About the ASH

The forebears of this breed arrived in Australia on the First Fleet in 1788. It is now considered possibly the world’s most versatile horse, the Australian Stock Horse evolved over time through selective breeding in response to the demands of the environment.

The Society aims to preserve and promote these bloodlines of the Australian Stock Horse, recognised for its versatility and superior performance amongst work, leisure and performance breeds.

This site contains information for current owners of Australian Stock Horses in South Australia, which is considered The Breed for Every Need, as well as for those who wish to learn more about this great Australian icon.


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.