Wild Konik horses have been brought to England to help manage vegetation growth in a nature reserve in Kent. Wildwood Nature Reserve is 40 acres of woodland and home to over 200 native animals.
The horses, originally from Poland display a range of characteristics of the primitive Tarpan horses, however, DNA evidence does not show a close relationship. Koniks were previously established Holland as part of the Rewilding Europe program and some of these were brought to England by the Wildwood Trust.
A grim part of the Konik horse story is their exploitation by the Nazi regime who sought to “re-breed” the extinct Tarpan from the Konic stock during WW2. Konics were stolen from Poland and brought to Germany for this purpose and many had an inhumane end.
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