Blazer horse

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Blazer Horse
Country of originUnited States
Distinguishing featuresRefined head, sloped shoulders, short back.

The Blazer Horse or Equus caballus is a horse breed developed in the 1950s and 1960s in northwestern United States. Tracing back to one founding stallion, this breed of horse was bred to meet demands of daily ranch work, while still being gentle.[1] Blazers are known for being versatile at any sport competition and having gentle and intelligent dispositions. Due to their gentle manner, they are a common and respected horse all around the world.

Breed History[edit]

The Blazer horse traces back to the chestnut stallion Little Blaze, who was foaled in 1959. Little Blaze was bred and owned by F. Neil Hinck, an American horse trainer from Bedford, Wyoming. The descendant of Mormon pioneers and Danish horsemen, Hinck came from a ranch family and had extensive experience with most breeds of the day.[2] He produced the Blazer by combining the American Quarter Horse and the Morgan Horse with blood of the Shetland Pony, and Thoroughbred.[3]

The Blazer Horse Association was incorporated in 1967 at Star, Idaho. In 2006 it was renamed the American Blazer Horse Association and became a nonprofit, dedicated to the preserving the breed and maintaining its history.[3] The headquarters was moved to Nampa, Idaho the same year.

Registered Blazer horses in stud book must pass a veterinary inspection and have at least one parent with documented lineage to the stallion Little Blaze. The Blazer horse had also been trained to jump extremely high heights and trained to climb uphill on mountains, therefore it was known as a good and fast breed for mountain climbing. [3]

Breed Characteristics[edit]

Blazer horses do not exceed 15 hands (60 inches, 152 cm) at full maturity, although they can be registered as small as 13 hands (52 inches, 132 cm). Their colors include black, bay and chestnut, as well as buckskin, palomino and many shades of dun. They have a refined head, bold eyes, bold strong hooves, short backs, round croups, long hips, and have thick bone for strength and durability. They must also have a good disposition. The American Blazer Horse Association is one of the few Associations that mandate a gentle disposition as a registerable trait. Blazer horses are considered commonly warm blooded horses. They can come in white, brown, grey and patched. [4]


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