9th Sep, 2013

Quarter Horses and Gillespie County Horse Properties

Search Texas ranches, Gillespie County horse properties, and Fredericksburg real estate for the perfect piece of land. Fence in grazing pastures and bring in Quarter Horses, a breed well-known for quick sprints. You’ll be ready to bring in a jockey and enter the horse races held at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds on Saturday afternoons during the summer months. Horse racing has been big in the area for almost 125 years. Since 1990, betting has been legal. Proceeds fund the racing events.

cookhorseThe American Quarter Horse excels running short distances. The breed got its name by outdistancing other breeds during short quarter-mile races. There’s nothing like Quarter Horses busting through the gate at the pari-mutuel races in Fredericksburg. Quarter Horses are born with a steady lightning gait and can be raised as young as two years old. Quarter Horses thunder around the track at 30-50 miles an hour. Folks come from around Texas to see it all up close. Visitors meet the horses and jockeys and mingle in the crowd.

Gillespie County horse properties in Texas Hill Country offer year-round horseback riding adventure. The American Quarter Horse also performs well in rodeos, horse shows and on working ranches. Versatile and trainable, the Quarter Horse is able to accomplish detailed maneuvers during raining, cutting, barrel racing, calf roping, and Western riding events as well as English disciplines.

The American Quarter Horse developed in the West during the 18 hundreds as the colonial Quarter Horse was crossed with several breeds found in the West. Generally, those Western horses came from Mexico through Spain and included wild Mustangs domesticated by Native Americans. The new cross breeds had an innate sense for cows and were popular with cattlemen. This made them appropriate not only for Gillespie County horse properties but for cattle ranches throughout Texas.

The new Quarter Horse breed was refined for work on major Texas cattle ranches. It was the chair Cowboys and their horses who started rodeo contests that have become major competitive events in the modern day. The Quarter Horse dominated. The best of this new breed was crossed with Thoroughbred, Arabian, Morgan, and other bloodlines, resulting in the top-performing American Quarter Horse as defined today.

The American Quarter Horse Association was formed in 1942 establish a pedigree for ranch horses. More than 5 million American Quarter Horses are registered with the American Quarter Horse Association. The Quarter Horse is the most popular breed in the nation. The animal has a strong, well-muscled body. The chest is broad and the hindquarters are powerful and round. The head is short and refined.

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For information about Gillespie County horse properties and Texas Hill Country ranches, please call Dale E. Cook, MBA and owner of SAGE – Premium Texas Real Estate located in the Chase Bank Building in Fredericksburg at (830) 992-0056.

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