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November 19, 2013

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

December 2013 American Quarter Horse Journal cover

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?

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

The Thoroughbred Influence

Are you a pedigree and breeding aficionado? While the American Quarter Horse as a whole is one of the most genetically diverse equine breeds worldwide, the upper echelons of the breed’s specialized performance groups have become increasingly inbred, reliant on strains of specific Quarter Horse individuals. The Journal interviewed geneticists who are beginning to warn of genetically “bottlenecked” populations within the breed in need of outcross or crossbred blood.

Where are the outcross blood sources for the American Quarter Horse and its subpopulations? The Thoroughbred is a natural pick for outcrosses. What is the right Thoroughbred for the modern American Quarter Horse? The Journal got a conversation started with breeders in a variety of disciplines.

A Family Affair

Three times charmed – that’s Larneds Ricoche Doc, the horse who tied for this year’s AQHA-Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association steer roping horse of the year. It’s the third time the 1995 bay gelding has captured the honor for owner and rider Dan Fisher of Andrews, Texas. See more about the horses of the year on Page 14 of the December America’s Horse. Then make sure you get the December Journal to read about Dan and his boys, Vin and J. Tom, who have made the sport of steer roping a family affair. Dan, 62, has qualified for the National Finals Steer Roping 16 times, including this year. Read more about how the family practices together, competes together and wins together in the December Journal.

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.

That Incurable Horse Disease

Incurably horse-crazy from birth, AQHA Executive Committee member Sandy Arledge of Rancho Sante Fe, California, is indefatigable when it comes to championing the welfare of the horse. “Horses first, people second” was just one of the rules on her breeding, training and boarding facility in Southern California. Read more about Sandy in the December Journal.

Form to Function

Over the past four months, the Journal has brought you the equine conformation philosophy of the late American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Charley Araujo. The series started with the front end, moved to the mid-section of the horse and then to the hind quarters. In the December issue, the Journal concludes the series with Charley’s insight on conditioning.

“I’ve used horses in halter classes that weren’t in top condition,” Charley said. “But a good horse in real top shape is going to beat a good horse that is in bad shape. It’s just that simple, because the other horse is going to out-class him.”

He then moves on to professionalism in the show pen.

“I can spot a professional by watching him show a halter horse,” he said. “He works to make the horse look his best, which is what I do when I show one of my horses.”