Height: 14.3-16hh for mature stallions and mares
Colour: All solid colours
Conformation: Short,wide head,with small muzzle,large,wide-set,intelligent eyes and medium-length,alert ears;fairly long,flexible neck;sloping shoulders and well-defined withers;compact body with broard chest,deep girth,short back,well sprung ribs and powerful loins;broard,deep,heavy and well-muscled hindquarters with long,gently sloping croup;good limbs,with short cannons,broard,flat,low-set hocks,muscular thighs and gaskins and medium-length pasterns;oblong feet with deep,open heels.
It was the Englishman's growing enthusiasm for racing which led to these all-purpose horses being raced. It developed immensely powerful hindquarters which could propel it into flat out gallop virtually from a standing start,and the speed to sprint over short distances. Today the Quarter Horse enjoys great popularity in Western-style competitions such as barrel racing.