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origin:USA
date origin:17th Century
family:Equidae
height:14 to 16 hh
American Quarter Horse
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American Quarter horse [edit]

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

The color of the American Quarter Horse can vary quite a lot and can range from bay, black and brown to include chestnut, palomino, buckskin, grullo and gray. The quarter horse breed is known for its small, short and refined head and straight profile as well as its broad chest and powerful hindquarters.
 
Standing between 14 and 16 hands, about five-feet-tall at the withers, they are bred with two main body types. The stock type, which is more compact and muscular yet extremely agile, and the racing type that may be slightly taller with smoother muscles typically trained for running quarter mile sprints. The speed of the quarter horse has earned it the nickname, "the world's fastest athlete. The hunter type of Quarter horse is a bit slimmer than the race type and more closely resembles a Thoroughbred, and they are showin in hunter/jumper classes at breed shows and USEF-rated competitions.
 
Their even temperament makes them a great animal for new riders learning about horses. The quarter horse breeds usually shown in competition are larger, more muscular horses with wide jowls. Those for reining and cutting are smaller with more powerful hindquarters very agile and quick on their feet. The show type resembles the running quarter horse though some may be taller and slimmer. All quarter horses however have speed, power and are more than willing to please their owners.

Quarter Horse

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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.

 

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