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Horses Healing Hearts Brings Smiles to Children

Horses Healing Hearts helps children raised with addiction in their home by working with horses.

Jim Hunt (left) and Joni Hunt (right) present Holly Kiess, Kaycee Szymanski, Alan Hinds, Shianne Hoatson and Paige Portenier with their 2012 project foals at the Hunts' Open Rafter Ranch Production Sale. (Photo by Lezlie Moore)

Young Horse Development Project

The AQHA Ranching Council awards inaugural project winners and announces 2012 foal recipients.

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Pony Club Alumni in the Spotlight

The USEF just named horse and rider combinations to the Short List for the 2012 Olympic Games Eventing team. It is no surprise that many riders listed have Pony Club backgrounds. Eight of the 11 riders named to the short list belonged to a Pony Club.

Luke, Kate and Jim Neubert in 1987. Courtesy of the Neubert family.

Ranch Raised Kids and Horses

Ranch kids get well acquainted with hard work, traditions?-and a whole lot of freedom and fun. Courtesy AQHA's America's Horse Daily

The Island Horse, by Susan Hughes

Book Review: The Island Horse

Set in Nova Scotia in the early 1800s, The Island Horse by Susan Hughes is a great book for readers about the same age as ten-year-old Ellie, the book's main character.

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The Seasons According to Lukas, World?s Smartest Horse

Read the latest from Lukas, the "World's Smartest Horse," and his owner, Karen Murdock.


Never Too Young to Make a Difference

Thirteen-year-old Lacey Jo Edge helps with the Unwanted Horse Coalition and Operation Gelding.

Be on the lookout for mental triggers for your horse. Illustration courtesy of the Quarter Horse Journal

Play It Safe At Horse Shows

Writing for America's Horse Daily, equine events coordinator Nancy Easton tells how to prevent accidents at shows.

Video: Switch to Western Riding for Your Next Vacation

Taking a dude ranch vacation? Learn about Western riding and hear a beginner's take on what it's like to ride Western style.

Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kathleen Phillips

New Veterinary Assistant Materials Give Kids Early Start on Animal Health Careers

Kids who love animals and science can start preparing for animal health careers as early as eight years old via an online veterinary science curriculum.

Discover Where Riding Took This 5,000-hour AQHA Horseback Riding Program Winner.

The Horseback Riding Program rewards participants for spending time in the saddle, no matter whether it?s for work or play, and awards start at the 25-hour level. There?s a division for folks who ride American Quarter Horses and another one that's open to all breeds.

You're Never Too Young

It all started when 3-year-old Trey asked Todd whether he could show Todd?s mare, Exquisite Looks, aka ?Ellie.? So Todd took his son into the parking lot for a crash course in halter.

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Orphans Don't Have to be Oddballs

Kari Frolander owned her first horse before she could walk. She won the county all-around horseman title every year of her eight-year 4-H career. Based on her experience here are tips for caring for an orphaned foal. From America's Horse.

Above and Beyond 4-H Club. Courtesy Serenity at Last Farm

ReRun and 4-H: A Great Combo for Recycled Thoroughbreds

November 2010--Thanksgiving never really ends for the recycled race horses who are fortunate enough to have become the projects of the Above and Beyond 4-H Club in Monmouth County. The club, fittingly named Serenity at Last, is where the thoroughbreds find not only sanctuary at the end of their first career at the track, but also love and a new job.

Lukas and Karen Murdock

Lukas Now Officially a Guinness World Record Holder

November 23, 2010--Guinness World Records has officially recognized Lukas' history making achievement: "Most numbers correctly identified by a horse in one minute."

The Yost Family. Courtesy AERC

The Yost Family: Endurance Riding as a Family Sport

What's the perfect family sport for horse-crazy parents and their four young children? As the Yost family of Pocatello, Idaho, found out, endurance riding is a great way to spend time together doing what they love.

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Miniature Therapy Horse Is "Most Heroic Pet in America"

Strebors Black Magic On Demand, a Miniature Horse registered with the American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR), was recently named the ?Most Heroic Pet in America? by the AARP. Magic is a Miniature Therapy Horse who has worked with over 4,000 people.

Morgan horse. Painting by Jeanne Mellin Herrick

Horsemastership Program

Need a fun project involving horses? The AMHAY Horsemastership Program is designed to help you become a competent horseperson. The five successive levels of testing are designed to increase knowledge of the Morgan breed and general horsemanship while receiving recognition for hard work.

Kids trail riding. Courtesy Horse & Rider

Back Country Horsemen of America Embraces Youth

Back Country Horsemen of America recognizes that youth are the future of our country. They wonder who will care for our wilderness and preserve American citizens? right to ride on public lands in years to come. They also know the great physical, emotional, and mental benefits they get from enjoying their horses and mules in the back country; and they want to share those joys with children.