Pattern Analysis

AQHA Professional Horseman Matt Mills walks you through AQHA reining Pattern 11.

AQHA Professional Horseman Matt Mills walks you through AQHA reining Pattern 11.

Pattern 11 analysis
AQHA Professional Horseman Matt Mills recommends really pushing down on your heels and keeping your legs out of the horse’s side during your stops. Journal photo.

By AQHA Professional Horseman Matt Mills in The American Quarter Horse Journal

In AQHA reining Pattern 11, which is only for novice amateurs, novice youth and youth 13 and under, you will walk to the center of the arena, similar to some of the other patterns. Continue reading “Pattern Analysis”

The Ideal Heading Run

Learn what the ideal team roping heading run should look like with AQHA Professional Horseman Gary Wells.

Learn what the ideal team roping heading run should look like with AQHA Professional Horseman Gary Wells.

AQHA Professional Horseman Gary Wells sheds some light on what the ideal dally team roping heading run should look like.

For more insight from Gary on training a heading horse, check out “Is He Cheating You?” in the October 2011 issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal.

Question:

I started team roping a few years ago, but I’ve mainly been competing at jackpot ropings. I’d like to train my horse to be competitive in judged ropings, but in order to do so I’d like to know what the ideal heading run should look like.

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The Endgame

Creating the sensitivity and response of a bridle horse begins in the hackamore.

Are you ready to move your horse to a hackamore?

Hackamore Horse
Take your time when moving your horse into a hackamore. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Respectfully responding to just a hair’s feel on the reins, the finished bridle horse is a masterpiece.

Creating the sensitivity and response of a spade bit horse begins in the hackamore.

If you are in a hurry, don’t count on finding perfection. Continue reading “The Endgame”

AQHA World Show Roundup

We’re only halfway through the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show and there’s already a lot to report.

We’re only halfway through the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show and there’s already a lot to report.

2011 AQHA World Show Logo
Have you been following The American Quarter Horse Journal’s online coverage of the AQHA World Show?

Have you been tuning into the live webcam coverage, sponsored by Pfizer, from the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show?

And have you been following The American Quarter Horse Journal’s online coverage of the event?

If you’re looking for information regarding the AQHA World Show, we’ve got it all in one place: www.aqha.com/worldshow.

Continue reading “AQHA World Show Roundup”

Easy Jet

Easy Jet as a 2-year-old. Forty-two years ago this month, the most precocious Quarter Horse ever wrapped up a freshman season unlike any other in history.

Sometimes a little racing saves a lot of work.

Easy Jet AQHA Stallion
Easy Jet was king of the roost. AQHA file photo.

From The Q-Racing Journal

Twenty-two wins and three seconds out of 26 starts.

Nine stakes victories at eight tracks in five states.

Record earning.

World champion laurels.

That would be quite a record for a stallion retiring from years of successful competition before heading to further glories at stud. Except he wasn’t.

That was Easy Jet as a 2-year-old. Forty-two years ago this month, the most precocious Quarter Horse ever wrapped up a freshman season unlike any other in history. Continue reading “Easy Jet”

Winter Health Care

Help your horse stay healthy in colder temperatures.

Help your horse stay healthy in colder temperatures.

Horse owners and managers need to pay close attention to their horses’ body condition, particularly as temperatures drop. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Pfizer

Maintaining a healthy horse through rigorous show schedules and mosquito season can be difficult.

However, adding in winter elements such as cooler temperatures, snow and ice can present a whole new set of challenges. Continue reading “Winter Health Care”

Free Dude Ranch Vacation

Sign up for your chance to win a free dude ranch vacation at T Cross Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming.

Sign up for your chance to win a free dude ranch vacation at T Cross Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming.

Enter to win a four-day dude ranch vacation!

Sign up to win a Christmas present you’ll never forget!

Register today for your chance to win a free dude ranch vacation from AQHA.

One lucky winner of AQHA’s Dude Ranch Vacation Sweepstakes will receive a four-day trip for two to T Cross Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. The prize includes airfare within the continental United States plus a Continue reading “Free Dude Ranch Vacation”

Short-Hair Secrets

If you show horses, there has probably been at least one frustrating season where your horse got a little fluffier than you would have liked.

Tips for keeping your horse slick and sleek all winter.

Short hair secrets
The last thing you want is for your horse to be the fluffy one. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

For most people, long-haired horses aren’t such a bad idea.

It’s natural for livestock to grow thick coats when the days get shorter and cooler, and the extra hair keeps them safe and warm, protecting them from chill and sickness.

If you show horses, however, there has probably been at least one frustrating season where your horse got a little fluffier than you would have liked. And goodness knows, a shaggy horse just doesn’t sparkle when he stands next to a slick horse in the show ring. Continue reading “Short-Hair Secrets”

Start With Control

Five basic steps for better barrels and poles.

Five basic steps for better barrels and poles.

Five basic steps for better barrels and poles
As seasoned competitors know, a good barrel or pole run is about more than just bursts of speed. It takes a combination of speed and control. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

To the untrained eye, barrel racing and pole bending might look pretty easy.

You just go out there and have your horse run around the obstacles as fast as he can, right?

Well, not really. Continue reading “Start With Control”

Free Journal Plus

For the month of November only, any American Quarter Horse enthusiast can enjoy Journal Plus for free.

For the month of November only, any American Quarter Horse enthusiast can enjoy Journal Plus for free.

Do you look forward to the day each month when The American Quarter Horse Journal arrives in your mailbox? If you’re tired of waiting around, or you just can’t get enough of what the Journal has to say, you need to check out Journal Plus.

Journal Plus is the online bonus magazine to the Journal, and for this month only, anyone can read the November issue of Journal Plus. That’s right: the November issue of Journal Plus is free.

The Journal just has too many stories and photos to fit in our print magazine, so several months ago, we created Journal Plus – a bonus magazine, free to Journal subscribers.

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Raise Your Own

A good question is raised in the November issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal: Why not raise your own show horse?

A good question is raised in the November issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal: Why not raise your own show horse?

Halter  Futurity Foal
Do you want to try your hand showing a foal you raised? (Journal photo).

Have you done it? Raised your own show horse, that is. Or have you at least dreamed about it?

In its November issue, The American Quarter Horse Journal rolled out the first article in a periodic series on futurity foals. The series, written by Journal Editor Christine Hamilton, addresses the question, “Why not raise or buy your own futurity foal and have fun showing it?”

Continue reading “Raise Your Own”

Keep Horse Water From Freezing

Keep your horses’ water from freezing without electricity.

Keep your horses’ water from freezing without electricity.

Question:

Does anyone have ideas for keeping a stock tank from freezing in a remote area with no electricity? My two horses usually drink from a creek that occasionally freezes.

Since my 16-year-old Quarter Horse went blind in April, he has grown used to his tank and scared of the creek. Being a paranoid blind-horse mom, I want him to have as many options for water as possible.

– Jen Continue reading “Keep Horse Water From Freezing”