August 2012

Freezing Equine Semen

August 31, 2012

A look at the potential and pitfalls of using frozen semen for horse breeding.

By Dr. Dickson D. Varner

Dr. Dickson D. Varner

Dr. Dickson D. Varner is a professor and the Pin Oak Stud Chair of Stallion Reproductive Studies at Texas A&M University.

Cryopreservation implies subjecting cells or tissues to an extremely low temperature in an effort to slow or stop biological activity. The storage temperature is typically -196 C (-321 F), the temperature of liquid nitrogen. When sperm are stored at this temperature, they are literally “suspended in time” in hopes that, once thawed, the sperm will be capable of fertilization.

As metabolism is essentially nil, some project that frozen sperm may be stored effectively for centuries. Read the rest of this entry »

Readers' Choice

August 30, 2012

You selected the cover of the October America's Horse.

The votes are in, and we have a winner! Visitors to America's Horse Daily have chosen Earl Kuhn's “A Fresh Mount” as the cover for the October America's Horse magazine.

All the “contestants” were selections from the America's Horse in Art Show & Sale that runs through November 10 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo. A portion of the proceeds from the art sales benefits the museum and aids in its mission to preserve the history of the American Quarter Horse. So, you can certainly say that everyone was a winner.

In order to see “A Fresh Mount” in print, you'll need to make sure your AQHA membership is current! Also in the October issue, you won't want to miss these stories with an international flair: A

merican Quarter Horses who make a living trail riding in Israel; an upcoming PBS documentary on the traditions of escaramuza; and a synopsis of American Quarter Horse activities around the world.

America's Horse magazine is just one of the great benefits of AQHA membership. Ten times a year, you'll get a connection to other AQHA members, touching human-interest stories, horse health and training tips to help you better enjoy your time with your horse and much more. AQHA membership also brings discounts from our corporate partners, $10 of free records research each month and the ability to participate in AQHA shows and the Horseback Riding Program.



Older Horse Health Care

August 30, 2012

In 2010, Paige Nevils and her 28-year-old-gelding, Docs Some Boss, competed at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)

Take time for TLC when traveling with your aged horse.

By Dr. Thomas R. Lenz in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Today, roughly 17 percent of American Quarter Horses are older than 20 years of age (equivalent to about 61 years in human years). There are several reasons that horses are living longer, with the most obvious being improved nutrition, veterinary and farrier care.

However, the change in how people use their horses has also played a role. As most horses have moved from primarily work animals to recreational animals, they have experienced fewer injuries and less stress. I personally had a good Quarter Horse gelding that was still athletic and being ridden by our grandchildren until he died suddenly of a ruptured aneurism at 33 (93 in human years).

Most horses are capable of being ridden well into their 20s, but they need some special considerations when traveling. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Prestranek, Slovenia

August 29, 2012

Keylee Sayler, AQHA’s international intern, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls horsemanship clinic team finished teaching the final clinic of the summer in Prestranek, Slovenia.

Taylor Silloway from the UW-RF team helping Tajda Horvat. Photo by Larisa Bukovec.

By AQHA International Intern Keylee Sayler


The University of Wisconsin-River Falls and I just finished teaching the final AQHA international horsemanship camp of the summer in Prestranek, Slovenia, at Posestvo Grad Prestranek. This camp went wonderfully and was a great way to end the summer. This was the first year Slovenia has held an AQHA horsemanship camp.

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Guess That Horse

August 29, 2012

Today's Guess That Horse was Kasey Quixote.

Today's Guess That Horse was Kasey Quixote.

Guess That Horse will be back next Wednesday at 1 p.m. CDT.

Congratulations to Eileen for being the first person to correctly identify Kasey Quixote!

Kasey Quixote was a 1979 bay mare by Doc Quixote and out of a Commander King mare. She was bred by Barbara and Paul Crumpler of Wichita Falls, Texas. She competed in the National Cutting Horse Association through 1983 and won almost $7000 in cutting horse events.

Think you can guess a horse’s identity by its picture, points or pedigree? Then try your hand at today’s Guess That Horse contest, sponsored by Quarter Horse Outfitters! Read the rest of this entry »

Early Horse Shows

August 29, 2012

There have been some significant horse-showing rule changes through the years.

Can you imagine riding bareback in a western pleasure class? Journal photo.

By Jim Jennings in America's Horse

Summer is horse show season in the American Quarter Horse industry, and with weekend shows all over the country every week, along with the Regional Championships, the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Show and the Adequan Select World Show, it’s easy to see that showing horses is a big part of our industry. And it has been since the very beginning. Most of you probably know that when AQHA started registering horses, No. 1 was reserved for the horse who was named grand champion stallion at the 1941 Fort Worth Stock Show. That, of course, was Wimpy P-1.

But in every type of competition, and horse shows are no exception, a lot of time is spent writing rules. That’s why it’s kind of fun sometimes to look back at some of the events when there weren’t so many rules. Or at least when the rules were different from what they are today. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Make a Rope Halter

August 28, 2012

Follow these easy steps to create your own knotted rope halter for horses.

Practical and inexpensive, rope halters are a time-honored tradition for many horsemen and a wonderful training tool.

Have you ever wondered how to make a rope halter for horses?

Two experts at Columbia Basin Knot Company shared with The American Quarter Horse Journal their 34-step process for making a quality homemade rope halter. In our How to Make a Rope Halter report, each step includes a full-color photo to help guide you through the process.

Here’s Step 1 of creating your very own rope halter:

When tying halters for the first time, use 22 to 25 feet of rope. Once you become proficient, you can make a halter with about 20 feet of rope. Take your piece of rope and fold it in half. At the center point, tie a simple overhand knot. Snug the knot up. Then to the left of the knot, tie another simple overhand knot. Now you have two simple overhand knots. The knots should be 11 inches from the middle of one knot to the middle of the other knot. Adjust the knots until they are 11 inches apart, and tighten them up. Then take the rope and fold it with the two overhand knots together.

In this valuable report, you’ll master the fiador knot and understand how to cut and whip the rope with a soldering iron or rope cutting gun.

Making your own rope halter will be a rewarding experience. We look forward to hearing how this free report helped you enjoy your horses just a little more! Be sure to use the comments feature to let us know.


“I have tied rope halters for years. In those years, we have seen several methods of doing it. Some of those methods were very crude! These directions are very much the same as mine, plainly stated and simple to follow.

Now when someone wants me to teach them, I can say ‘Go to, and download the free instructions.’ Good job!”

Neva Christensen

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Striding Right

August 28, 2012

So much about horse training has to do with slowing and shortening your horse’s stride.

Slowing and shortening the stride is key to any discipline. Journal photo.

By AQHA Professional Horsewoman and Certified Horsemanship Association master instructor Carla Wennberg in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Slowing and shortening the stride is important in anything from equitation to horsemanship. You see it especially in reining, where horses have to go from a fast circle to a slow, collected circle. It takes a lot of balance and training to accomplish that without pulling on the reins.

When you want to slow and shorten a horse’s stride, there are a few things you have to think about. Read the rest of this entry »

Trailer Troubles

August 27, 2012

When it comes to loading troubles, practice controlling your horse's feet.


My horse has never been a problem to load. He has started something new. He walks in, and before I can tie him and move past him to close the divider, he decides he's leaving and pulls back. He can't get loose because of the panic snap. Then, if I untie him, he bolts backwards out of the trailer. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I don't understand why he's doing this.

— Anne MacDonald

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Comprehending English

August 27, 2012

How I got out of my comfort zone and into a pair of breeches for my first English riding lesson.

Hoot’s look said, “Now what exactly is it that you want?” Journal photo.

By Becky Newell for America’s Horse

Growing up, the closest I got to riding lessons was when Dad put me on the back of some of the younger, green-broke horses he was too big to get on himself.

Recently, I mentioned offhand that it might be interesting to try riding English. My boss said, “If I arrange a lesson, do you think you could turn the experience into a story?”

“Um, sure,” I said.

I should never have opened my big mouth. Read the rest of this entry »

Go Man Go

August 24, 2012

Where would Quarter Horse breeding be without this racing world champion?

By Jim Jennings for America's Horse

American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Go Man Go became a world champion three times before he was given a permanent registration number. Journal photo.

Did you know that one of the most famous Quarter Horses of all time almost wasn’t registered? Yes, American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Go Man Go, three-time world champion Quarter running horse and sire of foals that earned more than $7.5 million on the racetrack, almost didn’t get a permanent registration number. Read the rest of this entry »

Equine Dental Care

August 23, 2012

Early detection of dental problems can help maintain horse health.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Pfizer Animal Health

Early detection of dental problems can help maintain horse health.

Regular dental examinations are important to your horse’s health. Photo courtesy of Pfizer Animal Health.

For the overall well-being of your American Quarter Horses, routine dental care is important. Along with comprehensive dental exams, knowing the signs of when your horse is experiencing problems is just as vital.

Catching equine dental problems early is a central part of oral health. You may see indications of issues including dropping of feed while chewing, nasal discharge, foul-smelling breath, weight loss and facial swellings that call for immediate attention.1 Also, you may see clear signs of pain or irritation in your horse, such as fighting the bit or tossing his or her head — or possibly no visible signs at all. Early detection of these potential problems allows for faster intervention, which will hopefully minimize the impact of the problem over the lifetime of your companion.1 Read the rest of this entry »