Description Of The Foundation Quarter Horse
" The Foundation Quarter Horse is easily recongnized by
his body shape and unique conformation. He is more horse for height than is found in any other breed. Built low to the ground,
much of the time he does not exceed fifteen hands, but due to his build will often weigh twelve hundred pounds or more. The
pattern of his muscle adorns nearly every part of his body.
There is his small alert ear, wide set honest bright eye that windows
his great intelligence and kindness, bulging jaw, neck of moderate lenght joined low into his sloping shoulder, topped by
a well defined wither. A short back with strong lion, deep barrel with long underline, well sprung ribs with great heart girth.
The space between the forelegs is ample to supply for a wide, well
developed chest, while the forearms, gaskins, and hindquarters carry the muscle that separates the Foundation Quarter Horse
from all others. Seen from the rear the power filled stifles are wider than the croup.
The bones of the Foundation Quarter Horse are trim, dense, and sturdy.
His rugged frame is necessary to support the bulk that provides his strenght. The cannon bones are short and flat set above
strong pasterns. The foot is deep with open heel, well rounded with sufficient size. When under observation, the animal
displays his divine design..." - Dillon Shook
Much the same
as AQHA, the Foundation Quarter Horse Registry - FQHR is the first to and original association to preserve and promote
the blood of the Foundation Quarter Horse. The FQHR recognizes the first five AQHA stud books, the first 27,000 horses registered
as Foundation bred horses. The purpose of the FQHR is to promote, preserve & protect the working "cow horse" bloodlines.
The registary is based on blood percentages. Most horses carrying 75% Foundation blood are eligible. No Thoroughbred blood
is accepted other then the original ones in the first 27,000 AQHA horses. Example : Three Bars.
The two most popular Foundation registries are the Foundation Quarter Horse
Registary -FQHR & the National Foundation Quarter Horse Association - NFQHA I think their sayings sum up this
wonderful horse perfectly :
" The Greatest Cow Horse to Ever Look Through A Bridle"
- FQHR, the first & Original
" Old School Versatility, The Foundation Quarter Horse
the horse for all work and all play " - NFQHA