Buyers’ Guide to Gray Quarter Horses For Sale

September 8, 2009
If you are looking for Gray Quarter Horses for sale, (also spelled grey instead of gray) you might be surprised that most Gray Quarter Horses are not gray at all. In fact they come by a variety of different colors.The American Quarter Horse Association Rule book defines the color “gray” as a “mixture of white hairs with any other colored hairs”.

Gray Quarter Horses are often born solid-colored or almost solid colored and get lighter with age as more white hairs appear. Gray Quarter Horses can be born with any base color. At birth, Gray Quarter Horses usually display at least a few white hairs around their eyes.

Here are some sample images of different colored Gray Quarter Horses.

Quarter Horses born with a sorrel base color may look “Cinnamon & Sugar”, similar to a red roan during their early years.

quarter horse for sale - Miss Vandy Bolero - 2007 quarter horse mare Example for “Cinnamon & Sugar” color:
“Ms Vandy Bolero”
Quarter Horse Mare for sale

born 2007, pictured as 2-year-old
In most cases their color will gradually change to a more traditional gray color.
quarter horse for sale - Arrayed In Stars - 2003 gray quarter horse mare Example for “Traditional Gray” color:
“Arrayed In Stars”
born 2003, Quarter Horse broodmare and her 2009 gray colt
If the horses are born black, or with a dark body color, they will usually sustain a darker gray or “Steel Gray” color longer than those born with a lighter body color.
quarter horse for sale - Poco Array Star - 2007 gray quarter horse mare Example for “Steel Gray” color:
“Poco Array Star”
Quarter Horse Mare for sale
born 2007, pictured as 2-year-old

quarter horse for sale - Fire Up The Array - 2008 gray quarter horse stallion Example for “Steel Gray” with a lighter body color:
“Fire Up The Array”

Quarter Horse Stallion for sale

born 2008, pictured as 1-year-old

Many Grays will display dappling. This can range from overall uniform dapples to irregularly shaped and scattered large dapples.
quarter horse for sale - 2005 gray quarter horse mare for sale Example for a uniform “Dapple Gray”:
“Pretty Little Array

Quarter Horse Mare
born 2005, pictured as 3-year-old
quarter horse for sale - Shesa Smoking Doll - 2007 quarter horse mare for sale Example for a scattered “Dapple Gray”:
“Shesa Smokin Doll”
Quarter Horse Mare for sale
born 2007, pictured as 2-year-old
With aging, Gray Quarter Horses will gradually get more white hairs throughout their coat and eventually will become nearly white.
quarter horse for sale - Smokin Array - 1995 gray quarter horse stallion for sale Example for an aged horse that has become nearly white:
“Smokin Array”
Quarter Horse Stallion for sale

born 1995, pictured as 14-year-old
Sometimes, older Gray Quarter Horses will display a “Fleabit” pattern. “Fleabit” refers to the tiny clusters of dark red hairs scattered throughout the white coat of a mature gray horse, giving it the appearance of flea bites.
quarter horse for sale - grey quarter horse fleabit pattern Example for a “Fleabit” pattern:
“Smokin Array”
Quarter Horse Stallion for sale
born 1995, pictured as 14-year-old
“Silver Dun” is an old-timers term that describes a gray horse that was born with a Dun body color.
Example for a “Silver Dun”:
“Senorita Bob Cat”
Quarter Horse Stallion for sale
born 2008, pictured as 1-year-old
The effect of dark gray lower legs, mane, tail, dorsal stripe, and often zebra stripes on legs and transverse stripe over the withers against a pale gray body color is eye-catching at an early age and quite often persists well into their teens.
quarter horse for sale - Stars Smoke Screen - gray quarter horse mare for sale Example for a “Silver Dun”:
“Stars Smoke Screen”
Quarter Horse Mare for sale
born 2008, pictured as 1-year-old

So if you are currently shopping for a Gray Quarter Horse, you will find that there are a wide variety of Gray Quarter Horses for sale. Whatever your favorite color – from “Steel Gray” to “Silver Dun” – I think you’ll agree that all shades of Gray Quarter Horses are beautiful!

Author: Kristi Lacy, American Quarter Horse breeder for more than twenty-five years. Our farm has Quarter Horses for sale of many ages. Visit us at to see which Quarter Horses are available at this time. You may also read the touching story of “Thug”, who has turned out to become our finest Quarter Horse Mare.

Why are American Quarter Horses the most popular horse breed?

August 27, 2009

The origins of the American Quarter Horses began in the 15th century when the Spanish Conquistadores brought their Spanish-barb horses with them to explore the Americas. When some of these horses escaped or were left behind by the Spaniards, they began to spread across both continents and the Native American’s were quick to make use of them. During the sixteenth and seventeenth century British colonists imported thoroughbred type riding horses as well as heavy draft horses which eventually were crossed with the wild spanish-barb stock along with the Native American’s horses.

The pioneers of the 18th and 19th century needed a tough horse which could endure the harsh conditions and privations, and be able and willing to perform a variety of tasks. Their combination of genes made these hardy horses a perfect choice – especially with cattle. Through selective breeding the cattle barons of the Old west continued to improve and populate the range with these fast, powerful, cattle-savy type horses. The cowboys of the late 19th and early 20th Century recognized the bursting speed of these cow ponies and quarter mile match racing became a popular past-time for entertainment and gambling, and that’s how the “Quarter Horse” got it’s name.

The American Quarter Horse Association was established in 1940 in Fort Worth Texas and during its history has recorded the registrations of over five million Quarter Horses worldwide. The modern American Quarter Horses can reach speeds up to fifty miles an hour and beat any other breed in a quarter mile race, thus earning the title: “the world’s fastest athletes”. American Quarter Horses are known for their gentle nature, handsome muscular conformation, explosive speed, and uncanny cow sense.

A well mannered, dependable Quarter Horse is a treasure for riders of all ages and abilities. They have always been incomparable performers in western rodeo events such as cutting, roping, reining, barrel racing, team penning and sorting, working cow horses, and trail riding, and today they are excelling in english events like jumping, hunter under saddle, english pleasure, pleasure driving, dressage, and three day eventing. This versatality is what made Quarter Horses the most popular horse breed in the United States and why they’ve been christened “America’s Horse”.

From roping to racing, weekend trail riding to world-class showing, all over the world, American Quarter Horses are making their owners proud.

Author: Kristi Lacy, American Quarter Horse breeder for over twenty years. Our farm has Quarter Horses for sale of many ages.
Visit us at www.LacyQuarterHorses.comto see which Quarter Horses are currently available or read the heartbreaking story of “Thug”, who has become our best Quarter Horse broodmare.

Quarter Horses for Sale – How to choose the best Quarter Horse for you

August 21, 2009

Are you intending to purchase a Quarter Horse? You might have heard of or already know and love the characteristics of Quarter Horses and now you are trying to find a quarter horse that is perfect for you. Here are some facts to consider when you are looking for Quarter Horses for sale.

Quarter horses are a very versatile breed. They hold characteristics which allow them to excel in virtually all equestrian activities. This is what has made the American Quarter Horse the most widespread breed in the United States. More than 5 million American Quarter Horses have been registered worldwide, making it one of the most populous breeds in present times. And for a good reason.
Since this breed is so versatile, bloodlines are built with certain tasks in mind when producing the offspring.

Quarter Horses consist of two core body types – the "stock" type, which is lively, yet shorter and more compact, stockier, and well-muscled. And the "running" type which, is bred for sprinting, has longer legs and is lighter. There are many variations of these two types that stress the attributes required to compete in each sports. Here are some examples; Halter horses are judged on conformation and outward show and the halter bloodlines yield gorgeous massively muscled eye-catching Quarter Horses; Cutting horses are required to be cat quick and get low to the ground to be eye-to-eye with the calf they are keeping out of the herd, so they are bred to be smaller and to have long forearms, short cannons, and powerful low hocks that provide a fulcrum to make lightening quick changes of direction. Reining horses have similar requirements and so the bloodlines of cutting horses and reining horses are closely related. English Pleasure horses and western pleasure horses are judged on their looks and capability to move smoothly and instantly modify gaits at a slow controlled speed, so their bloodlines focus on level top-lines, taller longer leaner bodies and the long legs capable of producing the desired sweeping smooth gait. Luckily there are breeders who are
raising first-rate all-around type Quarter Horses that successfully compete in a variety of events.

Common to the whole Quarter Horse breed is speed, stamina, power, and an inherent motivation to please. They are really good looking working horses and are generally calm and easy to conduct.

The main consideration for a prospective buyer ought to be an evaluation of their individualy level of expertise. A beginner should seek the help of an expert to locate and examine the Quarter Horses for sale. They ought to seek a more experienced horse that has had years of riding and has been exposed to nearly all situations that the buyer is likely to meet. In one word – they need a horse that is “bomb-proof”. An intermediate-level rider could consider a younger or less experienced horse but should, again, have a expert on hand to provide them guidance and advice.

The next question is: what is the best type of quarter horse for your needs or intentions?

  • Do you need a cattle horse for ranch labor?
  • Are you looking for a horse to compete with at rodeos or horse shows?
  • Is it going to be a horse for your children?
  • Do you need a horse that can handle rocky territory and obstacles for trail riding?
  • Do you want to get a horse for racing?
  • Are you interested in raising a foal?

You can also acquaint yourself with the American Quarter Horse Association publications to help you determine which bloodlines would match your needs, or look for a breeder of the all-around type of Quarter Horse. Once you have determined which bloodline has the traits you are looking for, then you can research to find a good and honest Quarter Horse breeder.

If you visit a horse breeder that offers quarter horses for sale, here are a few things to check:

  • Legs and Hooves
    Check the horse’s legs and hooves well. Inquire about any abnormalities that you observe. The seller should allow you to have a vet check of the horse for soundness before you buy it.
  • Overall health
    Similarly, check the eyesight, teeth and overall appearance. Again, the seller should be happy to allow you to have a vet check any abnormalities you observe on the horse before you buy it
  • Size Compatibility
    Try to get a horse that is a good fit for your height and body weight. A very tall person may find a taller horse is a better fit than a 14.2 hand horse, while a very short person might be more comfortable with the shorter blood lines and in both cases present a more balanced look. Quarter horses are able of carrying heavy weights but very heavy persons should look for a stronger and stouter type of horse that can more comfortably accommodate them.
  • Color and Looks
    If you are looking for a quarter horse to participate in horse shows or for breeding then the attractive conformation and color of the horse can be as valuable as the horse’s character and other assets.
  • Character
    Look for a calm, mild tempered horse, with a willing attitude. A well trained horse will be alert, not fearful; responsive to your attention, not avoid
    it; respect your space, not invade it; stand waiting calmly not be uneasy, paw the ground and pull on the lead-rope or reins; quickly obey your commands, not ignore your cues and try to travel at its own desired pace and direction.
  • Verification of Bloodline
    If your plan is to purchase a horse to breed with, check the pedigree on the registration documents. Are there any champions or point earners in the pedigree? Buying a quarter horse that is originating from a family of champions can add to the value of your horse tremendously if you want to sell it again some day.
  • Hygiene of Facility / Horse Care
    Consider the facility where the horses are kept. Are the horses in an environment similar to your facilities? A horse that has been kept in a stall may need a supervised transitional phase to safely adjust to a life in the pasture with other horses and vise-versa. Also ask for their worming and vaccinating policy.
  • Imprinting and Training
    If buying a youngster, you’ll want to know how it has been raised. Was it imprinted or regularly handled from birth, or, barely handled recently and to what extent? A juvenile horse that has been exposed to human attention since its birth is likely to make a more dependable, willing partner for the rest of its life. Observe whether the horse comes to the holder and accepts haltering or does it avoid their attention? What training does the foal have? You’ll need to know in advance if the foal has been prepared for what you intend to do… or if you’ll need to give it more schooling.

And of course it’s always a good idea to have a horse examined by a vet prior to purchase if possible.

Armed with this checklist you should be able to find the perfect quarter horse for you.

Author: Kristi Lacy, American Quarter Horse breeder for more than twenty years. Our farm has Quarter Horses for sale of many ages. Visit us at to see which Quarter Horses are available at this time or read the touching story of "Thug", who has turned out to become our finest Quarter Horse broodmare.