With more than 4.6 million registrations, this horse breed holds the record on the popularity scale worldwide. No other breed has so many representatives at the start. And this majority does not come about without reason.
The "Quarter" ( = its affectionate abbreviation) convinces throughout with relevant arguments. A horse that sneaks into our hearts for a reason. See for yourself why the American Quarter Horse is so sought after by horse love
Horses brought to America from Europe and the Orient (e.g. Arabians, Barbary horses, cold-blooded horses, Spanish and English thoroughbreds) formed the basic lineage of today's Quarter Horse. Particularly noteworthy was the Spanish influence and the proportion of thoroughbreds from England. In this period of origin, around the 15th and 16th centuries, only those horse breeds that were robust enough could develop further. The sturdy Quarter resulted from this. Today, the breeding goal is defined in different subdivisions. More about this later.
Its Visual Appearance
The Quarter Horse is one of those horse breeds that are very easy to recognise externally. The very pronounced musculature is immediately noticeable. A particularly powerful, sloping hindquarters allows powerful thrust.
The back and shoulders also have visible muscles. The chest is generously laid out and already reveals from the front that this is a mighty stable horse with a top foundation.
A well shaped neck of suitable length leads into the withers, which often flow far into the back area. The depth of the girth is optimally measured. Muscular, stable legs with firm hooves provide the necessary grip.
The striking Western horses have a pretty wedge-shaped head, rather small ears and beautiful, gentle eyes, which reflect the open and relaxed nature of the Quarter. The forehead area is relatively broad. Despite the large cheek pouches there is sufficient cheek freedom.
The coat is silky and of normal density. In some Quarter Horse representatives the mop of hair may be somewhat sparse. The tail is low set.
The stature varies from 148 cm to approx. 163 cm. This wide range is the result of breeding or the desired breeding goal. In any case very individual and interesting in many ways. More about this in the suitability of these beautiful animals.
The coat pattern of the Quarter Horse
As with many horse breeds, there is plenty of "illustrative material". Almost all coat colours can be found, with the exception of piebald. This is only allowed on Paint Horses (= pied, spotted Quarter Horses)!
The main coat colour is clearly the chestnut (called "sorrel" in American). However, this colouring is subdivided into sorrels with stitch hairs ("Red roan") or sweat sorrels ("Chestnut").
Browns ("Bay") are also widespread. The colour "Buckskin" is popular and is characterised by a beautiful sandy earth tone. Mouse grey ("Grullo") is rarer and usually has a dark eel line on the back. Even zebra stripes are then possible on the legs.
Lighter coat colours are dun ("Falbe") and isabell ("Palomino"). In the meantime there are also Cremellos. This is a rather light Isabell. You will find fewer markings on Quarter Horses. Also black and white horses are not so numerous.
The inner values
The American Quarter Horse is characterised by its high willingness to perform and its coolness. It is good-natured and very cooperative. The positive sensitivity of these horses makes them rideable partners. They belong to the horse breeds that have a so-called "cow-sense". This means that they have it in their blood to select and drive cattle precisely and independently. This ability makes the Quarter especially popular for ranchers, cowboys and in western riding. They are by far the best western horses!
It is not only the work on cattle that makes these agile little horses so valuable. These western horses also shine in other areas. They have always impressed with their enormous sprint in horse racing. In fact, they are the fastest horses in the world at a quarter mile! Hence the name of the powerhouses: Quarter = "quarter". As you can see, they really perform at their best and break records effortlessly. Without a doubt highly motivated partners!
The versatility of this breed is already emphasised in the breeding process. Different Quarter types are needed for the various Western disciplines in equestrian sport. The requirements in Show, Reining, Horsemanship, Cutting etc... each require a suitable conformation.
Western riding really covers a wide spectrum and benefits from the selective breeding of Stock type (very compact, older breeding line), Halter type (extremely muscular horses) and Pleasure type (finer and larger). Thus, the American Quarter Horse can act flexibly in equestrian sport and convinces as an extremely sought-after all-rounder in Western riding.
But not only as pure Western horses do the harmoniously built Quarter make a great picture. You can always count on their coolness and surefootedness in the country or on a trail ride. In addition, the soft gaits, especially the jog (= slow trot), are the dream of every leisure rider.
Do you want to feel like a real cowgirl? Ride an American Quarter and experience the pure USA feeling!
Animal's Brush Recommendation for the American Quarter Horse:
For a thorough cleaning of the horse's coat use our Care Flex horsehair Cardine brush, which removes both loose dust and dirt from the horse's coat.
The Quarter Horse impresses with its silky,shiny coat and wants a brush that particularly emphasises the shine. Our Care Flex shine brush made of real goat hair not only provides a beautiful shine on the coat, but also grooms fluffy soft.