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Quarter Crack - A crack that runs from the coronet band down into the hoof.

Quarter Horse - A horse originally bred for sprinting in quarter-mile races in colonial America.

Quarter Straps - See Spider Straps.

Quidding - Dropping of partially chewed feed by a horse. Quidding may be caused by dental problems or cranial nerve damage.

Quirt - Likely derived from the German word for whip, Gerte. A weighted, short-handled whip with a leather popper or lash at one end and a hand loop at the other. Not very useful when applied to the rider's horse, it is more useful for moving cattle when working within a herd. Quirt

Quittor - An infection of cartilage in the foot extending through the skin in the coronet -- the soft tissue above the hoof -- which may result from a puncture wound through the sole. Symptoms may incude lameness, heat, swelling, or a foul-smelling discharge. Rare today, it used to be common in working draft horses.

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