One entry found for quarter horse.
Main Entry: quarter horse
Function: noun : any of a breed of stocky muscular horses capable of high speed for short distances Word HistoryQuarter horse might seem like a strange name for an animal that is not only full-sized but quite sturdy and muscular. However, the breed gets its name not because it is a fraction of a horse but because it can run very fast for short distances. Unlike the slender, long-legged Thoroughbred horse, the compact quarter horse is built for quick bursts of speed. For about a quarter-mile the quarter horse probably can run faster than any other breed of horse. After that distance the quarter horse begins to slow down and can be beaten in a race with other horses.
[quarter horse illustration]