Become a Better Rider

Already planning your New Year’s resolutions? The January American Quarter Horse Journal is packed with articles to help you achieve your dreams.

The American Quarter Horse Journal
December 18, 2013

John Ward photo by Annie Lambert

Trainer John Ward of Kingsburg, California, shares his advice for starting a young horse and getting it on "The Road to Reno" in the January Journal. (Annie Lambert photo)

Looking to score plus-worthy lead changes? Is competing at a futurity on your bucket list? Or how about taking steps to be a healthier rider?

By now, most people have a few New Year’s resolutions in mind. Knowing that, the Journal staff is committed to serving up every issue packed with articles you can count on to help you live out your dreams with your American Quarter Horse.

Since training your horse to the best of his abilities likely ranks at the top of your priorities, you can look forward to these horse-training articles in the January American Quarter Horse Journal:

  • Borrow a Trainer – Prepare your horse for a correct lead change with Chance O’Neal’s step-by-step exercise. The full-time trainer for Four Sixes Ranch, Chance walks you through an exercise perfect for teaching a newbie lead-charger or sharpening up flying lead changes on an ol’ campaigner.
  • What Lead Is My Horse On? – Learn to decipher the signals so you can tell leads without looking with these tips from AQHA Professional Horseman Julie Goodnight.
  • The Road to Reno – National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity prospects build a solid foundation at 2, then polish their act as 3-year-olds. Legendary trainers John Ward, Jon Roeser, Tucker Robinson and Sandy Collier weigh in on their tactics for young-horse training in Part 1 of a two-part series.

For most of the world, getting in shape is a common New Year’s resolution. And before you can expect the best out of your horse, you’ve got to be consistent in the saddle, as well. In “Reach for the Sky,” you can learn five stretches to try pre-ride that will help you increase your connection to your horse.

And for those readers who like things quick and simple, don’t miss “10 Horse-Showing Tips,” which brings you 10 easy tips to try before you and your American Quarter Horse load up for your next AQHA show.

In every issue of the Journal, you can count on several horse-training articles, as well as health, business and industry news articles, plus feature stories. The American Quarter Horse Journal is the best way for horsemen – no matter the discipline or skill level – to make the most out of their time with their American Quarter Horses. The Journal, after all, is as versatile as the breed.

Journal subscribers can log in to access the digital edition of the magazine at www.aqha.com/journal. Not a subscriber? Subscribe today to receive instant access to the current Journal digital edition or order a single copy of the January Journal at 800-291-7323.

Now's your chance to get two years of the Journal for the price of one! To take advantage of this The American Quarter Horse Journal 2-for-1 subscription offer, visit www.aqha.com/journal2for1. The special 2-for-1 offer expires midnight on December 31, 2013.