February 1, 2016
AQHA members can change the course of the Association.
By Camille Graupman, AQHA Publications intern
AQHA is an organization that works for our members. Each spring, AQHA holds a convention to review AQHA rules and policies.
In just a matter of weeks, the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will host the 2016 AQHA Convention March 11-14. While this is an exciting weekend filled with everything from year-end awards to Hall of Fame inductions, it’s also a time for Association-related business discussions.
Convention is a chance for members to get involved with the organization. AQHA is truly a member-run organization, and the convention is the perfect place to see that testament played out. Read the rest of this entry »
January 25, 2016
Wherever your trail-riding adventures take you, completing a milestone on the trail comes with a sense of accomplishment for you and your horse.
Hit the trails with your horse in 2016! Journal photo
By Camille Graupman, AQHA digital communications intern
There’s nothing like the feeling of freedom and partnership while riding a horse through an open flat land, the historic valleys of a majestic canyon or the meandering trails of a hardwood forest.
We’ve compiled a list of trail-rider resolutions to spice up your trail-riding endeavors this year. Including everything from testing your trail-riding skills to how to get involved in preserving the trails you love, this list is sure to offer up some out-of-the-box ideas to excite your time on the trails.
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January 18, 2016
Horseback riding tip: Accurate horse-blanket fit is important for your horse’s comfort, warmth and movement.
From AQHA Corporate Partner SmartPak
When horseback riding, everyone knows your saddle needs to fit; but what about your horse blankets? Here’s how to make sure you’re wrapping your horses in well fitted blankets and giving them a big hug (and not a big rub)!
Photo Courtesy of Blankets 101- SmartPak Blog
How to evaluate fit
A well-fitting blanket will keep your horse warm, cozy, and comfortable, but an ill-fitting blanket can restrict movement, cause rubs, shift, or get tangled. To ensure your horse’s new blanket is just right, test the fit by watching him walk and graze in it. These natural movements will highlight flaws in the fit. Be sure to evaluate the fit in these three key areas: the shoulders, the withers, and the length at the side.
The top of the front closure should line up with the point of your horse’s shoulder, and
the neckline should lie smoothly above his shoulder without pulling.
A blanket that’s pulled tight across your horse’s withers is a recipe for rubs. You should be able to slide one hand between the blanket and your horse’s withers.
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January 4, 2016
Get started clipping your horse with these top-notch tips from Dana Boyd-Miller.
Clipping doesn’t have to be a challenge.
Dana Boyd-Miller has been a professional in the horse industry for more than 25 years. With a long list of equine specialties, she is highly sought after for her talent as a master body clipper, and she works on some of the country’s best show ponies, hunters and jumpers. Read the rest of this entry »
December 7, 2015
Horseback riding isn’t the only thing you need to do this winter! Check out the top 10 environmentally friendly winterization tips for your barn.
Are your horses ready for winter? Journal photo
From Laurie Cerny for Green Horsekeeping Guide
“Taking care of what you have as a horse owner goes a long way toward being green,” says Laurie Cerny, editor and publisher of Green Horsekeeping Guide. “Anytime you have to replace something, either from damage done by a horse or because of negligent maintenance, it not only costs you money, it also costs the environment.” Read the rest of this entry »
November 16, 2015
Prevent an accident by installing your trailer hitch properly.
Properly functioning trailer hitches are crucial to keeping your horses safe when on the road.
By Brittania Cassiday, The American Quarter Horse Journal intern
Headed home to Ohio from a show in Oklahoma, Fred and Sue Mazzarini had been on the road for almost 500 miles when they decided to pull off at a truck stop in St. Louis to switch drivers. Read the rest of this entry »
November 2, 2015
One woman’s horse gave her hope in a time of despair.
Pamela Higginbotham and Skipas Gold Star
From America’s Horse
Pamela Higginbotham of Meadville, Mississippi, bought Skipas Gold Star in 2003, shortly after the death of her father. The yearling filly was in poor body condition when Pamela purchased her, but she poured her time and love into the mare, doing hours of groundwork each day.
“I needed this mare, because my dad had died,” Pamela says. “I had a rough time. It was the first death in the family, and we were very close.
“Then my mom got breast cancer, and my husband, Derrell, fell and shattered several bones in his leg. Three days later, my little sister, who had taken my dad’s death pretty hard, overdosed.” Read the rest of this entry »
October 19, 2015
Justin Boots are handcrafted to meet equestrians’ needs.
Handcrafted boots from Justin Boots’ AQHA Lifestyle Collection are essential for the active horseback rider. Journal photo
From AQHA Corporate Partner Justin Boots
Since the establishment of Justin Boots in 1879, the leading western footwear brand has remained committed to its roots of handcrafting authentic boots in the United States. Justin Boots are each handcrafted by skilled bootmakers, who put in many hours and take more than 100 steps to make each pair. Each boot is made from the finest leathers and materials for supreme quality and character. The bootmakers at Justin Boots are dedicated to making sure the boots are not only great-looking, but comfortable and fit to their purpose. Read the rest of this entry »
October 5, 2015
Our Facebook fans explain how they got involved with horses.
Check out these great stories of how AQHA fans got their start with horses. Journal photo
Compiled by Nicki Csenge, AQHA Online Communications and Publications intern
Whether you’re an AQHA World Champion or a trail ride enthusiast, your life with horses started with that first encounter. We asked our Facebook fans to tell us the story of how they got involved with horses, and here’s what they had to say:
“When I was 11, my mom sent me to a horse camp. She was a single mom, and I think that part of the reason she sent me was to get a week to herself! Little did she know what she started. Within a year, we owned one horse, and within another year, she bought herself her first horse (at age 47!). I’ve never looked back from there. Riding was what kept my mom and I close through those tough teenage years. Thank heavens Mom sent me to camp! I love my AQHA gelding!” – Caddie Dufurrena Read the rest of this entry »
September 21, 2015
Make sure your horse’s halter fits correctly.
Your horse’s halter should fit just right – not too tight and not too loose. Photo courtesy of Heidi Melocco
From AQHA Professional Horsewoman and Certified Horsemanship Association trainer Julie Goodnight
Is your horse’s halter too snug or too loose? Does it hang down around his nose or squeeze his face, rubbing the hair away? Do you fit a rope halter the same as a web halter? How do you know if your horse’s halter fits or what size halter he should wear? These are all legitimate questions, and it is important to have a halter that fits your horse just right for his comfort and his safety. Read the rest of this entry »
September 7, 2015
Learn how to help an unsure horse find fearlessness with these tips from Clinton Anderson.
Using the “circle-turn, circle-turn” exercise, a nervous horse can gain confidence to walk into water. Photo courtesy of Downunder Horsemanship
By Clinton Anderson with Holly Clanahan in America’s Horse
Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series on increasing confidence. Here, learn how experienced riders can help unconfident horses. Last week, Clinton offered tips for riders who need a confidence boost.
A lot of horses have a lack of confidence, especially outside the arena. But many of us want to enjoy our horses on the trails, so it’s important to help them over their fears. Read the rest of this entry »
August 24, 2015
How riders can find sureness and certainty in the saddle.
Feeling like you don’t have complete control of your horse can affect a rider’s confidence. Build confidence and control with these simple exercises. Photo courtesy of Downunder Horsemanship
By Clinton Anderson with Holly Clanahan
All the time, people approach me and say, “Clinton, I’m scared when I ride. I have a lack of confidence.”
Sometimes, that’s because of an accident that damaged both their body and their confidence. Or sometimes, the people rode as children but then stepped away from horses to pursue careers and families. Now, when they returned to horses 30 years later, they aren’t as athletic and they know they’ll hit the ground a lot harder if they fall. The confidence they had as children has disappeared. Read the rest of this entry »