Those familiar with Quarter horses have likely heard the name Doc Bar at one point or another. This legendary stallion left a lasting impact on the breed that is still recognized today.
His sire was Lightning Bar, a son of Three Bars, and his dam was Dandy Doll, a daughter of Texas Dandy. He was born in 1956, and his owner had high hopes for him because his father was Lightning Bar, a son of Three Bars, and his dam was Dandy Doll, a daughter of Texas Dandy. However, things did not turn out as expected, and Doc Bar did not have much success as a racehorse.
He was simply incapable of being a competent racer, and as a result, he has altered the breed as a whole. He became a great sire, cutting, and halter horse due to the fact that he was not a conventional Quarter horse. Most of his talent has been influenced by his appearance.
During his career, this incredible horse won 12 first-place finishes, including 10 grand and reserve championships. Doc Bar was purchased for $30,000 in 1963 by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Jensen of Paicines, California.
The horse’s enthusiasm, strength, and skill led to the decision to use Doc Bar as a sire, and many breeders have attempted to incorporate the Doc Bar lineage into their breeding programs since then. There wasn’t a single breeding program that didn’t want Doc Bar in it, and he managed to produce an incredible 485 babies.
He was 36 years old when he passed away, and he was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. Doc Bar is living proof that a failing attempt at a specific breed may simply indicate that it is meant to perform something bigger and more important.
Doc Bar is proof that things don’t always go the way we plan, but that just means you are simply made to do bigger and better things. This legendary horse will forever be known for his amazing abilities and his impact on the horse industry.