November 2010

In the December America’s Horse

November 30, 2010

You’ll meet amazing horses and amazing people.

In this interlude between Thanksgiving and Christmas, people seem ready to count their blessings. As it works out, our December America’s Horse celebrates the spirit of the season perfectly. Horse people, who know the sometimes-cruel whims of Mother Nature, also know how to truly appreciate the good things in life – such as our families and our four-legged friends. Here’s a look at some of the highlights in the lastest issue:

  • AQHA Professional Horsewoman Stacy Westfall has had amazing success in freestyle reining, and she recently starred in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. But did she write about any of that in her regular column? No, she wrote a touching piece about her relationship with a very average horse. “Popcorn” won’t likely win any world championships, but he has the key to Stacy’s heart, and she appreciates him for what he is.
  • AQHYA director Edwin “E.” Gaffney is described as an overachiever (in the best possible sense of the word), and he usually excels at whatever he attempts. But when he showed his horse, “Sir Avery” at Project Cowboy, their performance was less than stellar. But there’s a story behind that story. The two had been paired up for only five months, and before that, Sir Avery was so distrustful of people that he actually attacked his handlers. Viewed in that light, E’s performance at Project Cowboy was nothing less than amazing; he had won the trust of this horse and forged a great partnership. Read the rest of this entry »

Stopping the Head Bob at the Lope, Part 2

November 30, 2010

Borrow a trainer and stop the head bob at the lope.

Borrow a trainer to stop the head bob at the lope.

By AQHA Professional Horsewoman and National Snaffle Bit Association Executive Director Dianne Eppers with Christine Hamilton

This is the last in a two-part series. Need to review part 1?

When we talk about a “head bob,” it refers to a western pleasure horse whose head and neck bob up and down within the rhythm of the lope. You see it in horses asked to lope too slowly – usually the horse is struggling to maintain his balance and uses his head and neck to compensate for it. Read the rest of this entry »

Rein Contact in English Classes

November 29, 2010

AQHA asked our Facebook fans what showing questions they would ask of trainers at the AQHA World Championship Show. Here is one of those questions:

Question:

Are hunter under saddle and hunt seat equitation horses supposed to go on contact with the bit, or off contact, as often seen in the show ring? I am not sure what is correct for an AQHA show.
– Tara Williamson

Read the rest of this entry »

What to Wear

November 29, 2010

Team penners need specific gear for specific reasons. AQHA Professional Horseman Robin Stang breaks the pieces down for you, from front to back.

Having the proper gear is important in team penning.

Team penning is a speed event that involves three horses, three riders and 30 head of cattle, all with different ideas about what should happen next. It’s fast and unpredictable. Sharp turns, hard stops and unexpected rollbacks are all par for the course. With all that speed and commotion, it’s not unusual for team penners to get a little high with their hands. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Thanksgiving

November 21, 2010

In honor of Thanksgiving, America’s Horse Daily is taking the week off. In the meantime, tell us what you’re thankful for! We’ll resume posts and newsletters on November 29.

TurkeyBitsAmerica’s Horse Daily and AQHA wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you’ll take a moment out of your busy schedule and tell us what you’re grateful for this year.

We are grateful for all of our fans and readers who follow and comment on our posts.

Here are a few things AQHA employees are thankful for this year:

“Besides the many blessings we are afforded, I am especially thankful for the AQHA family. Our members have proven time and time again they will respond when needed, whether it be a natural disaster affecting horse owners in a particular area, a member suffering an illness or injury, or helping a fellow Read the rest of this entry »

Flashy Paint Coat Color

November 19, 2010

The most controversial of colors: Why do Quarter Horses get pinto markings?

Splash Of Silver, owned by Kirk and Kristy Nielsen of Malad City, Idaho, is a bay with splash white markings.

From Quarter Horse Coat Colors and America’s Horse

Is a foal born to two American Quarter Horses that has big white spots on its body an American Quarter Horse? Traditionally, the answer was no, but in 2004, AQHA’s “excessive white” rule was rescinded, allowing horses with these markings to be registered. Any horse with excessive white – see Rule 205(d) in the AQHA Handbook – will have a notation on its registration certificate saying “This horse has white markings designated under AQHA rules as an undesirable trait and uncharacteristic of the breed.” Read the rest of this entry »

Pigeon Fever, Part 1

November 18, 2010

Pigeon fever is contagious but rarely deadly.

Pigeon fever typically presents as external abscesses around the chest and midline, giving the horse a “pigeon chest” appearance.

By Andrea Caudill in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Pigeon fever typically presents as external abscesses around the chest and midline, giving the horse a “pigeon chest” appearance.

When Mary Townsend of Amarillo headed out to feed horses one late September evening, she noticed something unusual about her horse, Taylormaid Legend. The 10-year-old gelding had severe swelling around his chest and the right side of his neck. She immediately pulled “Legend” out of his pasture and called her veterinarian. Read the rest of this entry »

What to Look For, Part 2

November 17, 2010

What were the judges at the 2009 AQHA Judges Conference taught to look for?

A judge and his ring steward mark their cards at the 2009 AQHA World Championship Show.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

This is the second in a two-part series. Want to review part 1?

Every December, more than 200 judges gather for the annual AQHA Judges Conference, an event they’re required to attend once in a two-year period to maintain their eligibility, according to the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.

Think of it as continuing education for AQHA’s judges. Learn what judges were taught to look for in a winning western pleasure run. Read the rest of this entry »

A Hat With a Higher Purpose

November 16, 2010

How a generous raffle winner “paid it forward.”

Frances and John Boevers with Crissy Keeton.

Here’s how the story started: As part of the excitement surrounding the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, AQHA and Shorty’s Caboy Hattery raffled off a nice felt cowboy hat autographed by the highly decorated Team USA reiners.

Crissy Keeton of Shady Point, Oklahoma, was the lucky winner, and she was ecstatic.

“I am so excited to get this,” Crissy said immediately after the win. “I have been needing a hat, and now I have one with some awesome signatures! I can’t wait to get it!”

But then I saw a Facebook post from Crissy, saying that she’d given the hat away. Say what?

I messaged her to find out more, and what I heard was a story of friendship and generosity – stuff that’s way more important than any old hat. See if this doesn’t put a smile on your face.

Crissy says when she first received the hat, “I loved it. I showed it off to everybody. I put it on and took a few pictures.”

But then she realized that she’d likely leave it sitting in a box or maybe hanging on the wall, and this hat was meant for better things. Read the rest of this entry »

Stopping the Head Bob at the Lope, Part 1

November 16, 2010

Borrow a trainer and stop the head bob at the lope.

Today's winning western pleasure horses must exhibit a forward, free-flowing lope.

By AQHA Professional Horsewoman and National Snaffle Bit Association
Executive Director Dianne Eppers with Christine Hamilton from
The American Quarter Horse Journal

When we talk about a “head bob,” it refers to a western pleasure horse whose head and neck bob up and down within the rhythm of the lope. You see it in horses asked to lope too slowly – usually the horse is struggling to maintain his balance and uses his head and neck to compensate for it. Read the rest of this entry »

A Great Halter Horse

November 15, 2010

AQHA asked our Facebook fans what showing questions they would ask of any of the trainers at World Show. Here is one of those questions:

Question:

What’s the difference between a good and a great halter horse?
-Cynthia Tatum Reichel

Answer:

The most important thing when we look at a halter horse today is a really well-balanced horse.

I think if I could start at the head – if you are talking about a good versus great halter horse – you want a really pretty head and when you look at it, your first impression is just this is a really pretty horse.

Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Sale Bidding Tips

November 15, 2010

Auctions are designed to be fast paced and adrenaline inducing. Keep your cool while bidding with these tips from Professional Auction Services.

Follow these bidding tips for horse sale success! Photo credit Professional Auction Services.

From Cathy Jennings at Professional Auction Services

You’re at a reputable horse auction. You’ve carefully shopped. You’ve found a horse (or preferably two, in case you don’t get one of them) that will suit you. You have talked to the sellers and are comfortable with your choice(s). You have read the conditions of sale and are satisfied that you can comply with them.

Now comes the part that can be fun, nerve wracking or both! Bidding on the horse! Read the rest of this entry »