Breed Standards

 

“I KEEP TELLING PEOPLE THIS IS THE MOST TRAINABLE HORSE I HAVE EVER RIDDEN. ESPECIALLY ON CATTLE. I ENVY OTHER TRAINERS IF THIS IS THE CALIBRE OF HORSE THEY GET TO WORK WITH ALL OF THE TIME.”
—Bill Willowby, April 2008 Horse Master (films include The Man from Snowy River and Mcleods Daughters)

 

BREED STANDARDS

Australian Stock Horses have been bred for trainability, courage, toughness and stamina. The following Standard of Excellence is based on the original ASHS description of ‘The Australian Stock Horse’ from 1971.

    • Head alert and intelligent with broad forehead, full, well-set eyes, wide nostrils. A fine, clean gullet, allowing plenty of breathing room. 
    • A good length of rein, well set into the shoulder. 
    • Sloping shoulder, not too heavily muscled, a well-defined wither slightly higher than the croup. 
    • Deep chest, not too wide in proportion, but showing plenty of heart room. 
    • Ribs well sprung and back strong and of medium length in proportion. 
    • In forelegs, forearms well developed, cannon bones slightly flat, pasterns short and slightly sloping. 
    • Hindquarters strong, rounded and well muscled, nicely sloping to give a full line from croup to hock. Hocks broad, flat and clean, the cannon relatively short with well-defined tendons. The hind legs well under when standing. 
    • The Hooves hard and in proportion to the size of the horse, with a wide heel and feet straight. 
    • The whole of these component parts to be in balance according to the size.
    • Preferred heights between 14 and 16 hands.