The American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed of horse in the U.S. They are versatile, even-tempered, speedy and powerful. They have been used by the mounted police. They are gentle and eager to please. This dependable horse was used in rodeo events and continues to perform. They still work on cattle ranches and trail riding. Because of their temperament, they are good horses for new riders.
Where does the American Quarter Horse come from?
The American Quarter Horse is a combination of the English and Chickasaw Horses (brought to the U.S. by the Spanish). In the 1700s, the colonists impressed by this intelligent, sturdy, agile horse soon began using it for work. The Quarter Horse was a favorite of cowboys, with its natural abilities on a cattle ranch.
What does the American Quarter Horse look like?
The American Quarter Horse stands 14-16 hands high. It has a small, short head, powerful hindquarters and a broad chest. There are 2 types – stock and racing. The racing Quarter Horse is run in quarter mile sprints, which is where it got its name. Colors are sorrel (brownish red), black, buckskin, palomino, gray, dun and brown.