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Growing Up With Horses

February 10, 2015

We polled AQHA members and friends to learn their favorite things about growing up with horses.

We asked Facebook fans to tell us the best things about growing up with horses. We got some great responses!

We asked Facebook fans to tell us the best things about growing up with horses. We got some great responses!

By Jody Reynolds, AQHA manager of online/interactive communications

Something almost magical happens when you pair a child and an American Quarter Horse. If you were lucky enough to be one of those kids who grew up with horses, you probably have a long list of reasons you’re thankful for the experience.

As a youngster, I had no idea how fortunate I was to have a selection of American Quarter Horses in my back yard and a dad who took me trail riding every weekend. It was probably middle school when it dawned on me: my school friends always wanted to come over to our house and mess with the horses. Why? Because horses are the things that little girls’ dreams are made of. Because they enjoyed the amazing experience of interacting with these gentle, loving creatures. My friends were living out their dreams, one Saturday afternoon at a time!

I quickly learned how lucky I really was.

Growing up with horses instilled in me a love for animals. It gave me respect for the awesome power of an 1,100 pound animal that is capable of leaping tall fences yet kind enough to listen to the gentle nudges of a kid whose legs don’t make it past the saddle pad.

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Happy New Year

December 31, 2014

As we ring in another new year, let’s look back at the top-15 stories of 2014 on America’s Horse Daily.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from America’s Horse Daily!

Happy New Year from America’s Horse Daily!

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

As we reflect on 2014, let’s glance back at some of the most-visited posts:

  1. Grass Founder: Dr. Tom Lenz taught us how to prevent laminitis in our horses. Read the rest of this entry »

Journal Special Offer

December 22, 2014

For a limited time, get two years of The American Quarter Horse Journal for the price of one.

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Give the gift of great reading with our Journal 2 for 1 special.

In time for the holidays, purchase a two-year subscription to The American Quarter Horse Journal for the price of one. That’s just $25 for two years of great reading.

Not only will you get two years of the award-winning Journal delivered to you, you’ll also get access to the digital Journal with enhanced features and bonus content, including videos and additional photos. The digital edition is easily accessible from your laptop or tablet.

Order your two-year subscription today.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 22, 2014

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

Christmas Wimpy by Allison Grayson

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 22 through January 2, 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:

  • Merry Christmas
  • Rudolph Red
  • Snowangel 229
  • Candy Cane Baby
  • Snowbaby Girl
  • Sugar Plum Annie
  • Snowball Cody
  • Fruit Cake
  • Abominable Kid
  • Snowball’s Chance
  • Deck The Halls
  • Snowed In
  • Fa La La
  • Snowflake Cowboy
  • Elf Assault
  • Snowman Doc Bar
  • Reindeer Zippin
  • Snowman
  • Santa’s Helper
  • White Christmas
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We Are Thankful For All of You

November 25, 2014

In the spirit of being thankful, AQHA and America’s Horse Daily would like to thank our wonderful fans, members and readers for joining us in our love and appreciation of the American Quarter Horse.

We’ll be taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate Thanksgiving, and we hope most of you can do the same. Our Daily articles will reappear next Monday!

In the meantime, to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit, we’ve gathered some favorite recipes for you to try out. Just add turkey!

If you’d like to try out our recipes, click on each one for an enlarged view that’s perfect for printing. We hope you enjoy, and we wish you and your family a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!

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Editor In Chief of The American Quarter Horse Journal Becky Newell loves this corn and oyster recipe as something to munch on while the turkey cooks. Journal photo.

 

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It’s Time to Fall Back!

October 31, 2014

It’s that time of year, whether we like it or not.

As daylight saving time comes to and end for the year, its time for your clocks to fall back one hour

As daylight saving time comes to an end for the year, it’s time for your clocks to “fall back” one hour. Photo courtesy of Andrea Bayer

As we get farther into fall and closer to the approaching winter, it can mean a number of things for a number of people. While we can’t name all of the things the change of seasons brings, here are a few we think you’ll relate to:

First of all, the closer we get to winter, the closer we get to the AQHA World Championship Show. It starts on November 7, so be sure to check out the live feed all the way through November 22 so you don’t miss anything.

Secondly, it’s time to start preparing your horse for winter weather, if you haven’t already begun to. There was a great article about preparing for winter in the October issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal. If you missed that one, don’t worry. You can still access last month’s issue online – and make sure you look at the brand-new November issue while you’re at it!

Lastly, it’s time to turn those clocks back. That’s right; daylight saving time is coming to an end for the year. The lack of daylight in the evening is inevitable, whether you’re prepared for it or not. (According to our recent “poll” on Facebook, most of you prefer having your daylight in the evening as opposed to in the morning. Many of you said this is because you prefer to ride in the evenings.) Here are some fast facts about daylight saving time:

  • This year’s daylight saving time started on March 9 and ends this Sunday, November 2, at 2 a.m. (So set your clocks back before you go to bed on Saturday night!)
  • In springtime, when daylight saving time begins, we “spring forward” one hour.
  • In autumn, when daylight saving time ends, we “fall back” one hour. (So everybody who observes it gets an extra hour of sleep!)
  • Daylight saving time was started for a reason true to its name – simply to have more daylight in the evening hours. This was for a number of reasons – recreational, conservational and economic to name a few.

If you’re sad about losing that extra hour of light at the end of your day, just think about all the good things this time of year brings with it. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and there are just under eight weeks until Christmas. Better start your shopping!

 

 

Why Are YOU AQHA Proud?

October 28, 2014

AQHA’s fall 2014 publications intern shares why she is AQHA Proud.

Tell us why YOU are AQHA Proud and you could be featured in an upcoming advertising campaign.

Tell us why YOU are AQHA Proud, and you could be featured in an upcoming advertising campaign.

By AQHA Online Communications and Publications Intern Laura Clarke

If you haven’t heard yet, AQHA is having an essay contest. We’re asking you to share why you’re AQHA Proud. Then we’ll choose multiple winners to feature in an upcoming advertising campaign. (Find out how to enter by the November 21 deadline.)

I decided to do some soul-searching and share why I’m AQHA Proud, too.

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Horses in the Height of Football Season

October 10, 2014

If you’re not just a horse fan but also a football fan, you’ll love these football-related Quarter Horse names.

superbowl-twobits-300x249What do you picture when you think of fall? Many of you probably think of the AQHA world shows, the All-American Quarter Horse Congress or the recent Level 1 (Novice) Championships. Many think of trail rides and watching autumn-colored leaves falling from the trees. You think of cozy, hooded sweatshirts, bonfires with roasted marshmallows for making s’mores, and trips to the local pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect future Jack-o-lantern.

What else does fall bring with it? Football, of course. Read the rest of this entry »

Back in the Classroom Again

September 9, 2014

Now that the back-to-school hype is over and everyone has settled into their classrooms, let’s take a look at some fun school-related Quarter Horse names.

TwoBitsThanks!It’s a rite of passage endured by parents, students and teachers alike: back-to-school season. While shopping for all the necessities for a new school year can be exhausting, it’s still an exciting time that we all somewhat look forward to, whether we admit it or not!

We at AQHA hope your back-to-school season is off to a great start and that you’ve settled into your school-year routine gracefully. We looked up some scholarly Quarter Horse names to help Read the rest of this entry »

Quirky Things Only Horse People Do

July 24, 2014

AQHA Facebook fans shared their responses to the question, “What quirky things do only horse people do?”

What quirky things do you do as a rider? AQHA Facebook fans chimed in with their answers. Journal photo

What quirky things do you do as a rider? AQHA Facebook fans chimed in with their answers. Share this post on Facebook to keep the conversation going!Journal photo

Compiled by Summer 2014 AQHA Online Communications and Publications Intern Jordan Lassonde

Have you ever gotten strange looks for something you’ve done that you realize later only riders would do or understand?

We asked ourselves what quirky things horse riders do and came up with a few ideas, like wearing new tall boots out to dinner, holding extension cords like a lead rope and pocketing peppermints from restaurants for the next horse you’ll see. Read the rest of this entry »

Eccentric Quarter Horse Names

July 2, 2014

Get a laugh out of these American Quarter Horse names and perhaps some inspiration for naming your next Quarter Horse.

This list of American Quarter Horse names is certainly worth a laugh or two. Photo courtesy of AQHA Facebook fan Jason Coldiron.

This list of American Quarter Horse names is certainly worth a laugh or two. Photo courtesy of AQHA Facebook fan Jason Coldiron.

You never know what people will come up with. We asked our co-workers in the AQHA Registration Department to share some of their favorite American Quarter Horse names, and we’ve come up with this silly list. Some are cute, some are clever, and some are just plain hilarious. Enjoy!

  • Monica Bluewinsky
  • Eye Candy
  • Fishin and Wishin
  • Dun Bein Knotty

What Is the American Quarter Horse to You?

July 2, 2014

AQHA fans responded with what they consider the American Quarter Horse to be.

What is the American Quarter Horse to you? AQHA Facebook fans shared their answers. Journal photo.

What is the American Quarter Horse to you? AQHA Facebook fans shared their answers. Journal photo.

A couple of weeks ago we asked our AQHA Facebook fans to fill in the blank: An American Quarter Horse is _________. Many of you answered that your American Quarter Horse is your best friend. But what else is an American Quarter Horse? Let’s see what you had to say. Read the rest of this entry »