Fun Quarter Horse Facts For Kids

Divya Raghav
Nov 02, 2022 By Divya Raghav
Originally Published on Aug 17, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
Fact-checked by Kidadl Team
Read these interesting quarter horse facts below to learn more about this breed of American horse, the American Quarter Horse, which is, in fact, the quickest breed of horses known to men.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 6.4 Min

The quarter horse, alternatively known as the American quarter horse, is known for its stocky and muscular build with a broad chest and powerful muscles. This breed of horse is bred specifically to run at high speeds for short distances, namely a quarter of a mile, and that's why it has been named the 'quarter horse'. It is a very friendly breed that is believed to possess 'cow sense,' which makes it compatible for herding with cows and other cattle, which is why the cattle herders tame them. The history of these horses, which are now used in races, dates back to the time when an imported horse from England was bred with a native thoroughbred to give birth to the American quarter horse. The AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) organizes many events every year for these horses.

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Quarter Horse Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Quarter Horse?

An American quarter horse is a species of horse that has a strong build and can cover short distances at very high speed, namely a quarter-mile. It is one of the few breeds of horse that the early colonists bred with their English thoroughbreds and with some Spanish breeds. This horse breed is found abundantly in America and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), based in Texas, is the largest breed registry in the world, with almost five million American quarter horses registered. Some other types of horses are draft horses, paint horses, and Przewalski's horses.

What class of animal does a Quarter Horse belong to?

An American quarter horse is a breed of horse, and like all the other breeds of horses, it belongs to the class Mammalia.

How many American Quarter Horses are there in the world?

As per the American Quarter Horse Association(AQHA), there are almost five million American Quarter Horses registered in the studbook of the AQHA.

Where do American Quarter Horses live?

The American quarter horse is a domestic breed of horse usually found in stables, ranches, and fields of humans. Early cowboys used these breeds in their fields for herding the cattle as they are believed to possess 'cow sense', which makes them compatible with cows and other cattle.

What is the American Quarter Horse habitat?

Being ranching and race horses, the habitat of the American quarter horse is restricted to ranches or fields in North America, Central America, and Europe.

Who do Quarter horses live with?

American quarter horses are domestic horses usually bred for racing, riding, or ranching purposes resulting in fairly solitary lives or with other horses of a similar breed. The American quarter horse breed is known for its friendly temperament, which makes it compatible when being around cattle and humans; this attitude makes it the most popular horse breed in the country for racing and riding.

How long does a quarter horse live?

The lifespan of an American quarter horse ranges from 20-25 years, but with proper breeding and grooming, the life expectancy of this racing and ranch horse can be increased.

How do they reproduce?

The American quarter horse has similar breeding patterns to most other horse breeds. Their breeding season begins somewhere around April. In a wild setting, the horses live in groups driven by a solitary male horse, known as a stallion. The stallion mates with every female horse of the group, known as mares. After mating, the female horses go through an incubation time of around 11 months. However, this may vary from horse to horse. The two breeds that make a quarter horse are the Spanish and English horses.

In most events, mares give birth to a solitary baby horse, known as a foal.

What is their conservation status?

The exact conservation status of the American Quarter Horse is not available, but as per AQHA, there are more than 5 million quarter horses in the world that they have recognized. So we can say that their conservation status is of Least Concern.

American Quarter Horse Fun Facts

What does American Quarter Horse look like?

Quarter Horse

American quarter horses are known to be the most popular breed of American riding and race competition horses. The American quarter horse has a short but solid body, a wide chest, and very powerful hindquarters, making them perfect for races and other competitions. There are two fundamental types of this breed: the stock sort and the racing or hunting sort. The stock type is shorter, stockier, and yet extremely fast. The hunting and racing type of American quarter horse is taller and smoother than the stock kind, intently taking after the English thoroughbred.

How cute are they?

This western horse breed is extremely cute with its beautifully sorrel-colored and strong body, which is why they are so popular in America.

How do they communicate?

The American quarter horse is a very social breed, and they communicate to each other through sounds and body movements.

How big is a quarter horse?

The heights of the American quarter horse ranges somewhere between 56-64 in (142-163 cm).

How fast can a quarter horse run?

The average speed of an American Quarter Horse is 54.9 mph (88.5 kph).

How much does a quarter horse weigh?

They weigh 1100-1300 lb (498-589 kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

The male is called a stallion, and the female is called a mare.

What would you call a baby Quarter Horse?

A baby American quarter horse is called a foal.

What do they eat?

Like all the other breeds of quarter horses, the American quarter horse is herbivorous in nature, which means that it feeds on plants and doesn't eat other animals. They feed mainly upon grasses. However, they are also able to digest homegrown grains like soybeans, horse feed, oats, corn, flax, wheat, and clover.

Are they dangerous?

No, these quarter horses are very friendly in nature, and with proper taming and training, they prove to be harmless to humans as well as to cattle and animals.

Would they make a good pet?

Indeed, these American quarter horses make good pets. However, as with any horse breed involved, the owner ought to completely comprehend the responsibility that comes with them. Taking care of these horses, shielding them, and their clinical consideration can be very costly and tedious.

Did you know...

Peter Mccue was the greatest American Quater Horse breeder of all time.

How can you tell a Quarter Horse?

To identify a quarter horse, the following points should be kept in mind. They ought to have a major, expansive temple, and most quarter horses have large, solid bodies ideal for running short distances. The halter kind of quarter horse is the greatest of the various varieties. Their hindquarters are higher than the shrivels, making a descending slant from the hip to the foundation of the neck, and the most well-known color for quarter horses is a variety of chestnuts called sorrel, which is a shade of red. Quarter horses run brief distances super quick; their heavenly body permits them to do this.

Why are Quarter Horses so popular?

They are known to be a very popular breed in all of the horse breeds in the country of the U.S and other western countries as champion race and show horses for all ages. The early colonists of Virginia began their racing towards the end of the 18th century and soon after, the cowboys began using them for the purpose of ranching in the forthcoming century. These champion racers have been popular ever since for their ability to cover short distances up to a quarter-mile in very little time. In fact, quarter horses are so popular that a hall of fame has been introduced by the AQHA, where the top quarter horses are celebrated every year. A quarter horse is good, and one of the horse breeds best known for its temperament.

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You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable quarter horse coloring pages.

Quarter Horse Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Grass, grains, barley, soybean, oats, corn

What Type of Animal were they?


Average Litter Size?

1 foal

How Much Did They Weigh?

1100-1300 lb (498-589 kg)

What habitat Do they Live In?

grasslands, meadows, fields

Where Do They Live?

north and south america, europe

How Long Were They?

56-64 in (142-163 cm)

How Tall Were They?

60 in (152.4 cm)







Scientific Name

Equus ferus caballus

What Do They Look Like?

Chestnut, cremello gray, palomino

Skin Type


What Are Their Main Threats?

genetic diseases

What is their Conservation Status?

Least Concern
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Written by Divya Raghav

Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

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Divya RaghavBachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

With a diverse range of experience in finance, administration, and operations, Divya is a diligent worker known for her attention to detail. Born and raised in Bangalore, she completed her Bachelor's in Commerce from Christ University and is now pursuing an MBA at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore. Along with her professional pursuits, Divya has a passion for baking, dancing, and writing content. She is also an avid animal lover who dedicates her time to volunteering for animal welfare causes.

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