Presenting the Quarter Horse


the Quarter Horse

When you read the name “Quarter horse” are you wondering how he got that name? The name came because Quarter horses were even faster than Thoroughbreds at running a quarter mile or less. You probably remember that a very speedy Thoroughbred can run about forty miles an hour. These racing Quarter horses had very strong legs and lots of muscles in their hindquarters to help them run fast. Can you believe that Quarter horses can run as fast as fifty-five miles an hour? That’s part of the reason that some people call the Quarter horse the “World’s greatest athlete.”  That’s fast indeed. You might have been thinking that the name “Quarter horse” meant you only get part of a horse. Aren’t you glad that’s not true? You can see the picture above of a beautiful Quarter Horse!

Quarter Horses are generally sturdy and have a wonderful temperament. They’re less high strung than Thoroughbreds, and ca be easier to handle.


What are some of the things the Quarter Horse specializes in? They are very versatile and can learn many things. Quarter Horses are excellent western rodeo horses because they are very agile and can turn quickly and run fast. That makes them good at barrel racing, where they are judged in how fast they can weave in and out of barrels. Of course, these are some of the same talents that they would need if they were working on a ranch. The type of Quarter horse that works on ranches is called a Stock Quarter Horse.


What are some of the things the Quarter horse specializes in? They are very versatile and can learn many things. Quarter Horses are excellent western rodeo horses because they are very agile and can turn quickly and run fast. That makes them good at barrel racing, where they are judged in how fast they can weave in and out of barrels. Of course, these are some of the same talents that they would need if they were working on a ranch. The type of Quarter horse that works on ranches is called a Stock Quarter Horse. Suppose you ride English, (like Princess Anne does) rather than Western? (like cowboys do)  You might train your Quarter Horse to compete in horse shows where you would jump. Then you would prefer a hunter/jumper type Quarter horse, who isn’t as muscular as the ones who work on ranches or compete in rodeos.


Are you wondering how the Quarter Horses got to America?  In the 1600’s, the colonists who lived in Eastern United States crossed some of their English Thoroughbreds with some horses that the Indians owned called Chickasaw horses. The Spanish people brought them to America and most of them lived in the area of New Mexico. Later on, the Spanish settlers became known as Conquistadors. They learned that if they crossed Quarter Horses with wild Mustangs, the baby horses were naturally talented for ranch work when they grew up. By the nineteenth century, Quarter Horses had become so popular that very ranches were established, especially in the state of Texas. Two of the most famous are the King Ranch, located in Kingsville, Texas and the Waggoner Ranch, near Vernon, Texas. Both of these ranches still exist today and are famous for their Quarter Horses. Around 1940, the ranchers in Texas decided to start a Quarter Horse registry to protect the breed and its history. The first Quarter Horse to be registered was named Wimpy. Doesn’t that seem like a funny name for a Quarter Horse who was probably muscular?  He lived at King Ranch.

I hope you’ve had fun learning more about Quarter Horses and what they like to do. Thank you for stopping by to read about them. 

*some information from the internet

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