The Australian Stock Horse, once called a Waler, is actually a riding horse. But throughout history, this horse has been used mainly for work rather than riding. It’s good for both purposes, and is quite a common breed.
The ideal Australian Stock Horse has an alert head, sloped shoulders, well-defined withers, and deep chest. Standing between 14.2 and 16 hands high (56-64 inches, 142-162 centimeters), the Australian Stock Horse powerful quarters and straight legs. Additionally, all colors are accepted in the Australian Stock Horse.
The Australian Stock Horse is a docile creature and very reliable, making it especially suitable for work and sports activities.
There was little difference between the Australian Stock Horse and the more popular "Waler" during the First World War. In fact, they were considered one and the same until 1971, when the Australian Stock Horse Society was formed and it became an official breed.
As its name implies, the Australian Stock Horse was developed or bred in Australia. It was popular as a work horse and was used mostly in farms and some other industries. With the mechanization of primary industries, however, the use for this horse breed lessened, and so people’s interest in them waned. It was only in the 1960s when the Australian Stock Horse became widely used for leisure riding that the breed was revived and its registry established.
Nowadays, the Australian Stock Horse dominates most jumping contests, and is a popular mount for riding and for sports.