History tells that the Quarter Horse has its origins bearded descendants, Arab and Turkish. Brought to America by the Spaniards, stallions of these lines were crossed with mares coming from England imported to America around 1611. The crossing gave a compact horse, very muscular, able to reach a high speed over short distances. This genetic characteristic has remained permanently fixed in the Quarter Horse, to the delight of the people of the time and today. As America is developing rapidly from East to West, the Quarter Horse having a great facility of adaptation used to work on the farm, ranch, carry pioneers, go out on Saturday night, etc ...

Even if there has been an infusion of different breeds or types of horses in the genetics of the first quarter horses, we can recognize the conformation of the compact body, its strong musculature and its speed up to the modern times. the 1800s as the Quarter Horse becomes more popular. The American ranchers were looking for the horse who could do the hard work of keeping the flocks. With his strong cow sense, his calmness, his maneuverability, his athleticism, the Quarter Horse proved to be the fastest better choice for western ranchers. It was in 1939 that several horse men decided to found the Quarter Horse race; they undertook the necessary steps that took place on May 15, 1949. That day, a group of 75 people met in Forth Worth, Texas, and the American Quarter Horse Association was born

 

In 1946, the AQHA offices moved to Amarillo, Texas, where they are still there. The first list of registered horses was published in 1941. It included 556 horses which had been inspected and approved according to the characteristics desired by the AQHA. 'AQHA. The first 19 stallions were recognized as the founding stallions of the breed. The first stallion recorded belonged to the King Ranch: it was named Wimpy. The population of Quarter Horse horses in Quebec was 12,375 subjects in 1998 while the Canadian population was 189,602. Quebec had 596 new births in 1998 and ranked 6th in the Canadian provinces. Since 1995, the American Quarter Horse Association has been moderating the number of horses in the breed by treating all subjects aged 25 and over as deceased unless the owner proof (photo + veterinary certificate) that the latter is really alive.

 

THE MODERN QUARTER HORSE 

 

The modern Quarter Horse is a balanced, compact horse with unmatched athletic ability. It offers a whole range of performance possibilities, whether at home for the pleasure of hiking, competitions in western or classic classes, and even today to do the work on the ranches. he is a little taller than his ancestors; it measures between 14.2 hands and 16.2 hands, and can weigh between 900 and 1300 pounds. AQHA recognizes 13 colors ranging from brown to black, chestnut, gray, palomino, rouan, etc., but about a third of Quarter Horse horses are chestnut.