Quarter-horse meaning

A horse of a strong, agile breed developed in the western United States to work with cattle, usually having a solid-colored coat.
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Any of a breed of light, muscular horse of a solid, usually dark color: because of its quick reactions it is much used in Western range work and in rodeos.
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An American breed of horse originally bred for short-distance racing.
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Origin of quarter-horse

  • From its formerly being trained for races up to a quarter mile
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition