Strength. Stamina. Reliability. Versatility ....the cornerstones of the the Australian Stock Horse.
I think the Society sums up the definition of a ASH best so I will go ahead and quote them here:
The Australian Stock Horse is intelligent, with courage, toughness and stamina, and has a good temperament. The Australian Stock Horse is considered possibly the world's most versatile horse, the horse evolved through selective breeding in response to the demands of the environment.
The basic pre-requisites of a high performance horse are a quiet temperament, intelligence and athletic ability. These qualities are essential for a brilliant performance whatever the event."
- 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.
In Polo: Campdrafting:
And most importantly....as a stock horse:
*sigh* A girl can dream.....Shhhh! Dont tell DB!