10 Nov 2010

Australian Horses

Australian Stock Horse

Intro

Perhaps made most famous by one scene in The Man from Snowy River in which an Australian Stock Horse and his rider plunge down the side of a mountain. These horses are quick, tough and strong and owe some of that to their brumby blood.
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Origins

Developed over time from the original Australian horse breed the Whaler, the Australian stock horse’s original bloodlines came from the South African Cape and arrived on the Australian continent in 1788.
Heavy Thoroughbred influence with traces of Percheron and Quarter Horse blood give this stock horse versatility and strength.

Features

Average height 15-6.2 hands
Hardy and true

Physique

Alert head
Deep girth
Strong back

Traditional Colors

Solid colors

Temperament

Reliable
Versatile
Hardworking
me and ranni

Use

Hearding
Cavalry
Showing

Helpful Links

Where to Buy

Australian Stock Horse Studs

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Australian Pony

Australian Pony

Intro

History dates back to the early 19th century when the first settlers arrived and brought horses and ponies with them to work the land. By the early 20th century the crossbreeding of the imported horses had created many solid pony types.
Australian Pony

Origins

Main initial contributors to the Australian Pony are English Thoroughbred, Hackneys, Welsh Mountain and Cob type, Arabian, Timor, Hungarian and Exmoor ponies.
In 1931 the Australian Pony Stud Book Society was formed to establish and document a standard of type. The stud book contains the records of many different pony breeds and the Australian pony section encompassed the British mountain and Moorland pony breeds along with stock bred in Australia.

Features

Average height 11 – 14 hands
Action is smooth and free

Physique

Head should be alert with a flat forehead
Neck is slightly crested, long and fine
Back is strong with a deep girth
Tail is well-set and carried high
Legs are strong and fine with well-shaped joints
Hooves are strong and neat

Traditional Colors

Any color is allowed (except pinto patterns) although grey is preferred

Temperament

Alert and sensible
Even tempered and often used as a children’s horse
Australian Pony

Use

Riding pony
Show pony
Eventing pony
Driving pony
Mounted games

Helpful Links

Video


Australian Draught

Australian Draft

Intro

Developed over the years through crossbreeding of Clydesdale, Percheron, Shire and Suffolk Punch which were all brought to Australia in the colonial days. Belgian draftblood was also introduced later.
Australian Draft

Origins

The Australian Draught Horse Stud Book Society was founded in 1979 to protect and document the breeds bloodlines.
There is very little information about this breed.

Features

Average height

Traditional Colors

All solid colors
Australian Draft

Use

Work horse
Riding horse
Agriculture work
Show horse

Video

Australian Brumby

Australian Brumby

Intro

Since horses were brought to Australia they have become an integral part of the existence there. Wild Brumbies run freely in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Northwestern Australia.
Australian Brumby

Origins

The first horses arrived in Australia in 1788, having to come by long boat journey meant that only the strongest animals made the journey. That coupled with the dry and inhospitable climate in which they live makes the Australian Brumby a tough animal able to survive in drought conditions.
The stock that feeds the brumby herds were used as war mounts during both of the World Wars. Today these herds face slaughter in increasing numbers because many consider them a scourge that cause environmental damage.

Features

Average height 12 – 16.2 hands
Generally small animals

Physique

Varies from animal to animal but should be of riding type
Head is large and balanced
Short, strong back
Solid and sound feet

Traditional Colors

All colors

Temperament

Wild animals are always unpredictable
Australian Brumby

Use

They are wild animals, however they can be broken and make excellent mounts
Ranch horses
Riding horses
Show horses

Helpful Links

Australian Brumby Studs

Video



1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11/26/2012

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