Breeds P

 

Palomino

 

  • Origins: Found all over the world but America has the oldest established breed society. Not a breed but a colour, the origin of the Palomino is remote and may date back to the Homeric Greek age - Achilles is said to have ridden two of these horses, Balios and Xanthos which were "yellow and gold and swifter than storm winds".  Queen Isabella of Spain, the sponsor of Columbus, encouraged their breeding, and the horses were known in Spain as "Y'sabellas".  The name is believed to derive from Juan de Palomino who received one of these horses from Cortez.
  • Height:  14.2 hh upwards (145cms)
  • Colour: Golden, varying from cream or light blonde to darker shades.  Mane and tail must be light, almost white, but white is allowed nowhere else except on the face; albino and pinto parentage is forbidden; dark blue or chalk eyes are not acceptable.
  • Features:  General riding, show and Western horse.

 

Percheron

 

  • Origins: In the La Perche district of northwestern France some 100 years ago.  Foundation stock are believed to be oriental horses left by Moors after their defeat in 732 AD. crossed with the heavy Flemish horse.
  • Height: 15.2 - 16.3 hh (155 168cms)
  • Colour: Grey or Black
  • Features: Exceptionally low draught, having a short compact body of tremendous depth. It stands on short legs of great bone, yet in spite of its bulk and weight, it is very active and is said to be the most economical of the heavy breeds.  

 

Breeds Q

 

Quarter Horse

 

  • Origins:  U.S.A. Developed in the 18th century by settlers in Virginia and the Carolinas for racing down main streets and cleared ways, a quarter of a mile being the usual length of this track.
  • Height:   14.3 - 16 hh (148 160cms)
  • Colour:   Most colours are allowed, but not white markings
  • Features:   Great powers of acceleration, agility and toughness.  The most numerous breed in the U>S> today with in excess of 2 million horses registered.

 

Quarter Pony.

A smaller version of the Quarter Horse

 

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