Experts say the recently passed federal tax bill could impact a variety of areas of the horse industry. • Photo by Molly Montag

Federal Tax Bill: How It Could Impact Your Horse Business

A number of changes went into effect this year as a result of President Donald Trump signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Several of those changes could have an impact on many in the horse industry.

In the Know: ELD Mandate

Several equine industry groups and associations are urging horsemen to speak out against an impending law they say could negatively impact transportation of horses and other livestock. Known as the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, the law limits the amount of time a commercial truck driver can drive, regulates on duty/off duty time and requires […]

In the Know: Stay Up To Date With QHN’s NCHA Futurity App

Staying up to date at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity is now as easy as tapping an icon on your phone’s home screen. Thanks to a new progressive web app from Quarter Horse News (QHN) and sponsored by Platinum Performance, the resources you need to make the most of your Futurity experience are […]

In the Know: Deep Roots

IntheKnow DontStoppBelievinDont Stopp Believin & Phil Rapp • Photo by Don TroutPhil Rapp recently issued a warning: Be careful what you name your horses and your children. The National Cutting Horse Association’s (NCHA) all-time leading rider with more than $9.2 million in earnings traces his rise to the top of cutting back to a special mare named Tapeppyoka Peppy, who is still influencing his success more than 30 years later. The latest successful member of this equine family, Dont Stopp Believin, lived up to his name and made Rapp keep the faith, knowing that talent runs deep on this family tree.

In the Know: Cutting Acrobatics

While NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Tracy Barton said it would have been nice to mark a huge score on this last ride in the cutting pen at the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals with NRR Cat King Cole, Barton is happy to know the stallion is the center of many conversations after his near summersault in the saddle in the final round of the Open made the duo an internet sensation.

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In the Know: Hay is for Horses

IntheKnow HorseEatingHayHorses need a steady and consistent diet of high-quality hay to keep their digestive tracts functioning properly. • QHN File Photo

As most horse owners know, hay plays an important role in keeping a horse’s digestive system healthy and functioning well. Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., an equine nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research (KER), said this is due in part to the fiber content provided by hay, which assists the specific design of a horse’s body.

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In the Know: Forage Height to Promote Growth

IntheKnow switchgrassNative grasses like switchgrass need to be maintained at taller heights to promote forage growth. • Photo by Peggy Greb/United States Department of Agriculture

Horses graze closer to the ground than cattle, which makes overgrazing in horse pastures a problem. To promote growth, a minimum forage height should always be maintained. That height is dependent on the grass species. For example, in Texas, Bermudagrass and Bahia grass should have a minimum height of 3 to 4 inches.

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In the Know: Dave McGregor Award

intheKnow CT01 Recipients 16HH Chubby Turner joined past Dave McGregor Award recipients on stage following an emotional presentation. • Photo by Hannah Harrel

While many horsemen strive to earn as much money as they can in the cutting pen during their careers, sometimes the paychecks aren’t the most important aspect of the sport. Kindness, determination and dedication go a long way, and the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) has emphasized the importance of these characteristics.

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In the Know: Kids Cutting

IntheKnow BI01 JSeago KidsCutting 16ALJan Seago was buried in the sand by her grandson Jaxon Seago while watching the Kids Cutting, an event she created to give the younger generation something to do during the BI. • Photo by Alex Lynch

Kids. Kids everywhere, with nothing to do. Jan Seago, practice pen manager for the Breeder’s Invitational (BI), couldn’t help but notice that fact at the show more than 10 years ago. But while some are observers, Seago is a doer. She thought of ideas to keep the younger generation occupied during the BI, and what she came up with has become one of the biggest attractions of the show.