Luke Carlon grew up taking tourists on horse trips along the Cox's river, a place his family has ridden since the 1820's. Everyone came to ride along this pristine valley for up to a week including the rich and famous. All that ended nearly 20 years when the river was declared a wilderness area, the business closed and Luke's father died. After a long history of difficult relations between the National Parks and the Carlons, a thoughtful National Parks Ranger Chris Banffy has a problem he thinks Luke might be able to solve. A wiley mob of brumbies (wild horses) inhabit the Burragorang valley, a water catchment area sealed off to the general public for over fifty years. Classed as feral pests, National Parks head office needs Chris to remove the animals from Sydney's water supply without any of the outcry that has marred some previous control operations using shooters in helicopters. Unlike any other horse relocation program in Australia the only access to the trap-yards is either by ...Written by
"The Man from Coxs River" is a great documentary about the recovery of feral horses, escaped pit ponies from the Blue Mountains National Park. It features some scenes from Charles Chauvel's, "Sons of Matthew". The correlation: what to do about the horses. This film should appeal to bushwalkers, conservationists and horse people alike. The documentary has the feel of being in the bush, sitting round the campfire, experiencing the danger of being close to wild horses, being with bushmen who are able to deal with these horses and the National Parks rangers. There is a great deal of empathy shown for the plight of the horses and their wild nature. These are horses that have never been near people and are quite desperate to escape.
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