About Blazer Horses
Blazer Horses were developed in the 1950s and 1960s in
northwestern United States. They can trace their ancestry to one chestnut
stallion named 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. Little Blaze
was combinationof American Quarter Horse and Morgan Horse with some Shetland
Pony and Thoroughbred.
Blazers are known for being versatile at any sport
competition and having gentle and intelligent dispositions. 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, extreme sloping of the shoulders, 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.
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. 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.