September 04, 2010

MY FAVORITE HORSE BREEDS ~ QUARTER HORSE BY DARBY American Quarter Horse!!!!! Why I Like Them: They are a sweet, good natured, all around horse breed. The are also very beautiful, and come in almost any coloring. History: Back in the late 1700’s the colonists came across a horse breed that combined the English horses with the Chickasaw breed, which was a descendent of the Arabia and Barb, brought into the southeast United States by the Spanish Conquistadors. What they had was a small, sturdy horse that was quick and nimble and showed signs of superior intelligence and a willingness to work. As flat land horse racing became popular, this fast animal, achieving speeds of up to 55 miles per hour over short distances soon dominated the quarter mile track and was aptly named the quarter miler, or quarter horse. As the quarter horse breed continued to gain popularity, its gentle nature led it to be used as a riding horse and due to its strength was soon performing other work on many of the early farms. The breed seemed to have a natural instinct for working around cattle as well. When the settlers began surging west in the 1800’s, the quarter horse breed was the horse of choice of the early cowboys, being used for cattle round-up due to their speed and agile maneuverability and quickly became the horses that cowboys counted on for their daily duties on cattle ranches. As with most activities undertaken by the early cowboys, the duties performed by them and their horses, quickly turned into competition, setting the stage for rodeo riding, and the quarter horse breed excelled at calf roping, team roping and barrel racing. ~~~ Facts: 1. The AQH has a small straight head, with alert eyes and ears. 2. The horse has a big, wide, broad chest. 3. The AQH can be used for any riding, from Western Ranch Sorting and Team Roping to Ausstralian Equitation. 4. The American Quarter Horse is one of the most versatile breeds, with affinities for racing, working, and riding. The Quarter Horse outnumbers every other breed of horse in the world. With a registry of over a million registered horses he is popular everywhere. The AQHA has been registering horses since the 1940s which is a relatively short amount of time compared to the much older Arabian breed. ~~~ Movies: Work'n Quarterhorse: Ranch Horse (Part 1), Casey's Shadow, The Winning Halter Horse Books: The American Quarter Horse: An Introduction To Selection, Care and Enjoyment, American Quarter Horse Journal, Horse Diaries #3: Koda, Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares (Volume 1) Photos: Thanks, Darby!! This was a great idea for a column, Lisbeth! We love the Arabian and the Quarter Horse, too! Your Horse Pals, @raya and @very

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