Ranch horses have a heritage of performance using their skills in working cattle and being versatile horses on the ranch. Those skills are now shown in the arena through classes of Working Cow Horse, Reining, Boxing, Cutting, Roping, Trail and Riding. A ranch horse is typically a western bred horse with the breeding and heritage going back to the great ranches of the USA. They are similar skills to what ranches or farms have used across the world since cattle management began.
These are horses are shown both in and outside of arenas to demonstrate their tremendous skills. They are a forward working horse with a natural headset and flow to their movement. Their presentation is natural with no artificial or excessively long manes and tails as often seen in other show horse classes. A ranch horse must at all times look ready to go and do a days work. It must move in such a way that it is heading out to get a number of jobs done that day. It must not look like a Sunday riding horse taking the lady of the house to church. The horse must look like a strong individual carrying the heritage look.
Australian Ranch Horse works to the standards of the American Ranch Horse Association: 20 years of ranch horse event history.