June 21, 2011
In Part 1 of this series, learn about an exercise that can be used to prepare your horse for any discipline.
By AQHA Professional Horseman Al Dunning in The American Quarter Horse Journal
Improve your horse's flexibility by using the back-around drill. Journal photo.
This circle-backaround drill is a multiple-part drill that really works on one thing – a horse’s flexibility, one side at a time.
It’s all about making perfect circles, going forward and back, teaching a horse how to arc his body. I use it as a warm-up drill, a way to get that horse round and broke at the poll and comfortable. It has a lot to do with helping a horse’s overall form and balance. Read the rest of this entry »
June 15, 2011
Here are a few tips to help improve your hunter under saddle show-ring strategy.
By AQHA Professional Horseman Chuck Briggs in The American Quarter Horse Journal
Catch the judges eye in a good way from the time you enter the arena. Journal photo.
In hunter under saddle classes, judges find their favorite horses during the first direction around the ring. In the second direction, they place their horses. That’s why we call the second direction the “money direction” – that’s when it’s all said and done. Getting your horse shown well in both directions requires a little defensive driving on your part. Read the rest of this entry »
June 8, 2011
Tempting horses are for sale everywhere at the big shows. Here’s what you should know before you break out the checkbook.
By Sarah Elder for The American Quarter Horse Journal
There are many good horses for sale. Choose the one that best fits your needs. Journal photo.
So you have looked through all of the Internet ads for horses, talked to friends and called up trainers, when someone suggests driving to a show to look for horses for sale. Sounds like a good idea. More than 10,000 horses will be at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in October – surely something loping around up there is for sale. Actually, the prospects sound better than a year-end clearance at Nieman’s. Read the rest of this entry »
June 1, 2011
Tips and hints to help build an accurate budget for any horse show or competition.
By AQHA Professional Horsewoman Gerrie Barnes
Hosting a horse show can be alot of fun. Plan the budget out far in advance to take away any extra stress. Journal photo.
First, make a tentative budget to determine reasonable costs for the event. This will help when you choose your facility, judges, cattle supplier and other expenses. The budget will also help you establish the participant fee.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Start building your budget by listing expenses. Fill in tentative numbers. Add your expenses categories and come up with the total anticipated expense for your event. Read the rest of this entry »
May 4, 2011
Train your horse for proper self-carriage with AQHA Professional Horsewoman Andy Moorman.
By AQHA Professional Horsewoman Andy Moorman with Christine Hamilton for The American Quarter Horse Journal
An example of a horse not in self carriage: he is behind the bridle and heavy on the forehand. Journal photo.
When a horse has “self-carriage,” the horse literally carries his weight (including the rider’s weight) balanced over his haunches. Because he’s balanced on the hindquarters, he has a light forehand and a soft poll. He carries his weight without leaning on the rider.
A horse in true self-carriage is on the bit, not above it or behind it. With a soft poll, the rein affects the hind legs and haunches, rather than stopping in the neck as it does when horses are on the forehand, above or behind the bit.
In the Quarter Horse industry, many of us have a problem with our horses not being in self-carriage. Read the rest of this entry »
April 29, 2011
AAA Racehorse, AQHA Champion and sire of champions, Eternal Sun was a beloved member of the Howard family for nearly two decades.
From The American Quarter Horse Journal
Legendary Quarter Horse stallion Eternal Sun and Harold A. Howard.
The late Harold A. Howard grew up on a farm and spent long summer days driving teams of heavy horses across the fertile Michigan landscape. He also dreamed of the horse he’d own one day: an eye-catching horse that could do it all. By the time he tilled his own farm with his wife, Darlene, and their six children, machines had replaced broad-backed draft horses, but his dream remained.
“Dad studied every Quarter Horse Journal,” Harold’s son, Dar Howard, says. “Then in 1966, he saw an ad for a production sale at B.F. Phillips’ ranch in Texas.”
“There was a photo of a proud stallion standing with his band of broodmares,” daughter Mary Kay (Howard) Smith continues. “Dad said, ‘I’m going to buy that horse,’ got in his car and drove to Texas.” Read the rest of this entry »
April 11, 2011
How would you address the “flat knee” within the context of what you look for? Is that part of the cadence or stride? My horse has the level top line, beautiful, happy expression, no head bob, consistent frame, free-flowing movement, but he has a little more knee action and is a little faster in the lope than others. It just doesn’t flatten out totally in the front at the lope. He gets placed below horses that have a lot of head bob and cant, with less proper cadence and poor expression. This happens consistently. I am wondering why this is?
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March 30, 2011
AQHA Professional Horseman Dave Dellin gives advice on prepping your 2-year-old for the fall futurities.
It is important that horse shows are positive experiences for a young horse. Journal photo.
Are you thinking your 2-year-old has what it takes to show at the futurities this fall? Prep your prospect right with advice from AQHA Professional Horseman Dave Dellin of Purcell, Oklahoma. Dave has trained a lot of youngsters for big shows, including One Hot Krysum, who won the 2001 2-year-old western pleasure AQHA World Championship. This is the second in a two-part series; want to review Part 1?
Dave familiarizes his horses with the futurity environment by taking them to shows where he is exhibiting other horses. Even though he’ll take the youngsters along to local shows, Dave isn’t afraid to take them to the big ones, either. Read the rest of this entry »
March 4, 2011
Athene Ward and her get could fill a trophy case with awards.
By Megan Brownell in The American Quarter Horse Journal
Oscar A Ward is Athene Ward's third foal. After several Youth World Shows, he now carries lead-liners in his retirement years.
When Paulette Higdon of Yakima, Washington got Athene Ward as a yearling in 1976, she had no idea the chain reaction that would take place over the years, through the mare and her get.
By Buddy Ward (by Sugar Bars) and out of Bo’s Scorchy (by Midnight Hank), Athene Ward began her show career as a 3-year-old. Within two months, Athene Ward earned her Superior in open western pleasure. Read the rest of this entry »
February 23, 2011
In a pattern, maintaining your horse’s straightness can be the difference between first and 10th place.
By AQHA Professional Horseman Jim Searles with Christine Hamilton in The American Quarter Horse Journal
Straightness can make the difference between 1st or 10th place.
If you go by the dictionary, being straight means free from curves, bends, angles and irregularities. But our show-ring patterns always have circles or half circles and bends of some kind. It’s still important to stay straight, or on line, even in those maneuvers.
Think of it like driving an automobile. When you’re approaching a bend in the road, you curve, but you still stay straight in the middle of the road. If you don’t, you veer off and end up in the woods. Read the rest of this entry »