December 2010

Where There’s Smoke…

December 16, 2010

Smoke inhalation can cause unforeseen damage to horse’s lungs.

Evacuating your horses quickly is smart thinking during wildfires.

By Becky Newell in America’s Horse

“Starlight” was enjoying the good life in Southern California until wildfire swept through the county where she and her owner lived. With little warning, fire engulfed the landscape around the barn where Starlight and 12 other horses were housed. Sprinklers and hoses were turned on to protect the barn from the encroaching flames as the horses were evacuated. Read the rest of this entry »

Circle of Trust, Part 2

December 15, 2010

How a big-hearted horse learned to run willingly guided – blind.

Jill Peale and Bailey slide to a stop. Photo credit Bar H Photography.

By Jennifer Horton in The American Quarter Horse Journal

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

Recovery
Jill was patient and careful with Bailey during his recovery. He stood in a stall for six weeks. If he was napping when Jill came to clean his stall, he laid comfortably while she picked the stall around him. She built a round pen for him as a turnout pen, small enough that he couldn’t build much speed but with room for him to ease around. Read the rest of this entry »

Hunters 101, Part 2

December 14, 2010

There’s more to starting a hunter than jumping fences.

Take the next step in starting your American Quarter Horse over fences.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

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

The American Quarter Horse Journal talked to AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lainie DeBoer of Forest Lake, Minnesota, about what to look for in a hunter prospect and what to do to make sure your horse is set up to excel over fences. Read the rest of this entry »

Barn Air Circulation

December 13, 2010

If you’re wondering how to get better air circulation for you and your horse, this Ask an Expert is for you!

Question:

I am planning to put in an air circulation fan in my barn next spring. While I have some time to make plans this winter, what all things should I consider? Or, what are all the benefits to adding good air circulation in my barn?

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Christmas Contest

December 13, 2010

Want to win a Weatherbeeta blanket? Join AQHA’s Facebook page for your chance to win!

Who wouldn’t want an extra present to put under the Christmas tree this year? Especially a FREE present!

Pay attention and think fast on AQHA’s Facebook page December 3, 10 and 13 for your chance to win.

On those days, we will ask our fans to comment on a particular post. The first 10 to comment with correct answers will be entered to win.

The prizes are two Weatherbeeta horse blankets (medium) and one Weatherbeeta Orican dog blanket (50 cm / medium sized dogs).

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The Pros and Cons of a Run-in Shed

December 13, 2010

Learn how to give your horse the shelter he deserves with these tips from Junior Master Horseman Level 3.

Use these tips from Junior Master Horseman Level 3 to learn about run-in shelters.

From Junior Master Horseman Level 3

Knowing how to provide your horse(s) with a safe, protective and useable shelter is so “JMH!” But before deciding whether or not a run-in shed is the best shelter for your horse, let’s consider the advantages and disadvantages. Read the rest of this entry »

Zan Parr Bar

December 10, 2010

This performance sire was a three-time world champion halter horse.

Legendary Zan Parr Bar as depicted in Orren Mixer's painting.

From America’s Horse

Because Zan Parr Bar’s descendants shine so brightly as performance horses, many people don’t remember him as the first three-time world champion halter stallion.

Zan Parr Bar was foaled in California on April 30, 1974. Bill Gibford, a professor at California Polytechnic State University, bought him from breeder Bobby Silva when the colt was 4 months old. Read the rest of this entry »

Junior Master Horseman Books

December 9, 2010

The Junior Master Horseman books make great gifts for the horse-crazy kid in your family!

Get your copy of Junior Master Horseman at a discount, just in time for Christmas.

With Christmas just around the corner, don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get your Junior Master Horseman activity books.

Start at the beginning or jump to level three of Junior Master Horseman; either way, these activity books make a fun and educational Christmas present for any horse-crazy kid.
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Wanted: Leafy Spurge

December 9, 2010

Leafy spurge is the baddest plant on the range.

Be able to recognize leafy spurge and take steps to eradicate it.

By Christine Hamilton in The American Quarter Horse Journal

It’s a light green plant with pretty little yellow bracts, but it’ll make land ungrazeable for cattle and wildlife alike.

Leafy spurge, or Euphorbia esula, was first reported in the United States in the mid-1800s. Its seeds are thought to have arrived from Russia in contaminated grain stock. Today, it’s found in all the western states, throughout southern Canada and the Great Plains, and is spreading fast. The federal government has designated it “noxious,” which means that it’s on death row in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

Circle of Trust, Part 1

December 8, 2010

How a big-hearted horse learned to run willingly guided – blind.

Jill Peale guides Bailey through a circle. Photo credit Bar H Photography.

By Jennifer Horton in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Imagine that your partner asks you to run while she guides you in circles and straight lines. Your partner controls your direction and your speed; you provide the power. Now imagine doing this blindfolded. You cannot see your surroundings; you cannot see the ground you run across; you cannot see where you are running to; you are in total darkness. Read the rest of this entry »

Young Artists

December 7, 2010

Youth artists showcase their works at the 2010 Two Bits for Your Brain Art Show and Reception.

Youth from Amarillo-area schools and AQHYA members from across the nation showcased their work at the Two Bits for Your Brain Art Show and Reception December 2, 2010.

Nearly 100 guests made an appearance at the Two Bits for Your Brain Art Show and Reception on December 2, 2010, to honor the 107 entries from Amarillo-area schools and AQHYA members to recognize the winners from each division.

The theme for the contest went along with the theme that was used for the 2010 Built Ford Tough Youth World Show this past year, Arena of Dreams.

The event began at 7 p.m. at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum and was catered by Zest Eat and Drinkery. Read the rest of this entry »

A Christmas Carol

December 7, 2010

Turn an “earworm” into a giggle.

Let’s be honest here: I really don’t care for Christmas carols. (Try having your name be part of one!) And I reeeeallly don’t care for cold, snowy weather, which can turn a normally very pleasant task – like feeding horses – into a chore.

But in both cases, I’ve found that the best way to deal with it is with a good dose of humor. Annoying Christmas jingle stuck in your head? Have some fun with it … own that carol! Like this (to the tune of “Up on the Rooftop”):

Out in the pasture, horses pause
Waiting for good old Santa Claus
Through the gate with loads of hay
All for the little ones
Christmas neighs

Whoa, whoa, whoa!
Why is there snow?
Whoa, whoa, whoa!
Why is there snow?

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