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.

March 18, 2024 | , Horse Ownership
Faith Snapp, who is legally blind, grew up with horses that helped her build confidence and lead as normal a life as possible.
October 12, 2023 | , Barn safety
What are the Top 10 implements for equine operations that you should have in your barn?
October 09, 2023 | News and Publications , Horse Health and care
The well-being of the American Quarter Horse is protected by the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission with the implementation of rules, regulations and programs.
October 03, 2023 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
Merck Animal Health is voluntarily recalling four additional batches of BANAMINE® / BANAMINE®-S (flunixin meglumine injection) due to the presence of particulate matter.
September 25, 2023 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
The 2024 AQHA Guidelines and Rules for Drugs and Medications is now available online.
September 13, 2023 | Showing , Ranching
From veterinarians to trainers to farriers, everyone in your stable of people helps make the ride more enjoyable—and longer-lasting.
September 11, 2023 | News and Publications , Horse Health and care
The American Quarter Horse Association is implementing a new rule regarding mandatory necropsies and responsible parties for on-site equine incidences at all AQHA-approved events.
June 14, 2023 | , Ranching events and shows
AQHA implements additional biosecurity measures for the 2023 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show to protect the health of the American Quarter Horse.
June 09, 2023 | News and Publications , Forms and Resources
The American Quarter Horse Association offers a discounted fee for frozen embryo permits for a limited time.
June 07, 2023 | News and Publications , Horse Health and care
Equine skin and coat health is complicated. KineticVet’s EquiShield line of products offer horse-friendly solutions for nearly every skin or coat ailment.
October 03, 2023 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
Merck Animal Health is voluntarily recalling four additional batches of BANAMINE® / BANAMINE®-S (flunixin meglumine injection) due to the presence of particulate matter.
September 25, 2023 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
The 2024 AQHA Guidelines and Rules for Drugs and Medications is now available online.
September 13, 2023 | Showing , Ranching
From veterinarians to trainers to farriers, everyone in your stable of people helps make the ride more enjoyable—and longer-lasting.
March 31, 2023 | Showing , The American Quarter Horse Journal
Just To Be Black is going strong at age 33.
February 13, 2023 | , Healthcare and medication
From proven arthritis medications to nutritional supplements, understanding the differences among joint product types can make a real difference in your horse’s long-term mobility.
December 21, 2022 | News and Publications , Healthcare and medication
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is aware of at least 45 horses in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas who have died or were euthanized due to declining health.
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 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 , 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.
June 01, 2022 | News and Publications , Wellness
Solidify your foal’s nutritional foundation by creep feeding during his first year.
October 12, 2023 | , Barn safety
What are the Top 10 implements for equine operations that you should have in your barn?
September 13, 2023 | Showing , Ranching
From veterinarians to trainers to farriers, everyone in your stable of people helps make the ride more enjoyable—and longer-lasting.
March 31, 2023 | Showing , The American Quarter Horse Journal
Just To Be Black is going strong at age 33.
December 22, 2022 | News and Publications , Get Started with Horses
Take the extra step to keep your horses and barn safe from fire hazards this winter.
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 12, 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.
June 09, 2023 | News and Publications , Forms and Resources
The American Quarter Horse Association offers a discounted fee for frozen embryo permits for a limited time.
March 17, 2023 | , Breeding and foal care
These are the leading halter sires of 2022. Find the top bloodlines dominating the halter pen.
March 06, 2023 | AQHA Services , Ranching
AQHA members and board of directors approved registration-related items at the 2023 AQHA Convention.
December 27, 2022 | News and Publications , The American Quarter Horse Journal
Dams pass on antibodies via colostrum, but transporting, hygiene, age, breed and dripping milk can all affect the quality of colostrum for foals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 30, 2018 | News and Publications , Breeding and foal care
Learn the steps for preparing your mare for breeding, and get the facts on receiving shipped semen in this free e-book.