Australian Stock Horse

Australian Stock Horse photo
Photograph by Cgoodwin. License: Public Domain.

Australian Stock Horse photo
Photograph by Aushorse. Some rights reserved.


This horse that is the native of Australia is bred keeping in mind the harsh Australian conditions. This breed evolved after cross breeding various other breeds that were imported from continents like Europe, Asia and Africa.

The Australian Stock Horse has a finely chiseled and expressive head that has a wide forehead. It has large, beautiful eyes. The head rests on a long neck which is slightly arched. This horse does not have a bulky look but it is muscular. The withers of this breed are clearly set. The ribs of the horse are well sprung and it has a deep chest. The back is wide and strong. The hindquarters carry a lot of power and the well-conformed hooves are hard.

The height of this horse ranges between 14 -16.2 hands. These animals are sure footed creatures. They are calm in nature and very responsive. They are well known for their agility and stamina. Intelligence, endurance and courage are other traits of this breed. If you are looking for a good combination of reliability and versatility, then, this is the horse for you.

14 - 16.2 hands

The Australian Stock Horse can have any solid coat colors.

Suitable for
Due to its versatility this animal is used a wide number of areas. In the bygone years, these animals were used as war horses and to carry heavy loads on their backs. The stronger ones were also used for breeding purposes.

In the modern era, these horses are used for stock work in cattle stations. They are also used for a number of competitions like show jumping, enduring riding, camp drafting and dressage. They are also used as polo horses. The Australian Stock Horse has also been used for certain movies, the most famous being “The Man from Snowy River”.

In 1788, the first fleet arrived at Botany Bay along with nine horses. The history of the Australian Stock Horse can be traced back to these nine imports. The imports included Thoroughbreds, Welsh Mountain Pony, Timor Pony, Arabian horses and Cape of Good Hope horse which was the result of cross breeding the Barbs and the Spanish horse.

These horses were cross bred extensively in order to produce a horse that had good strength and stamina. In the middle of the 20th century, the American Quarter horses too were used to improve the quality of the breed.

In June 1971, the Australian Stock Horse Society began to take shape in order to recognize these animals as a distinct breed. This society currently has 170,000 registered horses.