American Quarter Horses
    The American Quarter Horse is the first breed native to the U.S. They trace back to horse's taken to America by the Spanish Conquistadores. In the 17th and 18th centuries, English settlers used local Spanish-bred horses to breed with their own horses. They wanted to create a good work horse that could be ridden any way. The horses became a great help to the settlers. They helped heard cattle out west and could steer, stop, and make sharp turns well.
      Quarter horses can run a short distance over a straightaway faster than any other horse. The English settlers raced them on roads and clearings. Eventually, Thoroughbred racing developed. Quater horse racing become rare.
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The AQHA have set a strict line of guidlines regarding regestration of American Quarter Horses. An American Quarter Horse can only have limited white markings on the face and below the knees. There are 13 colors that the AQHA accepts. These colors are sorrel, bay, black, brown, buckskin, chestnut, dun, red dun, gray, grullo, palomino,  red roan, and blue roan. American Quarter Horses have heavy muscling, sprinter's speed, versatility, and a gentle nature.