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American Quarter Horse Journal Sweepstakes

April 2, 2014

Win a one-year subscription to The American Quarter Horse Journal with the click of a mouse.

Enter to win a one year subscription to the American Quarter Horse Journal a magazine loaded with horse related information from the industrys leading experts

Enter to win a one-year subscription to The American Quarter Horse Journal, a magazine loaded with horse-related information from the industry’s leading experts.

Anyone can enter The American Quarter Horse Journal sweepstakes onAQHA’s Facebook page. Simply like AQHA’s  page and enter your name and email address.

Five winners will be chosen after Friday, April 18. International winners will receive a digital-only subscription, which includes access to the online editions and the free iOS and Android apps. Winners from the United States will receive a year of print editions, as well as access to the digital and app versions. Read the rest of this entry »

Quarter Horses in the Spotlight

April 1, 2014

The Academy of Country Music Awards will feature more than celebrities this year.

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Quarter Horses will play an important roll in this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. They’ll carry the stars to the stage to accept their awards. Share this photo on Facebook! Journal photo.

By Malee Powell, Spring 2014 AQHA Intern

American Quarter Horses are no strangers to the limelight, but they’re about to enter the music scene in a new way. AQHA announced today that America’s favorite horse will soon be stepping onto the award-show stage, with the debut occurring this Sunday at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

In this year’s show, Quarter Horses have a special role.

“Each award winner will ride up on a Quarter Horse to accept their award,” the ACM Awards spokeswoman said. “And if the winners aren’t comfortable with that, we’ll put them on poop duty for the duration of the event before connecting them with an AQHA Professional Horseman - or woman – for a remedial lesson at a later date.” Read the rest of this entry »

Tax Tips for Horse Owners

March 18, 2014

Determine whether your horse farming is a business or a hobby.

Tax Tips for Horse Owners

The American Horse Council offers two resources to ensure you are making the most of your horse ownership this tax season.

From the American Horse Council’s “Tax Tips for Horse Owners

With tax season upon us, AQHA wants to make sure you’re aware of two handy resources that help you understand the important tax information you, as a horse owner, need to know as you’re filing your taxes.

AQHA has paired with the American Horse Council to offer AQHA members a special discount on AHC’s “Tax Tips for Horse Owners” and “Owners and Breeders Tax Handbook.”

AQHA members can purchase “Tax Tips for Horse Owners” for a discounted rate of $8, plus postage. The 18-page booklet, in outline form, discusses the major tax issues affecting those involved with horses as a business. Read the rest of this entry »

St. Paddy’s Day

March 17, 2014

Got a “lucky” horse? In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, share your horse’s AQHA registered name!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We at AQHA hope you’re enjoying this happy holiday with your favorite American Quarter Horse.

Just for fun, we dug up some St. Paddy’s Day-themed registered Quarter Horse names from our database. But we also want to hear your Quarter Horse’s St. Patricks Day-themed name. Share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

St. Paddy’s Day Themed Names

Kiss Me Im Irish

Paddys Irish Whiskey

Sham Rocket

Irish Accent

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My Horsey Valentine

February 11, 2014

Sometimes your best date lives in the barn.

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Your Valentine’s Day date doesn’t have to be traditional. Be like Two-Bits: Pick someone four-legged!

By Malee Powell, Spring 2014 AQHA Intern

We’ve all done it. It’s the beginning of February, and you’re starting to wonder when that special someone is going to ask you out for Valentine’s Day. Or maybe you have a special someone. And in that case, you’re more than likely wondering what he or she is going to do for you this year. Flowers? A weekend getaway for two?

Year after year, you’re filled with disappointment. Sure, your significant other booked a getaway … to a motel in the next town over. And those flowers? Some lackluster peonies. And if you’re still single, another Valentine’s Day rolling around just adds a tally to your list of lonely years. Why do we put ourselves through that? Read the rest of this entry »

Swapping Horses for the Super Bowl

February 1, 2014

Football might take priority over horses, as the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos fight for the Super Bowl XLVIII title.

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Two-Bits is ready for the big game on February 2, 2014. Are you?

By Malee Powell, Spring 2014 AQHA Intern

Seattle. Starbucks, Microsoft and gray skies always come to mind at the mention of Washington’s most populous area. Maybe even Jimi Hendrix. Until now, football would have been one of the last things for me to associate with my hometown.

I always had better things, like riding American Quarter Horses, to occupy my time. But ever since the Seahawks made the Super Bowl, it’s been hard – actually, impossible – to avoid the thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Horse’s Resolutions

December 30, 2013

Find out what our American Quarter Horses are striving for in the new year.

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This photo of Investment By Clue was submitted on AQHA’s Facebook page by Kelly Sommers.

We asked our Facebook friends, “If your horse could talk, what would his New Year’s resolution be?”

We got some wonderful responses! Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/aqha1.

Kristin McLaughlin’s horse says: To stop being afraid of the mini horse.

Mary de Dufour’s horse says: To go on more trail rides!

Anne Renfroe’s horse says: To work less, eat more.

Melissa Wise’s horse says: To eat more treats.

Shoshana Av’s horse says: To not puff with an attitude every time my human mom cleans my rear hooves.

Kate McGonigal’s horse says: To try new techniques to train my human this year.

Nancysu Herron-Joines’ horse says: To avoid wearing white.

Sharon Clark’s horse says: Go on a diet.

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Happy 2014!

December 30, 2013

As we ring in another new year, let’s look back at the top stories of 2013 on America’s Horse Daily.

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Happy New Year from America’s Horse Daily!

America’s Horse Daily wishes you, your family and — of course — your horses a happy new year filled with countless horse adventures.

As we reflect on 2013, let’s glance back at some of the most-visited posts.

  1. Grass Founder — We learned that fresh, lush grazing pasture can come with its own hazards, including founder and laminitis.
  2. Horse Color and Markings Chart — We learned the 17 AQHA-recognized colors and markings through descriptions and pictures.
  3. Texas Fun Facts — We shed Texas’ gunslinger and 10-gallon hat stereotype and picked up some fun facts about the state.
  4. What Is Colic? — We learned expert advice from Dr. Thomas Lenz on signs and treatments of colic.
  5. The Spur Stop — We learned the benefits of the spur stop and the training secrets behind it.
  6. Horse Color Genetics — We dove into the science of coat-color genetics and discovered the possibilities each future foal possesses.
  7. EPM Symptoms in Horses — We learned how to recognize and combat the condition, Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis, with helpful advice on signs and symptoms.
  8. Extension At All Gaits — We learned how the standard is changing for western pleasure classes and what the lengthened stride means to showmen.
  9. Appendix vs. Quarter Horses — We learned the registration protocol and differences between an appendix horse and a purebred American Quarter Horse.
  10. Horse Training for Lead Changes — We learned how to train our horses for one of the most difficult maneuvers to master – the flying lead change.
  11. Foal Growth — We learned the special care and nutrition requirements for young horses.
  12. Sarcoids in Horses — We learned what sarcoids are and how to treat these skin tumors.
  13. How to Make a Rope Halter — We learned how to create a homemade knotted rope halter for our horses.
  14. Wrap It Right — We learned how to correctly wrap polo wraps for tendon and ligament report.
  15. Pace Horse to Lead Car Races — We learned about a new partnership between the American Quarter Horse Association and stock car racing, wink, wink.

Stay on top of all the latest news and information from Daily. Subscribe to one (or several!) of the many newsletters we offer on all your favorite horse topics!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 23, 2013

Here are a few fun extras to get you in the holiday spirit.

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Wimpy is all decked out for Christmas at AQHA Headquarters. SHARE THIS PHOTO ON FACEBOOK! Photo by Allison Grayson.

Daily is taking a break from posting from December 23 through January 3, but we’ll be back after New Year’s.

We wish you all a magical Christmas season and a happy new year. And we look forward to providing you with a new year full of great tips!

There are quite a few horses in AQHA’s registry with Christmas-related names. Here are a few:

  • Snowangel 229
  • Snowbaby Girl
  • Snowball
  • Snowball Cash
  • Snowball Cody
  • Snowball’s Chance
  • Snowed In
  • Snowflake Cowboy
  • Snowman Doc Bar
  • Snowman
  • Santa’s Helper
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Something To Be Thankful For

November 25, 2013

Include your American Quarter Horse in your Thanksgiving traditions.

Thanksgiving post cartoonBy Alexis Bennett for America’s Horse Daily.

Every year, I am very excited for Thanksgiving day to roll around.

Not only is it a time for great food, family and friends, but it’s also a time for me to reflect on how lucky I am to have my American Quarter Horses.

I have been lucky enough to be blessed with terrific Quarter Horses that have impacted my life.

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Find It in the Journal

November 19, 2013

Take a long-term view of the industry with the December American Quarter Horse Journal.

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Recent genetic research supported by the American Quarter Horse Foundation reveals that certain populations of the American Quarter Horse are losing genetic diversity. “Changing Genetic Research” in the December American Quarter Horse Journal dives into that research and shows readers what the findings mean for the breed’s future.

The American Quarter Horse Journal is often considered the big-sister publication to America’s Horse, but there’s no sibling rivalry here. In fact, we want to make sure our readers – all AQHA members – are well-acquainted with her! The Journal is renowned for award-winning coverage of shows and the business side of the horse industry. But there’s a lot more to the magazine than that! Thumbing through recent issues, we found inspiring stories and helpful articles that would appeal to anybody who wants to be a better rider and owner of his or her American Quarter Horse. And that includes just about all of us, doesn’t it?

To subscribe, go to www.aqha.com/journal. You’ll also get access to the great digital edition.

Here are some of the things you won’t want to miss in the pages of the December Journal:

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College Horses: Part 2

November 4, 2013

A horse’s career doesn’t have to begin and end in the traditional AQHA show pen; donating a horse to a college is a practical option.

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Lil Ruf McCue is by the National Reining Horse Association’s $2 million sire Lil Ruf Peppy and out of Little Dots McCue by Bar Flit Fritz. (Journal photo)

By Tara Matsler and Honi Roberts for The American Quarter Horse Journal

What could be better than earning a degree and a national championship? Thanks to the Intercollegiate Horse Show and National Collegiate Equestrian associations and their partnerships with AQHA, more and more young horsemen are lining up for the chance to represent their alma mater in the show ring.

In many cases, though, the ratio of student-athletes to horses is skewed, with not enough horses to go around.

What many horse owners are starting to realize is that college equestrian programs are the perfect fit for them and their show horses. Lil Ruf McCue is a perfect example of that.

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