Quarter Horses

This post is last in a series of three discussing the horse breeds we have at the Rancho.  Our mix of Criollo, Mestizo and Quarter Horses has proven to be a successful combination that has delighted and exhilarated our guests for years.

Carlos with Tango

Tango

Picasso

Picasso

Armani

Armani

Armani, Picasso and Tango are all Quarter Horses.  Their massive quarters and unmistakable compact muscular silhouettes are trademarks of the breed.  These hardy boys are medium boned. Their heads are finely chiseled with a wide forehead and a flat profile.  Our  Quarter Horses vary in color, which isn’t unusual.  Roan, palomino, grey, grullo, buckskin and dun are all common, as are markings like stockings, stars, strips and blazes.

In general, Quarter Horses are extremely sure footed and agile.  They have a calm, gentle demeanor  and steady temperament.  Because they are quick learners, it is easy to train them.  They need very little guidance from their riders once they understand their job.  Together, these characteristics make them ideal for working cattle, competition (such as roping and barrel racing) or carrying a beginner on a ride through the open ranges of Mexico!  

Quarter Horses are a mixture of Arabian, Spanish, and English bred horses that were brought to North America in the 1600s and were used in every sort of work.  They are easy to keep, living well off of good pasture or hay.  And, they are noted for their ability to run very fast over short distances.  Some have been clocked running up to 50 miles per hour!

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