had a yearly cull to keep the herd numbers to around 500, until 1997, after much protest, they have now a yearly muster and adopt the horses out. There is finally recognition to protect this wild horse of NZ, acknowledging they have special qualities similar to the wild mustang and even the zebra! This Kaimanawa horse was captive-bred, the owner lost the lease of the land and threfore the 23 horses were destined for the meatworks, this is when HUHA intervened and bought them to their animal sanctuary for rehoming.

With thanks to Jo Moore, Pet Photographer, or her special photograph of Heidi, the Kaimanawa horse.

Kaimanawa horse painting donated to HUHANZ Charity, by Pet Portrait Artist Karen Neal

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