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Quarter Horse
Scientific Name:
Equus caballus
Family Name:
Origin or Range:
United States
about 14.3 hands tall for the Standard Quarters, while 16 hands or over for the Running Quarter.
Relatively Non-Aggressive
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Quarter Horse

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  The Quarter Horse is the most popular breed in America. Its single most valuable characteristic is that of being the most willing, easygoing, even-tempered of all the breeds. Whatever it is asked to do, it will give its all. American colonists crossed the more refined English stock with the Chickaswas, which is of Spanish stock and still in existence today. The original American Quarter Horses were hardy, fast and docile little horses that worked hard during the week and provided competitors with a speedy mount on short straight-aways on holidays. Later, with the developement of the Thoroughbred, it was discovered that no animal could run the quarter of a mile like the little colonial horse. The Quarter Horse was soon pushed out of the limelight by the popularity of the Thoroughbred, but by the early 1800's, the demand for a rugged and willing horse to help conquer the newly explored West put the Quarter Horse to work. They were saddled for cross-country treks and hitched to covered wagons. It was also discovered about this time by cowboys that the Quarter Horse retained the legacy of its Spanish ancestor for working cattle. Today, it is the largest breed registry in the world. There are two types of Quarter Horses; the Standard Quarters, which are stocky, compact, heavily muscled, necessary for cattle work, powerful hindquarters, a short back , well muscled neck and a broad, deep chest. Its head is also stil short and refined with tiny ears and wide set eyes. The Running Quarter Horses resemble their Thoroughbred ancestors in conformation, more of a greyhound look, but still with powerful hindquarters, a trademark of the breed. The Quarter horses come in 13 different colors including bay, chestnut, brown, black, dun, red dun, buckskin, palomino, blue roan, red roan, gray, grullo, and sorrel, which is the most popular. The average Quarter Horse usually lives 20 years, though some may live as long as 35 years with proper care.  
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