The Art of Pre-Grooming Your Horse

All that have the benefit of sharing their lives with horses know and understand the intensity of love and bonding that can happen in the relationship. They recognize the look and behavior of their horse, read signals and signs and there is a comprehension on a level that is difficult to describe.

Horses are one of nature’s most perfect creatures, and grooming is one of the exercises that you and your horse can use to validate both the condition and the needs of your horse. Look over the coat to ensure that the horse is healthy and getting the proper diet. Examine to see if there are any bumps or injuries that could have happened during the day. Be sure to pay attention to any sores so that they don’t develop an infection and clean them immediately, applying the appropriate medication.

Use the tips of your fingers to touch the muscle tissue and the skin and then use the palm of your hands. Be aware of the reaction of your horse as you touch to ensure if there is rigidity in the muscles or tension. As you touch, be aware if there are any areas that are warmer, as these could be indicators of potential concerns.

Adopting From A Shelter Brings More Love Than You Know

Wicked Local Photo by David Sokol 03/22/11 Lab mix Brittany looks out from her kennel for a story about the Northeast Animal Shelters stray dogs from Puerto Rico program may be facing some problems with receiving dogs due a flight change in airlines.

What began as a trend in adopting from shelters has taken on full steam and has become a mainstay. All across the country families and individuals have become enlightened to the plight of pets that are in shelters and they are adopting in record numbers.

Pets appear in shelters for a variety of reasons, and a majority are simply that their pet parents can either no longer afford them or even that they have passed away. These are incredible animals that are only looking for the love of a family.

There are now movements that are attempting to change all shelters so that they become no-kill shelters and this allows an extension of the time that pets need to find forever homes. Many people are offering their services as transition homes so that those in search can be matched with a loving pet.

For anyone looking for a specific breed or breed mix, there are now online services that are linked with shelters in your area and state. You can input the information for the pet that you are searching for and they will list those that match your inquiry. The data usually includes a picture as well as everything about the pet and their history. There is nothing more beautiful than having the love and devotion when you adopt a pet from a shelter

Horses With Weak or Damaged Hooves Have Alternatives to Standard Horseshoes

There are many situations in which using standard horseshoes for a horse can not only cause them additional pain, but can bring harm to them. These are typically horses that have low heels, poor quality hoof walls or flat feet. Over the last few years a number of farriers have been looking to alternatives and they have found one that has been used in Europe with great success.

The glue-on horseshoe works by wrapping a plastic coated shoe around the hoof wall. In the United Kingdom they have been called ‘Crocs for horses’, and for those animals that suffer pain as well as potential inflammation from the horseshoe nails, these have been a saving grace.

While there seems to be quite a selection of glue-on shoes, the most commonly used are the direct bond glue-on or the ‘cuff and tab’ style. The latter is easier and quicker to attach to the outside of the hoof wall and some of the styles also include plastic padding or built-in rim that can assist horses going through laminitis or for those who have issues with pressure on the sole and the requirement to be raised from the ground.

The direct bond type involves gluing a plastic or aluminum shoe to the hoof through the use of a glue product that is a mixture of shredded fiberglass composite cloth. If the horse is missing sections of the heel or hoof, this type gives the farrier the ability to fill in those voids. The direct bond style is also considered to be healthier for the overall hoof as it doesn’t do any damage to the hoof when the covering is removed. In addition, the direct bond type allows the outside of the hoof to ‘breathe’ as it doesn’t cover as much of the outside wall.