The American Quarter Horse

Five Oaks Ranch - .American Quarter Horse stock originated from Arab, Barb and Turk breeds shipped to the Americas by Spanish traders and explorers. Selected horses from these herds were crossed with stock that came from Ireland and England in the early seventeenth century. The cross produced a compact, muscular horse, capable of doing a long day’s work on the range with a heavy saddle and a full-grown man on his back. In the 1800’s, the breed became known as the greatest cattle round-up and trail-driving horse ever. But it could also run a quarter mile distance faster than any other horse. This talent made the breed popular as a weekend match racing horse and earned him his name: ’The Celebrated Quarter Mile Running Horse.’

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