Monday, April 20, 2015

A TO Z CHALLENGE - "Q" IS FOR QUARTER HORSE

The American Quarter Horse is an American breed of horse that  sprints short distances. Its name comes from its ability to outrun other horse breeds at a distance of  a quarter mile or less. The American Quarter Horse is well known as a race horse and also performs in rodeos, horse shows, and as a working ranch horse. 
This was my mare, Heavenly Sunrise, and her foal.
She actually was half quarter horse, half thoroughbred.
She won one race at a small track in Oklahoma,1984, but was severely injured (not in the race)
and never lived up to her potential.
 
It broke my heart when we sold her and the foal, but we were getting out of the horse business and sold our other horses, too. 

24 comments:

  1. I love horses! Heavenly Sunrise and her foal are beautiful.

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    1. So do I, Melanie. It's hard to believe it's been so many years since we owned horses. I miss them.

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  2. Awesome picture Beverly, Mother and daughter are beautiful.

    Yvonne.

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  3. Stopping in from A-Z. Loved the quarter horse...and the puffin. Enjoyed both posts.

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    1. Hi, Stillmagnolia. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the posts.

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  4. I never know all the differences in types of horses, but those are beautiful!

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    1. Yes, there are several different types, Stephanie. Our area is pretty much quarter horse. Thanks.

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    1. Me, too, Alex. Horses are very expensive. It was sort of like keep the horses or send the kid to college. :)

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    1. Thanks, Karin. I still love horses and watch the races on TV.

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  7. Sucks you had to sell her. Never knew the difference within the name, but do now.

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    1. That's life, Pat. We do what we gotta do. Glad you learned a little about horses. :)

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  8. Horses are magnificent. I'm sorry Heavenly Sunrise was injured and that you had to sell her and her foal.

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    1. Thanks, Chrys. They were the last of several horses we owned and it was tough seeing them go.

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  9. That's the hardest part of owning horses. They're so hard to part with. She and her foal were beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, C Lee. Yes, I often wondered what happened to them. I was especially attached to the foal. He was very weak when he was born and I had to go to the barn every night to lift him up to his mama so he could eat. He survived.

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  10. Horses are beautiful animals. They look like a lot of hard work to raise. I'm sorry you had to sell yours.

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    1. I really enjoyed the horses while we had them, Medeia. Yes, they need a barn and pasture and feed and vet trips and all that good stuff. Training too.

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  11. Just so you know, your blog is already moble friendly (what I was talking about on my blog today) so you're good. :)

    I think horses are beautiful but I'm intimidated by them too. Such power.

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    1. That's wonderful. Thanks, Kelly, for checking.
      Yes, horses are big and can hurt you. My son who was a jockey ended up with a broken pelvis. And he was a good rider.

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  12. Thanks for the information, I have had to learn a great deal about horses for my children's books, especially how to harness them and their behaviour when stressed, always hope I have it right. My son used to breed Arabians, learned a little from a distance!

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    1. I bet you have it just right. Horses for children's books are perfect. Most little ones love horses and other animals. We learned a lot through experience.

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