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.

May 23, 2022 | News and Publications , Grooming
Customize the forelock to flatter your halter horse’s head.
May 11, 2022 | Showing , Breeding and foal care
Learn more about the top western pleasure bloodlines of 2021.
May 11, 2022 | Showing , Breeding and foal care
These are the leading reining sires of 2021. Find the top 10 bloodlines dominating the sport of reining.
May 11, 2022 | Showing , Breeding and foal care
Who dominated the sport of reined cow horse in 2021? Find the top 10 leading sires.
May 11, 2022 | Showing , Ranch Trail
What were the top ranch horse bloodlines in 2021? View the top sires and their money earners.
May 10, 2022 | Showing , Breeding and foal care
These are the leading halter sires of 2021. Find the top bloodlines dominating the halter pen.
May 10, 2022 | , Timed / Speed events
What are the top barrel horse bloodlines? View the previous year's top 10 leading barrel racing sires.
May 09, 2022 | Showing , Healthcare and medication
The AQHA drug testing process ensures animal welfare and retains the integrity of AQHA world shows.
May 03, 2022 | News and Publications , AQHA directors and committee members
View the recommendations from the Equine Research Committee that were recently approved by the American Quarter Horse Foundation Board of Trustees.
April 29, 2022 | News and Publications , Showmanship
AQHA Professional Horsewoman Kathy Smallwood troubleshoots common mistakes with banding, poorly fitted halters and dirty, dusty horses.
May 09, 2022 | Showing , Healthcare and medication
The AQHA drug testing process ensures animal welfare and retains the integrity of AQHA world shows.
May 03, 2022 | News and Publications , AQHA directors and committee members
View the recommendations from the Equine Research Committee that were recently approved by the American Quarter Horse Foundation Board of Trustees.
April 27, 2022 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Can your mare handle re-breeding? And when should you stop breeding your mare? Find out the answers from the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
April 26, 2022 | News and Publications , Wellness
This equine condition has a number of causes and effects.
April 26, 2022 | News and Publications , Wellness
Learn more about this complication of general anesthesia that can affect more than 20 percent of horses.
April 13, 2022 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
AQHA is proud to announce a new partnership with Zomedica’s PulseVet device as the Association’s Official Shock Wave Therapy.
April 12, 2022 | News and Publications , Get Started with Horses
Laminitis can result from many different conditions in any breed, size and age of horse. As many as 7% of the U.S. equine  population develops laminitis each year.
April 07, 2022 | AQHA Services , Healthcare and medication
The 2022 AQHA Guidelines and Rules for Drugs and Medications is now available online.
March 22, 2022 | About AQHA , Breeding and foal care
This helpful hormone therapy can help increase your horse-breeding success.
March 17, 2022 | Trail Riding , Wellness
Horseback riding in the backcountry could be just the ticket to making you and your horse better.
December 06, 2021 | , Wellness
Throughout the year, tending to your horse’s needs requires you to be prepared for a variety of conditions. When the temperature falls and the winds grow colder, you should be prepared with the proper gear, supplies and accessories to keep your horse healthy and happy during the upcoming months. Learn more about caring for your horse during the winter so you can be prepared well before the first frost.
December 01, 2021 | , Wellness
Horses, much like people, are all individuals. Some are naturally lean and some are prone to packing on extra pounds due to their genetic make-up.
September 28, 2021 | , Wellness
Nutrition strategies to remember when you are traveling to a competition or anywhere that is a different environment for your horse
August 01, 2021 | News and Publications , Grooming
Understand vitamins, minerals, fats, environmental factors and grooming-product ingredients.
June 20, 2021 | 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.
June 01, 2021 | News and Publications , Wellness
Solidify your foal’s nutritional foundation by creep feeding during his first year.
May 19, 2021 | News and Publications , Get Started with Horses
Ulcers often occur in the upper third of the stomach, which does not have a mucus layer and does not secrete bicarbonate that helps to buffer stomach acid.
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 by 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.
May 23, 2022 | News and Publications , Grooming
Customize the forelock to flatter your halter horse’s head.
April 29, 2022 | News and Publications , Showmanship
AQHA Professional Horsewoman Kathy Smallwood troubleshoots common mistakes with banding, poorly fitted halters and dirty, dusty horses.
April 26, 2022 | News and Publications , Wellness
This equine condition has a number of causes and effects.
April 26, 2022 | News and Publications , Wellness
Learn more about this complication of general anesthesia that can affect more than 20 percent of horses.
March 17, 2022 | Trail Riding , Wellness
Horseback riding in the backcountry could be just the ticket to making you and your horse better.
March 16, 2022 | About AQHA , Wellness
A fresh look at a longstanding mare breeding management practice.
March 02, 2022 | , Barn safety
Proper planning is the key to a safe, functional, and durable new stall barn.
February 24, 2022 | News and Publications , Barn safety
Rules for correct behavior in the horse show warm-up arena.
January 25, 2022 | News and Publications , Grooming
Professionals and judges share their horse grooming tips and tricks.
January 24, 2022 | News and Publications , Grooming
Not enough hours in the day? These time-management pointers will help you find more time to spend with your horse.
May 11, 2022 | Showing , Breeding and foal care
Learn more about the top western pleasure bloodlines of 2021.
May 11, 2022 | Showing , Breeding and foal care
These are the leading reining sires of 2021. Find the top 10 bloodlines dominating the sport of reining.
May 11, 2022 | Showing , Breeding and foal care
Who dominated the sport of reined cow horse in 2021? Find the top 10 leading sires.
May 11, 2022 | Showing , Ranch Trail
What were the top ranch horse bloodlines in 2021? View the top sires and their money earners.
May 10, 2022 | Showing , Breeding and foal care
These are the leading halter sires of 2021. Find the top bloodlines dominating the halter pen.
May 10, 2022 | , Timed / Speed events
What are the top barrel horse bloodlines? View the previous year's top 10 leading barrel racing sires.
April 27, 2022 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Can your mare handle re-breeding? And when should you stop breeding your mare? Find out the answers from the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
April 26, 2022 | News and Publications , Wellness
This equine condition has a number of causes and effects.
April 13, 2022 | About AQHA , Breeding and foal care
Know the basics of horse color genetics so you can easily determine your newborn foal’s color.
March 22, 2022 | About AQHA , Breeding and foal care
This helpful hormone therapy can help increase your horse-breeding success.
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.