American Quarter Horse

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Other common names: Quarter Horse; AQH

The basics:
The American Quarter Horse is iconic of the western United States. It’s the most popular breed in the U.S., and has the biggest breed registry world-wide. Though lacking the showiness and flash of other breeds, the versatility and performance of the Quarter Horse has won it wide regard in a variety of equine pursuits, but especially in the world of ranching and rodeo.

The Quarter Horse is an American breed and can trace its origins to the horses of the English colonists in the 1600s. Development is closely linked to the English Thoroughbred, and today Thoroughbreds are still often used in Quarter Horse breeding programs. An infusion of native horse breeds, including the Native American Chicksaw Horse, added to the hardiness and agility of the bloodline. Originally, the Quarter Horse was intended for short-distance racing, and the name “quarter” in Quarter Horse refers to the horse’s ability to run a quarter mile faster than any other – 21 seconds or less!

The Quarter Horse is ideally suited for tasks that require speed coupled with deft maneuverability. The Quarter Horse is second to none when it comes to barrel racing, reining, cutting, and other western riding events. They are described as having an innate “cow sense” and are a first choice for ranching and herding. The multi-talented Quarter Horse has also found a place in racing, dressage, jumping, and mounted athletics such as polo. The Quarter Horse is also well suited for more casual pursuits such as trail and pleasure riding.

Appearance / health:
The American Quarter Horse is a compact and muscular breed with a deep, broad chest, powerful hindquarters and strong legs. The head is small in proportion to the body, but refined with a broad forehead and flat profile. They stand between 14 and 16 hands.

There are two main body types for the American Quarter Horse – the stock type, and the racing/hunter type. A stock type Quarter Horse is somewhat short and stocky, but also strong and agile. This type excels as a cow horse and at Western pursuits like reining, barrel racing, and cutting. The racing/hunter type more resembles a Thoroughbred, with longer legs and leaner muscle. This is the type that earned the Quarter Horse its name, and excels at short distance racing and events which favor speed and grace over agility. The American Quarter Horse

The American Quarter Horse can be found in most colors, though sorrel is the most common. Other colors include bay, black, brown, buckskin, chestnut, dun, red dun, gray, grullo, palomino, red roan, perlino, and cremello. They may have some white on the face or below the knee.

They are unfortunately prone to a variety of genetic diseases including equine polysaccharide storage myopathy, glycogen branching enzyme deficiency, hereditary equine dermal asthenia, hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, malignant hyperthermia, lethal white syndrome.

Behavior / temperament:
The American Quarter Horse is an intelligent but docile breed. They are hardworking and even-tempered, able to perform under a variety of conditions. Their confidence and level-headedness has made them the ideal horse for working with cattle. They are generally quite calm and easy to handle, and are usually well suited to the beginning rider.


bombproof babysitter, Tremendous trail horse, favorite breed, family horse, ultimate horse, calmest breed


buddy sour issues, slow gaits, navicular disease


trot western pleasure, comfortable bareback horse, western riding, low headset, big muscular bodies

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