Quarter Pony

The Quarter Pony is a breed of pony similar to the American Quarter Horse. It was developed from American Quarter Horse stock that did not meet the height requirement of the American Quarter Horse Association.

The Quarter Pony Association began in 1964 with crossbred and purebred ponies eligible for registration. In 1975, the National Quarter Pony Association began to preserve the smaller Quarter Horse. The International Quarter Pony Association began in 1970 and registers Quarter ponies worldwide. In 2005 the two association merged into one organization with an estimated 3,000 registered Quarter Ponies total.

The height of the Quarter Pony that can be registered, ranges from 46 to 58 inches and the color variation can be any combination of colors. In the early registries, only solid colors were accepted. There are several breed registries for the Quarter Pony: The American Quarter Pony Association (AQPA), the National Quarter Pony association (NQPA) and the International Quarter Pony association (IQPA) — each having their own registration rules.

AQPA state that Pinto, leopard and white colors are not accepted as well as gaited ponies. The NQPA require stallions be registered with the AQPA first, but a gelding just needs to be of Quarter Horse type, although Pinto, Appaloosa and excessive white markings are not accepted. The IQPA allows Pinto and Appaloosa markings as well as if the pony has a parent already registered with any approved registry, then the pony is automatically eligible.

The average height for the Quarter Pony is 54 inches with a short broad head, wide-set eyes and small ears. The neck is slightly arched and has sloping shoulders. The breed has sharp withers and a deep broad chest, a short back and hindquarters.

The smaller Quarter Pony is used for riding activities like mounts for children, while larger ponies are used in rodeo events like steer wrestling.

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