The Quarter Horse
Of the American horse-breeds this one is known as the true horse of the wild west. This breed got it's name from its ability to run very fast for a short distance ....specifically the quarter mile!
Height: 15-2 hnds
Job: dressage/reining/cutting/jumping lower levels
During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries,...
the settlers in America used the horses brought over by the Spanish Conquistadors to breed with their own imported horses. They produced an all-round, intelligent, strong, kind horse that served their purposes in the new frontier.
The quarter-horse began to be known for it's dependability as a hard working, athletic, fearless mount for the cowboys. It developed a keen cow sense that helped the cattle ranchers in the west.
Description: alert wide set eyes on a wide forehead. Broad chest, front legs short and set wide apart. A deep girth and well muscled strong hind quarters.
Height: 14-3 to 16 hands
Color: Any solid color
Interesting facts: The American Quarter Horse Association Aqha , established in the 1940's is now the largest horse registry in the world.
Other breeds... that are descendant from the Quarter-Horse include POA, Morgan and Paint horses.
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