The American Quarter Horse
 


Truly an American horse, the Quarter Horse has a long and illustrious history. The horse of cowboys and riding the range, when you think of a Quarter Horse, you just can't help but think of Western riding.

But these athletic and versatile equines are so much more than that!

 

Known for its blinding speed over 1/4 mile distances, which is how it was named, Quarter Horses compete in racing, as well as cutting, reining, working cow, barrel racing and other Western gaming events. But you might not know that there are lots of QHs successfully competing in jumping, dressage, driving and 3 day eventing!

The vast majority of these wonderful horses are companions who carry their owners down the trail and around the ranch. The most popular horse in the United States in terms of registration numbers, you might be most familiar with the stocky, muscular style commonly referred to as the "bulldog" or foundation style. But there is another taller, longer, leaner horse with more Thoroughbred influence, known as an Appendix Quarter Horse.

Whatever type you like best, they are all known for their willing disposition, extreme athleticism, and beautiful, compact appearance.

 

Whatever type you like best, they are all known for their willing disposition, extreme athleticism, and beautiful, compact appearance.

Quarter Horses usually measure between 14.2 and 16 hands and come in a rainbow of colors, including chestnut, bay, buckskin, dun, black, grey, blue roan, red roan, grullo, and palomino.
 

 

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