A lack of rain is taking its toll on a Hunter Valley brumby sanctuary, with wild horses from the Snowy Mountains struggling to acclimatise in parched conditions.
The local brumby association has nearly 30 brumbies, mainly from the Kosciuszko National Park, as well as from the state's north-west.
But its paddocks are bone dry, prompting carers to spend $3,000 a month hand-feeding the horses.
Hunter Valley Brumby Association president Kath Massey said the Snowy Mountain brumbies were particularly vulnerable.
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Article written by: Giselle Wakatama