To log the hours of the Horseback riding program is some kind of laborious. If you want to log hours online on the smartphone it's so impractical that I resigned to do it. I do it online on the PC. It's a little bit easier now with the new AQHA page and the login but it would be even more easier with a special app for the smart phone.
I would like to see more articles about the art and science of nutrition in our AQHA journal. Like the articles on reproduction and emergency medicine, or general veterinary procedures. Just put articles about nutrition authored by veterinarians and equine nutritionists in the magazine. You could add articles in extra space and you wouldn't have to cut any other articles out to print articles about nutrition. I love ...more »
With all the new products and feeds on the market these days horses are living longer healthier lives. AQHA should honor these horses and their owners. I would suggest a contest or do an article on the oldest registered still living horse and find out the secrete to their longevity. Possibly offer as a prize a years supply of the supplements and feed that led to the graceful aging of that particular horse.
Please consider adding the winners of the novice championships just like the world show (yes I know there is 3 ) but these riders work just as hard.i think most would love to see themselves in the journal in a win photo .
Every division of horse racing has its end of the year awards. Yet still the asst starters recieve no accolades for there contribution to racing. In quarter horse racing this position is ever so critical to the success of the trainer,rider,breeder and owner.. The value of some of these races exceeds the millions. A valet gets 10percent to simply saddle the horse yet in some states its considered bribary or unethical for ...more »
I think that members should be able to view their OWN horse's records online without having to use the monthly $10 that comes with membership. What other business or organization charges you to access your accounts? If you want detailed records on your own horses you could easily use up the $10 and have to pay more.
AQHA should provide a Personnel Directory, along with contact email addresses.
After about 20 years away from the horse industry my brother has come back as our farm manager. He is a past AQHA judge including having judged AQHA and AQHYA World Shows and trained AQHA Champions. His first comment after attending a recent show was, "What happened to the rules?' Upon further review we noted that the rules have not changed, they are just ignored. Please read the rules for what is expected of a Western ...more »
Many older horse lovers today may have fear, or health problems that prevent them from loping yet they still want to stay active in riding and horse shows. How about classes, even on the local level, where 55 and older riders can just do walk/trot or walk only trail classes. (In real life, out on the trail, I never loped.) I discussed this with several of my horse trainer's clients who are over 60 and they all agreed ...more »
AQHA should NOT announce horses and exhibitors names at all World show competitions. This was none more apparent than at this years 2014 youth world show, where many trainers children and overly publicized horses/exhibitors were making the finals with mediocre patterns and go's. It just breeds the idea that "its all about who you know" when you walk into that arena. Many regular folks do not have those connections and ...more »
Why not have Open Stake race, maybe it would bring in a few more speed event entries
A LOT of exhibitors renew online (or when telephone solicitors were used) and when they come to enter their card is only an open membership and they must purchase the upgrade to amateur, amateur novice or youth novice (if qualified). This should be corrected so the applicant gets the appropriate membership.