The American Quarter Horse is North America popular breed. With QH enthusiasts worldwide the AQHA is the largest breed registry. The AQHA states there are over five million registered American Quarter Horses world-wide. The breed excels as a working, family or show horse. The American Quarter Horse is one of the most versatile breeds. Body Type: These hardy horses are medium boned. Their heads are finely chiseled, with a broad forehead and should have a level profile. Their legs are sturdy without being rough, and their shoulders and haunches are heavy and muscular. There are the more compact reining types, or several distinct kinds of Quarter Horses, like the more leggy racing stock. The infusion of Thoroughbred bloodlines has determined the look and character of some Quarter Horses. Foundation Quarter Horses are bred to stay true to the first Quarter Horse type, used for cattle work on the open range. Size: Quarter Horses range in size from about 14.3 HH to 15.3 HH. Uses: The sure footed Quarter Horse gets its name in the quarter mile races which were held by settlers. These were hardy working horses. Quarter Horses are known for their ‘cow sense’. Once popular as working cow horses they now excel at rodeo events for example speed games and reining, cutting, team penning. Their strong haunches help with rapid departs to collect a stray from a herd of cattle, or propel them around the barrels in a barrel race. Quarter Horse, racing, more like sprints than the Thoroughbred races we generally see, stays an exhilarating sport with tracks across North America. Speeds of up to 50 miles per hour have been recorded during Quarter Horse races that were extreme and the brief. They are equally at home under saddle or in harness where they’re temperaments that are steady generally make them the perfect beginner or family horse. Colour and Markings: Quarter Horses come in various palominos, roans, solid colors, greys, grullos, buckskins and duns. Color-coated horses like spotted coats or pintos are accepted in the AQHA registry provided that it can be demonstrated that both the sire and dam of the horse were registered Quarter Horses. Markings like stars, stockings, strips and blazes are common. History and Origins: Quarter Horses are a mix of Arabian, Spanish, and English bred horses. Because they have a small quantity of draft horse breeding, they're known as warmbloods like Canadian Horses or Morgans. There are eleven foundation Quarter Horse bloodlines. These eleven families are the ancestors of Quarter Horses all over the world. Although kind or the breed has been in existence since the 1600s the American Quarter Horse Registry started in 1940. The introduction of Thoroughbred bloodlines has created two distinct sorts of Quarter Horses. “Appendix Quarter Horses” have a tendency to be leaner and leggier. Unique Features: Quarter Horses are sure footed, fast over short distances and agile. They can not make uncomfortable mounts for trail riding and are dependable for all day farm work. The streamlined muscular shape of the basis kind Quarter Horse is unmistakable. With its steady, gentle and serene temperament they are horse or the ideal family horse for the beginner rider. Because they will have a steady temperament does not mean they can be slow to learn nonetheless. Many Quarter Horses have competition for example cutting and roping, or natural ‘cow sense’, that makes them simple to train for ranch work. Once trained, they need very little guidance from their rider. They have a tendency to be ‘ keepers that are easy ’ living well off of good pasture or hay. Champ and Celebrity American Quarter Horses: Wimpy was the first stallion listed in the AQHA registry. Racing Quarter Horse Easy Jet proved indefatigable as a two year old, winning 22 out of 26 beginnings. Even after having raced widely, he stayed strong and sound. Notable is notorious for passing on a condition known as Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis. HYPP Caballos Cuarto de Milla causes occasional seizure. All foals known to be a descendent of a horse that takes HYPP must be examined. HYPP is a danger because there are no warnings before a seizure can happen while the horse ridden or is being managed, and happens.