Species group: Stock horses
Other common names: Quarter Horse; AQH
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
A sassy mare with a heart of gold
I was lucky to share my life with an AQHA for 13 years. When she passed away, I had spent half my life with her. I had gotten her after her broodmare years when she was lightly trained. She could walk and trot but thought bolting was better than cantering. We had to retrain her on picking up leads and balancing. We did a lot of circles. Eventually, we went on to do dressage (Champions for Training Level in our circuit), dabbled in eventing, and later in her life she was game for anything. We did some english pleasure, hunter hack, halter. We did egg and spoon races, ride a buck, etc. Trail riding took some getting used to. When she was younger, the cross country course was out on the trails so she thought we were going cross country any time I took her on the trails. There were theatrics where she was mistaken for a Lipizzaner for her four off the grounds. Yet, put a young child on her and she became a picture perfect pony ride. She knew her rider and was a pro at gauging what could or could not be done. I could do just about anything with her and she'd give it a go. She ground tied like a pro - except when she wanted to go and get some grass. She could just wander the yard and eat, never leaving her little patch. Trimming whiskers, crawling underneath her for clipping; nothing phased her. She was truly a one of a kind horse. Except, she wasn't. I've known many people who have told me the same things about their AQHAs. They are just a steadfast, sturdy, game for anything breed. They're not the dead horses people tend to think of - I've met plenty with sass and go - but they also know their audience and will play toward that. Truly, an incredible and smart breed..
From masihkap Jan 30 2019 10:14PM
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From EmLVT 517 days ago
Know WHY Your Horse is Running Away
I've had this issues with a number of horses that were brought to me. In his book Understanding the Horse, Mark Rashid has an entire chapter on catching a horse that doesn't want to be caught. The main point he makes, through telling two different stories involving the same issue, is that horses run away for different reasons.
One mare he worked with ran away when she thought she was going to be caught because she had just been rescued from an abusive situation. He learned that his approach had to be a gentle one.
With other horses who might be running away simply to get away from work, it's customary to make them continue running. I've found this to be the best way to get a horse to stop running away at the sight of a halter. It's kind of using the mentality: "Oh, you want to run? Don't let me stop you." If a horse takes off when I'm trying to catch him, I make him run and run until he's tired. It's almost telling the horse that you think he's asking to be worked extra (before the halter's even on!) whenever he runs away.
Going back to the abused mare, Mark shared in his book that this was his initial approach: making her run more. He saw, however, she wasn't concerned about getting out of work - she was trying to escape out of fear for what this unknown human might do to her. In this instance, he had to assume a gentle demeanor. He made himself very small and non-threatening. The mare calmed down after a while and was no longer threatened by him, enough to go up to Mark and investigate..
From Maddy Baker 559 days ago