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American Quarter Horse
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American Quarter Horse

The American Quarter Horse is a breed of horse originally bred specifically to race the quarter mile. It is today equally well known for its performance in rodeos and horse shows. The compact body of the Quarter Horse is well-suited to the intricate and speedy maneuvers required in roping and other stock-horse events. Riders are also known to show Quarter Horses in English and Hunt classes, although these types of events are more normally dominated by Thoroughbreds and Warmblood crosses.

The Quarter Horse was not a registered breed until 1940; however, horses of this type were widely used for cattle work in the Western United States.

Quarter Horse Undun Wind 
Owned by: Sandy Meadows Farm

Average Height: 
14.3 - 16 hands

Colors: Bay, black, brown, dun, chestnut, cremello, buckskin, palomino, grullo, sorrel, grey or roan.

Conformation: The Quarter Horse is a stocky, broad chested breed with well-muscled hindquarters and a compact body. The head should be short and wide and the eyes wide-set. The cannons should be short and the hocks should be flat and low set.

Temperament: Quarter horses are generally very sensible, intelligent mounts.

Members of this breed often excel in the following disciplines:

Rodeo / Ranch Show / Pleasure Gymkhana Breed History: The Quarter Horse was once known primarily as a short-distance racehorse—hence the name "Quarter Horse," derived from the quarter mile races it was famous for.

But the Quarter Horse's origins go back to a time before racing was a popular pastime. It is a truly American breed that can trace its ancestry to the 17th and 18th Centuries, when English settlers crossed their own stock with the descendants of horses brought to the New World by Spanish Conquistadors. This new breed had something the settlers needed, the inate "cow sense" that would help them manage cattle on the open plains. Today, the Quarter Horse is known for that quality above all others.

Quarter Horses are popular in rodeo, gymkhana, and any other equine sport that requires a short burst of speed and the ability to turn sharply and quickly. Its good disposition and intelligence have also made it a popular family breed.