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.

November 30, 2022 | Showing , Ranching
No hoof, no horse! Discover how excessively dry or wet weather can affect your Quarter Horse's hooves and find solutions for common hoof-related issues.
November 28, 2022 | News and Publications , Genetic testing
New genetic health online resources and testing for myosin-heavy chain myopathy help owners care for their American Quarter Horses.
November 20, 2022 | News and Publications , Stallion Care
Tips for keeping your stallion healthy and productive into his golden years.
November 15, 2022 | Showing , Showing
Show horses undergo constant stress in their lifestyle. Learn why good gut health is so critical for your horses and what you can do to support it.
November 07, 2022 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
Equine colic covers a multitude of abdominal and intestinal problems in horses. Recognizing the early signs of colic can lead to quicker recovery.
November 07, 2022 | About AQHA , Wellness
The secrets behind horses that eat unusual substances, including bark, dirt or manure.
November 07, 2022 | News and Publications , Ranching
Double-check your broodmares in early winter for the health and safety of mares and their foals.
October 18, 2022 | , Barn safety
One of the major decisions you will face when building or expanding your barn is selecting the style of horse stall you want.
October 10, 2022 | About AQHA , Barn safety
Keeping your horses' feed and hay fresh is crucial to their health, and proper storage ensures optimal freshness.
October 04, 2022 | News and Publications , Hoof care
Thrush is a bacterial and fungal infection of the frog. Learn how to spot it, treat it and prevent thrush from becoming a chronic issue for your horse.
November 28, 2022 | News and Publications , Genetic testing
New genetic health online resources and testing for myosin-heavy chain myopathy help owners care for their American Quarter Horses.
November 20, 2022 | News and Publications , Stallion Care
Tips for keeping your stallion healthy and productive into his golden years.
November 07, 2022 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
Equine colic covers a multitude of abdominal and intestinal problems in horses. Recognizing the early signs of colic can lead to quicker recovery.
November 07, 2022 | About AQHA , Wellness
The secrets behind horses that eat unusual substances, including bark, dirt or manure.
November 07, 2022 | News and Publications , Ranching
Double-check your broodmares in early winter for the health and safety of mares and their foals.
October 04, 2022 | News and Publications , Hoof care
Thrush is a bacterial and fungal infection of the frog. Learn how to spot it, treat it and prevent thrush from becoming a chronic issue for your horse.
October 03, 2022 | , Healthcare and medication
The FAQ’s of degenerative joint disease and Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan).
September 14, 2022 | Showing , Ranching
Signs of ulcers in horses may be more subtle than you think.
September 14, 2022 | News and Publications , Timed / Speed events
With age comes wisdom, but also extra care for senior performance horses. Experts weigh in on caring for older equine athletes.
September 12, 2022 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
The American Quarter Horse Association’s mission is to ensure the American Quarter Horse is treated humanely, with dignity, respect and compassion at all times.
November 20, 2022 | News and Publications , Stallion Care
Tips for keeping your stallion healthy and productive into his golden years.
November 07, 2022 | About AQHA , Wellness
The secrets behind horses that eat unusual substances, including bark, dirt or manure.
October 10, 2022 | About AQHA , Barn safety
Keeping your horses' feed and hay fresh is crucial to their health, and proper storage ensures optimal freshness.
September 01, 2022 | About AQHA , Wellness
The pros and cons of feeding your horse straight alfalfa hay versus a grass-alfalfa mix.
August 31, 2022 | News and Publications , Ranching
Poisonous plants can become a problem for horses when adequate grass or hay is not available.
August 11, 2022 | About AQHA , Healthcare and medication
What equine electrolytes do, how they work and why they are needed.
August 11, 2022 | About AQHA , Wellness
Understand the activity of microorganisms in the digestive tract and the mechanisms of action related to microorganisms and food choices.
August 09, 2022 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
Learn what heat stress looks like, symptoms, what to do if a horse overheats, how to prevent heat stress and managing horses in hot weather.
July 03, 2022 | 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 by nutrition.
June 21, 2022 | , Wellness
A balanced diet of amino acids, balanced minerals and controlled starches is key to development in growing horses.
November 30, 2022 | Showing , Ranching
No hoof, no horse! Discover how excessively dry or wet weather can affect your Quarter Horse's hooves and find solutions for common hoof-related issues.
November 28, 2022 | News and Publications , Genetic testing
New genetic health online resources and testing for myosin-heavy chain myopathy help owners care for their American Quarter Horses.
November 20, 2022 | News and Publications , Stallion Care
Tips for keeping your stallion healthy and productive into his golden years.
November 07, 2022 | About AQHA , Wellness
The secrets behind horses that eat unusual substances, including bark, dirt or manure.
October 18, 2022 | , Barn safety
One of the major decisions you will face when building or expanding your barn is selecting the style of horse stall you want.
October 10, 2022 | About AQHA , Barn safety
Keeping your horses' feed and hay fresh is crucial to their health, and proper storage ensures optimal freshness.
October 04, 2022 | News and Publications , Hoof care
Thrush is a bacterial and fungal infection of the frog. Learn how to spot it, treat it and prevent thrush from becoming a chronic issue for your horse.
September 14, 2022 | Showing , Ranching
Signs of ulcers in horses may be more subtle than you think.
September 01, 2022 | Showing , Grooming
Using a sleazy or slinky is great for show horses, but the mane tamer has to fit correctly.
September 01, 2022 | About AQHA , Wellness
The pros and cons of feeding your horse straight alfalfa hay versus a grass-alfalfa mix.
November 28, 2022 | News and Publications , Genetic testing
New genetic health online resources and testing for myosin-heavy chain myopathy help owners care for their American Quarter Horses.
November 20, 2022 | News and Publications , Stallion Care
Tips for keeping your stallion healthy and productive into his golden years.
November 07, 2022 | News and Publications , Ranching
Double-check your broodmares in early winter for the health and safety of mares and their foals.
August 01, 2022 | News and Publications , Ranching
The legendary ranch shares how handling horses at an early age makes for safer and more satisfactory mounts.
July 27, 2022 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Learn how to handle eight troublesome behaviors and teach your breeding stallion manner with tips from Dr. Sue McDonnell.
July 06, 2022 | News and Publications , Conformation
Compare these two horses through the eyes of an AQHA Professional Horseman.
July 03, 2022 | News and Publications , Get Started with Horses
Every owner should know how to record a horse’s vital signs, what are normal levels – and not.
July 03, 2022 | 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 by nutrition.
June 02, 2022 | News and Publications , Wellness
Learn how to navigate through proper care, nutrition and comfort for bred mares during summer months.
June 01, 2022 | News and Publications , Wellness
Solidify your foal’s nutritional foundation by creep feeding during his first year.
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.