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American Horse Breed of the Month
 By Crz4Horses   •   29th Mar 2010   •   2,366 views   •   5 comments
This month's American Horse Breed is a national favorite, a legend, an American symbol. Their range of disciplines is extremely varied and surprising! From the western pleasure horse to the only horse that can beat a Thoroughbred in a race for a quarter of a mile, this horse can do it all. You guessed it, it's the American Quarter Horse! Quarter Horses aren't a quarter of anything actually, they're called Quarter Horses because of their ability to out-gallop any other horse for a quarter of a mile! It is because of this versatility that the Quarter Horse is one of the most popular breeds in America, with over four million registered with the American Quarter Horse Association.

The Quarter Horse's ancestors were crosses between the English Thoroughbred and the Native American's horses. The speed of the Thoroughbred and the handiness of the Native American's horses have been passed down, generation to generation and still exist in the genes of the modern Quarter Horse. During the colonial times, these horses were used as working horses during the week, and racers on weekends. These local tracks at which they raced were likely no more than a quarter mile, which explains why they race so well at short distances.

Today, they are used for racing, reining, cutting, barrel racing, cow roping, showing, and just all around family horses. They are not as popular as Thoroughbred racers, and they can't run for as long, but they sure are faster! Some Quarter Horses have been recorded at speeds of up to 55 mph, while the fastest Thoroughbred was recorded at 43.26 mph! Quarter Horses are also champions of the rodeo. Their small, compact bodies are perfect for the quick stopping, turning, and acceleration needed for western disciplines. They have a naturally nice conformation finished off with a gorgeous head that makes them great contestants for the halter classes! Many Quarter Horses have a good jump, and combined with their smooth gait it makes a great Hunter show horse!
The Quarter Horse has a petite, sophisticated head with a muscular, powerful body. More traits of the Quarter Horse include their wide chest and nicely rounded hindquarters. They usually measure between 14 and 16 hands. Quarter Horses come in almost every color with the most common being sorrel, or chestnut. Some other acknowledged colors include bay, black, brown, buckskin, palomino, gray, dun, red dun, grullo, red roan, blue roan, bay roan, perlino, cremello, and white.

In conclusion, The Quarter Horse is the quintessential everything for most American horse lovers and I hope you get the chance to experience one of these horses one day.
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horseworld  
The QHs are great me and my gramma both ride them she has a dun 16hh one that is built for racing and i have the a 15.1hh one that is good at everything they are both great!
  Mar 29, 2010  •  1,358 views
 
ImaCoolCowgirl  
Gotta love Quarters...they realy are great! I have two of my own and love them!
  Mar 29, 2010  •  1,283 views
 
Harmony Farm  
Ah, you chose my favorite breed of all time! Their versatility is impeccable I know of Quarter Horses who do western pleasure, hunter, and driving. I own several Quarter Horse crosses and one registered Quarter Horse who is the best horse I've ever owned. Whether I need her for a trail ride, hunters, western pleasure, or to use her with cattle she can do it all and in style :-)
  Mar 29, 2010  •  1,349 views
 
Dreamer100  
I like all breeds of horses! But Quarter Horses have a sweet, naturally calm personality. GREAT!
  Mar 30, 2010  •  1,294 views
 
Little Bitty Farm  
Great article!
  May 9, 2011  •  1,311 views
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