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HYPP Survival Guide

January 6, 2014

How to be prepared for and deal with a horse affected by HYPP.

Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis is a serious muscle deficiency in horses that causes muscle twitching, weakness and more.

Learn all about this dominant genetic disease in AQHA’s FREE HYPP Survival Guide report.

In 1996, AQHA designated HYPP a genetic defect and undesirable trait. Two years later, the Association added that all Impressive-descendent foals born after January 1, 1998, were required to be tested for the disease and parentage verified for registration, with the results placed on the registration certificate. Since 2007, any horses tested as H/H are not accepted for registration with AQHA. Find out why in the HYPP Survival Guide.

Also in this detailed report,  you’ll learn:

  • Definitions of HYPP’s three designations: H/H, N/H, and N/N.
  • Symptoms of HYPP
  • Prevention tips
  • Signs of an attack and what to do to keep your horse safe
  • Feeding suggestions for HYPP-positive horses
  • How to test your horse for HYPP

The most-common symptoms of HYPP include muscle tremors, weakness, muscle cramping, yawning, depression, an inability to relax the muscles, sweating, prolapse of the third eyelid, noisy breathing and/or abnormal sounds or whinnies.

HYPP cases usually start with muscle weakness and prolapse of the third eyelid, sweating and minor tremors most commonly in the flank, neck and shoulders.

More severe attacks can involve severe weakness, high heart and respitory rate, staggering, dog sitting and collapse. In its most extreme form, HYPP can lead to collapse and death, usually from a heart attack or respiratory failure.

Be prepared for situations involving HYPP-positive horses by downloading the HYPP Survival Guide today. This FREE report will give you the knowledge to identify symptoms and react accordingly to a horse experiencing an attack. You’ll also learn steps to preventing HYPP attacks, such as stopping frequently on road trips to give your horses a break and reduce their stress levels.

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Top 10 FREE Reports

December 13, 2013

Check out the 10 most popular FREE reports on America’s Horse Daily this month!

TwobitTeeblack1-300x276Are you registering your first foal and need a handy guide to American Quarter Horse markings and colors? Maybe you’re spending time indoors out of the gloomy weather with do-it-yourself projects and need some ideas. Learn how to make mounting blocks, how to tie halters and more with AQHA’s popular, downloadable reports.

America’s Horse Daily has dozens of FREE reports to help you become a better rider, trainer, competitor and horse owner. Download as many free reports as you’d like, and print copies for your barn, home and trailer. Share them with family and friends, and have a blast in the barn this Fall. Read the rest of this entry »

Laminitis Treatment

November 25, 2013

The wooden rocking horseshoe is helping many horses survive laminitis.

Laminitis is a medical emergency that, unfortunately, many horses are subjected to.

What is laminitis, exactly?

According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, laminitis results from the disruption (constant, intermittent or short-term) of blood flow to the sensitive and insensitive laminae. These laminae structures within the foot secure the coffin bone (the wedge-shaped bone within the foot) to the hoof wall. Inflammation often permanently weakens the laminae and interferes with the wall/bone bond. In severe cases, the bone and the hoof wall can separate. In these situations, the coffin bone may rotate within the foot, be displaced downward, “sink” and eventually penetrate the sole. Laminitis can affect one or all feet, but it is most often seen in the front feet concurrently.

The terms “laminitis” and “founder” are used interchangeably. However, founder usually refers to a chronic (long-term) condition associated with rotation of the coffin bone. Acute laminitis refers to symptoms associated with a sudden initial attack, including pain and inflammation of the laminae.

Luckily, there are a few options to help ease the suffering for horses with laminitis. Learn about one, the wooden rocking horseshoe, in AQHA’s FREE report, Laminitis Treatment.

In Laminitis Treatment, Dr. Micheal Steward, a veterinarian in Shawnee, Oklahoma, explains how he finds success with placing wooden shoes on laminitic horses. The shoes, he says, help support the hoof and help it heal.

You’ll also get a detailed explanation, including diagrams, of exactly how laminitis affects a horse’s foot and leg.

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In Laminitis Treatment, you’ll hear a first-hand story about how Dr. Steward’s technique took a critically ill horse and gave him renewed life:

When ‘Tooter’ Kiser took his good ranch horse, Pepperoani Wolf, to Dr. Steward, the little red roan gelding could barely walk off the trailer. But by the time Dr. Steward and a farrier finished with him, “I led that horse out of that X-ray room and he hit that concrete and gravel, and he just gave a little. It was like he was already 95-percent better,” Tooter says.

Get the full details on how Pepperoani went from almost being euthanized to returning to the ranch as a full-time helper.

Plus, get other tips for keeping horses with laminitis comfortable and happy.

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Top 10 FREE Reports

November 5, 2013

Check out the 10 most popular FREE reports on America’s Horse Daily this month!

TwobitTeeblack1-300x276Are you registering your first foal and need a handy guide to American Quarter Horse markings and colors? Maybe you’re spending time indoors out of the gloomy weather with do-it-yourself projects and need some ideas. Learn how to make mounting blocks, how to tie halters and more with AQHA’s popular, downloadable reports.

America’s Horse Daily has dozens of FREE reports to help you become a better rider, trainer, competitor and horse owner. Download as many free reports as you’d like, and print copies for your barn, home and trailer. Share them with family and friends, and have a blast in the barn this Fall.

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Top 10 Free Reports

October 4, 2013

Check out the 10 most popular FREE reports on America’s Horse Daily this month!

TwobitTeeblack1-300x276Have a chubby horse that you need to peel weight off of? Want to learn to make your own rope halters for training? Or maybe, you’re planning to register your first quarter horse this year and want some advice on what AQHA recognized color to choose for their papers. No sweat!

America’s Horse Daily has dozens of FREE reports to help you become a better rider, trainer, competitor and horse owner. Download as many free reports as you’d like, and print copies for your barn, home and trailer. Share them with family and friends, and have a blast in the barn this summer

  1. Horse Color and Markings ChartThe AQHA Horse Color and Markings Chart contains a wealth of knowledge on everything from stripes to chestnuts in one easy-to-use and store packet.
  2. Chubby HorsesThe Chubby Horses report examines some of the findings of a study done which documented the problems associated with overweight horses. Equip yourself with the tools to combat the plague of the chubby horse in this report.
  3. How to Build a Mounting BlockAQHA consulted an expert woodworker for a homemade mounting block that can become a staple for your barn aisle or arena.
  4. How to Make a Rope HalterTwo experts at Columbia Basin Knot Company shares their 34-step process for making a quality homemade rope halter. The How to Make a Rope Halter is complete with pictures and easy-to-follow steps.
  5. Quarter Horse Coat Color GeneticsLearn all of the approved American Quarter Horse colors and infinite possibilities for your future foals. Download Coat Color Genetics for easy-to-understand explanations of all 17 AQHA recognized colors and color genetics information.
  6. Cowboy EtiquetteThe AQHA Cowboy Etiquette report defines proper range conduct, safety, how to work around a horse and proper ranch etiquette. This guide instills the practical skills needed to live the “cowboy way.”
  7. Rainy Day Rewards - AQHA Professional Horseman Brent Graef offered valuable barn-aisle exercise for training during the winter months and less-than-ideal weather conditions.
  8. Horse Trailer Loading TipsTraining a horse for the trailer requires time and patience. Bill Van Norman suggests some tips to make the process easier.
  9. Laminitis TreatmentIn Laminitis Treatment, veterinarian Micheal Steward explains how he finds success with lacing wooden shoes on laminitic horses.
  10. HYPP Survival GuideIn AQHA’s HYPP Survival Guide report learn to deal with a horse affected by this genetic defect. This detailed report will outline symptoms, prevention and even feeding suggestions for HYPP-positive horses.

There are more FREE reports where these came from! Check them out today!

Riding Lessons With Richard Shrake

September 30, 2013

AQHA Professional Horseman Richard Shrake helps you develop a better relationship with your horse in this four-part series.

We all want to become better riders, improving our rhythm, form, confidence and so much more. AQHA Professional Horseman Richard Shrake gets you started in the right direction toward a better relationship with your horse in AQHA’s FREE Riding Lessons with Richard Shrake report.

In this amazing free report, Richard explains how riding a horse uses skills you already know, citing examples from golf, tennis and more.

Richard explains:

  • The importance of rhythm
  • Why timing is crucial to good riding
  • How precision and form work together to create a well-rounded rider
  • Confidence-building techniques
  • Breathing exercises
  • Plus all kinds of great drills and courses to help solidify your newfound techniques

Richard offers lots of rich, heartwarming examples within the Riding Lessons with Richard Shrake report.

“Megan has a brand-new horse, and she’s having trouble bonding with him. She’s starting to lose interest in riding,” Richard says. “Megan needs to realize that this horse needs to be like a best friend. She can’t blame him for his reactionary, sensitive attitude. She needs to find a way to make him a good friend – someone she’d like to be around all the time.”

Richard suggests a steady routine to help Megan with her situation:

  • Catch your horse’s eye
  • Release endorphins – the “feel good” hormones in every animal; in a horse, you can rub his ears, poll and cheeks
  • Halter your horse
  • Get your horse in “herd mode”

Learn more about these techniques now by downloading your FREE copy of Riding Lessons with Richard Shrake.

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Do you know what it means when your horse lifts his head, hollows his back and gets stiff? Richard explains, “This means your horse is protectign himself, the same as  you would if someone walked up and hit you with a hard punch. Your horse is saying, ‘Whoops, you just smacked me before you told me what you were going to do.’ ” In this report, Richard shows you how to watch for signs from  your horse that you’re moving too fast for him. He shows you how to slow down your hands and rhythm to make your horse more comfortable and less sensitive.

In his section explaining the importance of rhythm, Richard says, “If you stand relaxed with one arm in the air and stomp your foot, you can feel the energy flow all the way from your foot to your fingertips. But if you stand with your jaw clenched and stomp your foot, the vibration ends at your tight jaw. If you have that same rigidity in your body, you’ll interrupt the rhythm from your horse’s gaits.”

Download Riding Lessons with Richard Shrake to learn the next step in improving your rhythm.

Cowboy Etiquette

September 10, 2013

This free report teaches you old-time manners.

Paula Cole once asked the very astute question: where have all the cowboys gone? Today’s ropers, ranchers and cattle enthusiasts are more likely to be investment bankers than professional hands. As the ranching population ages and rural youth move to cities, true cowboys are becoming a rare find.

While the natural horsemanship revolution has revitalized the horse-training methods of the old west, what has become of rules for cowboy etiquette?

Cowboy etiquette is defined as proper range conduct when working livestock, with an emphasis on respect and safety. Just as it is important for a cowboy to know how to work around his horse, he must know how to work with his team.

AQHA’s Cowboy Etiquette report, brought to you by America's Horse, is the perfect guide for aspiring and professional cowboys. This fun and useful guide will help everyone learn how to manage the chaos of a working ranch.

The Cowboy Etiquette report lays out the rules of the ranch, which are generally set in stone, such as:

  • When cattle are being sorted outside, hold the herd together in a group. Don’t start sorting without being asked.
  • Never assume a position. The “cowboy way” is to say: “I’ll do any job that needs doing.” Be willing to do the job that needs to be done, but don’t take on a task you are not qualified for. When moving cattle, ride drag – that’s located at the back of the herd. Don’t promote yourself to wing or lead.
  • Don’t criticize a man’s horse, cattle or dog.

The guide includes a special section for ropers. Learn how you can make the ground crew’s job easier and safer.

  • All roper’s go through dry spells, but if you are simply not getting calves, you need to let someone else rope. And always control your temper. Too often, ropers who are not roping well will get frustrated and blame their horses.
  • Keep the herd quiet. Don’t get stubborn about getting a particular calf. Rope the one that’s handy.

Download the Cowboy Etiquette report today and impress your crew with your knowledge of old-time manners.

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Top 10 Free Reports

September 4, 2013

Check out the top 10 FREE reports and articles on America’s Horse Daily this month.

TwobitTeeblack1-300x276Do you want to learn how to create a natural appearance in your horse’s tail extensions? Are you concerned about your liability when it comes to friendly, neighborhood trespassers petting your horses? Or maybe you are ready to register this year’s foals, but are still a little confused about AQHA recognized colors and markings. Don’t worry!

America’s Horse Daily has dozens of FREE reports and articles to help you become a better rider, trainer, competitor and horse owner. Download free reports, read articles and share with family and friends. You’ll be prepared for anything your horse throws at you! Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Free Reports

August 13, 2013

Add August’s most popular free reports to your stable’s reading library!

Free-Reports-Horse2Do you know the correct terms for your horse’s coat color or markings? How much do you really know about laminitis, EPM or Potomac horse fever? Want to get started in showmanship, but don’t know where to begin? You’re in luck! An entire library of information is available to you … for FREE.

Download as many free reports as you would like, then print them off to store in your trailer or to share in the barn. There are dozens of free reports on so many topics — from training advice, to horse health and everything in between. Take a look at some of the most popular free reports this month: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Build a Mounting Block

August 13, 2013

Ease aboard your horse with a homemade mounting block.

It’s always nice to have a leg up when you’re ready to get in the saddle. But there are many times when an able-bodied, strong-backed volunteer just isn’t available to give you a boost onto your horse.

AQHA consulted a woodworking expert for a homemade mounting block that can become a staple of your barn aisle or arena for years to come.

Download the easy directions in our FREE How to Build a Mounting Block report!

This homemade mounting block has a simple supply list and is the perfect project for beginners.

Make this mounting block your next 4-H project, or give the plans to the teenagers at your barn to keep them busy! Best of all, this mounting block is easily personalized with paint and decorations. What better gift to give your horse-loving friends than a homemade mounting block embellished with their name, horse brand, favorite horse club, equestrian team, whatever!

“As the director of a therapeutic riding center, we find our ramp and also a mounting block to be very necessary items. Even my able riders are asked to use the mounting block, as it is easier on our horses’ backs. I can’t imagine living without these very effective tools!”

Leslie

We know you’ll enjoy making this mounting block. Be sure to share your stories of how your new mounting block made your life a little easier and your ride a little more enjoyable!

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Top 10 Free Reports

July 17, 2013

Check out the 10 most popular FREE reports on America’s Horse Daily this month!

Free-Reports-Horse2Are you confused about your horse’s true coat color or markings? Ready to go to a show, but aren’t sure how to clip your horse safely? Having difficulty getting your horse to load in a trailer? America’s Horse Daily has dozens of FREE reports to help you.

These FREE reports are full of tips and tricks for all aspects of riding, training and horse care. Download as many as you want and keep them at the barn, in your trailer, or saddle bag for handy use!

They’re quick to download, easy to print and fun to share with your friends. Here are the top-10 most popular reports on Daily right now: Read the rest of this entry »

Chubby Horses

June 3, 2013

Keeping your horse from being fat will help her avoid a number of problems.

We hear everyday about ways to tweak our diet and exercise programs to combat human obesity. But did you know that studies are beginning to show that obesity is becoming a growing problem with horses as well? AQHA’s FREE Chubby Horses report examines some of the findings of a study done by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

“This study documented that this is an extremely important problem in horses that is has been under-reported,” says Dr. Craig Thatcher, a professor who was involved in the study.

Not surprisingly, the No. 1 recommendation is diet and exercise.

Other topics included in this report are:

  • Equine metabolic syndrome
  • Conditions resulting from EMS
  • EMS and Cushing’s connection
  • How to manage EMS
  • Possible management procedures and medications for EMS

University of Tennessee equine metabolic syndrome researcher Dr. Nicholas Frank breaks down three different components that horses can suffer from as a result from EMS: obesity, laminitis and insulin resistance. Of these three, laminitis can prove to be fatal in horses as it has delivered the final blow for greats like Secretariat and, more recently, Barbero. Find out how these three conditions can impact your horse in the Chubby Horses report.

Dr. Dianne McFarlane of Oklahoma State University also weights in on equine Cushing’s disease. Chubby Horses goes in depth on some of the first signs of Cushing’s disease, so you will be able to spot it quickly and be able to control the onset of this disease, which is comparable to Parkinson’s disease in humans.

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“Horses with EMS appear to be predisposed to equine Cushing’s disease,” says Dr. Frank. “The key thing is, because it seems these horses (EMS horses) do transition into Cushing’s, is to be ready to recognize the clinical signs of Cushing’s. And this is going to be potentially at an earlier age than we traditionally think about looking of the disorder.”

The Chubby Horses report lays out three different management plans to combat EMS as prescribed by Dr. Frank. Whether you have an obese horse with insulin resistance, a nonobese horse with fatty deposits or a severely affected horse of either category experiencing laminitis, find out how to get your horse back on the right track. Dr. Frank further explains how you can expand upon a good management system with supplements to bring your horse to a healthy weight and away from any further complications that can come from obesity.