We have been long interested in the Waler, both from a romantic, historical viewpoint, as well as admiration for their durability under some of the hardest circumstances through history. Given that interest, when we found that Walers are being culled off what used to be remount breeding stations, we looked into possibility of obtaining some, to set up a breeding program.For more information check out the list below, and follow the links.
We expect that many people believe the Waler to be inbred and nearing extinction. That is the general reaction we have had, from people who do not understand the history of the horses. This is not true and for more information please feel free to visit
http://www.walerhorse.com official Waler Horse Society of Australia site
However, from our personal position, we expect to be producing these brilliant animals commercially within the next ten years.
Links worth exploring:
These links are quite interesting, in tying together the original stockhorse breeding, and where the Waler fit in. In essence, the Waler are the original stockhorse, whereas the modern stockhorse has been diluted with other well-known breeds, such as the American Quarter horse, which is comprised of Thoroughbred, Morgan, Standardbred, Arab, and Spanish blooded horses, such as Chicakasaws, (which were the earliest recorded American mustang, used by the Indians. Good stock was commonly taken from the Indians, then crossed with various other breeds.) Since Australian stockhorses were selectively bred, using most often, Thoroughbred, Arab, Welsh, Heavy Horse and Timor bloods, there developed a strong attractive animal, fast, and nicely conformed. Looking at the cross breeding of todays Australian stockhorse and the introduction of the modern American Quarter horse into the breeding, the true essence of the ASH has been transformed- one can can see the strong muscle of the Quarter breeding through into our Australian stock. As people seem to like to move with the times, our own ASH have become a combination of many other solid breeds, and while the horse itself, is still a magnificent animal, the traditional breeding lines are diluted, and the conformation has become markedly different from the Waler. The Waler, however, have been preserved to not include any Quarter blood, therefore not having any blood of Spanish-American origin. The Waler are our true Ausrtalian horses; purpose bred, selectively bred, and proven over time, difficulty and necessity. How wonderful it would be to grow those numbers, and let them again gain the notoriety and acclaim that they once enjoyed. We intend to be a part of that, looking forward to having our own purebred Waler foals hitting the ground!! JR.