Why is the Quarter Horse so special?
The Quarter Horse has had a significant influence on the face of Australia's horse industry. It has brought a whole new range of performance events to this country such as Western Pleasure, Cutting, Reining and Working Cowhorse, which continue to skyrocket in popularity: while his temperament and versatility has increased his acceptance among the more traditional fields such as Hacking, Dressage, Jumping, Polo, Polocrosse and Campdrafting.
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His athletic ability stems from his solid bone structure and muscular development, while his easy-going nature makes him an ideal horse to train to very high standards. The Australian Quarter Horse is renowned for his fast turn of speed and ability to stop and spin at breathtaking pace. He is strong, willing and surefooted, but his ice-cold temperament means he remains quiet until he explodes into action at his rider's command. All of these attributes are important in the performance events, and the slightest slip or sign of nervous disposition can be the difference between winning and placing down in the field.
For all his ability in speed events, his unflappable character coupled with his conformation, intelligence and athletic ability makes him shine in the Hack, Dressage, Pony Club, Three Day Eventing or Show Jumping Ring.
The Australian Quarter Horse is the "Master of all Trades" when it comes to the show and performance world. He is a horse that will catch your eye and make you look at him more than once.
His kind nature is evident to the "once a month" horse person who does not have the time to enjoy horseriding as often as he or she would like. You can enjoy trouble free riding whether you ride him every day or just now and again.
"The Australian Quarter Horse" - his use is restricted only by the imagination and ability of his owner.