How To Pick Up A Horse’s Hoof Safely

Pick Up A Horse's HoofSometime picking up a horse’s hooves can intimidate some horse owners since a well-placed horse kick would really hurt! Such cautions are good, but in reality if you pick up a horse’s hoof properly you provide him with no leverage or ability to kick you. This is a situation where a person’s worst fears can cause him to imagine an incident that is highly unlikely to occur with careful handling.

Here’s how to safely pick up a horse’s hoof:

Starting with the front hoof, approach your horse diagonally from its front so that he clearly knows you are there – you don’t want to surprise him. Place yourself even with its shoulder and make sure to face its rear; you will both be facing opposite directions during the hoof picking process.

Make sure that your feet aren’t too close to the horse’s hoof. Run your hand parallel to him starting from its shoulder and down along the length of its leg. finally stopping just above its ankle. Grasp the ankle portion gently, then click (or otherwise verbally cue him) to ask it to raise its leg. If it’s well trained, that small cue will be more than enough and it’ll do just what you requested. You’re now free to begin picking its hoof.

If your horse is being a bit stubborn or hasn’t learned how to pick up its legs yet try leaning into its shoulder as you run your hand down the back of its cannon bone. You can also gently squeeze/pinch the tendons to further cue him to what you would like. As you perform these physical cues make sure you provide a verbal one also (or make a clicking sound) so the horse later associates your sound with the requested response. Increase the weight you push against its shoulder until he finally lifts its leg as requested.

When picking a horse’s hoof you want to remove all debris from the hoof clefts as well as the rim and frog. Be careful around the frog because it can sometimes be a bit sensitive, particularly if the horse has thrush.

Once you have finished cleaning the front hoof carefully guide it back to the floor; you don’t want to allow the horse to slam it, potentially hitting your foot in the process. Praise your horse and pat him on the front shoulder a bit so he understands that you are pleased with its cooperation, then run your hand along its back to its rear leg. Place yourself in the same position as you did with its front leg and do the process over again.

There is a slight difference between lifting a rear foot and front foot, even though your basic positioning and actions are nearly identical. When you lift your horse’s rear foot he will probably give a little jerk that you might misinterpret as a kick. This is a common reflex reaction among horses and nothing for you to worry about.

Secondly, when you raise your horse’s rear leg you’ll want to step into him a bit so that your hip is underneath its leg. Rest its leg on your thigh, grab its hoof and gently flex it upwards. By doing this you lend him some support and more importantly the position of its leg and its flexed hoof will prevent him from being able to kick you.

Clean the hoof, lower it cautiously as you did the first and praise him. Great, you’re halfway done! The opposite side will be done exactly the same way, but try to return to its front and start the opposite side rather than move around its rear. It’s bad practice to approach or circle all but the most trusted horses via the rear in such close quarters since a horse would be within range to strike.

When lifting any hoof try to make sure your horse is properly squared (balanced evenly on all four legs) so that when you lift one hoof he can easily balance on its remaining three. At no time should the horse actually lean its weight on you! Even when you rest its rear leg on your thigh you’re not allowing him to use you as a crutch.

Once you have picked your horse’s hooves a few times it will probably become very simple and take less than 5 minutes to clear all hooves. Most trained horses will raise their hoof for you the moment they feel your leg run down their leg.

It is a very good idea to control your horse’s head while you are picking its hooves. This can be done by attaching its halter to cross ties or asking a partner hold your horse’s head. By controlling its head you ensure your horse can’t move away from you while you’re trying to pick its hooves, or worse, it could take a bite at your rear!

Natural Methods for Pets Flea Control

Natural Pets Flea ControlMany pet owners feel insecure when they’re using commercial flea control for their pets. One of the important reasons is they are afraid that these products could jeopardize their pets health and more harmful to the fleas itself.

Chemicals that act as poisons are strong enough to kill fleas, but the long term effects on pets are unknown, although they are probably not safe to use. Employees from the fleas control manufacturer that making these products must wear protective clothing and use respirators.

So, if the chemicals are potentially harmful to humans and the product labels warn against skin contact when the owner applied the product to their pets, they are probably not the healthiest product for pets.

Some product that can give relief from flea bites help to stop itching & inflammation have bad side effect where they also suppress a pet’s immune system. They also have possible long-term side effects such as: water retention, liver or thyroid damage, hypertension, obesity, & heart attack.

Here are some healthy alternatives methods to help you control the fleas infestation for your pets in a natural ways.

Strengthen your pet’s immune system

Eliminate food allergens from the diet, and supplement the diet with a well-balanced essential fatty acid (EFA), probiotics & digestive enzyme supplements. EFAs help to make your pet less attractive to fleas, and digestive supplements carry nutrients throughout the body & help to breakdown & remove waste materials that may lead to food allergies.

Herbs

Add a pinch of garlic powder to food.

Add apple cider vinegar to your pet’s water.

Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon dried Nettle onto your pet’s food (helps to reduce allergic response).

Add to food or squirt into pet’s mouth a low-alcohol liquid tincture of Dandelion Root, Burdock Root, or Red Clover (helps eliminate wastes & supports immune system).

For severe flea bite allergies (red, inflamed, itchy skin), licorice serves as an anti-inflammatory. Also, an aloe juice can help to heal & to relieve itching. Directions: Add one cup aloe juice to 4 parts water. Pour the cool liquid onto affected areas of your pet’s coat.

Environment treatment

Since fleas spend 80% of their time in the pet’s environment, not on the pet, applies herbal products to your pet’s environmental areas (bedding, etc.). Look for products that contain extracts and/or oils of eucalyptus, citronella, juniper, cedar, citrus oil, or Canadian fleabane. (Citrus oil & Canadian fleabane contain d-Limonine which can kill fleas.)

Bathing

Bathe with a good, mild herbal pet shampoo formulated to bring relief and remove fleas and body wastes from the skin. Only use shampoos meant for pets, not humans. (Human shampoos are often too harsh and may contain allergens that worsen a pet’s allergic condition.). Also, don’t shampoo too often or irritation & dryness may occur.

Beginers Tips To Take Care Your Rabbit

Take Care Your RabbitChoosing a rabbit to be your house pet is a good idea. Rabbits are very lovable which is why they are one of the most popular pets these days. If you are deciding to adopt one, you need to know how to take care of them first. It would be necessary to know the important factors regarding rabbit care to make sure that these animals are not harmed and that they could also live healthy for a long time. Knowing how to take good care of your pet rabbit should always be the first step for beginners.

Research – The easiest thing to do is searching the web for tips and valuable information about rabbits. The internet contains a lot of precious information so you need to take advantage of it. An alternative way to do research is to read books or magazines. There are a lot of publications out there which deals about pet care. Make sure to at least understand all the important information that you have gathered so that you will know what to do if you already have a pet rabbit. Start with basic information about rabbits and work your way to other related topics.

Expert’s Advice – Seek the help of a professional when it comes to rabbit care. Visiting a veterinarian would be a great idea so that you can solicit tips and ask questions on how to properly take care of a rabbit. Only the experts know about all the important information that you would need about rabbit care so do not hesitate to ask for help from one. It is also the experts that could help you in the future if your pet gets sick or needs something that you could not provide at home.

Be Ready – Adopting a rabbit is only the start so you need to be ready to help your pet grow normal and healthy. Make sure you free up some of your time everyday to take care of your rabbit. Among the things that you need to be ready to do on a regular basis or as scheduled are feeding, grooming, and even playing with your rabbits. Much like human beings, rabbits also need attention and they could feel bad if they are bored as they could also feel alone or lonely at times. There are a lot of rabbit needs that you need to be ready for.

What You Must Not Do – there are also things that you must not do to your rabbit. First of all, you need to know that they should not be submerged in water. You do not give them a bath since they get stresses when they get wet. Anyway, you won’t have a problem with not giving them a bath since they know how to keep themselves clean. Other things to avoid are noise and sudden movements. Rabbits get scared easily so you need to avoid loud music or anything that would scare them. They get stresses if they get scared and they could get sick in the process.

Maintenance – Rabbits are not that easy to maintain so you must be up for the task if you are to adopt one. You would need to groom them, clean their habitat, and bring them to the veterinarian, among others. You would also need to buy some things that your rabbit could use such as grooming tools and toys.

Understanding Our Pets Behavior

Pets BehaviorBehavior can be a huge issue with our pets. If each dog and cat owner in the United States took the time to understand the root of their animals behavioral issues, our animal shelters would be substantially less populated with strays.

Around sixty percent of animals in shelters are there simply because of various behavioral problems. When cats start scratching furniture and dogs begin barking continually, it is quite natural to say to ourselves: I didn’t sign up for this. In some cases a pet’s behavioral problems can be entirely or almost entirely health related.

In some other cases they can simply be a product of our own mistakes as owners. When all is said and done, who would really want to use a litter box that has not been cleaned in several weeks?

Before you do anything else you must overcoming our pets’ behavioral problems by using our imaginations to get into their minds and to try to understand the world through their eyes. Then we may actually see that we ask an awful from our pets. First of all, we put them into a human-created environment and then expect them to simply forget their wildness and behave in ways that suit only us.

Many of the things that we teach our animals go against their nature. We sometimes ask our cats to relieve themselves into small trays when it is only natural for them to do so anywhere in their territory. And we discourage our dogs from barking at our guests or passerby when it is they are just trying to communicate with strangers who are entering their environment.

If it is not stress or some kind of illness, then we should look at ourselves as owners: are we asking our dogs and cats to behave in ways which are totally impossible under the circumstances that we have provided for them? For example, are we asking our cats to use litter boxes that we rarely even clean?

Or are we asking them to keep their paws off the couch when we have provided nothing else for them to scratch for the long hours in which we are gone? Are we asking our dogs to defer their whole worlds to us, while all we offer in return is a few hours a day of our aloof presence sprinkled with paltry playtime and affection?