Equine racing is a well-known sporting activity around the globe. The sport originated from the early human civilizations and has sustained its first-rate status amongst the nobles for centuries. The game was often lauded as the “game for the kings” as anyone that was able to compete in the sport was usually the individuals of the higher class in society. And thus, due to the influence of these superior individuals, the sport became a major hit worldwide.
But as any sport goes, different countries that adapted equine racing have instilled their own customs and norms around it. However, the basic premise that of the game remains the same – to single out the fastest equine of the group. Thus, the equine and the breed were of utmost importance to any equestrian back then and in the present. And amongst these breeds, the Quarter horse is one of the well-reputed breeds. Other commonly recognized breeds are Arabian Equines, TB’s and Friesians.
Exclusive characteristics of quarter horses
Quarterhorse average height and weight
In general, a properly bred, healthy horse would grow up to about 13 – 15.5 hands (55 – 65 inches) in average height. The horse would weigh up to about 950 – 1200 pounds (411 – 545 kilograms) but the English hunter type, grows up to about 62 inches.
These horses usually come in varied colors according to their bloodline. The most commonly seen colors are brownish red, chestnut, and sorrel. Other colors include the usual black, gray and brown. Some equines can be seen with different spotted patterns on their bodies as well. In the past the association did not agree to register horses with spotted patterns, however, subsequently, they came to the conclusion that if both the parents of the quarter equine is registered, the spotted equines will be accepted as well.
The American Quarter Horse Association has recognized two principle body types that will be regarded for registration, the Stock type, and Ranch type.
The stock type equines are shorter, rather compact and heavily muscled. As these equines are agile in nature, they are trimmed out for livestock controlling and as gathering equines for a country yard.
The Ranch horses are similar to TB’s. They are taller, have stronger legs and are made with smoother muscles. They are more suited for professional racing and are usually bred for sprinting small distances ranging from 200 – 900 yards. This is how the name “Quarterhorse’ came into being. With their accelerated sprinting, they would be ahead of their competitors by a quarter-mile.
These equines were bred with a long bloodline of TB’s, Arabian equines and Morgan’s that were shipped in the 16th and 17th century. Therefore, in general, these equines have refined heads, well-muscled bodies, and strong chest and legs. The breed is well known for its sharp cut runs, accelerated sprinting and turning. Apart from professional racing, these horses are also used for rodeo performances of cowboys and as ranch equines in the western side of the USA. Overall, the quarter equine is a calm, cooperative and very social breed to have.
There are a few genetically drawn diseases that the equine is bound to have either due to the genes of the parents or infection. In accordance with the recommendations of the veterinary professionals, it is wiser to consult your veterinarian to check on your horse for the diseases. A few a given below
- HYPP [Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis Disease] – muscle twitching and weakness
- HERDA [Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia]– a skin disease
- GBED [Glycogen Branching Enzyme Deficiency]– dysfunction in heart and skeletal muscles
- EPSM [Equine polysaccharide storage myopathy]– muscle tissue damage
Highlights of price ranges of quarter horses
The price of a quarter horse largely depends on its age, conformation, ancestry and a few other market factors.
Another important fact that we would like to highlight here is that the most common place you would see any horse for sale in the auctions. The starting prices at any auction depend on the time period, place its happening and the crowd attending as well. The purse value the horse wins over the course of his racing career greatly influences its selling price. Ideally, a racing equine with a high purse value will be sold at an equally high price. Of course; this is because their offspring would potentially be excellent racing equines in the future.
On average a Quarter horses sale price would be between $6,000 and $20,000 at a normal auction. Again, the prices may vary according to the track record and career of the particular horse.