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  1. #1
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    Apr. 2, 2013

    Question Confused about a term...

    So I'm interested in going into ranchwork and I have a college I'm really interested in that has that as a course... however taking a closer look at their website it says in fine print:
    Students are required to supply their own tack and horse, preferably a three or four year-old stock horse gelding.
    Now I've been riding hunter/jumper for the past 10 years however I started out riding Western and I'm ashamed to be unfamiliar with the word stock.

    I tried googling it but the only thing that came up was re: "breeding stock" about pinto that was for sale, but I'm not sure if that's the same definition as the one I'm looking for because all I got out of that was it meant the horse in question had paint bloodlines but no paint markings... help!!!

  2. #2
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    Sep. 4, 2012
    Southeast US


    Stock horse is just a term for a horse of a type suitable for ranch work.

  3. #3
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    Apr. 2, 2013


    Thank you so much for the quick reply! I'm one step closer to being less illiterate in the language of Western riding haha

  4. #4
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    May. 10, 2001
    NW Washington


    Typically stock horses are QH, Paint or Appy (at least in my corner of the world).

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  5. #5
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    Sep. 26, 2011


    FYI, the term "stock horse" evolved because certain breeds of horses typically were used to work with "livestock" - i.e., cattle. And Tee is right, they tend to be QH, paints, apps or crosses, at least in the US.
    It's just grass and water till it hits the ground.

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