The Quarter Horse comes from the United States of America. They specifically come from Virginia, with a name that has been highly debated over time. The Quarter Horse, some may assume, should equate the exact level of Thoroughbred blood lines it possesses. However, in this case, it may not be the case. The breed was given their unique name by becoming well rounded racing horses, ones that could easily race a quarter mile. While the coveted Thoroughbreds did without a doubt have a significant role in the creation of the Quarter breeds, it is precisely what gave them their exceptional speed and endurance. At this time period it was the horses that were sprinters that gained popularity over the ones that were more focused on distance running. As time progressed, these horses did lose their favoritism and came close to extinction, but in the nineteen hundreds they quickly gained ranking as a favorite breed. Currently, there are estimated to be around a few million Quarter Horses walking the globe.