The American Quarter Horse is North America’s most popular strain. 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 strain excels as a working, family or show horse. The American Quarter Horse is among 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 level profile. Their legs are tough without being rough, and their shoulders and haunches are buff and heavy. There are a few distinct kinds of Quarter Horses, such as the more leggy racing stock, or the more streamlined reining kinds. The infusion of Thoroughbred bloodlines has affected character and the appearance of some Quarter Horses. Foundation Quarter Horses are bred to remain true to the original Quarter Horse type, used for cows 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 which were held by Carrera de Caballos settlers. These were hardy working horses. Quarter Horses are known for their ‘cow sense’. Once widely used as working cow horses they now excel at rodeo events such as reining, cutting, team penning and rate games. Their strong haunches help with departs that is fast to gather a stray from a herd of cattle, or propel them around the barrels in a barrel race. Quarter Horse, racing compared to the Thoroughbred races we typically see, remains an exhilarating sport with tracks across North America. Rates of up to 50 miles per hour have been recorded during the brief and Quarter Horse races that were extreme. They're equally at home under saddle or in harness where they’re dispositions that are steady generally make them the ideal beginner or family horse. Colour and Markings: Quarter Horses come in many different solid colours, roans, palominos, greys, grullos, buckskins and duns. Colour-coated horses for example pintos or spotted coats are accepted in the AQHA registry so long as it can be shown that both sire and dam of the horse were registered Quarter Horses. Markings like strips, stars, stockings and blazes are common. History and Sources: Quarter Horses are a mix of Arabian, Spanish, and English bred horses. Because they've a small amount of draft horse breeding, they're known as warmbloods like Canadian Horses or Morgans. There are eleven basis Quarter Horse bloodlines. These eleven families are the ancestors of Quarter Horses all over the world. Although the strain or type continues to be in existence since the 1600s the American Quarter Horse Registry commenced in 1940. The intro of Thoroughbred bloodlines has created two distinct types of Quarter Horses. “Appendix Quarter Horses” have a tendency to be slimmer and leggier. Exceptional Features: Quarter Horses are sure footed, fast over short distances and agile. They could not make uncomfortable mounts for trail riding and are dependable for all day farm work. The streamlined muscular shape of the basis sort Quarter Horse is unmistakable. With its mild, calm and steady conduct they are horse or the ideal family horse for the beginner rider. Because they will have a steady disposition will not mean they are slow to learn nevertheless. Many Quarter Horses have natural ‘cow sense’, that makes them simple to train for ranch work, or competition such as roping and cutting. Once trained, they need almost no guidance from their rider. They have a tendency to be ‘ keepers that are easy ’ living well off of great pasture or hay. Winner 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 beginnings. After having rushed extensively, he stayed strong and sound. Impressive is notorious for passing on a condition referred to as Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis. HYPP causes occasional seizure like symptoms. All foals known to be a descendent of a horse that takes HYPP must be tested. HYPP is a danger because there aren't any warnings before a seizure can occur while the horse ridden or has been handled, and occurs.