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The Ancestors of the Australian Stock Horse were imported in
small numbers at the end of the 18th century from South Africa and are believed
to be of Arabian and Barb descent. Eventually more horses where imported from
England; mainly Thoroughbred and Arabian horses that were tough enough for the
rough Australian conditions.
Thoroughbreds became very popular at the beginning of the
19th century for horse racing. The horses that developed had a good
temperament, were tough and reliable, and able to work under saddle and in
harness. They were used to clear timber, plough the land and herd sheep and
cattle. These horses were known as Walers (named after New South Wales). Walers
were sought after by the cavalry due to their courage, soundness, and stamina.
In 1971 the term Stock Horse was introduced. The modern day
Stock Horse is a descendant of the Waler. It is believed that they were also
influenced by Quarter Horses, Clydesdales, Suffolk Punch, and various pony
breeds which were all imported into Australia.
Source: Horse Directory Australia