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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.

The Gospel According to Peter

April 22, 2013

A blue-blooded horse with a blue-collar name begat the modern America Quarter Horse.

Take a trip back in time as Richard Chamberlain, senior writer for The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal, turns the clock and tells the tale of Peter McCue, a stallion that 5.1 million of today’s 5.3 million registered Quarter Horses trace their heritage to.

What do Be A Bono and With All Probablity have in common – other than that they both are American Quarter Horses who reached the top of their games, the former as world champion racehorse and the latter as an AQHA World Show Superhorse?

Most likely, you know of a Quarter Horse that is related to the great Peter McCue. Learn everything there is to know about Peter McCue from his humble beginnings, his race career, where he lived, his owners and much more in AQHA’s FREE report, The Gospel According to Peter.

In his prime, Peter was 16 hands and 1,430 pounds. This bay stallion was the fastest 2-year old of his time in America, with his best distance being the half mile. The Gospel According to Peter report includes a reprinted article from a Chicago newspaper during Peter’s 2-year old campaign recounting his maiden race, a tale of the true athleticism that the rookie team of Peter and his jockey possessed.

Trace your way, literally, through the American Quarter Horse’s foundation bloodlines with a diagram of all the foundation bloodlines and the great stallions that have made the Quarter Horse what it is today. This will allow you to not only read about the horses and their bloodlines, but also visualize how all of the old great Quarter Horses paved the way for today’s Quarter Horse.

Where did Peter McCue get his great traits that he passed on? Find out in this report. Just a few to whet your appetite would be Old Cold Deck, Steel Dust and Shiloh. Go further in depth and uncover the stories of generations of great breeding, all linked to Peter McCue, one of the most influential Quarter Horse stallions.

What made Peter McCue such an instrumental stallion in the early 1900s? Determine for yourself in The Gospel According to Peter. Was it the fact that he gave birth to two of the original 19 foundation sires found in the AQHA Studbook? Is it the fact that the first

horse ever to be registered, Wimpy P1, was a direct descendent of Peter? Maybe it is the fact that, out of the first 11,510 Quarter Horses to be registered between when Wimpy was registered and the joining AQHA, the American Quarter Racing Association and the National Quarter Horse Breeders Association, 2,304 of the horses traced their male lines to Peter McCue.

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Young Horse Joint Health

April 3, 2013

Osteochondritis Dissecans affects young, growing horses and causes joint pain.

AQHA’s FREE Young Horse Joint Health report explains why a condition called Osteochondritis Dissecans causes more than just normal “growth pains” in young horses. This condition actually occurs when the bone and cartilage in the joints of a young horse form incorrectly, causing the cartilage at the end of the bone to separate. This leads to an unneeded cartilage flap and inflammation of the joint. The joints that OCD most frequently affect are the hock, stifle, fetlock and shoulder.

Within this report you will learn about all the aspects of this common horse condition, including:

  • How OCD occurs
  • Signs of OCD
  • Causes of OCD
  • How OCD is diagnosed
  • Treatment of OCD
  • Prevention of OCD
  • Purchasing advice

Read expert insights on OCD, such as Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith, the Barbara Cox Anthony University chair in orthopedics at Colorado State University, the leading researcher in equine joint problems.

Although severe cases cause obvious lameness, other minor cases can be

hard to detect.

“In less severe cases, horses may go on to have an athletic career and only develop clinical signs when they’re 3, 4 or 5,” McIlwraith says.

Protect your horse and pocketbook with the FREE Young Horse Joint Health report. It will help you understand this condition so you can spot it before it becomes an issue. Treatment for OCD typically requires arthroscopic surgery. If left untreated, OCD can end a horse’s athletic career.

Dr. Paul Edmonds of Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery of Weatherford, Texas, says

one of the earliest signs of OCD to watch for in young horses is joint swelling, caused by increased synovial fluid.

Young Horse Joint Health explains different factors that can cause this crippling condition, including:

  • genetic predisposition
  • fast growth and body size
  • nutritional imbalances
  • mechanical stress or trauma.

In this report, you’ll learn about the studies pin-pointing these different causes.

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McIlwraith

breaks down OCD into understandable terms.

“I liken OCD to human heart disease. We all have various levels of genetic tendency toward heart disease. If we’ve got good genes, we can afford to be fat and lazy and not exercise. If we’ve got bad genes, even all the exercise and perfect diet in the world might not protect us,” McIlwraith says.

The No. 1 prevention method is to make good use of a pre-purchase exam, including radiographs and X-rays of a horse’s joints, before you buy him and bring him home.

“It’s not in every horse, but I think it’s out

there enough that if I were a buyer and putting a lot of money into a horse, spending some money on taking the X-rays would be warranted,” Edmond says.

Horse Wound Care

March 1, 2013

First-aid tips to ensure your horse heals as fast as possible.

Cuts and wounds are inevitably going to happen to your horse. Are you prepared? Download AQHA’s FREE Horse Wound Care report so you will be able to properly treat your horse in the event of an injury.

Within this report you will find:

  • Components of a first-aid kit
  • How to care for a horse’s wound
  • When to call the vet
  • How to prepare for the vet’s visit
  • A five-step picture guide on how to properly bandage a minor leg wound
  • And more!

Educate yourself on when it is imperative that you contact the vet and when you can take care of the injury at home.

“Many of the cases that veterinarians deal with, and that I dealt with through my career through referral, are ones that were managed in most cases initially by the horse owners,” says Dr. Ted Stashak, a professor emeritus

at Colorado State University. “Unfortunately, because of lack of recognition of how serious an injury it was, it then became serious because if became infected.”

Dr. Stashak wrote “Equine Wound Management,” was the editor for “Adams’ Lameness in Horses” and was the main author and editor for “The Horse Owner’s Guide to Lameness.”

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There are some areas on the horse that can appear to be minor injuries but can actually cause more damage than what can be seen on the exterior. These “danger zones” are highlighted for you in the FREE Horse Wound Care report so you won’t make the mistake of classifying a more serious wound for a minor cut. Most of the danger zones lie over synovial structures that are at risk for infection when injured or damaged. These synovial structures are found mainly in the joints and are protective sheaths for tendons. If the wound starts discharging a yellowish fluid around one of these areas, it is most likely the synovial protective fluid and requires immediate care from a veterinarian.

Don’t grab for that hydrogen peroxide and nitrofurazone product too quickly when it comes to your horse’s wound first-aid. The Horse Wound Care report explains why these commonly used first-aid products might not be the best choice for your horse to heal the fastest. This report instead will tell you the best cleaning methods, including which cleaners to use, the dilutions to use them at and the correct cleaning procedures.

Do you know the ideal pressure to wash out a wound with? Did you know that you are supposed to wash out the wound at an angle? The Horse Wound Care report will make you a more prepared horse owner by explaining these tips and much more for you next horse injury.

Roping Basics

February 18, 2013

Get “roped in” with these tips from Pat Hooks.

AQHA’s Versatility Ranch Horse competition is attracting more and more people to the show ring. But for many of them, there’s just one catch: the roping. One of the VRH classes is working ranch horse, in which riders are required to rope a cow or else lose points.

But AQHA Professional Horseman Patrick Hooks of Texhoma, Oklahoma, says that roping shouldn’t be a deterrent to anyone – it doesn’t take magic, just knowledge and lots of practice. You’ll have to provide the desire and the practice time … but Pat is offering to provide the knowledge, through the Roping Basics FREE report.

He’ll start by introducing you to the terminology (what is a “spoke,” anyway?) and the types of ropes that are available. (Does “60-foot 5/16-inch XXX soft nylon with a swivel honda” make sense to you? It will, after reading this report!)

With plenty of step-by-step photos, Pat shows you how to build a loop and swing a rope. And he even injects a little humor along the way, by quoting Will Rogers as saying that as someone was learning how to rope, there would be times he would call his rope anything but a rope.

“If you’re just starting out, be patient,” Pat says. “Roping will eventually become very rewarding and enjoyable as you progress. But know that some shots take years to learn. So please be patient with yourself as you learn the basics and about the many different shots that can be thrown. Recognize your accomplishments as you begin and realize there will be a building-block learning process.”

Start that process now by downloading Pat’s FREE report, Roping Basics.

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Top 10 Free Reports

February 5, 2013

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

Two BitsIs there a tricky maneuver you’d like to teach your horse, but you need help? What about that rope halter that you just can’t figure out how to tie? No problem!

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 has a world of horse markings and color information packed onto just one page.
  2. Showmanship BasicsTrainers Brad and Valerie Keams give you tips and tricks about every aspect of showmanship from basic maneuvers to picking out the right show halter for your horse.
  3. How to Make a Rope HalterTwo experts at Columbia Basin Knot Company shared with The American Quarter Horse Journal their 34-step process for making a quality homemade rope halter.
  4. How to Build a Mounting BlockAQHA consulted an expert woodworker for a homemade mounting block that can become a staple

    of your barn aisle or arena.

  5. Horse Trailer Loading TipsBill Van Norman gives tips on how to keep your temper while training a

    horse to load into a trailer.

  6. Become a Horse Color Coat ExpertLearn all of the approved American Quarter Horse colors and the infinite possibilities for your future foals.
  7. HYPP Survival GuideLearn how to prepare for and deal with a horse affected by HYPP.
  8. How to Tie a Rope HalterExpert tack maker Dennis Moreland explains in simple terms how to tie a rope halter.
  9. Laminitis TreatmentDr. Micheal Steward, a veterinarian in Shawnee, Oklahoma, explains how he finds success with placing wooden shoes on laminitic horses.
  10. Guide to Registering a Quarter HorseRegistering an American Quarter Horse is easy with this informative report. 

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

Showmanship Basics

January 29, 2013

Learn the fundamentals of showmanship so your next pattern is perfect.

AQHA’s 2008 showmanship world champion Nicole Barnes knows how to perform a perfect showmanship pattern for the judges. Learn her secrets in AQHA’s FREE Showmanship Basics report!

In this valuable report, Nicole’s trainers, Brad and Valerie Kearns, explain:

  • The basics of the quarter system, the established method for inspecting and showing horses at halter
  • How to get your horse sparkling clean and outfitted in a well-fitting leather halter
  • How to attain the correct positions beside your horse
  • The many maneuvers judges can call for in a showmanship pattern
  • How to practice a pattern at home
  • How to streamline your routine for quickness and accuracy
  • And more tips for gaining an edge on other showmanship competitors

Plus, Brad and Valerie explain why showmanship is the perfect event for people who can’t afford an expensive horse.

“Showmanship is a class where you can be on a limited budget, work hard and be competitive even at the national level,” they said. “The class isn’t

judged on who has the most expensive outfit or fanciest halter. The AQHA rulebook calls for you to be neatly attired and your horse to be well-groomed.”

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The Showmanship Basics report offers numerous full-color photos of Nicole and her Quarter Horse, Zippos Ace Of Spades, modeling correct and incorrect showmanship positions. You’ll also get a detailed practice pattern to help you polish your skills at home.

You’ll also get a good grasp of what judges are looking for.

Showmanship is the perfect starting point for anyone interested in showing their horse in competition. And with a little guidance, you can be on your way to a blue ribbon!

“To win in showmanship requires practice at home,” the Kearns said. “You can’t win if you and your horse can’t complete every maneuver with precision. Think of the show as a job interview, where you and your horse should look your best. In the end, it isn’t the competitor with the most expensive horse or outfit who wins. The gold buckle or trophy goes to the person who was the most effectively prepared on any given day.”

“People often ask me where I learn the many tips I suggest to them. All I have to

say is that I am an avid reader of Americas Horse Daily. Americas Horse Daily has proven to be a great resource for me. I especially enjoy the training and showing tips. I am one of those people who likes learning and trying new things with my horses. I love how I can print out the free reports and have a written copy to take out and use in the barn. The articles and tips are brief but detailed enough for anyone to use. This is ideal for my busy lifestyle. I often find myself sharing the free reports with my daughter and her 4-H friends at clinics and other events. The greatest reward is to place in the show ring, and I find satisfaction in knowing that I did the work all by myself, without the use of a costly professional trainer. It just goes to show that you can be successful with good information and the ambition to see it through. The difference between try and triumph is a little ‘umph!’ “

Julie Kunz
Clear Lake, MN