The concept of "clicker training" - using positive reinforcement and operant conditioning to train animals - has been gaining popularity. In basic terms, the animal associates the sound of the clicker with a reward for doing the right thing. As with dogs and other animals, horses are prime candidates for clicker training.
Even advertisers understand that we live in a pet crazy society. Ever noticed how many animals are used in brand marketing? That's because we love them and we can relate to them…even reptiles. Case and point, the Geico gecko. In 2005 he was voted America's top advertising icon. A lizard hawking car insurance?
Sooner or later, your horse is bound to do something he shouldn't. Perhaps he nips at you when you saddle him up, focuses on his pasture mates rather than on you, or tries to run you over when you're working with him on the ground. Maybe you've been struggling with your horse's bad habits for weeks, months or even years.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead Shelters are important and they do important work. And they are always in need of help. There are many ways to offer assistance to shelters. Listed below are some opportunities, both paid and unpaid.
Wobbler Syndrome is a neurological condition of young horses that results in abnormal neurological control of the limbs. Signs of brain disease such as changes in behavior, seizures, or severe depression, are not evident. Horses affected with Wobbler syndrome are typically brought to the veterinarian with incoordination and weakness between the ages of 6 months and 4 years.
Holistic medicine is a very controversial subject. There are passionate opinions on both sides. Opponents claim that if “alternative” treatments really worked, they would be more widely accepted and many illnesses and ailments would have been cured long ago. This side of the debate feels that herbs and medications are often used inappropriately without adequate training and understanding of the potential side effects or dangers and without scientific evidence that they actually work.
Kicking is an innate behavior that is undesirable in the domestic horse. The behavior can be suppressed through careful training. In the wild, horses react to predators in one of two ways: by fleeing, or if they feel trapped, by threatening and kicking. On the ranch or stable, domesticated horses may try this same maneuver on their human handlers if they don't want a person near them or they sense fear, danger, imminent pain or territorial compromise.
Shipping is a fact of life for almost every horse. Even if you don't compete, trailering to parks and the veterinary hospital are common activities. If you prepare your horse and trailer properly ahead of time, your outing will be safe and stress-free. This will not only ensure the safety of your horses but also prolong the life of the trailer.
As horse owners, we spend a lot of money on “stuff” for our horses - tack for riding, leg protection for work and injury care, coolers and blankets for chilly weather. A little time spent caring for our investments will pay off in safety, comfort and a long useful life. The leather goods in your tack room also require care, similar to the care your own skin needs.
Gastrointestinal stasis is a very common condition in guinea pigs. In fact, it is one of the most common reasons guinea pigs go to veterinarian and veterinary emergency clinics. Gastrointestinal “stasis” is the common terminology for any disorder that causing a decrease in the contractions (motility) in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (the “gut”).
Yesterday was beautiful here in Shasta Lake. It was a white winter wonderland. As I drove and relished this beauty, I was smitten by the sight of a small domestic rabbit who, during the night met his fate by an oncoming car. The little rabbit looked like our pet house bunny who is so dear to us. He was covered with the white frost that graced the beautiful pines all around.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) cautions consumers not to buy turtles as pets to protect their own health and the welfare of the animals. Turtles and other reptiles carry Salmonella bacteria, which can be transmitted to people and cause serious illness. Because of this risk, federal health regulations have prohibited selling small turtles (with shells less than four inches long) since 1975.
When you are transporting horses by trailer, keep in mind that the animals are dependant on the skill of their drivers, the safety of their trailers, and the reliability of the gooseneck hitches used to attach the trailers to towing vehicles. You need a gooseneck hitch to ensure safe transport because it is designed to pull heavy loads, minimize fishtailing during sharp turns, and reduce swaying, which helps maintain the smooth ride so essential to your horses' tranquility and safety.
Each year in the United States, a vast number of Salmonella infections are associated with contact with reptiles. Recently, though, there have been several cases of Salmonella infections in people due to contact with small pet rodents such as mice and hamsters. Salmonella is the general name for a large "family" of bacteria usually associated with food poisoning from contaminated or undercooked foods that usually lives in the gastrointestinal tract.
The saddlebred is a popular and versatile horse. Made in America, this horse is known for a smooth gait and pleasing personality. History and Origin As with many of the American bred gaited horses, the saddlebred, also known as the American saddlebred or Kentucky saddler, was originally developed to provide comfortable transport to pioneers over rough terrain.
A chronic egg layer is a hen whose laying is prolonged, excessive or out of season for her species. Chronic egg laying is usually associated with lovebirds, cockatiels, finches, canaries, budgerigars and doves. Most avian species kept as pets, however, can exhibit unwanted reproductive activity, and eggs can be laid with or without the presence of a male.
If your horse frequently suffers from lameness, he may have a case of tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendons and the tendon-muscle attachments. Tendons are composed of collagen fibers arranged to make the tendons elastic. This elasticity stores the energy that is used during the horse's stride. When a muscle contracts, it pulls on the tendons.
Snakes are either oviparous (egg laying) or viviparous (live bearing). Those species that produce live young are usually found in cooler climates or at higher altitudes. Unlike tortoises, turtles, alligators and crocodiles, whose gender is determined in large part by the incubation temperature, the gender of a snake is determined by its genes, as it is in the case of birds and mammals.
For rabbit owners, the word hairball can strike fear in their hearts. Hairballs have long been considered one of the most serious ailments, with the potential to cause death. But what exactly is a hairball and why does it seem to primarily affect pet rabbits and not their wild cousins? A hairball, technically called a trichobezoar, is an accumulation of hair within the digestive tract.
Many people consider mice to be household pests that get into cupboards, contaminate food and make a general nuisance of themselves. But mice can also make wonderful pets, if given the chance. The most common pet mouse is the standard white lab mouse, Mus musculus , but different varieties are entering the pet trade.
Ferrets are wonderful pets because of their captivating and comical personalities and playful behavior. They chuckle, hiss and giggle during play and occasionally whine or cry if they want something or if they are uncomfortable or ill. Ferrets will normally walk or run with their backs in a hunched position.