October 28, 2013
Inspirational tales of overcoming heartache and living the American dream, plus form-to-function wisdom fill the November American Quarter Horse Journal.
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?
Here are some of the things you won’t want to miss in the pages of the November Journal:
A Beautiful Ride
In the regular feature “Great Rides,” Journal writers look at some of the most legendary, memorable rides in American Quarter Horse history. Often, they’re rides that had a world championship hanging in the balance, but this one in particular was even more important than that.
Ride along as Tara Matsler tells the story of Kim Lindsey, who began riding Judys Ten after the untimely death of her 17-year-old son, Zinn, who had seen considerable success aboard the buckskin gelding. “Reno” helped Kim get the wind back in her sails, and he also carried her to a world championship in working cow horse and a reserve world championship in ranch pleasure at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show. But get your hankies out, because this is way more than just a report on a nice cow horse.
“I feel like Zinn was riding with me,” Kim said after her working cow horse world championship run. “I prayed to God that he would be with me today and ride with me, and I think he did.”
A Horseman’s Eye
The Journal continues to reprint form-to-function wisdom from the late Charlie Araujo, an American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer who had connections to Doc Bar and Poco Tivio. In the first two parts of this series, Charley looked at the front and middle sections of a horse. Now he explains what he looks for in a horse’s rear end. When looking at a horse from the side, Charley said, “We don’t like for him to stand with his hocks behind his tail, yet we don’t want him to be sickle hocked, either, and have his legs way up under him.
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“When a horse’s hind legs are set too far back, he can’t go downhill, and he can’t stop like a horse that has his legs up under him in the right place.
“But let me tell you about a sickle-hocked horse – a horse with his legs bent too much can’t take much hard work. He breaks down. If a horse is bad anywhere in his conformation, it’s going to show up in his performance.”
John Fischer might not have known it at the time, but when he made a helter-skelter escape from Hungary after World War II, he was setting out on a path that would ultimately lead him to a Kansas Quarter Horse farm. John and his wife, Joyce, raised four children alongside the horses, and it became a family affair. Treat your animals like family, John told the children repeatedly. And family vacations, not surprisingly, had a horse theme. Most were built around visits to Quarter Horse breeders, predominantly the famous horseman Hank Wiescamp in Colorado. That dedication has paid off, as the family now has a couple of world championships to their name with their palomino stallion JF Skip N Style.