Horseman Thief Pouter Standard
National Pigeon Association
by the
North American Horseman Pouter Club
The history of the Horseman Thief Pouter can be traced back with some degree of certainty
to the 17th century, possibly earlier. At one time a ‘working thief pigeon’ in and around areas
of London. For the past 100 + years, their stronghold has been based in and around
Glasgow, Scotland. They are now considered to be a Scottish breed by fanciers around the
world. They were first imported into North America in 2004.

An alert and lively breed, responsive to human chat as well as to other birds in the loft or
judging pens. One could call a good working Horseman ‘pushy’ for the way they keep cooing,
bowing and working at other birds or people.


HEIGHT: From the high spot of the skull to ball of foot the ideal is 10 inches. The actual
height range will vary from 9 inches to 11 inches. Taller than 12 inches is a serious fault even
if the bird is proportionate in over all size. Shorter than nine inches is a serious fault.

LENGTH/STATION: Not to be more than 12 to 13 inches long from the tip of beak to the end
of tail. The Horseman can be broken down into three parts. First part being the head to the
waist, which is at the top of the wing butts/shoulder where the globe hits the body. Second
part being from the waist down to the vent area where the back of the thighs join the lower
body. Lastly from this vent area to the tip of the tail. In a well balanced bird the first part will
be slightly more than either parts two or three, which should be roughly the same length.
When stationing the eyes should be roughly perpendicular to the end of the toe nails. Eyes
over any part of the toes or foot mean they are too erect.

HEAD: Oval and neat with a slight forehead rising from the wattle in a flowing line.

EYES & CERES: Eyes to be bright and vibrant with a noticeable shine. All varieties to have
the same red/orange colored eyes with the exception of pure white birds [absolutely no color
including on the beak] can have either orange or bull eyes. Brown pattern birds have a ‘false
pearl’ eye and shall not be cut points based on their eye color alone. The eye ceres shall be
small, smooth and fine in texture.

BEAK & WATTLE: Medium wattle size, to be smooth and without coarseness. Medium beak
length with color to match feather color (Black, Horn, Fleshy).

NECK, CROP /GLOBE: Length of neck/crop/globe starting at the top of the shoulders to be in
proportion with the birds over all size. The crop/globe shall be well sprung from the waist and
be well balanced with the rest of the bird. There should be enough back globe for an over all
round crop/globe. The crop/globe must be under complete control at all times, neither too
small nor too large, with the beak resting on the crop/globe. Birds close to the ideal height will
often times have a less distinct break at the waist. While this is a fault it is minor in
comparison to a bird that is considerably taller even with a good break at the waist.

BODY: Body to be wedge shaped, smooth and hard in the hand, but not overly large or wide.
Back to be full but not round [AKA roach backed] to avoid side boarding with the cover
feathers over the back. Keel to be straight and flow smoothly from the waist to the hip/leg
joint, without extending much past the edge of the wings on a side view, carrying through in a
smooth flowing line to the vent area. See side view for proper look. Brunner Pouter size and
shape and type are a serious fault for being too small and thin. Norwich Cropper body size
and type is a serious fault. The Horseman must be handled by the judge in order to feel the
shape and condition of the body and keel.

WINGS: Held tight to the body with the flights resting on the tail and ending ½ to ¾ inch from
the end of the tail. See side view drawing for better understanding. Flight tips should not
cross over each other.

TAIL: Flows smoothly from the body and is held tightly together roughly one and a half
feathers wide.

FEATHER: Hard and tight feathering, in good flying condition. Hock, thigh and vent feathering
can be slightly looser than the body feathering.

LEGS: Strong, straight and free of feathers below the hocks; set wide on the body. See front
view for better understanding. Thighs are visible with no noticeable hinge at the body
junction. Length must be balanced with the over all bird. Legs that are too long or too short
for the birds size are faults.

COLORS: All known colors (normal and rare) are recognized, including Self White. Any white
markings, flights or pied markings are a fault.

NATURE: Alert and lively while performing constantly in the judging pen. They must be
responsive to the judge, as well as to other birds when being judged.



Too tall in height; Too upright [perpendicular]; Stained beak; Very small wattle; Small
crop/globe that does not balance with the birds size; Body too thin (Brunner body); Large or
flat head; Very narrow leg set; No waist (break of globe at waist); Worn feathers (sign of
‘working’ and to be a slight deduction and not a serious fault); Colored or stained beak or a
few scattered colored feathers on Orange Eyed Whites.


Too low slung in station; Too long in length; Too short in height; Long length of beak; Very
coarse wattle; Out of control globe; Over blowing or too large of a globe [should not be
Norwich Cropper globe size]; Too short of neck/crop/globe; Pear shaped globe; No back
globe; Too thick in body; Prominent or deep keel; Roached or severe ‘V’ shaped backed;
Long or crossed flights; Drooping wings and flights; Side boarding; Wild, nervous or not
performing; Length of leg too long or short for proper proportion/balance; Norwich Cropper
size or type; Too erect in station; Feathered feet; Pigmy legs [AKA cow hocked]; Hinged legs
at the body [obvious signs of hip joint]; White or pied markings or flights; Dirty, broken or
missing feathers [other than feathers worn from ‘working’ as a thief Pouter should]; Body
mites or feather lice.


Any sign of sickness; Obvious sign of crossbreeding; Crooked toes; Colored or stained beak
on Bull Eyed (Recessive) White [colored beak means they are some pied combination and
not recessive white].


Height/Length 10
Head/Eye 5
Beak/Wattle 5
Neck/Crop/ Globe 20
Body 10
Wings/Tail 10
Feathers 5
Legs 5
Color 20
Nature 10
TOTAL: 100

Band/Ring size: 8