quarter horse


quarter horse


: a small, strong horse that can run very fast for short distances

Full Definition of QUARTER HORSE

:  any of a breed of compact muscular saddle horses developed in the United States and characterized by great endurance and by high speed for short distances

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from its high speed for distances up to a quarter of a mile
First Known Use: 1834

quarter horse

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Breed of light horse developed in the U.S. from Thoroughbred, Morgan, American saddlebred, and other stock as a quarter-mile racer. Though overshadowed by the Thoroughbred, it found a place in the western and southwestern U.S. as a stock horse (see cutting horse). Modern quarter horses are short and stocky, with a muscular build and a deep, broad chest. They are noted for fast starting, turning, and stopping ability, short-distance speed, and intelligence. They stand 14.3–16 hands (57–64 in., 145–163 cm) high, weigh 950–1,200 lbs (431–544 kg), and have a calm, cooperative temperament.


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