May 2011

Learning the Ropes: Teaching to Head

May 31, 2011

In Part 1 of this series, Brad Lund gives instructions on how to start training a horse to head.

By Brad Lund in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Roping a steer

Training a good heading horse takes time and patience. Journal photo.

When I introduce my horse to heading, I first teach him to “log” by pulling the ground-driven roping dummy around and teaching him where to keep his body position. For the dummy, I like to have an inner tube on there so there is a little bit of stretch, and it better simulates a steer. That way, it’s just not a solid tug. It has a little give to it.

By logging the horse, I am teaching him to also accept pressure on the saddle horn. Sometimes, when you first ask the horse to pull the dummy around, he will get scared  a couple of times. During this training period, I don’t worry about where his body is. I just want him mentally to get used to having pressure on the saddle horn and what it actually feels like to pull something. Read the rest of this entry »

Possible EHV Exposure

May 30, 2011

Are you worried that your horse might have been exposed to EHV-1? The American Association of Equine Practitioners offers advice on how to properly quarantine horses returning from events.


There is the possibility that my horse was at an event and may have been exposed to EHV-1. How do I handle my horse returning from events where they may have been exposed to EHV?


Infections other than EHV-1 can also spread by horse-to-horse contact, so keeping a horse with a fever isolated is a very good practice in any case. However, any horse returning from any event should be isolated to prevent the spread of any infectious disease whether there is a fever or not.

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Tried and True

May 30, 2011

Build your horse’s confidence with Buster McLaury.

From America’s Horse

Cowboy and horse out in a field

Giving a young horse many different good experiences helpes him learn to trust his rider. Journal photo.

“A lot of times, if you’re having trouble with a horse, if you could ask the horse what was going on, he’d tell you: ‘I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do and, besides that, I was afraid.’ ”

It’s the sort of advice you might expect from cowboy clinician Buster McLaury, who tries to look at each situation from the horse’s point of view. He inherited the philosophy from renowned horseman Ray Hunt, one of his teachers.

“That’s a big deal to understand, right off the start,” Buster says. Read the rest of this entry »

Versatility Ranch Horse Arrives in Argentina

May 29, 2011

AQHA versatility ranch horse competition has officially arrived in South America! 

Trainer Laurencio Leal Lobo hosted the first AQHA versatility ranch horse competition in South America at his Haras Los Rayos in Argentina (Scroll down for more Journal pics from the event.)

The very first event was held May 25 at Laurencio Leal Lobo’s training facility, Haras Los Rayos, in Urdinarrain, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The date happened to coincide with Argentina’s Independence Day.

Ten horse and rider teams competed – four in the amateur and six in the open. Alvaro Lucena, president of Argentina’s Quarter Horse Association, or Criadores Argentinos de Caballos Cuarto de Milla, won the amateur with his SM Quixotes Surprise (by Nicnac Enterprise Jr). Facundo Romero won the open on Estancias Graciarena S.A.’s CKW Scorpion (by Billy Dixon).

“This is the competition for my country,” Alvaro Lucena said after the awards ceremony. Alvaro was part of a group of American Quarter Horse breeders and competitors from Argentina and Uruguay who attended the 2011 Pfizer AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

“Last year, when I was elected president (of CACCM), I thought where should our association go, in what direction?” Alvaro continued. “I thought we needed to build our amateur classes… and we needed something to put cattle into our AQHA competition. When I saw the (Pfizer Versatility World), I said this is for us.” Read the rest of this entry »

Foal Rejection

May 27, 2011

A good defense ensures mare-foal bonding.

By By Patrick McCue in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Foal with its mother

It is well worth the time and energy to make sure a foal is not rejected by its mother.

Rejection of a foal by its dam can take several forms. The mare might avoid the foal, prevent the foal from nursing or become aggressive toward the foal. Mares in the latter category might assume a threatening posture, pin their ears back when the foal approaches, charge or chase the foal, squeal at the foal, or in more serious cases, might kick at or bite the foal. Mares on rare occasions have seriously injured or killed their foals in the first few days after giving birth.

Rejection is most likely to occur in mares giving birth to their first foal. Mares that have rejected a foal in the past have an increased chance of rejecting a subsequent foal. In addition, mares that are separated from their foal for a prolonged period of time in the early postpartum period have an increased risk of foal rejection. Read the rest of this entry »

News Roundup

May 26, 2011

Think you’ve been missing much in the AQHA show industry news? The Rundown’s got you covered! Check out what’s happening in and out of the show pen. 

Im Shy But Deluxe, the 2010 amateur showmanship world champion, died May 9 after complications with blister beetle-induced laminitis. Photo courtesy of Kara Oldford.

The NRHA Derby Is Still On! 

After evaluating all current information on the equine herpesvirus-1 myeloencephalopathy and under advice of Acting Oklahoma State Veterinarian Dr. Mike Herrin, the National Reining Horse Association has decided that all of its Oklahoma shows should proceed as scheduled. 

The Oklahoma State Veterinary Office and Oklahoma State Fair Park management are working to ensure that every possible measure is taken to prevent an EHV-1 outbreak from occurring in Oklahoma City. State Fair Park is disinfecting each stall after every show prior to the introduction of new animals. They are also providing an isolation area, in the event a fever or neurologic symptoms develop, in order to separate any horse while at the facility. The Oklahoma State Veterinary Office, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (OADDL), is gearing up to provide rapid test results of samples submitted for EHV-1 testing.  

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West Nile Virus

May 26, 2011

Understand the nasty truth about this mosquito-borne disease.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Pfizer.

Mare and foal in a field

It is vitally important to protect your horses against diseases, such as West Nile Virus, in order to keep them healthy and happy. Journal photo.

According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, West Nile virus is the leading cause of arbovirus encephalitis in horses and humans in the United States¹. Since 1999, more than 24,000 cases of WNV have been reported in U.S. horses, with 1,069 cases reported in 2006¹. As of October 2007, 250 equine cases were reported. The decline is said by health experts to reflect both vaccination and naturally acquired immunity¹. In 2010, 146 WNV cases were reported across the country, with the greatest number of cases in California and Florida². Read the rest of this entry »

Tornadoes Devastate Oklahoma

May 25, 2011

The American Quarter Horse Journal caught up with three American Quarter Horse owners in Oklahoma to see how they fared as tornadoes ripped across the state.

Katy Krshka competing in showmanship at the 2010 Ford Youth World. Katy's mother, AQHA Professional Horsewoman Jackie Krshka, says that their home in Yukon, Oklahoma, was unharmed by the tornadoes. Journal photo.

Parts of Oklahoma were devastated on Tuesday, May 24, by high-powered tornadoes. The twisters cut right through the heart of horse country in Oklahoma, wreaking a war path on some American Quarter Horse owners and leaving others surprisingly unscathed.

Butch Wise, owner of Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Oklahoma, counts himself as one of the lucky.

“Everything was west of us here at the main ranch,” says Butch. “We were extremely fortunate – others weren’t as fortunate, but we’re in really good shape.”

Even if the storms had been closer than 10 miles away, Butch says that the staff at the Lazy E Ranch was prepared for the worst.

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Guess That Horse

May 25, 2011

AQHA’s Guess That Horse contest, sponsored by The American Quarter Horse Journal, is over. Be sure to join us next Wednesday at 1 p.m. CDT for another round of Guess That Horse!

Guess That Horse contest

Who could this American Quarter Horse be

Welcome to Guess That Horse. Today’s winner receives a “Cross Country with Curt Pate” DVD, courtesy of The American Quarter Horse Journal.

When the contest is live, eleven hints will be posted, one at a time, every few minutes on this page. Refresh your browser periodically for new hints. Read the rest of this entry »

News Roundup

May 25, 2011

Think you’ve been missing much in the AQHA show industry news? The Rundown’s got you covered! Check out what’s happening in and out of the show pen.

National qualifier numbers in the stake race at the 2011 Ford Youth World are up from the previous year. Journal photo.

Calling All Redbud Show Participants:

Dr. David McCarroll, Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association director and Redbud Spectacular show veterinarian, says that to protect the health of the horses participating in the Redbud Spectacular Quarter Horse Show, June 1- 12, in Oklahoma City, participants need to have their horses inspected by a veterinarian within 10 days of the show and have a health certificate completed and signed by an USDA accredited veterinarian.

The following information must be included for each horse:

  1. A current Coggin’s test within 12 months
  2. Horse’s temperature
  3. The following statement: “This horse (or horses) did not attend the NCHA Western National Championship Show in Ogden, Utah, from April 30th to May 8th, 2011, nor has it (they) been in contact with any horse which did attend.”

Health certificates will be required for each horse attending the Redbud, including horses originating from within Oklahoma.

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We Love Our Affiliates!

May 25, 2011

Hear what our affiliates have to say about AQHYA.

Journal Photo

AQHYA would not be the same without each region making its contribution to our industry. Putting these people, events and places under one “Quarter Horse” umbrella is what makes us great!

Here is what some of our regional leaders had to say recently:

“The Region Four Championship is hosted by Ohio Quarter Horse and is one of the largest Regional Shows in the nation. OQHA also hosted the first National Youth Leadership Conference in the nation last October.” — Dakota Diamond Griffith, AQHYA president

“Region Ten is home to many AQHA shows including the Big A and Stars and Stripes, the Florida Gold and Gulf Coast circuits and the Tarheel Triple Classic, where every attendee is welcome to compete or just hang out. Our active regional directors compile the seasonal Region Ten Newsletter, Ten Talk, so that everyone stays connected and up-to-date. Every state is full of awesome, friendly youth members who know the true meaning of ‘southern hospitality!’ ” – Britt Lynch, AQHA sentinel

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Strike a Balance With EHV-1

May 25, 2011

Learn how to strike a balance between showing and protecting your herd against equine herpesvirus-1 myeloencephalopathy with tips from Dr. Tom Lenz.

By Tara Christiansen for The American Quarter Horse Journal

A woman and her horse in the show ring

Take the necessary steps to protect your horse from EHV-1. Journal photo.

In light of the current equine herpesvirus-1 myeloencephalopathy outbreak, many horse owners are having to make the difficult decision between continuing their passion and livelihood of showing horses or putting it on hold to stay at home for the welfare of their horses and the equine population.

According to Dr. Tom Lenz, past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and a regular columnist in The American Quarter Horse Journal, competitors can strike a balance between protecting their horses and continuing to travel the show circuit. Read the rest of this entry »