What is the history of the Australian stock horse?

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Can someone briefly explain the history of the Australian stockhorse?

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  1. The first known mention of the Australian Stock Horse is in 1801, where they were introduced to Tasmania by Governor Philip Gidley King. They arrived with some British breeds and some Spanish breeds which had been picked up at the Cape of Good Hope through contacts with Argentina and Chile.

    These horses were used as working mounts for shepherds and carriers for packhorses – work that required a horse of tough constitution able to carry heavy loads over long distances in difficult terrain. Today they are still used as tough working stock.

    The word “Stock” refers to the breed’s close relationship with cattle and other livestock-keeping endeavours, such as farming and droving (driving livestock from one pasture/region/location to another).

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