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January 21st, 2019 12:00 AM
More by Patrick
Published January 21st, 2019 12:00 AM
More by Patrick
We’re all busy. But as pet parents, we want to make sure that everything that our dogs put in their mouths are good for them. That’s why we love this Cherry Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe. With only four ingredients, these treats only take 15 minutes to bake. That means that your dog will have them in their mouth in no time flat!Ingredients:1 cup whole wheat flour1/2 cup pitted and chopped tart or sweet cherries1/2 cup pumpkin puree1 teaspoon cinnamonDirections:1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well combined.3. Once dough is well mixed, place on floured surface and roll dough to ¼ inch thickness. Cut using cookie cutters and place cut outs onto baking sheet. 4. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes.5. Remove from oven and place on wire racks to cool for 1-2 hours.6. Store in an air-tight container and keep in refrigerator or freezer.
You might get the idea that you want to own a horse on impulse. Even if it is not on a whim, and you had the dream for years, getting a horse can be a major step in your life, and just because it’s something you’ve long dreamt about, it doesn’t mean you're ready for it. Getting a horse is much different than, let’s say, getting a dog or a cat, or a parrot. These are magnificent, powerful, and complex animals that require plenty of space, understanding, and patient care. Getting into horse ownership without prior knowledge and preparation can end in disaster – in more ways than one. But even if you read all you could on horses and their care, the real, first in-person impression can still take you by surprise. It is important to know exactly what to consider before buying a horse to make sure you are ready for this commitment and responsibility – these are the 5 most important things to know in advance.#1 Horses need plenty of spaceThis should go without saying, but it is still worth mentioning: horses need ample room. If you want to be a responsible horse owner, you will have to provide them with quality accommodation. Naturally, a backyard or a shed won’t do as proper horse housing. If you are serious, you need to have special outbuildings, food storage areas, and horse stalls that are comfortable, built by standards, dry, and spacious. A horse cannot be confined in cramped stalls where there is no isolation, ventilation, or natural light. If you own the land but have no such buildings, creating them from scratch can be a major investment. And that is not all: horses can’t spend every day in the stall or the stable: they will have to go out as well. This requires extra free space – an open field or a pasture, or a large corral, where a horse can exercise, spend excess energy, and take in some fresh air and sunlight. Before getting a horse, all these things should be secured. #2 Horses require regular careNeedless to say, horses are complex animals that require plenty of care. You will have to get acquainted with the nature of horses, their behavior, common ailments, their quirks and character, and the ins and outs of an equine. You will have to know how to feed them and when, and how much. You will have to provide fresh water several times a day and organize regular vet visits. And you will have to schedule regular farrier appointments, in case your horse is to be shoed. All this requires your time, patience, attention, and above all – money. Getting a horse is not a one-time investment. It requires funding over a long period, with little to no returns. Make sure you are ready to fund the care needed for a horse because it can be of vital importance. #3 Age of the horse is importantWhen getting a horse, you will need to consider its age. Contrary to popular belief, getting a younger horse is not ideal for most first-time owners. Young horses, especially stallions, can be wilful, energetic, challenging to maintain, and in need of training. All this can be quite overwhelming for a first-time horse owner. An older, trained, and experienced horse, however, is much more docile and easier to bond with. These horses are “established” and used to the daily routines and the company of humans. Of course, it is also important to check if the horse is “spirited” or “broken in”. A spirited horse can be full of extra energy, aggressive, and disobedient. Such horses can be dangerous in the wrong hands, as they can buck and kick unexpectedly, causing grave injury. Observe the behavior of the horse and make a detailed inquiry with the previous owner. #4 Owning a horse will take up all of your timeThis can’t be stressed enough. If you want to get a horse, consider the time that is needed to care for them. If you have a regular 9 to 5 job, then caring for your horse won’t be easy. In fact, it could be impossible. Horses require feeding and fresh water several times per day, preferably at the exact same times. Their stalls need to be cleaned often, and bedding changed routinely. Horses need to be groomed, preferably daily and taken out of their stalls as well. Then there is the work related to the horse: cleaning out the stalls, removing manure, preparing feed and hay, taking care of horse riding equipment, vet visits, training, bonding, and farrier work. All this requires your 24-hour attention and plenty of work. So, before getting a horse, make sure that this is what you want and what you can achieve. Otherwise, bad results can ensue.#5 Horse ownership is a long-term obligationOut of all the basic things to consider before getting a horse, this is one of the most important. This is a long-term obligation. Once you actually get a horse and begin caring for it, you can’t just stop one week later and take them down to the shelter. It doesn’t work like that, and it is unethical. If you acquired a horse, you made a major step, one that can be life-changing. This magnificent and powerful animal now expects your help and requires your care. You will have to devote plenty of time and resources for this, and over a number of years. It is not only a long-term obligation but also a long-term expense. Horse care requires a lot of money. Before getting a horse, you will have to be certain of your income. You cannot be out of money when something urgent happens.But still, as much as horse ownership can be time-consuming and challenging, it brings with it a number of wonderful things. Horses are marvelous creatures, very intelligent and friendly, and elegant to boot. A bond between a horse and its owner can be unbreakable and mirror even the strongest human friendships. Devoting your time and resources to cultivate such a bond is the least you can do.
Animal lovers all across the nation are outraged at the news that the former Philadephia Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick, is up to receive the ‘Courage’ award after being convicted for animal cruelty crimes in his leading role in running a dog fighting ring.In 2007, the (at the time) Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was convicted for running a dog fighting ring. The police found over 70 dogs on his estate, many of them with visible signs of injuries and abuse, and only 48 survived the ordeal and went on to live in sanctuaries or foster homes. Dogs that have been deemed too aggressive towards other canines were sent to a sanctuary, and those that could have been rehabilitated were in foster families, some of them even got adopted eventually. In December of 2021, Frodo, the last of the dogs from Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring passed over the rainbow bridge at the age of 15. Needless to say, the story shook the nation and outraged animal lovers across the world – a professional athlete secretly running an operation of cruelty and abuse, admitting to even killing dogs – but he only received a 23-month sentence for his crimes.It’s been a while since the scandal, and Michael Vick even got his quarterback job and sports carrier back after being released from prison, but animal lovers are getting another slap in the face – not only that Vick got a light sentence and the chance to get his life back, he is now being honored for his “commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.” There’s no further explanation about what actual principles of sportsmanship and acts of courage a person who pitted dogs against each other to fight to the death and later killed those that didn’t live up to expectations could have shown, though.The Ed Block Courage Award, which was named for a former Baltimore Colts trainer who was an advocate for abused children, is traditionally given to a player on all 32 NFL teams, which is selected by his teammates.
Labrador Retrievers have traits distinct to their breed, some of which--size, activity and predisposition to certain health conditions--can impact their nutritional requirements. Here’s what that means for their diet. Specific Traits of Labrador Retrievers
As you make plans for the holidays ahead, here are six steps you can take to keep your dog both safe and comfortable. Keep Your Dog Indoors Even if your dog normally enjoys spending time outside, the safest place for your dog to be on New Year’s Eve is inside. Loud noises like fireworks may cause your dog to bolt in search of cover. This leads to a high number of dogs going missing every year at this time. Take your dog outside for short bathroom breaks and avoid going out during an active fireworks display. Double-Check Identification Make sure that your dog is wearing appropriate identification. Take the time to check your dog’s ID tag to ensure that the information is legible and up to date. If your dog does escape at any point during the night, this will greatly increase the likelihood that they will be returned home safely. Create a Safe SpaceMake sure that your dog has a safe space to retreat to if they are feeling scared or anxious. If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party, this should be a room or space away from the activity. Keep any windows closed to help reduce the sound of fireworks in the area. Include things that make your dog feel more comfortable and relaxed such as their dog bed or a favorite blanket. If you have a television or radio in the room, you can also turn that on for a comforting distraction from outside noises. Consider Offering a DistractionOne way to help your dog overcome any stress or anxiety during this time is to offer a distraction. Food puzzle toys and interactive dog toys, like a KONG toy frozen with some tasty treats, can give your dog something positive to focus on. Keep Alcohol Out of Reach The sweet smell of alcohol may be tempting for your dog. Our dogs can’t metabolize alcohol as well as we can making all types of alcohol very dangerous. The warning signs of alcohol toxicity in dogs include drooling, vomiting, decreased respiratory rate, low body temperature, lethargy, depression, loss of coordination, and weakness. If you believe your dog may have consumed any alcohol, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Consider Anti-Anxiety Supplements and Medications There are many great anti-anxiety supplements and calming treats on the market that could help your dog relax and get through New Year’s Eve safely. If you aren’t comfortable giving your dog a supplement, there are other options available. Consider using Dog Appeasing Pheromones (DAP) to naturally calm your dog. You may also wish to try a calming wrap like the Thundershirt. If the natural options aren’t working and your dog has a history of anxiety, contact your veterinarian to discuss medications. There are fast-acting anti-anxiety medications that your vet can recommend for use on an as-needed basis during times of high stress. Never give your dog medications without first consulting with your veterinarian to avoid unnecessary complications.
When it comes to the cutest, most adorable pets, rabbits are pretty much near the top of anyone’s list – if not in the winning number one spot. But even though it’s undeniable that bunnies are generally cute as buttons, there are certain breeds that are especially fluffy, dainty, and oh-so-charming, and we’ve rounded up the 10 cutest of them all. If you want to learn more about the cutest rabbit breeds there are, read on to find out what their quirks and unique traits are!
A trip to the vet’s office is never fun – even if it turns out your pet is OK and it was just a scare that got you there in the first place, there’s still a matter of vet bills to stress over. The high costs of veterinary care are, unfortunately, one of the most commonly cited reasons for surrendering a pet to a shelter, especially in the case of unexpected emergencies that can turn out to be quite expensive and put a real strain on a person’s budget. Naturally, the severity of the issue often dictates the financial aspect of veterinary care, but did you know that your pet’s breed can also play a part in how costly their vet bills are?The
Want a smart cookie to solve puzzles with? Meet this adorable clever canine! Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Clef, an almost 4 years old brindle Cattle Dog mix from Austin, Texas. He is neutered, up to date on his vaccines, microchipped, housetrained, and crate trained. Clef is a friendly fella but would do best as an only pet in an adult-only household because of his size and high prey drive.Clef’s Tale Fun-loving, intelligent, and eager to learn new things, Clef would be the ideal companion for an enthusiastic owner that would like to have a clever pupil by their side. He is already house trained, crate trained, and knows to sit, lie down, stay, go to his crate, get the ball, when it's time to 'play' and when it's time for 'din din’ – he could learn even more commands and tricks with a dedicated owner since he’s not only a smart cookie but also very treat motivated as well. In addition to having an active mind, Clef is also full of energy when it comes to exercise – he could play fetch or tug for hours then cool off with a splash in the pool. A perfect companion for an active owner!While Clef is a loving dog, he does have a high prey drive, so there shouldn’t be any small animals such as cats, small dogs, or bunnies in his new home. He might do just fine with a dog of his size but it’s best to inquire his rescuers more about this before a meet and greet. Ideally, though, Clef would be the only pet in an adult-only home where he could play to his heart’s desire and be pampered as he deserves!If you think that Clef is the right dog for you, contact Austin Pets Alive! for more information.
In the interview, Petco CEO Ron Coughlin talked about losing his dog Yummy, with CNN’s Julia Chatterley. Coughlin explained how the episode made him grateful to give all his employees paid pet bereavement leave.As Coughlin discussed ventures with Marriott and Nationwide insurance, he explained benefits for pet parents. He also shared personal stories about his beloved dog Yummy and how he was treated so lovingly. He said that the hotel would also put bowls and beds out for Yummy whenever he went to New York to help them both feel at home. Yummy was a double-cancer survivor, and Coughlin knows firsthand how important coverage like Nationwide offers is. The collaboration with Nationwide will help put pet parents at ease, and not quake each time a bill comes. Sharing that he saw bills that were $20,000-$30,000, he got emotional when Chatterley asked to talk more about Yummy. She mentioned that he’d been fighting cancer the last time the pair spoke, and she pointedly asked if he’d lost Yummy.That’s when Coughlin emotionally shared that Yummy wasn’t just his dog, but all of Petco’s dog and beloved by all. The employees of Petco called him the Chief Dog Officer. He went on to say that Yummy was the epitome of what Petco’s mission to save lives looks like. Yummy lived to be 15, which Coughlin said was a long time for a Chocolate Lab, and he knew that it was because he’d been so loved and well-taken care of.Chatterley agreed and concluded how important it was to honor the loss of our pets because the love they give is so innocent. It’s like the loss of a family member.Coughlin agreed and told about his first week on the job and how he’d gotten an email from a Petco partner that said it didn’t make sense that a pet company would have human bereavement but not pet bereavement.Coughlin was proud to say that he put paid pet bereavement in place for all Petco employees a week later, sharing that he definitely needed time off when Yummy died.As do we all when a furry family member passes. They’re not just animals, they’re pieces of our hearts, and we need time to honor that love we shared.
There will be no upturned snouts when you give your pupper this Spinach and Zucchini dog treat. On top of being delicious, these veggies are packed with goodness. Zucchini is full of antioxidants, which are plant compounds that help protect from free radicals (these can damage your dog’s cells and DNA and speed up the aging process). And spinach boosts the immune system, increases energy levels, and prevents some types of cancer - not bad for a leafy green! Plus, this dog treat recipe includes pureed pumpkin and carrot, to give your cookies a little more bang for their buck.Ingredients:1 zucchini, peeled and shredded1 cup spinach, chopped1 carrot, peeled and shredded1 cup pumpkin puree1/4 cup peanut butter2 large eggs1/2 cup rolled oats3 cups whole wheat flourDirections:1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.2. In a large bowl, add pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs. Use an electric mixer on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.3. Gradually add oats and 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.4. Add carrot, zucchini, and spinach, beating just until incorporated.5. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes and place onto prepared baking sheet.6. Place in oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.7. Place treats on cooling racks for 2-3 hours.8. Place in airtight container and store in fridge or freezer.
When taking care of a horse, you might think that quality feed, hay, or pasture is all that’s needed to keep them healthy and hale. You can even go to great lengths to provide the best quality food – but it could still not be enough. Sometimes, horses simply cannot acquire all the needed vitamins, proteins, and other key nutrients from the regular food you provide. This can cause certain deficiencies that could possibly affect their health in the long run. In order to boost your horse’s immune system and to keep them as healthy as possible, supplements for horses might be needed. But how should you know when your horse needs supplements and what kind? Do All Horses Need Supplements?Experts and equine aficionados propose that not all horses require supplements all the time. A perfectly healthy young horse with access to quality fresh food and with plenty of exercise, will likely get from it all the nutrients it needs for healthy development. But some horses simply won’t get all the nutrients from their diet. These nutritional gaps can be seasonal, affected by a subtle change in food quality, or they can be caused by other aspects, such as the advanced age of a horse, pregnancy, sickness, and so on. In such cases, supplements are much needed to keep the health in its prime. So, it is important to know when supplements are needed and to avoid giving them without good cause. Generally speaking, the need for supplements can be dictated by the age of the horse, its activity levels, and their given state. Older horses might not have the perfect digestive system as they did before, and supplements can help them. An injured horse that is recovering and lacks physical exercise or outside time will also benefit from certain supplements. Or, for example, a mare that expects a foal will also need those extra nutrients. What Kind of Supplements Does My Horse Need?The need for nutrients can also depend on the type of food you provide to your horse. If it’s a grass or hay-only diet, certain nutrients could be lacking in their diet. Horses that consume grain, as well as hay, will have a different intake of vitamins and minerals. In some cases, a special mineral block can be provided to supplement these deficiencies or a supplement that provides only a certain vitamin or mineral. Some of the most common vitamins that a horse might need if they consume only hay or grass include vitamin A, biotin, vitamins B, C, and D, and beta carotene. Other key supplements to consider are probiotics and prebiotics. They help maintain the horse’s digestive system and also boost immunity. Both will add beneficial microflora to the gut and can help the horse get the most out of its feed. In some cases, due to poor quality feed and overfeeding, horses can get gas and become bloated. These supplements can help remedy that.Overall, there are a number of different supplements that can be crucial for horses. Most of them are used as needed, and if needed. For example, joint supplements can help senior horses who are plagued by arthritis, while weight gain supplements can help recovering horses who have trouble getting back those lost pounds. Similarly, hoof and coat supplements can help keep the coat shiny and smooth, and healthy, and the hooves strong. Of course, it goes without saying that you should only use registered and approved supplements and always with advice and instructions from your vet. Avoid using supplements of dubious origins, and never give supplements of your own accord or without making sure with your vet that they are actually needed in the specific situation.
Also known as Grapple Plant or Wood Spider, the ominous-sounding Devil’s Claw is really just a name given to the flowering Harpagoside plant that’s native to South Africa. But this pretty little shrub is not just another run-of-the-mill garden plant. Renowned for its natural medicinal properties, the root and tuber from this perennial have been delivering fast, effective pain relief to humans (and their animals) for centuries.In fact, anti-inflammatory properties from the iridoid glycoside compounds found in the root are today, used throughout the world to treat everything from arthritis and rheumatism to gout, tendonitis, back pain, and even your everyday headache.And because it can be found in powder, capsule and extract formats, it’s easy to administer to pets who clam up when it comes to popping pills. It’s readily available at any health food store, pharmacy, or even online. So, if this herbal supplement is used by both humans and livestock, is it also safe for dogs? The short answer is yes but with a few caveats.Related: Best Natural Supplements for DogsLike any natural supplement, Devil’s Claw packs a powerful punch and if you are considering testing this (or other) herbal anti-inflammatories on your pet, speak with your vet first.Who Shouldn’t Take Devil’s ClawFor humans, Devil’s Claw in any format is considered a safe, short-term solution with few side effects. Over time, however, it can aggravate stomach-related issues including ulcers, gallstones, or other gastrointestinal sensitivities. It’s also recommended that Devil’s Claw not be taken by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.Translate all of that into dog-speak and it’s not surprising the same concerns apply to your four-legged buddy. Side effects from over-dosing or extended use can include vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach discomfort. And as above, this is not a recommended course of treatment for pregnant or nursing dogs. It’s also not an appropriate supplement for animals with diabetes or those taking other medications. That’s why running the use of Devil’s Claw past your veterinarian, is an important first step.How It WorksWhile still under study, research is suggesting it’s the rich, anti-oxidant properties found in the Devil’s Claw root that can ward off the free radicals responsible for damaging cells and triggering inflammation. This in turn helps to reduce swelling and ultimately alleviate pain.And because these flavonoids and phytosterols also help your pet digest his food, better absorb nutrients, and promote healthier bile production, they can be a great boost for older or ailing animals with poor appetites.Best of all results from taking Devil’s Claw – such as greater mobility and less joint pain - can appear in your pet within two-to-three weeks of them beginning this natural regimen.Dosing and FormatsIf you’ve ever tried to pill a dog, you’ll understand why having a powder or extract format is so beneficial when trying to dose your pet. Once you’ve decided to move forward with this form of natural pain relief, choose the format that best suits your pet.Be sure to check for just how long the manufacturer recommends your dog should receive this type of pain relief, how frequently throughout the day it should be provided, and also whether it should be taken with or without food.And be aware that brands and formulations differ when it comes to dosing. Read labels carefully and follow them to the letter. While some may consider several teaspoons to be an appropriate dosage, others prescribe just a portion of that.In all instances, offering Devil’s Claw to your pet for a set period of time (typically no more than two to three months), then taking him off the supplement either permanently or for the short term, is a frequent recommendation.
While one could argue that most dogs like to hang out with their family and that all love nothing more than following their favorite peeps around throughout the day, some breeds are a little more resolute in their need to stay close. Sometimes referred to as “Velcro” dogs – no explanation needed there – these determined little pooches don’t just want your undivided attention, they demand it.And when we talk attention, we’re not referring to a snuggle on the sofa at the end of the day. These pooches plan their day around you and want to be engaged in everything you’re up to. Their take on the situ is “why wouldn’t you want me riding shotgun?” So, who are these mini shadows? Let’s take a peek at 10 of the most endearing clingers.
For avid horse riders, it is not all about competing and shuffling through different equestrian competitions. Sure, you can excel at barrel riding, obstacle courses, racing, and even dressage – but there is also a less competitive, calmer side of horse riding to explore. When you want to feel one with nature and deepen the bond between you and your horse, trail riding is the thing to do. Just brave the wilds, explore the trails, and see what your mount is truly capable of. Trail riding is a popular equine activity, and can last from just a few hours up to several days and weeks. Of course, trail riding can have a competitive side as well – if that’s your cup of tea. Either way, you will need a special mount in order to succeed: a horse that is sure-footed, hardy, and able to tackle any type of terrain. This list of the 10 best horses for trail riding will certainly help you in your selection – read on to find a perfect match!
As a pet parent, it’s important to be aware of those hazards so you can keep your furry friend safe throughout the season. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Holiday Trees and Decorations: Things to ConsiderIf you’re planning on putting up a tree to celebrate the holidays, keep in mind that your cat is likely going to be interested in it, and might be so curious that she ends up trying to climb to the top. Whether you go with a real or artificial tree, you don’t want your kitty chewing on it – and in the case of a real tree, you definitely want to prevent your pet from drinking the water too. Also, setting it securely in place can help ensure it won’t get knocked over by an excited kitty. Ornaments, ribbons, tinsel, garland, and other décor that you use on your tree and throughout your home can also pose a threat to your cat if she ends up chewing on them or ingesting them. Plus, ornaments that can shatter could lead to injuries. So, in addition to figuring out ways of keeping your cat away from the Christmas tree, carefully consider how you’ll decorate it to keep your pet safe. For example, you might opt to avoid certain decorations, such as tinsel, and you might switch from glass ornaments to plastic ones. Avoid Toxic Holiday PlantsYou might be tempted to bring home some holiday plants to decorate for the season, but if you have a cat, you need to consider whether those plants are safe for your pet. Your kitty might be tempted to chew on petals, berries, and leaves, and if a plant is toxic, you might find yourself taking your pet to the emergency vet. So, it might be best to stick with artificial plants to get the look of your holiday favorites without the danger, or just leave plants out of your decorating plans altogether. Some holiday plants that are toxic to cats include:· Holly· Mistletoe· Poinsettia· AmaryllisHoliday Lights: Electrical and NaturalHoliday lights add beauty to your home during this festive time of year, but you need to be sure your kitty won’t end up chewing on the wires. In addition to keeping the wires out of reach and organized (don’t leave them loose and dangling), using cord covers can help keep your kitty safe.If you prefer the natural glow of candles, you don’t want your kitty knocking them over and you don’t want her to hurt herself by getting too close to the flames. Be sure to keep candles out of reach, and only burn them while you’re there to keep an eye on things. Keep Your Cat Away from Toxic FoodsFinally, a lot of your favorite holiday foods and sweets aren’t good for your cat, so you need to take steps to ensure your kitty won’t end up eating anything toxic. In addition to the various everyday foods that cats shouldn’t eat, your pet shouldn’t ingest holiday foods and drinks like eggnog, chocolate, and, of course, alcohol.
Dear Shannon, My horse, Sir Morton, came to me five years ago. Getting him was a dream-come-true – he is my first horse. From the start, he has been a sweet and gentle riding buddy and companion. We have spent so many wonderful hours together riding along the trails that surround his stables. Until lately, that is. Over the past few weeks, Sir M (my nickname for him) has gotten more and more fussy about wearing his saddle and bridle. Now when I go to put his tack on him, he backs up as far as he can or turns to the side or nips at my hands – the stable manager thinks he’s just bored and trying to make it into a game, but I don’t think so. I’ve had the vet out to check him all over and she says he is healthy. I have no idea what to try next – will I ever be able to ride him again? Sherry the horse girl for life Dear Sherry,Thank you for reaching out on Sir Morton’s behalf. What I get when I read between the lines of your email is that your intuition is talking to you loud and clear. Something is up with Sir Morton and it can’t be explained away so easily as a horse who is bored or in obvious medical crisis.One of the reasons we human animals love horses so much is because they are such intuitive, sensitive, and nuanced companions. Horses teach us that small details matter greatly. And often those same small details can quickly become big problems for our horses, who have far less control over their living situations and daily schedules than we have over ours.When I tune in with Sir M, he draws my attention to two small things that appear to be connected to his sudden big change in behavior.As an animal intuitive, I receive a lot of messages from animals through my physical body. What I mean is, I might feel the emotion the animal is feeling or even feel in my body some of the physical sensations that are going on in the animal’s body.When I scan Sir M’s energetic system, he stops me at the heart chakra in the chest area. And instead of the vibrant emerald green of a healthy heart chakra, his heart chakra appears to my inner eye as more of a dull army green. And instead of whirling at a steady pace in a clockwise position, his heart chakra is moving sluggishly clockwise in fits and starts. When I ask him what is causing these symptoms, a feeling of loneliness and loss wells up. It feels like Sir M is missing somebody. When I ask him to tell me more, he shows me a view of an empty stall. It could be that another horse who was stabled with him was moved recently or has passed across the rainbow bridge? If this does not immediately make sense to you, I would recommend checking with the stable manager to ask about any recent changes at the stables.The second thing Sir M shows me comes across as a subtle sensation of low back pain nearer the hips than withers. As I am sure you are aware, there are so many possible reasons a horse might have low back pain or discomfort – if your veterinarian has already checked him out all over and nothing turned up, perhaps it may be beneficial to explore a saddle refitting or reflocking or holistic treatments using massage and other forms of bodywork. Noninvasive energy treatments like Reiki can also support healing at the physical, emotional, and energetic levels.Sherry, I truly hope these insights are helpful to you as you explore options to help Sir M feel his best and get back to the trail rides you so love.One additional thing I want to make clear is that Sir Morton’s behaviors do not appear to reflect any issue in his relationship with you. Rather, his behavior changes point to other types of changes in his daily living situation and perhaps to an underlying subtle area of pain or discomfort in his physical body. When I ask Sir M about his connection with you, what comes through loud and clear is joy, love, and gratitude.From my heart,Shannon
To some, horses and ponies are not altogether different, but to others, their many differences are clear as a day. The truth is somewhere in between – it’s not only about their size: horses and ponies do have some subtle differences in more ways than one. Potential horse or pony owners should know about these, and make their choice of a new friend carefully. It can mean a world of difference in your relationship with your new equine friend! First thing first – understanding the terminology. Most readers associate a “pony” with a tiny horse. This isn’t always the case, as these can be specifically bred “toy” horses and ponies. Generally, the professional world dictates that a horse is an equine that is at least 4’ 10” tall, or roughly 150 centimeters and up. Pony, on the other hand, is any breed of horse that is standing less than this height. But height is not always the ground rule for differentiating the two as there can be many subtle differences that set them apart.The most obvious is, of course, the difference in growth. Ponies will stay smaller throughout their lives, while horses won't. Now, don’t go and mistake a foal (a young horse) for a pony. A telltale difference is the length of the legs - horses will usually have the same leg length throughout their lives. On the other hand, ponies can be more stout and stocky, with shorter bodies and proportionally shorter legs. Their foreheads are also broader, so look out for that clue. Now, thanks to all these traits, ponies can be much stronger and hardier than the elegant mature horse. They are also more resistant to cold and can work for longer. That is why, throughout history, ponies were considered good and hardy work animals.Another key difference that you might spot between the two is mane and coat. The pony has a thicker mane and a visibly thicker (if not shaggy) coat. On the other hand, the horse’s coat is often smooth and shiny, especially if groomed. Interestingly, ponies tend to mature much faster than horses. Some horses won’t reach maturity and their full size until they are six or seven years old, while ponies tend to grow up considerably quickly. This is one of the key differences you need to know when making your choice. Of course, this can influence a whole number of things related to care, but it still does not make ponies any easier to care for and bring up. When we consider training and bonding, which many future owners will have to do, it is important to know that ponies tend to be quite stubborn. In fact, they are much more stubborn than horses. Often described as docile and “stoic”, ponies are willful animals that are closer to mules in their stubbornness. In the long run, this can affect training and make it more difficult. But, if you manage to find a “common language” with your pony, and find a common ground, you can quickly establish a unique and friendly relationship that will last a lifetime. Of course, accepting at least a part of the pony’s stubbornness is part of the deal! While a horse can be more obedient and eager to work and complete tasks, a pony can be an expert at avoiding work and having their own way!When making a choice, consider the feeding requirements of both breeds. Ponies, due to their size, often require less feed than full-grown horses. This can make them somewhat cheaper to care for. Still, be careful with the portions you give them: stubborn ponies often like to pretend they’re hungry and want more food. Learn the adequate portions in order to avoid overfeeding your pony - this can cause major health issues. On the other hand, if your pony is to be pasture-fed, it can again be easier to feed than a regular horse. On a pasture that can be too thin and poor for a horse, a pony can easily fill their needs. Last, but not least, is longevity. If you are looking to get yourself an equine friend for a lifetime, then a pony is the choice to make. This is because they live longer than horses, some living well beyond thirty years of age, as opposed to their horse counterparts whose expected lifespan is usually a decade shorter.
Frozen treats aren’t just for the hot weather – dogs enjoy a cool treat any time of the year. And during the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to treat them to our Frozen Cranberry Dog Treat Recipe. All you need are three ingredients and one, two, three… you’ve got yourself some tasty homemade dog treats!Makes 10 TreatsIngredients:1/2 cup almond milk1/2 cup plain yogurt1/4 cup fresh, frozen, or dried cranberriesDirections:1. Place silicone mold trays onto a cookie sheet. 2. Add all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Pulse on high until all ingredients are pureed.3. Spoon mixture into silicone trays.4. Place into freezer overnight.5. To remove from tray, pop out by pressing back of mold.Store in freezer until ready to serve.