Origin of the Quarter Horse
A Quarter horse is a general name for a number of breeds such as the American Quarter horse and the Paint horse. Quarter horses have been bred from a number of other breeds including, Arabs, Morgans, Mustang and Spanish Barb horses. Their name comes from their renowned ability for speed and their ability to cover a quarter of a mile incredibly quickly, with some Quarter Horses being recorded running at speeds up 88.5 km/h. They originate from America.
Characteristics of the Quarter Horse
Quarter Horses have strong backs and Muscular bodies and their legs tend to be short and strong. They have fine, smooth heads, small ears and a broad forehead. They can come in a variety of colours. The Paint Quarter horse is named for it's specific coat colour which looks like it has been painted. Quarter horses usually range from 14 hh to 16 hh.
Quarter horses are very laid-back, reliable and willing. They are intelligent and sensible.