quarter horse


Definition of quarter horse

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Los Alamitos has been hosting thoroughbred meets since 2014, when the traditional quarter horse track added a mile-long oval following the closure of Hollywood Park (now the site of Los Angeles’ under-construction NFL stadium). Jack Harris, latimes.com, "At Los Alamitos’ opening day of horse racing, a feeling of ‘less stress’," 29 June 2019 Its 6666 Ranch, known as the Four Sixes, has long been one of the biggest in Texas and much celebrated for its Black Angus cattle, quarter horses and oil. New York Times, "Anne Marion, Texas Rancher, Heiress and Arts Patron, Dies at 81," 25 Feb. 2020 Their father, Jeff, who wears 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots, moved to Leadville from Minnesota and began buying quarter horses. Shauna Farnell, New York Times, "The Wild West, on Skis," 19 Mar. 2020 In one of the stranger Texas cases, the IRS seized more than 100 quarter horses after prosecutors in Austin accused Zetas drug cartel leaders of using their U.S. citizen brother as a front for a breeding and racing business funded by drug money. Jason Buch, ExpressNews.com, "Money laundering fallout: feds selling homes without knowledge of tenants," 24 Feb. 2020 Cierra Warner, of Santa Rosa, brought her quarter horse Levi and three other horses from Chalk Hill Ranch near Healdsburg. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Live updates: Kincade Fire in Sonoma is erratic, jumping lines," 24 Oct. 2019 When the Yankees gave a day for Mickey Mantle in 1965, the guest of honor received a car, two quarter horses and trips to Rome, Nassau and Puerto Rico. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Bruce Bochy saluted with South Bay IPA bearing his name, brewed by former ballplayer," 31 July 2019 The Alameda County Fair offers three $8,000 stakes for non-thoroughbreds: the Pleasanton Mule Sprint, June 29; the Jack Robinson Handicap for quarter horses, July 4; the Pleasanton Arabian Stakes, July 6. Larry Stumes, SFChronicle.com, "Northern California horse racing heads for the fair circuit," 13 June 2019 In 1983, Baffert moved to California to train at the famous Los Alamitos quarter horse track near Los Angeles. Rob Hodgetts And Aly Vance, CNN, "Top trainer Bob Baffert: 'Once horses get in your blood, you can't get out'," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of quarter horse

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quarter horse

from its high speed for distances up to a quarter of a mile

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The first known use of quarter horse was in 1822

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20 May 2020

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“Quarter horse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarter%20horse. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of quarter horse

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

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Kids Definition of quarter horse

: a stocky muscular saddle horse capable of running fast for short distances

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