Origin of the American Quarter Horse
The history of the American Quarter horse begins in the 17th century, when English Thoroughbred horses were crossed with Native American horses such as the Chickasaw. The influence of Thoroughbreds was very important in the development of the colonial Quarter Horse, resulting in small, hardy and quick horses that could be used as a work horse during the week and racing on the weekends.
The American Quarter Horse is known for its sprinting ability and speed over short distances. It earned its name after becoming renowned for its ability to outrun other horses over a quarter of a mile or less. The American Quarter Horse has been recorded reaching speeds of up to 88 km/h (55 mph).
The American Quarter horse is now the most popular horse in the USA and the American Quarter Horse Association is the the largest breed registry in the world, with over 5 million registered American Quarter horses worldwide.
Characteristics of the American Quarter Horse
Uses of the American Quarter Horse
The American Quarter Horse is a very versatile breed and is used in a number of disciplines including showing, racing, cutting, rodeo, ranch and as an all-around family horse. They are very popular in western disciplines and rodeo events such as barrel racing, team roping and calf roping.
However they are not only popular in western riding and cattle work. Many race tracks hold American Quarter Horse races. They have also been trained to perform in dressage and jumping. They are also very good for trail riding and are used in mounted police units.