The American Quarter Horse originates from the US and is the oldest surviving American horse breed. It was developed by the settlers of Virginia and the Carolinas by crossing local Chickasaw Indian Mustang ponies with Thoroughbred horses imported from the UK and was used in the first horse races of North America. The Quarter Horse was recognised in 1941 and is now the most popular breed in the US. The Quarter Horse has also been exported to many other countries.
The American Quarter Horse stands 14.3 to 16.1 hh.
American Quarter horses can be any solid colour, most often chestnut.
The American Quarter Horse has a short head, muscular neck, short body with powerful shoulders and hindquarters and strong legs. They are strong, fast and able to make quick starts and tight turns.
The American Quarter Horse is intelligent, docile, agile, strong and versatile. They are easily backed and handled.
American Quarter Horses are used as general riding horses, for cattle work, rodeos, polo and racing.