quarter horse

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Named for its ability to outdistance other horse breeds in races of a quarter mile or less.


quarter horse (plural quarter horses)

  1. An American breed of horse originally bred for short-distance racing. [from 19th c.]
    • 1980, Charles Bukowski, letter, 4 November, in On Writing, Canongate 2016, p. 158:
      I'm getting ready to go out and play the quarter horses.
    • 1992, Elizabeth Darracott Wheeler, Sir John Dodderidge, Celebrated Barrister of Britain, 1555-1628
      When the last tune of music floated from the fleet, he unstabled his quarter horse and headed for the coastal road leading west and north on his circuit.