Info about quarter and paint horses as well as various competition diciplines within western riding


Quarter horses

The Quarter Horse has a fascinating history dating back to the 17th century. Its origins can be traced to the English thoroughbred horses that came to North America with the early settlers. These horses were used to be crossed with Indian ponies to create hardy and fast horses that were suitable for work and competition.

During the 19th century, the Quarter Horse became increasingly popular for work on ranches. This was due to their speed, agility and natural talent for cattle handling. The Quarter Horse was also used in the American Civil War, where they proved valuable for military purposes.

Today, the quarter horse is one of the most loved and respected breeds within the various disciplines of western riding. Quarter horse breeding has focused on preserving their natural talent and abilities. The breed is known for their speed over short distances and their ability to perform quick turns, making them ideal for disciplines such as reining and western riding. They also have a calm and stable psyche, which is suitable for disciplines such as trail and ranch riding.

Paint horses

The history of the paint horse is rich with exciting stories and roots that stretch back to the American prairies. These colorful and beautiful horses have their origins in the versatile Native American ponies and sturdy ranch horses used by the first settlers. Paint horses have become known for their unique color pattern, making them valuable breeding stock and impressive competition horses in various disciplines. Their adaptable nature and ability to work with livestock have made them popular both as working animals and as beloved companion horses.

The history of the paint horse takes us on a journey from ancient American culture to modern use as versatile riding horses. These horses have been adapted and bred to excel in disciplines such as western riding, riding and driving. With their origins in the Native American ponies and ranch horses, paint horses are loyal, hardy and intelligent, making them excellent partners for different types of riders.


Breeding of quarter horses is strongly regulated by various breed associations and regulations. An important breed association is AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association). The equivalent for paint horses is called APHA (American Paint Horse Association), an organization for paint horses that was founded to set requirements for the breeding of paint horses, a paint horse has many more advantages and abilities than its beautiful drawing. To meet breed organizations' regulations and judging criteria, breeding programs must undergo a thorough assessment of the horse's performance and pedigree. AQHA and APHA focus on promoting and preserving the best qualities of the Quarter Horse and Paint Horse respectively. The right breeding material is chosen with care with us.

Horse breeding requires a thorough understanding of the breed's characteristics, as well as knowledge of AQHA's respectove APHA's regulations and assessment process. By following the breed organizations' guidelines and assessment criteria, we at Lakeside Horses can ensure that our offspring are of high quality and are worthy representatives of the breed. It is important to have a strong pedigree to ensure that the foals are free of genetic diseases and have the right characteristics for their intended use, whether as a race horse or for recreational purposes.


Some of the most popular disciplines in western riding are explained below


Trail means riding through a course with different challenges and obstacles.. It can be crossing bridges, getting over logs or climbing over obstacles. It is a fun and challenging activity that shows the horse's stable psyche and trust in the rider.

Working cowhorse

Working cowhorse means that the horse and rider work together to handle cattle by showing speed, agility and precision. The horse then has to demonstrate its ability to control the cow (so-called cow sense). The branch starts with a reining pattern and ends with handling a cow.

Versitale Horse

Versitale horse is a competitive branch of western riding that requires a versatile horse. Here, the horse's ability to handle various aspects such as dressage, riding over logs and obstacles, working with livestock and reining is assessed. It is an exciting discipline that tests both the rider's and the horse's skills in various disciplines.


Roping means, simply explained, that you must catch a dummy (pretend tremor in Sweden) with a lasso as quickly as possible. The Quarter Horse's ability to quickly get up to high speed and stop quickly comes in handy here.


Reining involves performing precision movements in interaction with the horse. Reining means that the rider controls the horse through various moments, such as quick stops, spinning pirouettes and tempo changes. It takes a lot of training and cooperation between the rider and the horse to master these reining techniques.


Cutting involves separating a cow from the rest of the herd. It requires speed, agility and skill from both horse and rider. Using his instincts and strategy, the cutter displays an impressive ability to control and follow the cow's movements. For horse lovers, cutting is a fascinating sport that shows the cooperation and intelligence of our four-legged friends. Cutting is ridden on one hand while heardwork is ridden on two.


In pleasure, the rider and horse compete to display a smooth and relaxed gait. The goal is, among other things, to lead the horse in a harmonious and balanced trot or jog, without rushing or stressing out. It is about showing a positive attitude and compliance in the horse, while performing different moments and transitions between different gaits.

Barrel race

Barrel racing is a real crowd pleaser. In this time branch within, the horse's agility and cooperation with the rider are crucial. The team must ride around three barrels as fast as possible. It is important to have both speed and control to cope with the sharp turns and reach the finish line in the best time.