The American Quarter Horse is North America popular breed. With QH devotees world wide the AQHA is the largest breed registry. The AQHA states there are over five million registered American Quarter Horses world wide. The strain shines as family, a working 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 brow that was wide and should have a flat profile. Their legs are sturdy without being coarse, and their shoulders and haunches are heavy and buff. There are several distinct kinds of Quarter Horses, like the racing stock that is leggy, or the more compact reining sorts. 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 from the quarter mile races that were held by settlers. These were hardy working horses. Quarter Horses are known for their ‘cow sense’. Once widely used as working cow horses they excel at rodeo events such as reining, cutting, team penning and rate games. Their strong haunches help with departs that is rapid to gather a stray from a herd of cows, or propel them around the barrels in a barrel race. Quarter Horse, racing, more like sprints compared to the Thoroughbred races we ordinarily find, remains an exhilarating sport with tracks across North America. Rates of up to 50 mph have been recorded during intense Quarter Horse races and the short. They're equally at home under saddle or in harness where they’re dispositions that are steady frequently make them the ideal beginner or family horse. Colour and Markings: Quarter Horses come in various palominos, roans, solid colors, greys, grullos, buckskins and duns. Color-coated horses for example spotted coats or pintos are accepted in the AQHA registry as long as it can be proven that the sire and dam of the horse were registered Quarter Horses. Markings like stockings, stars, strips and blazes are common. History and Sources: Quarter Horses are a mix of Arabian, Spanish, and English bred horses. They are known as warmbloods like Morgans or Canadian Horses, because they've a small amount of draft horse breeding. There are eleven foundation Quarter Horse bloodlines. These eleven families are the ancestors of Quarter Horses around the globe. Although the strain or kind Caballo Cuarto de Milla has been in existence since the 1600s the American Quarter Horse Registry began in 1940. The launch of Thoroughbred bloodlines has created two different kinds of Quarter Horses. “Appendix Quarter Horses” have a tendency to be leggier and more slender. Unique Features: Quarter Horses are quick over short distances, sure footed and agile. They can not make uncomfortable are dependable for all-day farm work and mounts for trail riding. The streamlined buff shape of the basis kind Quarter Horse is unmistakable. With its gentle, serene and steady demeanor they're horse or the ideal family horse for the beginner rider. Because they will have a steady temperament does not mean they are slow to learn nevertheless. Many Quarter Horses have natural ‘cow sense’, that makes them easy to train for ranch work, or competition such as roping and cutting. Once trained, they want very little guidance from their rider. They have a tendency to be ‘ easy keepers ’ living well off of hay or great pasture. Champ and Celeb 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 starts. Even after having raced widely, he stayed strong and sound. Striking is infamous for passing on a condition called Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis. HYPP causes occasional seizure like symptoms. All foals known to be a descendent of a horse that carries HYPP must be analyzed. Because there are no warnings before a seizure happens, and can happen while the horse has been handled or ridden HYPP is a hazard.