Twenty horses enter the 2011 Kentucky Reining Cup and pass the jog for soundness.
Twenty horses enter the 2011 Kentucky Reining Cup and jog for soundness.
By Larri Jo Starkey
Let’s get the good news out of the way first: All the horses passed.
“We just trotted 20 horses, and I was very happy with how they trotted in terms of soundness,” said Dr. Terry Swanson of Littleton, Colorado. “That’s what our goal is right here. The horses were examined Continue reading “Kentucky Reining Cup – The Jog”
The late Harold A. Howard grew up on a farm and spent long summer days driving teams of heavy horses across the fertile Michigan landscape. He also dreamed of the horse he’d own one day: an eye-catching horse that could do it all. By the time he tilled his own farm with his wife, Darlene, and their six children, machines had replaced broad-backed draft horses, but his dream remained.
“Dad studied every Quarter Horse Journal,” Harold’s son, Dar Howard, says. “Then in 1966, he saw an ad for a production sale at B.F. Phillips’ ranch in Texas.”
“There was a photo of a proud stallion standing with his band of broodmares,” daughter Mary Kay (Howard) Smith continues. “Dad said, ‘I’m going to buy that horse,’ got in his car and drove to Texas.” Continue reading “Eternal Sun”
England’s Prince William will marry commoner Kate Middleton tomorrow morning, and AQHA Mascot Two Bits thinks his invitation has been lost in the mail.
You see, he’d been following this fairytale romance since the beginning, and once they were engaged, he offered to help pull the bride’s Glass Coach from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, as is royal wedding tradition. But when there was no response, Two Bits became worried … “Surely the royal family will call any day now,” Two Bits thought as the big day approached.
Equine Influenza Virus
Equine influenza virus (FLU) is one of the most common infectious diseases affecting the respiratory tract in horses. According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, it commonly occurs in horses in the United States and throughout much of the world, with the notable exceptions of New Zealand and Iceland1.
What Is Equine Flu?
Equine influenza is a virus of the H3N8 subtype. Two different H3N8 subtypes appear in circulation internationally2. It is important to note that these are different than the flu strains affecting humans, and at this time, equine influenza viruses have not been reported to infect people. Continue reading “Equine Influenza Virus”
AQHA’s “Guess That Horse” contest takes place right here at 1 p.m. C.D.T. today.
AQHA’s “Guess That Horse” contest takes place right here at 1 p.m. C.D.T. on Wednesdays.
The popular “Guess That Horse” on AQHA’s page on Facebook is now on America’s Horse Daily! To celebrate this exciting change, today’s winner will receive a one-year subscription to The American Quarter Horse Journal!
Eleven hints will be posted, one at a time, every few minutes on this page. Refresh your browser periodically for new hints. Please post your guesses into the “comments” box below. The first person to correctly identify the American Quarter Horse wins the prize.
The winner will be announced after all the hints are given; participants must provide a valid e-mail address to to be eligible for the prize.
In his book, “Values of the Game,” which was on the New York Times nonfiction best sellers list, former NBA star and U.S. Senator Bill Bradley lists a few key elements of competition that are especially applicable to competition with horses. Achieving competitive success, according to Bill, depends on many elements, including discipline, resilience and courage.
“The great thing about discipline,” Bill says, “is that you get an immediate return on your investment of time and effort: The harder you work, the sooner your skills will improve. Then the virtuous circle takes over. As your skills grow, you get a rush of self-confidence, which spurs you to continue working, and your skills increase all the faster.” Continue reading “Basketball Lessons”
AQHA’s color specialist Lisa Covey predicts the color possibilities of a grullo-palomino cross.
AQHA’s color specialist Lisa Covey predicts the color possibilites of a grullo-palomino cross.
What color would I get if I bred my grullo mare to a palomino son of Hollywood Dunit? My mare’s sire is a grullo, and her dam is dun. Her paternal grandsire is black, and her paternal granddam is a grullo. My mare’s maternal grandsire is black, and her maternal granddam is a buckskin.
Common Problems Pulling too hard. One common mistake riders make in spins is pulling back too hard on the reins. It can pull the horse back on his hocks so far that he has to release his hip and actually turn more with the hind end than he does the front.
Or the rider can pull the horse so hard to the side that, again, the horse has to release his hip. His front goes to the right and the hind goes to the left, so the horse is spinning in the middle of his body, like a top. Continue reading “Correct Rollback Position, Part Two”
Out of the many stars at the 2008 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, one exhibitor shone in a special way. Like many young people, Cassidy Miller of Carlsbad, California, began riding at age 7. But her start was with a therapeutic riding instructor.
“She had a brain shunt,” Cassidy’s mother, Kellie, explains. “And when she woke up from surgery, she was completely paralyzed on one side. And that was why she needed therapy.”
“When I started riding, my balance wasn’t quite right where it needed to be,” Cassidy says. “Therapeutic riding really helped me get my balance to where it needed to be for horse riding.”
When the open finals began at 5 p.m. April 23 in Katy, Texas, the sun was shining. It was still out when Todd Sommers rode Whiz It A Chic into the arena, 10th in the draw, to whip out their back-bending stops and circles.
Todd and the 2006 stallion scored a 229.5 to take the lead, just ahead of former leader Andrea Fappani and Tinker With Guns, who had the high score in the preliminary round and had scored a 229 in the finals.
Throughout the evening, other horse-and-rider teams would attempt to take the lead but fall short, including Shawn Flarida and Whizkey N Diamonds with a 228.5. Continue reading “NRBC Open”
The class included horses competing in a CRI2*, the open $25,000, the Challenge Level 4 open class and a United States Equestrian Federation competition. It was a lot of competition for one evening, and at the end of it, trainer Martin Muehlstaetter was repeating what his client, Shaunda Rai Ruckman, said earlier in the day: unbelievable.