Quarter horses started out as Thoroughbred crosses and the AQHA still allows out-crossing to Thoroughbreds to this very day. Many horse registries still allow out-crossing with acceptable breeds, they're better than the dog registries in that regard.I was looking at my horse's pedigree and she is a registered Quarter Horse. Her great-great granddam' s great-great-something is a Thoroughbred. How is she registered without being purebred?
In the 1600s on the Eastern seaboard of what today is the United States began to breed imported English Thoroughbred horses with assorted "native" horses. This included the Chickasaw horse, which was a breed developed by Native American people from horses descended from Spain, developed from Iberian, Arabian and Barb stock brought to what is now the Southeastern United States by the Conquistadors.I am not so sure Quarter Horses "started out" as TB crosses, they were a mixture of the breeds available during colonial times -- Spanish, French, and English horses.
"An 'Appendix' American Quarter Horse is a first generation cross between a registered Thoroughbred and an American Quarter Horse or a cross between a 'numbered' American Quarter Horse and an 'appendix' American Quarter Horse. The resulting offspring is registered in the 'appendix' of the American Quarter Horse Association's studbook, hence the nickname. Horses listed in the appendix may be entered in competition, but offspring are not initially eligible for full AQHA registration. If the Appendix horse meets certain conformational criteria and is shown or raced successfully in sanctioned AQHA events, the horse can earn its way from the appendix into the permanent studbook, making its offspring eligible for AQHA registration." (Paraphrased from Wikipedia)Not sure how the registry differentiates the papers but to make one "Appendix-AQHA" and possibly the other "AQHA"..
I haven't seen papers marked Appendix but imagine they exist as it is spoken of by AQHA...the horses are recognized registered by AQHA.
That's interesting. I guess that makes sense, I've always assumed registered horses were purebred.
Halterbred lines for big and wide... I'm not familiar with a lot of them because I live in cowpony country - big bull dragging horses, catty little cutters, laid back ranch horses, cowy steer pushers and ropers, and barrel racers are The Thing here.Does anyone know which lines these are or which AQHA Breeders have these lines? I’m new to the world of “purebred” Quarter Horses, but I am interested in AQHA of these lines, thanks!
If you want one that's built like a tank then you'll want to look at the Foundation Quarter Horses. Aim for ranch horse types. The FQHA and NFQHA are also AQHA horses, they just go back to the original horses.Does anyone know which lines these are or which AQHA Breeders have these lines? I’m new to the world of “purebred” Quarter Horses, but I am interested in AQHA of these lines, thanks!
One of my best friends since middle school trail rides her barrel racing bred fillies, but also has cow horse x halter bred horses. The cow/halter bred horses tend to be pretty good sized, have a steady eddy personality, and are athletic on trails. Might be too slow for roping - you want a quick horse for that.Really looking into AQHA lines as I would like to purchase an AQHA. Mostly for trail riding, but I’d also love to learn roping with the gang that ropes here at my barn and arena. I was interested in a stockier build, and something around 15h, as I am a bit stocky myself lol. I just really need something with a solid temperament, and I know some lines are really hot or overly cowy. @AtokaGhosthorse You gave me a ton of wonderful info, so thank you! I appreciate it, and now I have some more research to do.