December 2010

Zantanon

December 31, 2010

Get to know one of AQHA’s founding sires.

Zantanon, pictured here at age 24, was one of the fastest horses of his day.

By Lesli Groves in America’s Horse

King P-234, by Zantanon, by Little Joe, by Traveler. That pedigree is as familiar as the Pledge of Allegiance among old-time Quarter Horse breeders. None of these sires were one-hit wonders; it was that rare genetic chain with no weak links. Read the rest of this entry »

Soundness Counts

December 30, 2010

When soundness counts, concentrate on conformation, correct shoeing and proven joint therapy.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Adequan

As anyone involved in the performance-horse business knows, keeping horses sound and competitive is an ongoing challenge. Trainers, veterinarians and horse owners all agree that performance relies on the sound legs of the equine athlete.

The most important factor for soundness is the conformation of the horse. Starting with a structurally sound individual is critical. Read the rest of this entry »

Start the New Year off With America’s Horse

December 29, 2010

Find some New Year’s inspiration in the January-February America’s Horse.

‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions, and if you’re needing some inspiration, look no farther than the pages of the January-February America’s Horse magazine! Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find in our first issue of 2011:

  • Don’t miss the first installment of our series with AQHA Professional Horseman Ken McNabb, who graces the cover with his horse, WR Turning Diamonds, or “Jericho.” Ken first met Jericho at the 2010 Road to the Horse colt-starting challenge, and he purchased him to continue his progress. This series follows their work, as Ken instills a strong foundation in the colt. Make 2011 the year you strengthen your own horse’s foundation, giving you something great to build on.
  • AQHA Professional Horseman Brent Graef writes a contemplative piece about “baggage” and how dwelling on a horse’s problems in the past can pollute your future together. Brent challenges riders to start their year with their horses with open minds, no preconceived notions and a good dose of empathy.  
  • Are you or your animals facing some health challenges as the new year dawns? Get some inspiration from the plucky mare Kings Lacey Jane, who is serving as a broodmare and showmanship horse with just three legs – or, actually, make that three legs and a high-tech prosthetic leg. The lower part of her right front leg had to be amputated after an injury, and she was fitted with a graphite and titanium prosthesis. Read the rest of this entry »

Do Right by Our Horses

December 29, 2010

We have to take responsibility for equine welfare.

AQHA members are responsible for protecting our American Quarter Horses.

From America’s Horse

Editor’s Note: Jim Heird, an AQHA judge for more than 30 years who is executive professor and coordinator of the equine initiative at Texas A&M University, spoke on animal welfare in the “Judges’ Responsibility” portion of the 2009 AQHA Judges Conference in Dallas. An except from his speech follows:

I have never known our industry to face as many challenges as it does today. The present economic crisis has been devastating. People interested in our industry have less money to spend and are more careful where they spend it. Our youth are pursuing more activities during their free time, and these activities take away from the time they can spend with horses. Many in our industry will tell you that the most important issue facing our industry is unwanted horses and the slaughter of horses for human consumption. There are other issues challenging us as well: competition for trails and public land, keeping our livestock designation, high fuel prices, alternative medicine, the use of drugs and medicines in competition horses, compounding of pharmaceuticals and many others. Read the rest of this entry »

The Natural Arc, Part 1

December 28, 2010

Understanding your horse’s natural arc at the lope.

Dana Hokana demonstrates a natural arc.

By AQHA Professional Horsewoman Dana Hokana with Christine Hamilton in The American Quarter Horse Journal

All horses, when they lope or canter naturally, perform that gait at an arc. If you go out into the pasture and watch your horse lope, you’ll notice that he carries his body in an arc. He hits a lope stride and moves his inside hip slightly in depending on the lead he is traveling. He travels straight but holds his body on a natural arc.

There is a correct arc for a left lead and a correct arc for a right lead. When you watch a horse’s legs as he lopes toward you, if he’s on a correct arc, you should see his outside hind leg fall dead center in between his two front legs. (If he’s on a right lead, it would be his left hind leg.) Just as people are either left- or right-handed, horses tend to be better on one arc versus the other. Read the rest of this entry »

A Christmas Miracle

December 27, 2010

This AQHYA competitor was down for a while after a terrible accident … but not out.

Before the accident, Trey poses with Bar Dee Boy 036, aka "Scooby." Photo courtesy of Tow Pal Inc., which sponsors Trey.

When we last checked in with the Schwab family, theirs was a heartbreaking story. Fourteen-year-old Trey — a top competitor in roping and speed events — lay in a hospital bed in Cincinnati, Ohio, able to communicate only by blinking his eyes for “yes” and “no.” He had suffered a traumatic brain injury in a May 22 truck and trailer accident that also left his mother, Cindy, with near-fatal injuries. One of the family’s horses was killed in the crash, but Trey’s best horse, “Scooby,” survived.

But in talking to family members and their friends, it was clear that Trey was a fighter, and he had one of the best support systems you could get: a loving family and a network of horse-world friends who were rooting him on and helping raise money to cover his medical expenses.

I had hoped that all those things would come together to create a happy ending to the story. But still, when I recently heard that Trey, now 15, was to spend Christmas at home with his family, it gave me goosebumps. The Cinncinnati Enquirer wrote a story on his long-awaited release from a rehabilitation center, complete with a photo of Trey grinning hugely while roping another patient from his wheelchair. How’s that for a recovery?

Here’s how the story began: “A team of nurses, doctors and therapists helped teach traffic-crash survivor Trey Schwab how to talk, walk and eat again. He taught them a few things about determination and zest for life.” Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips on Finding Sleepers, Part 2

December 27, 2010

Your best speed prospect might be right under your nose.

Fols Dear John in tie-down roping at the 2000 AQHA World Championship Show. The gelding now competes in barrel racing.

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

“Sleeper,” in terms of horseflesh, means something different to almost everyone.

For some riders, it might mean finding a great horse at a cheap price that goes on to win big money. For other riders, finding a sleeper might be as simple as finding a horse that fits their personality and allows them to compete on a local level and have fun while doing so. And for the most experienced riders, finding a sleeper can mean picking or breeding for that special horse that promotes their business and makes them a lot of cash.

4. Take over someone’s bad fit.

Dena Milner is an equine marketing specialist and a barrel horse trainer. Read the rest of this entry »

The Time of Your Life: A Wagering Plan

December 21, 2010

Having a good wagering plan can make a difference during the holiday season.

By C. Reid McLellan

Christmas time brings money management into sharp focus in many aspects of our lives. We shop for presents for loved ones and acquaintances. Some find such shopping stressful. They worry about what to get each person on their list for different reasons:

  • Gift receiver will think the gift is cheap.
  • Giver does not have enough money to buy a gift they know a loved one really wants.
  • Receiver already “has everything.”
  • Giver can’t afford to take off work and thus does not have time to shop for that extra-special gift.

Notice that each of those reasons has something to do with money. We talk about “it’s the thought that counts.” Many mature receivers appreciate any gift they receive, but their appreciation doesn’t alleviate stress for many people.

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Holiday Horse Treats

December 21, 2010

Just in time for Christmas, four recipes any horse will love.

We picked four tasty horse treat recipes from one of our favorite cookbooks, “The Original Book of Horse Treats,” by June V. Evers.

Be sure to share your own recipes in the comments! Read the rest of this entry »

A Busy Week

December 20, 2010

The holiday to-do list gets longer as the big day draws nearer. We’ll resume Daily updates the week after Christmas!

Holly Clanahan

The week before Christmas is a busy one … there are presents to wrap (or buy!), dinner plans to make, maybe some candy or cookies to make to keep Santa and his helpers (both two- and four-legged) happy. Holiday parties are popping up, and if you’re lucky — really lucky — you might be able to carve out some spare time to spend at the barn.

With all this in mind, the staff at America’s Horse Daily won’t be making daily updates to this site during the week of December 20. But we’ll return on Monday, December 27. In the meantime — if you do get some spare time to prowl around America’s Horse Daily — don’t forget that we’ve got great archives with two year’s worth of material on horseback riding, showing, training, horse health and breeding, plus a plethora of free reports. Our “search” function will help you find specific stories you’re interested in, or you can click on the category names to read all the posts in a given topic. Read the rest of this entry »

Smart Partner Holiday Giveaway

December 17, 2010

Want a chance to win some great prizes from AQHA Corporate Partners?

We’re wrapping up 2010 and bringing in the new year with a holiday giveaway from a few of our corporate partners.

Make sure to have your cell phone handy so you can join in the fun!

Sign up to get updates on your cell phone from AQHA before December 31, and you might win a prize from AQHA Corporate Partners!

One lucky winner will receive a pair of Justin Boots from the AQHA collection, a pair of Wrangler jeans and a Montana Silversmiths’ custom watch.

Other prizes include a Weatherbeeta Blanket Package – one horse blanket and one dog blanket; a John Deere Corded Power Drill; and seven Tractor Supply Co. gift cards.

Don’t miss your chance for one of these great prizes! Simply text “SMARTONE” to 66937 before 5 p.m. CST, December 31.

Happy New Year from AQHA and our Corporate Partners!

Chickasha Ann

December 17, 2010

Do you know one of the great producers?

Chickasha Mike and Buster Welch established a winning cutting line.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Can you name the mare who produced seven champion or reserve champions in either the open or non-pro at the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, Derby, Super Stakes or World championships?

There are a lot of good ones out there to pick from: Royal Blue Boon, Jazzabelle Quixote, Lynx Melody – all great mares. Read the rest of this entry »