Q) What are Quarter Horses used for?

A) The American Quarter Horse's defining characteristic is its short-distance sprinting speed. This makes the Quarter Horse ideal for racing, performing in rodeos, and working on ranches. It is a versatile and popular breed. With a compact body, the American Quarter Horse is well-suited to the intricate and speedy maneuvers required in reining, cutting, barrel racing, calf roping, and other western riding events, especially those involving live cattle. Quarter Horses are also shown in English disciplines, driving, and many other equestrian activities. Many pleasure riders also prefer the intelligence, disposition and trainability of the breed.

Q) What are the differences between Buckskin, Dun and Grulla colors?

A) The photos below give a representative idea of the differences in colors recognized by most quarter horse associations. Coloring descriptions courtesy the IBHA.

A true colored buckskin should be the color of tanned deerhide with black points.  Shades may vary from yellow to dark gold. Points (mane, tail, legs) can be dark brown or black. Buckskin is clean of any smuttiness. Guard hairs which are buckskin colored grow through the body coat up over the base of the mane and tail.

Dun is an intense color with a hide that has an abundance of pigment in the hairs. The dun color is a duller shade than buckskin and may have a smutty appearance. Most dun horses have dark points of brown or black. Dun horses sport the "dun factor" points which include dorsal and shoulder stripes, leg barring, etc.
Grulla is also an intense color. The body color can be mouse, blue, dove or slate colored, with dark sepia to black points. Grulla (pronounced grew-yah) has no white hairs mixed in the body hairs. Grulla horses have the dorsal and shoulder stripes, and leg barring.

Q) What is HYPP?

A) Here is some information about HYPP which we got from the AQHA website. HYPP stands for Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis. It is an inherited condition that can lead to uncontrollable muscle twitching or extreme muscle weakness, and, in severe cases, may lead to collapse and/or death.

A horse that has been tested for the disease and found to be N/N means that they do not have the condition and they cannot pass the condition onto their foals.

Q) Do your horses have HYPP?

A) None of the horses at High Prairie carry the gene for HYPP. They are all N/N.

Q) Do your foals receive any special training?

A) All of our foals are handled individually by Roy and I from the day they are born. At weaning time, they will lead and stand tied. They will also have had their hooves trimmed several times by our farrier.

Q) What is your favorite color of horse?

A) We do love the Buckskin, Dun and Grulla colors that we specialize in, but we try very hard to breed horses that have more than the color going for them.

Q) What do you feed your horses?

A) Hay and oats in a regular routine.

Q) How long have you two been at this?

A) Judging from these photos of Roy, quite awhile! It's been a commitment for most of our lives, and one we wouldn't trade for anything.

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