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September 23, 2013

We all crave information that’ll make us handier at the barn or maybe just savvier about our history, the people and horses who made our breed great.

October 2013 American Quarter Horse Journal cover

In addition to conformation, nutrition, training and fashion articles, the October American Quarter Horse Journal also features coverage from the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

Where would you turn to find articles that appeal to people who just want to be better riders and owners?

The American Quarter Horse Journal, a sister publication to America’s Horse!

Regardless of our role in the industry, we all crave information that’ll make us handier at the barn or maybe just savvier about our history, the people and horses who made our breed great. That’s what you’ll find in the Journal.

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Here’s a sneak peek at a few items of interest from the October Journal:

Ranch Pleasure
How does the new ranch pleasure class differ from traditional western pleasure classes? To understand that, you have to think about the work a ranch horse has to do. You’ve got to think about what a horse looks like going across a pasture.

AQHA Professional Horseman Fielding “Bozo” Rogers says the best thing you can do with your ranch pleasure horse is get outside.

“I get out of the pen, and I go somewhere,” he writes. “Most horses that have been ridden outside a lot are relaxed and free moving and develop a good balance.”

Keep Chaps Sharp
The October Journal tells you just about everything you need to know about fitting a good pair of chaps. (Hint: a black pair of chaps is like a little black dress … always a classic!)

Here are a few tips on caring for your chaps:

  • Hang your chaps inside out and fold carefully to avoid crease marks.
  • Keep them away from the aluminum in your trailer to prevent dark marks.
  • Use a soft-bristled grooming brush or horsehair hat brush to remove dirt.
  • Don’t completely zip your garment bag so your chaps can breathe.

Feeding Babies
Not sure how to transition your foal from momma to his own feedbunk? Check out the tips in “Feeding for the Awkward Stage: Nutrition tips for wintering your long weanling and short yearling.”

We understand your passion for the American Quarter Horse. That’s why The American Quarter Horse Journal focuses each month on the issues that matter most, including training, breeding, health, racing, show activities and sale calendars.

Charley’s Wisdom
California horseman Charley Araujo is remembered as a showman, breeder and renowned AQHA judge. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2008.

Two years before his death in 1972, he recorded some thoughts on form to function, which still hold true today. Here’s a sample:

“I like to see a horse with a clear, clean throat latch, whether it’s a mare, stallion or gelding. This horse can break at the poll because he has room in his throat latch to break.

“When we stop a horse, we like for him to bring his head in instead of sticking it out. The same when he backs. A good clean throat latch figures in a horse’s balance. If a horse has a big heavy neck with his neck and throat latch all the same, his head just jams on there with no clearance.”

Charley’s wisdom will also appear in the November and December issues of the Journal.