Physical Features of the American Quarter Horse
The American Quarter horse comprises of 2 types of bodies.
1). The Stock type
In this type, the horse has a short compact body that is agile and muscular.
2). The Hunter or Racing type
This type of American Quarter horses has a comparatively taller body with smooth muscles.
Generally, the American Quarter horse has a heavy but short muscular body. They provide a comfortable and elegant ride with their short-footed descent gait.
Quarter horses have a straight and flat body profile with a short and refined head, broad forehead, deep and broad chest, and rounded hindquarters. Their shoulders are sloping yet strong with a bush-like long tail. The eyes are large almond-shaped with pointed ears. Their legs are strong and muscular but the feet are small.
The average life of an American Quarter horse is between 25 to 35 years approximately.
Height and Weight
The American Quarter horses are the bulky horse breed. Their height ranges from 56 to 64 inches. Some horses of this breed have been noticed with height up to 68 inches.
The weight of this breed is about 950 to 1200 pounds. Some horses can be a bit heavier.
Coat and Colors
Generally, the Quarter horse possesses a plain coat with a solid color but the spotted coat is also accepted with registered parents. White markings on face and legs are also common in the American Quarter horses. The Quarter horse is available and accepted in almost all colors. The most common and famous color of a Quarter horse is sorrel brownish-red. This is almost the same color as the chestnut. The other colors available for a Quarter horse are grullo, grey, buckskin, bay, black, brown, palomino, white, cremello, blue roan, bay roan, and red roan.