Quarter Horses are a breed of horses that run extremely fast for short distances. Some horses have been clocked at the speed of 55 miles per hour. The horse is very popular in the United States today.
The horses are very valuable as working ranch horse, they are also known for racing, horse shows and rodeos. The horse is well known for speedy maneuvers required for barrel racing, calf roping and other rodeo events.
In the early years these horses were used for work during the week and a race horse on weekends. The main duty of the ranch horse in the west was working cattle. Even after automobiles were invented, horses were still used for handling livestock. Large ranches in the Texas area had a large role in the development of the modern Quarter Horse. The foundation of the rodeo came by the skills of the ranch hands and their horses.
The rodeo was a contest with completion between cowboys and expanded to major events through the world. Today the horse dominates the sport in speed and in competition.
Today the horses are known best for show horse, ranch horse, race horse, rodeo completion and all around family horse. Quarter Horses also compete well in rodeo events like team roping, calf roping and barrel racing.
The modern Quarter Horse has a small, short, head with a straight profile, and a well muscled body, featuring a broad chest and rounded hindquarters. They normally stand between 14 and 16 hands high (56 to 64 in/140 to 160 cm).
The horses come in a variety of colors. The most common is the sorrel, a brownish red.