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A Horsey Thanksgiving

Horse people have a lot to be thankful for … these are just a few examples!

Velvety kisses are just one of the many things we can thank our American Quarter Horses for. Photo courtesy of AQHA member Linda McArthur

Thanksgiving is a day of reflection, to look back on your year and think of all the things you have to be thankful for. However, these “things” don’t have to be material possessions. Horses have a way of giving back to us crazy horse people in more ways than one, and these are just a few of the things we can be thankful for:

One of the easiest things to take for granted, and the thing we should be most thankful for, is our horse's health. Download the Common Horse Health Issues ebook for important information on how to care for your best friend.

  1. A kind soul cleaning your stall. It’s been a long day, but you know your horse comes first. So you go out to the barn, only to find that a very kind human has cleaned your horse’s stall! Victory! But don’t forget to return the favor in the future.
  2. Making new friends. The crazy thing about American Quarter Horses is their ability to unite people of all backgrounds and disciplines. As Facebook fan Mary Beth Hill says, “I am thankful for the wonderful friendships our family has made through horses.” Despite our differences, we all have one thing in common; we are thankful for our horses and every day that we get to ride!
  3. The first ride. For anyone who starts colts, you know how much pressure and anticipation builds up to that first ride. Even moving your adult horse to a new discipline is a world of nerves and excitement. And regardless of how it goes, we are always coming back for more. It’s the start of a beautiful relationship, and growing with an American Quarter Horse is an unbelievable experience.
  4. A clean vet check. When purchasing a new horse, we have to face the most intense second step. The dreaded vet check. Even though you love your new horse, there’s a chance he might not pass, and then it’s up to you if you still want to purchase him. A big green light is the best feeling; you might have even shed a tear or two!
  5. A lifelong love. No matter what age you were introduced to horses, the passion lasts forever. And even after your riding days are over, we know you will carry the memories in your heart. #AQHAproud

The Common Horse Health Issues ebook can answer a lot of your questions about common health issues like laminitis, West Nile, and colic. Make sure you're educated so that your horse can enjoy another Thanksgiving with your family!

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