Standard of Excellence
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.
An artist's impression of the Australian Stock Horse Standard of Excellence is pictured below. (Artist: Deidre Hunt)