Question by Javier D: When did the Quarter Horse begin to be used and raised in the western United States?
When did the Quarter Horse begin to be used and raised in the western United States? Because the breed was originally created in Virginia and the Carolinas, right?
I tell you too that I have watched photos of western Usa at the end of 19 century and horses I saw were not quarter horse,but today the most of horses I see at western Usa are quarter horse
Answer by Jeff Sadler
The quarter horse was around early but they were not popular. They did not become popular until cars became the common means of transportation. Until that time most horses were gaited. People did not like to ride non gaited horses all day long….simply put, they are too hard on your bottom and their shorter, thicker muscles lack the stamina of the longer muscled saddle type horses. But once cars took over most transportation, the QH began to reign supreme because of it fast acceleration and high performance in short bursts.
Me I am sorry but it is you who are wrong. The old time cowboys did NOT like the QH it was at that time a ‘junk’ horse. Despite the disinformation assembled by the AQHA. Look at the old time photos of the west and most of what you will see are early versions of the Saddlebred and the TWH. Tall and lanky. or mixed breed gaited horses….some of which were little things like this one
or this one…I recognize the old fashion TWH head in this one. The newer ones sport a dainty head.
Now just to be fair you would see a few QH’s back then. Here is one
Those were the first four nineteenth century cowboys photos I found with a horse picture. I discounted any remade shots…such as those in movies and any without horses of course. Actually the first was the QH but all the others were other breeds…..mostly gaited as I said.
And as for gaited horses being wealthy person horses or not being able to work. Utter bull. The gait has nothing to do with working ability and MFT’s were once used as both carriage horses and to pull logs and plows. Less wealthy people tended to have DRAFT horses if they needed a horse to work, not a saddle horse at all. The QH fits the bill of a work horse no better than a gaited breed….in fact less so, since horses like my mft’s fall behind at the beginning of a work day, but by the end of the day they are still going strong while the QH is quite frankly worn out. This is a subject I have studied well on, and have a considerable amount of first hand experience on.
BTW the chincoteague pony is NOT what the original quarter miler looked like. The original horse was lost long ago. The chincoteague pony has had many many generations of natural selection, moving it away from what the original quarter horse was. It is a descendant of them, but that is all.
Edit actually I just found out the Chincoteague Pony was release before the development of the quater miler in the 1600’s and more…
“Throughout the history of the Chincoteague Pony, Mustang, Arabian, Welsh Pony, and Shetland Pony bloodlines have been introduced to help solve problems created by inbreeding.” Direct quote from
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