American Quarter Horse

About the Breed

The American Quarter Horse (AQH) excels in sprinting short distances. In fact, they got their name because of their ability to out-run other breeds in races of a quarter mile or less. American Quarter Horses are commonly used for racing, rodeos, pleasure, and working as ranch horses. They are also well suited for quick movements required in reining, cutting, working cow horse, barrel racing, calf roping, and other western events. The AQH is also shown in English disciplines, driving, and many other equestrian activities. The American Quarter Horse's bloodlines can be traced to Thoroughbreds, the Chickasaw horse, Arabians, Morgans, and Standardbreds. There are two main types of AQH's: the stocky type or the hunter/racing type. They come in all sizes, shapes, and colors, but are typically recognizable by their powerful hindquarters and stocky stature.

Quick Facts

Height: 14 - 15 hands, but can be taller

Weight: 1000 - 1100 pounds

Coat Colors: Any color

Markings: Any white markings

Conformation: Compact, short body and head. Well-muscled. Powerful shoulders and hindquarters. Sturdy legs.

Common Uses: All disciplines

Temperament: Calm, docile

Place of Origin: United States

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