The Australian Stock Horse has good temperament, courage, toughness, and stamina. The Australian Stock Horse is used for stock work, rodeos, and for general riding. It is also often used as a high quality competition horse. The Australian Stock Horse shows much Quarter Horse character but with obvious Thoroughbred influence. The breed has had a fairly checked history in its short lifetime, but is now established and popular in many spheres, being used for general riding, stock work, rodeos, and as a competition horse. Australian Stock Horses stand about 15 to 16 hands high.