Three Things Horses Need to Stay Healthy

Horses are huge, strong animals and are great companions for humans when it comes to work and leisure. While they may look resilient, lack of proper care and attention can easily and quickly cause them to become unwell.

Proper care for horses requires adequate provision for their basic needs. Here are three things you must provide for your horse to ensure his optimal health throughout the year.

Good habitat – Horses need protection from weather and other harmful elements in the environment. You can keep your horse in a barn or in a stall, but you must turn him out to pasture during the day so he can get enough exercise. Make sure that your paddock has sturdy fences and shade trees. Fences keep horses from wandering while shade trees or a canopy keep horses from experiencing heat stress as they frolic under the sun.

Heat stress can lead to poor performance and also to heatstroke which can be fatal. Read this detailed infographic from Horseland to discover the warning signs of heat stress and the things you can do to help your horse avoid it.

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Good food – Horses are grazing animals. They need to be fed with hay in the morning and in the evening. Consider your horse’s size and exercise routines when buying the right amount and kind of hay for him. You can also feed your horse with quality grain instead of hay. Provide a clean supply of water to keep your horse hydrated and salt or mineral licks to give him the necessary nutrients.

Good grooming – Regular grooming is key to keeping your horse’s coat clean and shiny. It also gives you the ideal opportunity to monitor the general health of your horse. Presence of cuts, fungus, ticks and broken hooves can be addressed easily when you bathe and groom your horse frequently.

Above everything else, horses need to feel appreciated and loved. So take the time to bond with your horse. He will perform better and live longer when he’s emotionally and physically healthy. Also, take the time to discover products and gain insights to help you in the proper care for your gentle giant.

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Dog Euthanasia – When to Say Goodbye to Your Pet

Putting your dog to sleep is really a difficult decision to make. He’s practically part of the family and losing him will definitely be painful. However, there are instances when this is the best thing that you can do for your beloved pet. Here are some of them.

Terminal illness – If your dog has been diagnosed of terminal illness, ask your veterinarian what to expect at the next stages of  his illness.

Significant pain – Does your dog groan in even after taking medications? This could be  a signal that his medications are no longer working.

Poor quality of life – How’s your dog’s life going to be like? If he can no longer stand up, get down stairs, defecate, and urinate on his own, the quality of his life is pretty poor. He will just be extremely lonely for the rest of his days if he lacks quality in life.

Expensive treatments needed – Can you afford your dog’s treatment and medication? Many owners have acquired debts for their pets’ treatments only to find out that their pets can no longer make it.

Lack of appetite – Your dog is about to die if he no longer wants to eat. He will just become weaker each day if there’s no food in his body.

Extending your dog’s life for your own reasons is quite selfish. You must be ready to decide and to do what’s good for your pet even though it’s going to be painful.

Five Fascinating Facts about Horses

Horses are splendid creatures. They are known for their beauty, grace and power. It’s no wonder many people have become interested in them.

Horses were originally bred by their owners for work purposes – pulling carts, tilling farms and transporting goods and people from one place to another. Over time, horses are bred for races and riding competitions. They are also often raised as pets.

Are you fascinated by horses? Here are some facts you should know.

1. There are over 300 horse breeds around the world. Horses come in many different colors, sizes and have vastly differing abilities. These are classified into three breed types –cold, hot and warm bloods. These categorizations do not refer to the actual temperature of the horse’s blood, which remains constant within the wide range of horse breeds. It actually groups the horse breeds into three different types.

Cold bloods are the work horses. They’re bred for their strength. Hot bloods are the race horses. They’re bred for their speed. Warm bloods are show horses. They’re bred for both their strength and speed.

2. Horses sleep standing up. In fact they sleep more hours standing up than lying down. They sleep only for a short number of hours but sleep more frequently during the day a day, because of their fear of predators. The quality of their sleep is affected by their diet, the temperature and their workload.

3. Horses’ ages are determined by their teeth. Equine dentists estimate how long horses have lived by examining their teeth. There are instances where horses live longer than their teeth. It is imperative that horses need proper dental and oral care.

4. The life expectancy of a horse is more than thirty years. There have been significant technological advancements in equine health care, helping these beautiful creatures live longer than previously. The oldest horse recorded in equine history lived for 52 years.

5. Horses are measured in hands. The hand is the standard measurement for determining a horse’s height. Ponies measure less than 14.2 hands. However, miniature horses are measured in centimeters and not in hands.

There are many other equally interesting facts about horses besides those listed above. Do you want to discover more? Here’s an infographic from Horseland you will enjoy reading.

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