June 2009

Teaching Your Horse to Back

June 30, 2009

A horse that can back up is a safer, more finished horse.

From AQHA’s “Fundamentals of Horsemanship”

AQHA’s “Fundamentals of Horsemanship” is a great resource whether you’re working with a green horse or giving a refresher lesson to your old school horse. Today’s exercise is teaching your horse to back up by walking to a fence, stopping and backing up. The only pieces of equipment you’ll need for this lesson are a saddle, halter and two reins.

Imagine your horse walking straight through a fence. Using your reins and legs to keep him straight, keep asking him to go farther until you feel his back lift as he can no longer move forward. Stop pushing forward and allow him to step backward. Read the rest of this entry »

Corinne’s Story

June 29, 2009

AQHA’s online records helped one member find exactly what she was looking for.

Submitted by Corinne Tate

"Hope" waits at the trailer.

"Hope" waits at the trailer.

AQHA online records are a great way to research horses and their owners, and any AQHA member can access the information. Database users are discovering how easy it is to locate horses sold years ago or to research progeny. AQHA member Corinne Tate used the online records to locate offspring of a beloved mare she used to own. By using the online records, she was able to find and purchase one of the mare’s offspring.

Here’s what she told us about the process:

“Finding Poco Star Of Hope, or ‘Hope’ as we call her, has put to rest a feeling of emptiness that I’ve had since I was 15 years old. My mother bought Lou’s Barbi, known as ‘Barbi,’ in 1974 or 1975. She was my first horse. I can remember seeing her for the first time like it was yesterday. I was so happy!

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Saddle up and Ride

June 26, 2009

AQHA is increasing its efforts to give all AQHA members more opportunities to enjoy their horses in the great outdoors.

This week the exuberance of youth has hit Amarillo as the AQHYA Convention and Youth Excellence Seminar is being held June 25-27.

About 200 AQHYA members have convened in Amarillo, and they will be electing their directors and new officer team.

It is always refreshing to be around these young horse enthusiasts and see their excitement for the future of AQHA. Read the rest of this entry »

Peter McCue: Influential Quarter Horse

June 26, 2009

A century ago, there was no stallion better than Peter McCue.

You can purchase this photo - and many others - at the AQHA Photo Store

You can purchase this photo - and many others - at the AQHA Photo Store

By Richard Chamberlain of The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal

Foaled February 23, 1895, Peter McCue at maturity was a bay stallion standing 16 hands and weighing 1,430 pounds. He was a prepotent stallion who was bred and raised in Illinois, raced in the Midwest and stood in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. From the time he started his first race in April 1897 until his last in October 1899, there were few horses that could run with him. From the time he entered stud, there were even fewer that could stay with him.

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Allergic Reactions in Your Horse

June 25, 2009

Common equine allergies and their treatments.

By Dr. Thomas R. Lenz

The term “allergy” was first used by an Austrian physician in 1906 to describe a situation where the body’s immune system overreacts and results in self-injury. The allergic reaction is in response to a specific substance (an allergen) and affects some individuals but not others, which differentiates it from infections. Today, the term hypersensitivity is used synonymously with allergic reaction and occurs when an allergen (dust, mold, insect saliva, wool, etc.) enters or contacts the animal’s body. Read the rest of this entry »

Live Horse Racing

June 24, 2009

Enjoy a free preview of AQHA’s live race video service this weekend.

Buy horse racing photos at the AQHA Photo Store

Buy horse racing photos at the AQHA Photo Store

Curious about the buzz surrounding AQHA’s new live racing video project? For three days, June 26-28, you can enjoy great American Quarter Horse races from across the country for free with the new service.

Sponsored by The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal and the Bank of America Racing Challenge, this new service shows actual live video from the racetracks, including post parade and racing action. It feels like you’re watching a monitor in the clubhouse of your favorite track, but the action is right on your computer from anywhere there’s Internet access.

Participating tracks include Arapahoe Park, Beulah Park, Canterbury Park, Delta Downs Racetrack, Evangeline Downs, Fair Meadows at Tulsa, Ruidoso Downs, Sam Houston Race Park, Sunland Park, Sunray Park, Turf Paradise, Will Rogers Downs, Wyoming Downs, Yavapai Downs and Zia Park. Tracks continue to be added to the list.

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Youth World Preview

June 24, 2009

A look at winners from past years, and what’s ahead for the 2009 Ford Youth World.

Click on the map for a full-size view.

Click on the map for a full-size view of the showgrounds.

This year’s Ford AQHYA World Championship Show is predicted to be bigger and better than ever.

Noteworthy this year are discounts at local water and theme parks, and the ever-popular AQHYA Talent Show and Youth Mixer.

Also available will be a worship service at 10:30 a.m. August 2 in the Sales Pavilion.

White Water Bay and Frontier City are Oklahoma City’s go-to places for fun. Both are offering special rates for AQHYA members so that you can dust off the dirt and go have a blast on any of the parks’ rides. Tickets are available at the AQHA booth, and are 40 percent off the regular price. Tickets will be $17 per person to make a big splash at the water park or scream yourself hoarse on a rollercoaster at the amusement park. Read the rest of this entry »

Embryo Transfer Enrollment

June 23, 2009

What to know when you’re thinking embryo.

AQHA Customer Service Rep Kayla Randall

AQHA Customer Service Rep Kayla Randall

There are many situations where embryo transfer is the way to go. If you have a mare that you want to show, but also want a foal out of, or if you have a mare that you think may be damaged carrying a foal, you might want to consider embryo transfer.

Advances in science and technology are continually changing the horse world. Not too long ago, removing an embryo from a horse and having a surrogate carry that foal to term was the stuff of sci-fi novels. Now, it is common practice. To keep up with the times and still uphold the integrity of the American Quarter Horse breed, AQHA has instated a set of rules for mares and Read the rest of this entry »

Ranch Horse Versatility

June 23, 2009

Learn the basics of Ranch Horse Versatility.

It sprouted from the desire to display the versatility and usability of ranch horses in a show setting. After tweaking and fine-tuning the original plans, AQHA introduced the versatility ranch horse classes. Multiple classes are offered: riding, ranch trail, ranch cutting, working ranch horse and ranch conformation. And, a horse and rider team must exhibit in all five classes.

The versatility ranch horse competition promotes the athletic ability and versatility of the horse. Now, the approved show list spans the United States with some shows Read the rest of this entry »

Laying Down

June 22, 2009

Should you be worried when your older horse lays down a lot?

Question:

I have a 22-year-old gelding that is always the picture of health. Lately, he’s been laying down a lot and there does not appear to be any lameness or signs of colic when he gets up. Could this be age related? He has been eating, defecating and urinating well with lots of gut sounds.

Answer:

This sounds like an age related event to me. Oftentimes, older horses will have arthritic joints. While they may get around just fine, they spend more time than they did as a youngster lying down. From the information offered in this question, it certainly doesn’t sound like colic and obviously the horse is well taken care of by loving owners. Read the rest of this entry »

Making Horse Shows Fun for Kids

June 22, 2009

How to help youth succeed in the horse-showing ring while having a great time.

Natalie Leuci of Lisle, New York, shows Justa Good Deal in small fry showmanship. (Journal photo)

Natalie Leuci of Lisle, New York, shows Justa Good Deal in small fry showmanship, proving just how fun horse showing is for youth. Journal photo.

By AQHA Professional Horseman Tom McBeath with Jody Reynolds

AQHA Professional Horseman Tom McBeath of Union, Mississippi, makes sure that showing is both fun and educational for youth. He sees to it that his youth riders get the most out of their horse show experiences, because he believes firmly in the benefits of youth showing. It builds character, confidence, leadership, responsibility, persistence and countless other life skills. Tom offers some tips on how to help kids succeed in their show ring endeavors.

Find the Right Horse
For kids to have fun in the show ring, they’ve got to have the right teammate, and they’ve got to start with classes they’re interested in, Tom says.

“I always give them the option to do what they want, and I try to find a horse for it,” he says. “We try to buy horses that have a foundation that we can shape.”
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Newest Treadway Arrives

June 19, 2009

Welcome to the family, Connor!

I’m a new grandpa! My son Jeff and his wife, Melissa, welcomed Connor Dean Treadway into the family this morning. Connor was born at 12:22 a.m. on Friday, June 19 and weighed 9.5 pounds. Everyone is doing great. This is an exciting time for our family.

I am looking forward to introducing Connor into the AQHA family. He’s AQHA’s newsest AQHYA Life Member.  

I can’t wait to get him horseback, but his mom says we have to wait a little while. I’ll keep you posted.

Happy trails,

Don Treadway Jr.
AQHA Executive Vice President

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