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post #1 of 21 Old 06-14-2012, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Australian stock horses in America?

Ok, so this is probably a dumb question. But being from Australia im am really intrigued by the American horsey world! In all movies and stories and such it sounds amazing and HUGE!

Anyways is there any Australian stock horses in America? If so whats your opinion on them? :)
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-14-2012, 10:31 PM
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There are a few here but as far as I know they aren't all that common. In fact, the only ones I've ever seen were two years ago in a polocrosse demonstration. They seemed quite a bit leaner than our QHs, quite a prominent wither, and somewhat plain, but not coarse, heads. They were very quick and agile.

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Ok, so this is probably a dumb question. But being from Australia im am really intrigued by the American horsey world! In all movies and stories and such it sounds amazing and HUGE!

Anyways is there any Australian stock horses in America? If so whats your opinion on them? :)
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The ones I have seen in videos are really nice horses. Aren't they part qh? Actually, I know nothing about their breeding. Are there any for sale in US.? I think they are really beautifully built horses.
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They have a few different breeds in them like arab, thoroughbred and pretty sure quater horse is in there along with some pony breed I think it was a Welsh. :) prob best googling that one I could be wrong. But Yeh they are super agile and were bred to be the perfect drovers horse. :) and Yeh they are used alot for polo as you said above. :)
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I've never seen one in my life. I don't think they're that common here at all...

My sister was telling me a few days ago about how she was talking to a girl in Australia on facebook (for some reason..? I don't even know how they met each other...) and the girl was apparently saying that the Australian stock horse was better than the qh, although she had never even really met a qh before...? I've never met one, so I can't say whether the qh or ash is better, I kind of always thought of them as equals, like they're the Australian equivalent of the American quarter horse- Both breeds are bred as stock horses for cattle driving/ working type things, and are meant to be athletic and quick... I'm not familiar with the breed though, so correct me if I'm wrong, lol. I've seen a few on this forum, though, and the few that I've seen I thought were very nice little horses- qh's are generally much thicker, I can definitely see the tb/ arabian/ pony in the australian stock horses...
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Yeh I have always thought them as equals too.. I wouldnt say the ASH is better than the QH but they are alot more agile. I love the build of the QH they are beautiful horses. ASH's arent as thick built as you said but they still are quiet stocky and look great with a hogged main lol
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I definitely like what I've seen of them- I'm not a fan of the big stocky quarter horses, although I like a good working horse, so the australian stock horses are more my style, from what I've seen- a bit lighter, but still very substantial. It makes sense that they're more agile.
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I just like a horse that does what it's meant to do ! What good is pretty if it can't do anything?
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Yeh I have always thought them as equals too.. I wouldnt say the ASH is better than the QH but they are alot more agile.
From what I saw I wouldn't say they are a lot more agile than all QHs - just certain types. I think a good QH from a cutting line would be about equivalant, but that makes sense since the cutters are bred to be agile enough to work cows.

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Good point, Cat- it really depends on what quarter horse type you're comparing. Cutters are extremely agile, but if you're talking about halter qh's or wp qh's, it's different.
Are there different 'types' of australian stock horses, like qh's? As in, cutters, reiners, halter horses, wp horses, etc.?
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