August 2008

Tips For Caring For Your Tack

August 29, 2008

Learn the Basics from Dennis Moreland.

Expert tack maker Dennis Moreland shows you how to select, care for and use tack in AQHA's

Expert tack maker Dennis Moreland shows you how to select, care for and use tack in AQHA

Choosing the right tack for you and your horse can be a difficult task, even for the most experienced horse owner. Read the rest of this entry »

Get Paid for Showing Your Horse!

August 27, 2008

AQHA’s Incentive Fund pays out millions of dollars to stallion nominators, foal nominators and owners of competing horses enrolled in the program.

Photo courtesy of Don Trout

Photo courtesy of Don Trout

Are you in on the money-making action?

Learn more about the AQHA Incentive Fund, and get involved today.

The AQHA Incentive Fund pays you to show your American Quarter Horse. All you have to do is enroll your horse in the program. The Incentive Fund pays stallion nominators, foal nominators and owners of competing horses, based on points earned at AQHA-approved shows.

AQHA is here to help you get involved. Click here to learn more about this exciting program. And contact AQHA Customer Service if you have any questions.

By the Numbers

Check out the figures for Candy Bava of Modesto, California, and her stallion, A Special Assignment.

A Special Assignment, “Tucker,” 1992 chestnut stallion

  • Nominated as a foal for $100 then earned $5,300 showing
  • Foals earned: $14,341

Plus, Candy earns higher breeding fee income than non-Incentive Fund-enrolled stallions.

“The Incentive Fund makes horses more valuable for breeding and resale,” Candy said. “It’s an established program that’s trustworthy. It helps pay for entry fees and gas to get to the shows. This program works!”

Learn how you can earn money doing what you love: showing and breeding American Quarter Horses. Get involved in the AQHA Incentive Fund today.

We want to hear your story! Use the comments below to tell us how the AQHA Incentive Fund has enriched your horse experience.

Train Your Horse to Disengage

August 26, 2008

Easy tips from renowned horsewoman Julie Goodnight.

Disengagement of the hindquarters occurs when your horse crosses his hind legs. Your horse’s “motor” is in his hind end. So, when his hind legs cross, the engine is in neutral; your horse stops forward impulsion. Disengagement also encourages your horse to have a submissive attitude. You’re taking away his flight response. Disengagement is a natural, voluntary behavior for horses and it signals contrition. In natural settings, it’s only seen in neonatal foals. Use disengagement as a tool to refocus your horse and stop his forward impulsion. You should be able to disengage your horse from the ground and from the saddle – both are easy to do. Simply drive your horse forward then tip his nose up and to the inside as he steps up under himself with his inside hind leg. Read the rest of this entry »

All About the Racing American Quarter Horse

August 26, 2008

Heartswideopen leads the field in the 2007 All American Futurity.

Heartswideopen leads the field in the 2007 All American Futurity.

American Quarter Horses are the fastest horses in the world, and among the fastest of all animals. Able to run at speeds up to 55 mph, they can travel a quarter mile in less than 21 seconds, starting from a flat-footed standstill. Read the rest of this entry »

Buying a Horse for Kids

August 25, 2008

Buying a Horse for Kids

The right horse can instill invaluable confidence in a child. Children can learn patience, kindness, teamwork, responsibility, trust and myriad other life skills on the back of a trusty horse. Check out these seven tips to get you started on your search for a great kids’ horse. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Steps to Perfect Helmet Fit

August 22, 2008

Important advice from helmet manufacturer Troxel.

Determine which Troxel helmet is right for your riding discipline or style preference.

First, decide in what discipline or disciplines you will be participating.

Do you need a specific style, such as dressage or western? Or do you need a helmet that can cross-over multiple disciplines?

Consider a second, performance type helmet, to preserve a show helmet and provide greater all-day comfort. Read the rest of this entry »

Keep Your Foal Healthy

August 21, 2008

Dr. Tom Lenz offers nine warning signs that your foal might be sick and in need of immediate veterinary attention.

  1. The foal doesn’t roll up on its chest or exhibit a suckling reflex within 20 minutes of birth.
  2. The foal fails to stand and nurse within three hours.
  3. The foal seems dull and depressed.
  4. The foal’s navel is raw, red or swollen.
  5. Urine drips from the foal’s navel.
  6. The foal’s joints are hot and swollen, or it appears lame.
  7. The foal’s gums are white, or the gums and the whites of the foal’s eyes are yellow.
  8. The foal’s body temperature is outside (too high or too low) the normal range of 99 to 101.5° F.
  9. The foal loses its appetite (most foals nurse 4-5 times an hour during the first week of life).

Check Your Horse’s Teeth

August 21, 2008

Maintenance and regular check-ups are a must.

If you ask a horse to back and he rears, it might not be disobedience; it could be pain, says AQHA Professional Horseman Patti Carter. Read the rest of this entry »

Barrel Racing “Don’ts”

August 20, 2008

Sharon Camarillo runs down a list of common problems in the barrel-racing arena.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

  1. Poor selection of a start point
  2. Failure to keep the horse straight
  3. Dropping shoulders
  4. Dropping rib cage
  5. Approaching the barrel in the wrong lead
  6. Riding one rein in between the barrels
  7. Hands too high or low
  8. Balance issues with horse or rider
  9. Legs too far forward or back
  10. Inappropriate equipment

Read more about improving your barrel run in the November 2006 Journal article, “The A.R.T of Barrel Racing.”

Pack Smart

August 19, 2008

Do Your Horse a Favor When You Hit the Trails.

It’s tempting to take lots of gear with us on trail rides. But it’s really best to pack light and pack smart. Read the rest of this entry »

Elements of Handicapping

August 18, 2008

Dive into the exciting sport of Quarter Horse racing by learning the basics.

America’s fastest athlete, the American Quarter Horse, might be America’s most consistent athlete. Look at these figures: From 1999 to 2003, Quarter Horse wagering favorites finished in the money (first, second or third) 70 percent of the time, while winning 36 percent of the time. Read the rest of this entry »