Horse Health and Care

Browse AQHA's collection of resources to help you provide the best care for your American Quarter Horse. From health to feeding, breeding to care.

April 19, 2021 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Genetics, management and environment play significant roles in foal growth. A foal’s growth and development can also be influenced nutrition.
April 12, 2021 | News and Publications , Wellness
These super senior American Quarter Horses are thriving in their 30s and 40s.
April 06, 2021 | News and Publications , Registering/transfer
Make sure your consigned yearlings are fully registered in time for the year’s upcoming sales.
March 31, 2021 | News and Publications , Registering/transfer
International AQHA members make up 15% of the total membership in more than 100 countries around the world; learn why the global promotion of the American Quarter Horse is near to AQHA’s heart.
March 29, 2021 | News and Publications , Showmanship
AQHA Professional Horsewoman Kathy Smallwood troubleshoots common mistakes with banding, poorly fitted halters and dirty, dusty horses.
March 28, 2021 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Young foals are susceptible to colic, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues. These are the symptoms and when to intervene.
March 26, 2021 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
These are the daily, monthly, bi-monthly, bi-annually and annually horse-keeping tasks every horse owner should do to ensure a healthy horse.
March 26, 2021 | News and Publications , Barn safety
These quick ideas get your tack room and barn organized.
March 25, 2021 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
Scratches, mud fever, mud rash, grease heel, dew poisoning or "grapes" – call it what you will, here's how to treat and prevent pastern dermatitis in horses.
March 24, 2021 | News and Publications , Timed / Speed events
Prepare your living-quarters horse trailer so life on the road is as comfortable as home.
April 12, 2021 | News and Publications , Wellness
These super senior American Quarter Horses are thriving in their 30s and 40s.
March 28, 2021 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Young foals are susceptible to colic, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues. These are the symptoms and when to intervene.
March 26, 2021 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
These are the daily, monthly, bi-monthly, bi-annually and annually horse-keeping tasks every horse owner should do to ensure a healthy horse.
March 25, 2021 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
Scratches, mud fever, mud rash, grease heel, dew poisoning or "grapes" – call it what you will, here's how to treat and prevent pastern dermatitis in horses.
February 01, 2021 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
All horses competing at AQHA shows must be clear of medroxyprogesterone acetate on or before August 15, 2021.
January 25, 2021 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Give your foals a healthy start: indoor vs. outdoor foaling, foaling supplies checklist, mare and foal care and behavior after foaling, and taking temperatures.
January 19, 2021 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
Heed these 17 tips for preparing your horse for a long trail riding adventure.
January 19, 2021 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
Test your knowledge of your horse's teeth. Learn how to determine a horse's age by looking at its teeth, plus access a glossary of equine dental terms.
January 17, 2021 | News and Publications , Get Started with Horses
The simple act of picking out your horse’s feet can detect and prevent a lot of problems.
January 13, 2021 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
Learn the types of wounds, how to treat an open wound on a horse, when to call the vet and how to watch for signs of shock.
April 19, 2021 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Genetics, management and environment play significant roles in foal growth. A foal’s growth and development can also be influenced nutrition.
February 21, 2021 | News and Publications , Feeding
As the weather changes, so too should your feeding program as your horse ups his activity.
February 19, 2021 | News and Publications , Get Started with Horses
There is valuable information on your horse's feed tag.
February 18, 2021 | News and Publications , Hoof care
The most important step of good hoof health is a balanced diet.
January 20, 2021 | News and Publications , Feeding
Plan a fitness routine to help a stallion transition from the show pen to the breeding barn.
December 11, 2020 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
Is this warm bran mash beneficial to horse health? A veterinarian weighs the pros and cons.
October 22, 2020 | Trail Riding , Ranching
How to tell if a horse is too fat, too thin or just right.
October 21, 2020 | News and Publications , Registering/transfer
Weigh the costs and benefits of keeping a horse at home, boarding, leasing or taking lessons.
April 23, 2020 | News and Publications , Wellness
Solidify your foal’s nutritional foundation by creep feeding during his first year.
March 16, 2020 | News and Publications , Feeding
As your horse ages, his dietary needs change. Here’s how to determine if it’s time to switch your older horse to senior feed.
April 12, 2021 | News and Publications , Wellness
These super senior American Quarter Horses are thriving in their 30s and 40s.
March 29, 2021 | News and Publications , Showmanship
AQHA Professional Horsewoman Kathy Smallwood troubleshoots common mistakes with banding, poorly fitted halters and dirty, dusty horses.
March 26, 2021 | News and Publications , Barn safety
These quick ideas get your tack room and barn organized.
March 24, 2021 | News and Publications , Timed / Speed events
Prepare your living-quarters horse trailer so life on the road is as comfortable as home.
February 18, 2021 | News and Publications , Hoof care
The most important step of good hoof health is a balanced diet.
February 17, 2021 | Showing , Grooming
Using a sleazy is great for show horses, but the mane tamer has to fit correctly.
January 29, 2021 | News and Publications , Equestrian Fitness
2021 is full steam ahead, and so are our daily lives. Set the New Year’s resolutions aside and learn how to relax and re-energize at home, in the saddle and at the barn.
January 17, 2021 | News and Publications , Get Started with Horses
The simple act of picking out your horse’s feet can detect and prevent a lot of problems.
January 14, 2021 | News and Publications , Grooming
Professionals and judges share their horse grooming tips and tricks.
December 21, 2020 | About AQHA , Wellness
The equine foot is a mechanical marvel of joints, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels and bone encased within a horny capsule that is vital to the horse.
April 19, 2021 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Genetics, management and environment play significant roles in foal growth. A foal’s growth and development can also be influenced nutrition.
April 06, 2021 | News and Publications , Registering/transfer
Make sure your consigned yearlings are fully registered in time for the year’s upcoming sales.
March 31, 2021 | News and Publications , Registering/transfer
International AQHA members make up 15% of the total membership in more than 100 countries around the world; learn why the global promotion of the American Quarter Horse is near to AQHA’s heart.
March 28, 2021 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Young foals are susceptible to colic, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues. These are the symptoms and when to intervene.
March 01, 2021 | AQHA Services , Ranching
When you are breeding a horse, use the nicking technique to select the perfect cross.
March 01, 2021 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection can extend the breeding lives of mares and stallions.
February 17, 2021 | News and Publications , Registering/transfer
Anticipating a foal – and its color – is half the fun.
February 13, 2021 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Your new newborn foal can learn a lot in the first 72 hours of his life. A leader in imprint training explains the fundamentals.
January 25, 2021 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Give your foals a healthy start: indoor vs. outdoor foaling, foaling supplies checklist, mare and foal care and behavior after foaling, and taking temperatures.
January 21, 2021 | About AQHA , Registering/transfer
What to know when you're thinking about having an embryo foal out of your mare.
February 12, 2021 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
Lush spring pastures can be dangerous temptations for horses. Learn the signs of a foundered horses and how to help a horse live with laminitis.
July 29, 2018 | News and Publications , Horse Health and care
In this free e-book, get great first-aid tips to ensure your horse heals as fast as possible.
July 30, 2018 | News and Publications , Horse Health and care
Being educated and prepared is the best way to help your horse when colic strikes.
June 29, 2020 | News and Publications , Get Started with Horses
This free downloadable e-book illustrates a Quarter Horse’s external features, muscles, organs, skeleton, feet and teeth.
June 29, 2020 | News and Publications , Get Started with Horses
Learn the structure of a horse, plus conformation standards for an American Quarter Horse, all packed into this FREE downloadable chart.
July 27, 2018 | News and Publications , Horse Health and care
How to be prepared for and deal with a horse affected by HYPP.
July 30, 2018 | News and Publications , Training
Training your foal to accept a halter doesn't have to be a struggle. Learn more in our free ebook.
July 27, 2018 | News and Publications , Horse Health and care
Horse owners have many options when faced with an orphaned foal.
July 30, 2018 | News and Publications , Horse Health and care
This FREE e-book answers the age-old question, “How old is too old to breed a horse for the first time?”
July 30, 2018 | News and Publications , Horse Health and care
Osteochondritis Dissecans affects young, growing horses and causes joint pain. Learn more about these conditions in our free ebook.