September 4, 2013
From the backyard horseman to the seasoned competitor, the September American Quarter Horse Journal offers something for everyone.
The American Quarter Horse Journal, sister publication to America’s Horse, is renowned for its award-winning coverage of shows and the business side of the horse industry. But actually, there’s a lot more to it than that! Thumbing through recent issues, we found fun stories and 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 September Journal:
A Horseman’s Eye
The late Charley Araujo, an American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer, had a horseman’s eye. Here, the Journal revives a story from 1970 in which Charlie talks about form-to-function conformation. His wisdom still holds true today.
“People will ask, ‘Do you like a wide horse?’ No, I don’t like a wide horse. ‘Do you like a narrow horse?’ No, I don’t like a narrow horse. I want a horse that is balanced. For him to be a good horse, he’s got to be a good horse all over. He can’t be good and bad. However, there’s none of them perfect. Some are a lot better than others.”
Charlie’s time-tested sagacity will also appear in the October, November and December issues of the Journal.
Every day, horse enthusiasts across the world saddle up their American Quarter Horses to compete in all-around events. Though they might speak a different language and live thousands of miles apart, Quarter Horse people share one great thing in common: a love for their equine partner. In the September Journal, you’ll meet five all-around riders from several different countries as they share about some of the differences and similarities of horse ownership.
AQHA Professional Horseman Dick Pieper continues with the third of his six-part series, “Plus This!” This month’s installment looks at the importance of being able to move your horse’s hip, one of the fundamental moves all horses should be able to do.
It’s worth the price of admission just to hear Dick talk about his ideas on horsemanship:
“I really like this quote from Albert Einstein: ‘If you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it well enough.’
“In that spirit, I like to make my explanations to the horse really simple, and this basic is quite simple: We’re going to ask the horse to move his hip. …
“The basics aren’t just for 2-year-olds. If you have an older horse that isn’t responsive, you can take him all the way back to the beginning and restart him just as if he were a 2-year-old.”
Hoofing the Cost of Research
Two – that’s the percentage of American horses that develop laminitis each year, a life-threatening condition in which the laminae of the hoof become inflamed, compromising the connection of the coffin bone to the inner hoof wall, according to Dr. Samuel Black of the University of Massachusetts.