Breed Profiles - Quarter Horse

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Find out more about the Quarter Horse breed including typical conformation, temperament and ideal disciplines

Breed Profiles - Quarter Horse
Breed Profiles - Quarter Horse

Quarter horse breed summary:

Origin - America
Height - Between 14 and 16hh
Colour - Any colour
Conformation - Small, dainty head on a long neck, stocky body, powerful hindquarters
Ideal disciplines - Western riding, racing, showing, trail riding, all-rounder, driving

The Quarter Horse originates in America and is the most popular American breed of horse. The Quarter Horse was developed by crossing imported English Thoroughbreds with the native American horses and later including bloodlines from the wild Mustangs. In 1940, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) was established to preserve the pedigree of the breed. Today, there are over 4 million horses registered with the AQHA.


The quarter horse is usually between 14 and 16 hands in height but they have been known to reach 17 hands. They have a small, dainty head on a long neck. The body tends to be stocky but they are well-muscled with very powerful hindquarters. These physical traits make them extremely fast movers and they excel at sprinting short distances. They have been clocked at 55mph during races. Quarter horses can come in any colour.


The Quarter Horse is very trainable and they are known for being very loyal.

Ideal Disciplines

The Quarter Horse is built for speed and quick movements, which is why they are the horse of choice for western riding activities.

They are ideal for:

• Western riding

• Racing

• Showing

• Trail riding

• All-rounder

• Driving

For more information on the breed visit the American Quarter Horse Association.


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