Breed Profile: American Quarter Horse

During summer camp (or winter camp, or spring camp) the kids learn about horse breeds and colors. This is one of my favorite lectures to teach because I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to color genetics and breed histories. The kids seem┬áto enjoy it as well, mostly because at the end we walk through the barn and they point at every single horse we pass and ask, “what breed is that!!?”

I encourage them to figure it out on their own, and they’re usually 60/40 on their answers. The most common answer by far is Quarter Horse (or QH cross). Some of our most beloved school horses like Sugar and Puzzle belong to this breed, which is the most popular breed in the United States, so here’s the story of these wonderful, versatile horses.

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