Mane Pulling

This is a tried and true method to achieve a neat horse-showing look.

This is a tried and true method to achieve a neat horse-showing look.

Knowing your stallion’s reproductive health is important to the success of any potential breeding program. Journal photo
When done correctly, mane pulling is an effective and simple way to clean up your horse’s show-ring look.  Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

A long, flowing natural mane is the desired look for some horse breeds and disciplines. In others, a shorter, thinned version is “in.” The traditional method to achieve this shortened look is by “pulling” the mane.

A neatly pulled mane helps make a good first impression, and it’s also practical, as it makes grooming easier. Continue reading “Mane Pulling”

Groom to Win for the Horse-Showing Ring

Use these tips to give your horse the ultimate show-ring shine.

These tips will give your horse the ultimate show-ring shine.

Use these tips to have your horse looking sleek and shiny no matter what your discipline. Journal photo
Use these tips to have your horse looking sleek and shiny no matter what your discipline. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam with contributions from Kristin Syverson

Want to prove you are a serious competitor? Then enter the ring with a serious shine. Not only does meticulous grooming demonstrate good horsemanship, but it also creates a lasting impression in the judge’s mind. Set yourself apart from the crowd with these tips.

Manage That Mane

To shorten your horse’s mane, do not cut it with scissors. The proper way to shorten is by pulling and thinning the mane by hand. Horses are not as sensitive about this as humans. However, if too many hairs are jerked out at once, the horse will become irritated. Continue reading “Groom to Win for the Horse-Showing Ring”

10 Horse-Showing Tips

Try these 10 easy tips before you and your American Quarter Horse load up for your next AQHA show.

Try these 10 easy tips before you and your American Quarter Horse load up for your next AQHA show.

Bring your A-game to the next AQHA horse show with these tips. Journal photo
Bring your A-game to the next AQHA horse show with these tips. Journal photo

By Tara Matsler in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Horse-show competitors have a lot to juggle. From the grooming and prep, warm-up and time in the show pen, it’s quite a full plate.

I’m always on the lookout for tips and tricks to make my life simpler yet at the same time enhance my horse-show experiences with my mares. With that in mind, I gathered up some of my favorite horse-showing tips. Continue reading “10 Horse-Showing Tips”

Horse Grooming Basics

A regular routine is part of good horse health care.

A regular routine is part of good horse health care.

Horse grooming is an important factor in keeping your horse in prime condition
Horse grooming is an important aspect of keeping your horse in prime condition. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

There’s a lot more to grooming than just getting your horse clean.

Even if you aren’t riding that day, a thorough grooming session provides quality time for both you and your horse. It’s an excellent way to strengthen your bond with horses you can’t ride, such as those that are too young, recuperating from an injury, retired or infirm.

While grooming makes your horse look and feel better, it’s also an ideal opportunity to evaluate his health and attitude.

“You want your horse healthy from the inside out, and I value grooming as a time to look at overall condition,” says AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lynn Palm. Based in Ocala, Florida, Lynn is a popular clinician with an accomplished show ring record, having won nearly three dozen world and reserve world championships and four AQHA Superhorse titles. Continue reading “Horse Grooming Basics”

Rid Your Horse of a Dry, Itchy Coat

American Association of Equine Practitioner Dr. Frank Reilly helps you get to the bottom of your horse’s dry coat and itchy skin.

Rule out parasites as the cause of your horse’s dry coat and itchiness and learn to supplement for improved coat condition.

ask_expertQuestion:

I have a mare with anhydrous, which I am treating with a product with success, but I am still dealing with a dry coat and itching. I use a coat conditioning supplement in her feed but still struggle. Any suggestions?

For the answer, we sought advice from the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Continue reading “Rid Your Horse of a Dry, Itchy Coat”

Tricks to Treat a Thinning Mane

Learn the most common causes of skin conditions that result in a thinning, flaking mane.

Learn the most common causes of skin conditions that result in a horse’s thinning, flaking mane.

ask_expertQuestion:

Through the years, I have had several horses, or have noticed clients’ horses, that lose mane hair on the underside of the mane. This causes a thin mane.

The area is slightly flaky but does not appear red or inflamed. The flakiness does not appear to be more than what is normal for horses with thick manes. With these horses there is no history of rubbing this area of the neck. The condition does not appear to bother the horse at all.

Any ideas what causes this or if there is a way to encourage mane hair growth in this area when the thinning occurs?

For the answer, we sought advice from the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Continue reading “Tricks to Treat a Thinning Mane”

Top 10 Trending Articles

Check out this month’s top 10 trending articles on America’s Horse Daily.

Check out the 10 most popular articles on America’s Horse Daily this month!

TwobitTeeblack1-300x276Grooming for the big AQHA world show in November, caring for frustrating skin conditions or trying to solve the horse ponying phenomenon – whatever your interest, America’s Horse Daily has some of the best information a horseman could dream of.

America’s Horse Daily supplies daily articles to aid horsemen in their quest to become better trainers, riders, owners and teammates to their American Quarter Horse. Check out the top trending articles from this month’s posts.

  1. One in a Million: Part 2 — An incredible genetic circumstance creates a unique DNA puzzle. A chimera is an individual formed from two different cell lines. Confused? Learn about one such horse, Dunbar Gold, a brindle stallion with this unique genetic situation.
  2. 2014 Calendar Contest Winners — Who doesn’t enjoy an adorable picture of a kid with her horse? Or a picturesque landscape with horses grazing in the distance? Find photos just like these among the winning photos from the 2014 AQHA Calendar Contest.
  3. Pastern Dermatitis — This skin condition goes by many names: scratches, mud fever, grease heel, grapes and others. But, they are all forms of pastern dermatitis, a skin reaction with a multitude of causes. Learn some of the causes, treatments and most effective prevention here. 
  4. Master the Solid Box — AQHA Professional Horsewoman Nancy Cahill offers effective progression exercises and tips to train a horse for the solid box turn in trail class.
  5. Grass Founder — Turning the herd out to graze might seem like a great idea when the weather is less-than-ideal for riding and the horses are fresh, but lush grass comes with its own set of hazards. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing if it turns into a founder problem. Learn more about grass founder and laminitis here.
  6. Horse-Showing Shine, Part 1 Making a great impression in the show ring starts with a flawless appearance. Focus on your horse’s skin and hair coat to keep him looking his best in the arena.
  7. The Power of PonyingFrom saving time to instilling patience and quietness in a horse, ponying can be an effective tool for any horseman. AQHA Professional Horseman and judge Steve Meadows teaches you the tricks to train your horse to pony.
  8. What Is Colic? Nearly every horse suffers from colic at some point in his lifetime. Learn to recognize signs and symptoms early to avoid an expensive vet visit or worse.
  9. Grooming Tips for Horses Grooming is an important part of horse care. It improves the health of the skin and coat, decreases the chances of a variety of health problems and improves the relationship between caregivers and their horses. Enjoy some helpful grooming tips from AQHA Corporate Partner Tractor Supply Co.
  10. Stallion in TrainingDanny Salsman has extensive experience teaching young stallions to accept the breeding dummy. He offers his advice on non-stressful tips to encourage novice breeding studs to become comfortable in the breeding shed and learn their job.

And it doesn’t stop there! Access hundreds of articles at America’s Horse Daily for even more invaluable information.

Grooming Tips for Horses

Learn how to groom for horse-showing success.

Proper grooming is a crucial part to the overall horse show ready appearance. Journal photo.
Proper grooming is a crucial of part the overall horse show ready appearance. Journal photo.

Get ready for horse-showing success.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Tractor Supply Co.

Grooming is an important part of horse care, especially for horses who are used in competition or show. Regular grooming improves the health of the skin and coat, decreases the chances of various health problems, such as thrush and skin problems, and helps to build a relationship between horse and handler. Get your horse show-ready with these helpful grooming tips.

Continue reading “Grooming Tips for Horses”

Horse-Showing Shine, Part II

Learn how to create a healthy hair coat to sparkle in the show ring.

It takes a healthy hair coat to sparkle in the show ring.

Proper care and conditioning will create a healthy hair coat show you and your partner can sparkle in the show ring. Journal photo.
Proper care and conditioning will create a healthy hair coat so that you and your partner can sparkle in the show ring. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

The quest for the perfect show appearance can take its toll on a horse’s skin and coat. Over-grooming, harsh products and the side effects of intense training can leave the coat a little dull. Learn better methods to create a show ready appearance that also keeps your horse healthy.

In Part 1, you learned that proper nutrition is crucial to develop healthy coat and condition from the inside out. Now, Dr. Rosanna Marsella, a professor of veterinary dermatology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, shares tips and advice on keeping your show horse’s skin in top condition by managing chemical damage and common skin problems.

What’s in the Bottle?

To help our horses look their best, we use a wide variety of topical grooming aids, such as detanglers, stain removers, coat polishes, highlighters and fly repellants. If not used with care, they can negatively affect the skin.

Continue reading “Horse-Showing Shine, Part II”

Pastern Dermatitis

This horse-health issue goes by many names and has many causes.

This horse-health issue goes by many names and has many causes.

Scratches, also known as mud fever or mud rash, is the mildest and most prevalent form of pastern dermatitis. Journal photo.
Scratches, also known as mud fever or mud rash, is the mildest and most prevalent form of pastern dermatitis. Journal photo.

By Dr. Thomas R. Lenz in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Wet weather during the winter and spring combined with longer hair that traps moisture and dirt on most horses’ lower legs are ideal conditions for pastern dermatitis.

Pastern dermatitis is not a single disease, but a skin reaction with a variety of causes. Most cases are due to bacterial infection, but other causes include irritation from caustic substances, mites, fungal infection, allergies and photosensitization related to exposure to clover pastures or toxic weeds. Dermatitis due to photosensitization only affects the white hair and pink skin areas on the horse’s leg and is easily differentiated from other causes of the disease. Some draft breeds (Clydesdales and Shires) suffer from immune-mediated problems that have a genetic component that predisposes them to the condition, but this form of the disease is extremely rare in light breeds such as the American Quarter Horse.

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Horse-Showing Shine, Part 1

Learn to keep your horse’s skin and hair coat looking their best to make an impression in the show ring.

Keep your horse’s skin and hair coat looking their best to make an impression in the show ring.

Keep your horses skin and appearance in top shape to impress the judges in the show ring. Journal photo.
Keep your horses skin and appearance in tip top condition to impress the judges in the show ring. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal.

A life on the competition road presents a number of challenges to a horse’s skin and coat. Dampness from sweating and baths, the demands of training and showing, and harsh substances in some grooming products all contribute to skin problems such as flaking, itching, a dull coat and infections.

In this two-part series, learn how to keep your show horses looking their best by providing proper nutrition, avoiding harsh chemicals and recognizing the signs and symptoms of over-grooming.

Beauty From the Inside Out

A balanced diet is vital to keeping your American Quarter Horse’s skin healthy. Skin and hair lacking necessary nutrients will not function properly. They are also more susceptible to damage and infections.

There are some specific vitamins and minerals that will ensure that your horse feels and looks his best.

Biotin helps metabolize the fats and proteins essential for skin and coat health. Inadequate biotin levels may result in dryness, flaking, fungal infections, a fine and brittle coat or hair loss.

Continue reading “Horse-Showing Shine, Part 1”

Horsemanship Is a Journey

Keep learning to achieve your horseback riding goals.

When it comes to horseback riding, there are many different paths and different goals, but we can keep learning.

Kris and Brent Graef have a lot of tips to help you bring your horsemanship to the next level. Journal photo.
Kris and Brent Graef have a lot of tips to help you bring your horsemanship to the next level. Journal photo.

By Brent Graef  in America’s Horse

We each have different goals with our horses. We each have different skills, coordination, flexibility, knowledge and understanding of horses. We each have different situations – work, family, distance to our horses – and there are only so many hours in a day. Some folks only get to spend time with their horse once a week, once every two weeks or less. Some folks get to spend time with their horse every day.

I think the quality of the time we get to spend with our horse is a very important factor. Sure, it would be great to ride all day every day, but not many people get to do that. Set your priorities and the time that you can allot to your horse, and make it count, whether it’s just a few minutes of grooming or hanging out with him or whether it’s steady riding.

Continue reading “Horsemanship Is a Journey”