All American Quarter Horse Congress: October 12

A researcher presents some findings on joint health during a lecture at the 2014 All American Quarter Horse Congress.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Small fry western pleasure was just one of the classes October 12 at the 2014 All American Quarter Horse Congress. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) For more photos, scroll through the slideshow below.

Horse owners interested in the joint health of their young horses had an opportunity to learn more about those joints October 12 at the 2014 All American Quarter Horse Congress.

Dr. Jessica Lucia presented her findings from a study on joint inflammation in young working horses in a lecture that was part of the free Congress lecture series.

“Our hope is to find a simple blood draw test that will show what’s happening in the cartilage,” she said.

Dr. Lucia, an assistant professor in the department of agricultural sciences and engineering at Sam Houston State University, received a Young Investigator Award from the American Quarter Horse Foundation for her project while still completing her education at Texas A&M University.

A small but spirited crowd peppered Dr. Lucia with questions about minerals and the role of glucosamine in the synovial capsule.

Since 1960, the American Quarter Horse Foundation has been funding equine research. The Young Investigator Award is specifically for graduate students.

Congress annually presents lectures on horse health and management topics.