Manawatu Times, Volume XL, Issue 13073, 19 April 1915, Page 4

Over 10,000 horses were sent from New Zealand to fight overseas. 97% of the horses survived the trip at sea. The horses served in many locations throughout the war years- principally German Samoa, at Gallipolli, in the Middle East and on the Western Front. More than half were ridden by mounted troops and officers. Nearly 4000 were draught, heavy draught or packhorses used for artillery and transport purposes.

Only four horses returned to New Zealand after the war – a shortage of shipping and strict enforcement of quarantine regulations made it extremely difficult to transport the horses home again, though it is clear from the accounts that many soldiers desperately wished to do so.

Horses that survived the war itself were sold or put-down.

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