The Quarter Horse

Quick Facts :

  • Originated in the USA

  • Almost Three Million Quarter Horses Worldwide

  • Average Height 14.0-16.2hh

  • Colors Include: There are 17 recognized colors: chestnut, sorrel, black, brown, gray, bay, palomino, buckskin, cremello, perlino, white, dun, red dun, grullo, red roan, bay roan and blue roan.

  • They have been clocked at a speed of 55 mph over short distances.

  • The AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) was founded in 1940


The Quarter Horse is one of the oldest recognized breeds in the United States. Arab, Turk and Barb breeds, were crossed with imported stock in the early 1600's. The result was a compact, well muscled horse that could go faster over short distances than any other breed of horse, including the Thoroughbred.

In the 1800's as cattle ranches became more popular, the Quarter Horse was used for its natural ability to handle cattle in a calm way.

Today Quarter Horses excel in both the Western and English world's and they are a popular choice for pleasure riders.

Body Type

Though compact with a short body and head, American Quarter Horses are defined by their heavily muscled body, powerful shoulders and hindquarters, and strong, sturdy legs. Their heads are finely chiseled and of a flat profile with a wide forehead.


American Quarter Horses are generally calm and docile. They are also highly intelligent; however, most are easily trained, handled, and kept. Because of their gentle and steady demeanor, the breed is an ideal family horse and well suited for the beginning rider.


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