Today’s Horse Facts: The American Quarter Horse
If you talk to anyone, horse lover or not, the person probably knows the name “American Quarter Horse,” one of the most popular horse breeds in the world. But I doubt whether the person would know why the breed is called that or where or when the horse got its name. Do you? Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:
- The Quarter Horse originated in colonial America as early as the 1800s.
- He was a cross between Chickasaw ponies called Spanish Barbs and the colonists tough work horses.
- The Quarter Horse is so named because he’s the fastest running horse for a quarter of a mile.
- Racing Quarter Horses in the Wild West was a very popular pastime.
- Quarter Horses are often called “Steel Dusts,” originating from one of the early prototype horses named Steel Dust in the mid-1800s.
- The Quarter Horse is a tall lanky horse.
- Quarter Horses are usually solid colors.
- It wasn’t until 1960 that the American Quarter Horse Association registry was formed to preserve the breed.
- This breed has a broad head and little “fox ears.”
- The trot and canter are very smooth gaits with Quarter Horses.
Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are an American Quarter Horse expert! Here are the answers:
- F They originated in colonial America as early as the 1600s.
- F This horse is short and stocky with a solid round rump
- F Sorrel is the predominant color, but a QH can be any of 17 different colors or combination of colors.
- F The AQHA registry started around 1940.
Well, do you know your horse facts about Quarter Horses? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the beautiful Quarter Horse breed:
Next time, we’ll take a ride to visit the splashy Appaloosa.