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Unknown; perhaps from James Brumby, early Australian farrier, who is said to have left horses at his abandoned property.



brumby ‎(plural brumbies)

  1. (Australia) A wild or feral horse.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, Chapter VIII, p. 125, [1]
      I'm too weak to ride. I'd have to ride, because for one thing the white-ants have eaten the wheels of my buckboard, and my one cart-horse has gone bush with the brumbies.
    • 1967, December 22, Life, page 69,
      He captures brumbies, the wild horses of the outback, running them down on motorcycles and shipping them to the city where they are butchered for pet food.
    • 1976, Tom Lee McKnight, Friendly Vermin: A Survey of Feral Livestock in Australia, page 17,
      If the latter situation prevails, brumbies can be developed into valuable stockhorses, either for use on the local property or for sale in other areas.
      Whatever the condition of a captured brumby, there is always the potential of selling it for pet food, fish bait, or even for human consumption.
    • 1988, Tom Cole, Hell West and Crooked,
      Harry Farquharson said there were two or three springs and that the horses were “bloody wild”. He said there were probably about 300 and they were good horses, a long way above the average brumby.

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