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American Quarter Horse – Evolution of the Breed

  The American Quarter Horse is the first breed of horse native to the United States. The breed evolved when the bloodlines of horses brought to the New World were mixed. Foundation AQH stock originated from Arab, Turk and Barb breeds. Selected Stallions and Mares were crossed with horses brought to Colonial America from England and Ireland in the 1600’s. This combination resulted in a compact, heavily muscled horse that evolved to fill the colonists passion for short distance racing.   Let's dive right in.   The Evolution of the American Quarter HorseThe amazing power behind a quarter horse enabled this great animal to run short distances over a straightaway faster than any other horse with the fastest being named...

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