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|Subject: American Quarter Horse Sat May 07 2011, 01:07|| |
: American Quarter HorseSpecies
: There are 17 recognized colors for American Quarter Horses. The most common color is Sorrel. Other colors include bay, black, brown, chestnut, dun, buckskin, red dun, grullo, palomino, gray, red roan, blue roan, bay roan, cremello, perlino and white. In the past, spotted color patterns were excluded, but now with the advent of DNA testing to verify parentage, the registry accepts all colors as long as both parents are registered.Height
: Quarter Horses range in size from about 14.3 to 15.3 hands high. The introduction of Thoroughbred bloodlines has contributed to an increase in height and Quarter Horses 16 hands high and more are not unusual.Basic History:
The modern Quarter Horse has a small, short, refined head with a straight profile, and a strong, well-muscled body, featuring a broad chest and powerful, rounded hindquarters. They usually stand between 14 and 16 hands high, although some Halter-type and English hunter-type horses may grow as tall as 17 hands.
There are two main body types: the stock type and the hunter or racing type. The stock horse type is shorter, more compact, stocky and well muscled, yet agile. The racing and hunter type Quarter Horses are somewhat taller and smoother muscled than the stock type, more closely resembling the Thoroughbred.
The American Quarter Horse is intelligent, docile, agile, strong and versatile. They are easily backed and handled.Pictures: