Horseback Riding

Horseback-Riding Footwear

October 19, 2015

Justin Boots are handcrafted to meet equestrians’ needs.

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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 »

Everyone Starts Somewhere

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

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 »

The Right Fit

September 21, 2015

Make sure your horse’s halter fits correctly.

Your horses halter should fit just right Photo courtesy of Heidi Melocco

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 »

Cultivating Confidence for Horseback Riding, Part 2

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

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 »

Cultivating Confidence For Horseback Riding, Part 1

August 24, 2015

How riders can find sureness and certainty in the saddle.

Feeling like you dont have complete control of your horse can affect a riders confidence

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 »

Horseback Riding and Horse Power

August 10, 2015

With this behind-the-scenes look at the latest Ford F-150 ad, you’ll see the close connection between the legendary Four Sixes Ranch and the reliability of Ford vehicles.

Ford vehicles play an important role at the Four Sixes Ranch. Journal photo

Ford vehicles play an important role at the Four Sixes Ranch. Journal photo

By Jody Reynolds for www.aqha.com

In celebration of a new AQHA president and the 2015 Ford F-150, AQHA and Ford Motor Company teamed up at the legendary Four Sixes Ranch for a photo shoot to create an ad to be featured in America’s Horse and The American Quarter Horse Journal. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Quarter Horses Are Worth It

July 27, 2015

Horse people are used to making sacrifices in order to enjoy some horseback-riding time. We asked you on Facebook why it is all worth it. Here are some of your reasons:

AQHA fans told us why their American Quarter Horses are worth making sacrifices for. Journal photo

AQHA fans told us why their American Quarter Horses are worth making sacrifices for. Journal photo

Compiled by Nicki Csenge, summer 2015 AQHA online communications and publications intern

“I raised my last horse, and he has given his all. I love the feel. I love the bond we have. I love to hear his nicker when I call him. And I love his hugs. Yes, he gives me hugs when I’m giving him a good shoulder scratch. I’m 67, and he is 19.”
– Pamela Kaparoff Gutierrez

“I love being with all the horses at our barn. It’s such a calming effect for me. I suffer from severe migraines, and this is a form of therapy for me. I find that I can bond with horses when using a gentle voice. It gives a sense of trust.”
– Janice Niemi Read the rest of this entry »

Five Exercises to Improve Your Riding Seat and Leg Position

July 20, 2015

Develop a balanced seat for horseback riding with these tips from the AQHA international horsemanship camp in Sweden.

By Katy Krshka, AQHA international intern, Summer 2015

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For Step 4, riders are asked to bring their toes up and stretch as far as they can down through their heel. (Credit: Katy Krshka)

The first day of AQHA international horsemanship camps usually consists of observing the riders and evaluating what they need to work on. A step the clinicians usually start with is working on the riders’ seat and leg. As most of us have experienced, this is something we can never get too good at! This is a key component to building a strong foundation and applies to all riding disciplines. Read the rest of this entry »

Selling Your Ranch Horse

July 13, 2015

Find a new horseback-riding partner for your ranch horse at an auction.

Use these tips to plan and manage a successful ranch auction. Journal photo

Use these tips to plan and manage a successful ranch auction. Journal photo

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Putting on an auction can seem like a big chore. But for many AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, it’s the best way to get their horses in the barns of new owners.

In Part 1, we got some advice from the Four Sixes Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, and Weaver Quarter Horses in Big Sandy, Montana.

Here are some additional factors to think about when you’re deciding whether to put on a production sale.

Getting the Horses Ready
Sale week is a 24-7 operation for the Weavers, who rely on family members for all of the work, but sale prep starts much earlier. Read the rest of this entry »

Hittin’ the Trails at the AQHA 75th Celebration

July 2, 2015

Take a look at these photos from picturesque Eminence, Missouri, at the AQHA 75th Anniversary Celebration.

Eminence July 2By Tara Matsler, AQHA Internet editor

The week-long AQHA 75th Anniversary Celebration is underway in Eminence, Missouri.

Hosted by Cross Country Trail Rides, the week is packed with activities like swimming, fishing, concerts, dances and the largest fireworks display in the area. Attendees have been hitting the trails – 300 miles of forested and riverside trails, to be exact.

On July 2, riders took a stab at the AQHA Trail Challenge course, with assistance from Teresa Kackert and Christy Landwehr, AQHA Professional Horsewomen and Certified Horsemanship Association instructors who traveled from California and Colorado for the event. The Trail Challenge competition is set for July 3 and offers both Quarter Horse and All-Breeds divisions, as well as levels for training, intermediate and master horsemen. Read the rest of this entry »

Selling Your Ranch Horse

June 22, 2015

Selling your off-the-ranch horses at live auction could be the right method for your establishment.

Is an auction the best way to market your ranch horses? Journal photo

Is an auction the best way to market your ranch horses? Journal photo

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Putting on an auction can seem like a big chore. But for many AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, it’s the best way to get their horses in the barns of new owners.

Here are some factors to think about when you’re deciding whether to put on a production sale.

Advance Planning

If your ranch has never put on a production sale, you’re going to need some help.

First off, you’ll need an auctioneer who knows your market and can start you off with the right advice – even if that advice is not to have a sale. Read the rest of this entry »

These Boots Were Made for Horseback Riding

June 8, 2015

But the AQHA Lifestyle Collection from Justin Boots works equally well for a night out on the town.

Justin Boots are handcrafted by skilled boot-makers, using the finest leathers and materials. Journal photo

Justin Boots are handcrafted by skilled boot-makers, using the finest leathers and materials. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Justin Boots

The Justin Boots brand and AQHA have a longtime history of shared values and rich heritage. So in 2007, when Justin Boots identified a void in the boot market, it was only natural for the company to partner with AQHA to create a collection to fit riders’ wants and needs.

The equine community needed boots with long-lasting comfort in tough riding and working conditions, durability to stand years of wear and a distinct and fashionable look. Over the last eight years, the Justin Boots AQHA Lifestyle Collection has met these needs and continues to grow with the latest technology, materials and styles. Read the rest of this entry »