American Quater Horses

American quater horses and World horse breeds

American Quarter horses are the all-American horse bred in Virginia in the 17th century for riding and farm work.

Early settlers imported English horses and obtained “native mares – of Oriental and Spanish blood.



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The resulting offspring were extremely quick and ideally suited to work on the settlers’ farms, hauling goods, herding cattle and carrying people in carriages to church on Sundays.

It takes its name from the English settlers and their love of racing over quarter- mile tracks.

The breed is popular worldwide and the height ranges between 15 – 16hh (1.50 – 1.60m).

All solid coat colours are found in the breed -  bay, black, brown, buckskin, palomino, grey, dun, red dun, grullo (also occasionally referred to as blue dun), red roan, blue roan, bay roan, perlino, cremello, and white. So plenty of colour choice.


Sorrel is the common colour to be found which is -

A brownish red colour, part of the colour group called chestnut by most other breed registries.

A compact horse with short head and small, neat ears on a long and graceful flexible neck, strong shoulders and very powerful back end with a deep and wide body, oblong strong feet with same degree of slope as in pastern about 45 degrees.

Its speed and agility make it best-known today as a show horse, race horse, reining and cutting horse, rodeo competitor, ranch horse, and all-around family horse.

Quarter horses compete well in rodeo events such as barrel racing, calf roping and team roping, and gymkhana.

Other stock horse events such as cutting and reining are open to all breeds but also dominated by this breed of Horse.

Each year top competitors can earn over a million dollars in some of these events, travelling from one event to another.

Theses horses are an ideal competition horse for all disciplines.


American quater horses, image by Acantha





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