April 2012

Injured Foot

April 30, 2012

Accomplished horsewoman and fitness expert Emily Harrington offers advice on dealing with an injury and getting back in the saddle.

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By: Emily J. Harrington


I recently had foot surgery, which involved inserting a rod and screws. I really need to work out, but I’m not sure where to start.

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Equine Nutrition

April 30, 2012

Be sure your horse is getting the best nutrition this summer with advice from AQHA Corporate Partner and nutrition expert Nutrena.


During summer months, I only feed my horses after a ride, as they get plenty of grass from being out in pasture. Are my horses getting enough nutrition? Should I be adding more to their diet?

— Dennis Creason, Marshall, Missouri

To answer this question, we sought out equine nutrition experts from AQHA Coporate Partner Nutrena for advice.

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Overcoming Obstacles

April 30, 2012

Caton Parelli achieves show-ring success and helps his dad become a better teacher.

Caton and Pat Parelli

Caton and Pat Parelli meet and greet fans at the AQHA booth at the 2012 Road to the Horse colt-starting challenge. Journal photo

From America’s Horse

AQHA Professional Horseman Pat Parelli has traveled around the world, teaching others about horsemanship. But how did he hone those teaching skills? Find out in this story, adapted from the March-April issue of America’s Horse magazine, which goes to AQHA members as a member benefit.

Pat’s son with his first wife, Karen, was born with a condition known as hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. At 3 months old, Caton Ryder Parelli went into a coma, and doctors warned his parents that if he lived, he’d likely never walk or talk and would need to be institutionalized.

Twenty-eight years later, Caton is a regular fixture on the show scene, participating in AQHA, National Reining Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association and National Cutting Horse Association competitions, as well as some ranch horse events. The gregarious young man was featured on the cover of the March-April America’s Horse, and he made a few appearances at the AQHA booth at the Road to the Horse colt-starting challenge, posing for photos with fans and signing autographs.

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Outfitters Open House

April 27, 2012

Nearly 200 attend Quarter Horse Outfitters Spring Open House.

Quarter Horse Outfitters

Nearly 200 visitors came by to check out the new spring line of clothing and home décor in the Quarter Horse Outfitters store

By Becky Newell for The American Quarter Horse Journal

Despite an early evening downpour, there was a great turnout for the Spring Open House on April 26 at Quarter Horse Outfitters in the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

Nearly 200 visitors came by to check out the new spring line of clothing and home décor in the Quarter Horse Outfitters store, as well as offerings from Small Town Gypsy, a local women’s clothing boutique that is also a trade show exhibitor at the Adequan Select World Championship Show.

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The Perfect Name

April 27, 2012

AQHA offers naming options for your horses.

The Perfect Name

Reserve your next foal's registered name. Journal photo

From The Q-Racing Journal

Expecting a foal within the next year? Got a registered name in mind for that baby, but you’re afraid someone else might take it? Here are some tips for how you can best use AQHA’s registration options.

Reserve a Name: You can reserve a foal name for $75 for one year. The name you reserve must meet all AQHA naming guidelines as stated in Rule 214 in the AQHA handbook. Foal name reservations are only good for one year. However, you can renew that reservation for another $75. AQHA completed 90 name reservations in 2011.

Re-Use a Name: Rule 214 was amended to allow some registered names to be reused. But don’t get your hopes up – Wimpy P-1 is not available.

Originally, Rule 214 stated: “Each horse for which registration is applied must be given a name, acceptable to AQHA, which does not conflict with the name of any other horse registered with AQHA, either living or dead.”

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Fight Flies

April 26, 2012

Fly season is fast approaching. Keep flies away all summer with these helpful tips from AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam.

Fight Flies

Use a fly mask this summer to give your horse protection against pesky flies. Photo courtesy of Farnam.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Why Fight Flies?

Fly control keeps your horse comfortable. But that’s not the reason to minimize flies.

Flies and other biting insect pose a major health threat to your horse and you. Flies carry a number of dangerous diseases that become more of a problem as fly populations increase.

Flies live, feed and breed filth, where germs, bacteria and communicable diseases thrive. Good hygiene is critical to keeping flies and other filthy problems under control. Read the rest of this entry »

Guess That Horse

April 25, 2012

AQHA’s Guess That Horse contest takes place every Wednesday at 1 p.m. CDT.

Contest Closed.

Congratulations to Sophie for being the first person to correctly identify Tamet in AQHA’s Guess That Horse contest! Be sure to join us next Wednesday at 1 p.m. CDT for another round of Guess That Horse!

When the contest is live, 11 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.

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Hall of Fame, Part II: Walter Fletcher

April 25, 2012

Past AQHA president Walter Fletcher has always had an eye for horses.

Walter Fletcher

Hall of Fame inductee, Walter Fletcher. Photo courtesy of the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

At the 2012 AQHA Convention in Las Vegas in March, six new inductees joined the prestigious walls of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. The new inductees include Gordon Hannagan, Walter Fletcher, Bob Loomis, Indigo Illusion, Streakin La Jolla and Hollywood Dun It.

Here, learn more about AQHA Past President Walter Fletcher:

Walter Fletcher has always been a busy person. Now 69, the AQHA past president rodeoed through high school, college and after graduation, and he was a pretty good tie-down roper. However, in 1975, he decided to go another direction and traded a couple of rope horses for a Top Moon mare owned by a couple of neighboring ranchers, Walter’s cousin, Brad Tate (who also would become an AQHA president), and Gordon Crone (for whom the Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award is named).

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Only a maiden on the racetrack, the mare, Sweet Mooner, produced six starters that together earned a third of a million dollars. Each became a winner – two of those in stakes – and Sweet Mooner became the foundation of a Fletcher breeding program that since 1977 has produced champions Sweet N Special ($209,103, out of Sweet Mooner’s daughter Sweet Katrina) and Sterling Sport ($266,223), nine more stakes winners, 54 other winners and the earners of more than $2.8 million. And that’s from only 104 starters.

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April 24, 2012

Thinking about horsemanship can teach us a lot of lessons, in the arena and out.

Holly Clanahan

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only horse person out there who relates normal-world stuff to the horse world and vice versa. An example: During a recent late-night plane trip, I ended up sitting in the first row of seats (there was no first-class section in this plane), so I had a front-row view of the flight attendant’s safety presentation.

As she stood in front of me, going over what passengers should do in the unlikely event of a water landing, her words spilled out in a rushed but exceedingly bored monotone, spoken so that even if someone were trying to pay attention – an equally unlikely event – it would have been difficult to glean much meaning. Her uninterested tone spoke volumes about so many things that had nothing to do with seat cushions.

Then, spiel over and microphone off, she muttered, “Nobody ever listens to me.”

I kept any smart remarks to myself.

But it made me think about advice I’ve heard from more than one horseman, about how we can give our horses so much white noise – random movements of the reins that we don’t intend to mean anything, for example – that they start to tune us out. I imagine them hearing that flight-attendant monotone and realizing that it doesn’t matter if they listen or not. If there is a water landing – or if their rider suddenly does want the reins to mean something – they’ll be given an unpleasant wakeup call, sometimes in the form of an unnecessarily harsh cue. Had there been good two-way communication going on, it might have instead taken the lightest of cues.

We, as riders, need to make sure that when we say something, with the lift of a rein, the press of a leg, that it means something. We shouldn’t be a Charlie Brown teacher. Read the rest of this entry »

CSU Legends Sale

April 24, 2012

Colorado State University's Legends of Ranching Sale is on-the-job training.

The 2010 Colorado State University Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale featured ranching and performance American Quarter Horses. Watch the slide show below. (Journal photo)

The annual sale offers finished ranch and performance American Quarter Horses along with started 2- and 3-year-olds from respected ranches. At the same time, it's a learning experience for students in CSU's equine sciences program.

Students from classes in colt training and event and sales management are in charge of putting on the annual sale, from starting colts to planning the sale’s catered events and producing the sale catalog. That’s just the short list of what the students have to do throughout the fall and spring semesters.

The 2012 sale is April 28, and they've catalogued 65 horses from 22 consigners from across the country. AQHA will be on-site with a booth, and The American Quarter Horse Journal will cover the event.

Let's step back to the 2010 sale (where 68 horses averaged $4,734, with the high seller bringing $20,000) and take a look into what life is like for the students' working to put the sale on.

After the last few horses were going through the ring at the 2010 sale, back in the barns, all was quiet. Two students sat in the barn aisle, all smiles, but looking tired.

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Lead On

April 24, 2012

How easy is it to pick up the correct lead? Much easier if you think like a horse, not a trainer.

Joe Wolter

Joe Wolter. Journal photo

From America’s Horse

Most of us, if we’ve been around the arena a time or two, know how to ask for a lope departure.

Inside rein, outside leg behind the girth, moving the hindquarters over just a bit so that the outside hind leg is primed to push off.

If getting the correct lead is a problem, riders are often advised to ask for the lope in a corner or while on a circle.

Easy peasy, right? Yep. Until it isn’t.

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Causes of Ulcers

April 23, 2012

Find out the possible causes of your horse’s returning ulcer problem.


My stallion gets ulcers ever couple of years; what could be causing them?

For the answer, we sought out Dr. Lydia Gray from AQHA Corporate Partner, SmartPak Equine, to answer your questions regarding equine nutrition.

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