American Quarter Horse
Origin: North America ———————————————Common Uses: Dressage, general riding, hunting, jumping, mounted athletic
Height: from 14.2 to 17 hands
Description: stout, quick, and compact, the American Quarter Horse is the most popular Breed in the United States with more then 5 million registered with the American Quarter Horse Association. Clocked at speeds of 55mph, it is used in a number of equestrian disciplines, primarily associated with Western rodeo. It has a natural “cow sense”, giving it the ability to work well with cattle. Its unique characteristics and breeding have earned it the nicknames “America’s Horse” and “World’s Fastest Athlete”.
Prone to heath issues: this breed is subject to more heath issues then other breeds. With 5 known breed-specific health-issues, owners have to watch out for equine polysaccharide storage myopathy (EPSM/PSSM), GBED, HERDA, HYPP, and lethal white syndrome. —————————————————-
Multi-talented: The American Quarter Horse is capable of performing various tasks very well. The most common ones are Dressage, general riding, hunting, jumping, mounted athletics, racing, rodeo, and work. With a diverse set of abilities, this breed can accommodate the various needs of owners.