The DNA of Showing

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The DNA of Showing western horse cowboyAs winter gives way to spring and we begin to prepare ourselves for yet another season in the show pen, we find ourselves encouraging our clients to set both short term and long term goals for the season.  As we discuss what they hope to accomplish, we find  that our conversations inevitably circle back around to showing and what is involved in "getting shown."

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Build a Strong Foundation at Home First

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Clinton Anderson Head shotEver notice that when you take your horse away from home, half of the horse is yours and the other half is a horse you wish you’d never met? He is whinnying, dancing around, pawing, shying and spooking. He’s paying attention to everything around him but you. If this scenario has happened to you, you are not alone. Everything about your horse’s behavior and training gets worse when you take him away from home because he is more distracted in a new environment. So if your horse is misbehaving at home or if his training is lacking, believe me, he’s really going to misbehave when you take him farther away from home to a show or if you haul him somewhere to trail ride.

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Become a Ranching Heritage Breeder

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AQHA Ranching Heritage BreederBecome a Ranching Heritage Breeder
AQHA Press Release

From the earliest days of western cattle ranches, cowboys needed a horse that could handle the strain and hardships of working cattle each day. While the West has long since been settled, American Quarter Horses are still the preferred partner for working cattle ranches.

To recognize the ranches and individuals who continue to uphold the ranching tradition, the American Quarter Horse Association and the AQHA Ranching Council developed the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders program in 2011.

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APHA Names 2013 Year-End Open Horses

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On Solid Ground, a 5-year-old red dun solid Paint-bred mare owned and shown by Mikey Trueba of Williams, Arizona, finished at the top of  the Open Solid Paint-Bred category. The pair finished the year with 81 qualifying points. Living up to her name in every sense of the meaning, the red dun mare On Solid Ground captured the 2013 No. 1 Open Solid Paint-Bred title.

Impressively, it was “Cady’s” first year contending in the Open division with owner Mikey Trueba of Williams, Arizona.

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A Horse-Breeding Hiccup: Your Newborn Foal’s Health

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The first 30 days of a healthy foal’s life are action-packed and filled with things to discover, friends to meet and people to investigate. Assuming your mare performed a trouble-free foaling, and your little long-legged joy-maker has had relatively few health issues thus far, you’re probably walking on clouds. If your foal has been healthy thus far, you might also think you are out of the woods.

Hold up – not so fast. Don’t go on vacation just yet.

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