American Quarter Horse
The American Quarter Horse is the first breed of horse native to what now is the United States. A melting of various breeds brought to the English colonies in the 1600s, the Quarter Horse evolved to fill the colonists’ passion for short-distance racing.
These heavily muscled, compact horses could run a short distance over a straightway faster than any other horse.
During its history, the breed also became known for its cow sense (the ability to outmaneuver cattle) and calm disposition. Today, the heavy muscling and sprinter’s speed remain characteristic traits; but like so many things modern, the breed has been specialized to excel at particular events.
Although the athletic prowess of the American Quarter Horse carries many riders to the winner’s circle, it is the breed’s versatility and gentle nature that have made it the world’s most popular horse.
Contact: American Quarter Horse Association
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