Category Archives: Horse

Horses Are Too Big To Follow You Everywhere? Try Their Miniature Counterparts!

Are you an ardent lover of horse? But there is a chief problem as you cannot accommodate them in your house. But you can’t afford to renounce your desire as well. Try miniature or mini horses. If you are a lover of dogs too it serves double purpose as it is of only a dog’s size.

Not every horse lover can afford to own a horse. Several constraints other than costs discourage people from owning and buying horses. These include space, time taken to tame it and the risks involved in riding a horse. Moreover all the members of your family will not like the idea of owning a horse. People prefer to buy a miniature horse for the reasons stated above. The number of people gathering around miniature horses for sale has increased substantially.

Mini horses are small horses used for domestic purposes. They are considered to be advantageous than a dog or a horse. These horses are docile and will mostly be preferred by everyone. Their size resembles a dog while the face and other physical features resemble a horse. Miniature horses are gaining vast popularity and are also posing to be a strong competitor to dog and horse.

Mini horses are definitely suited to be guide animals. They don’t cause any harm or injury to you or others or to property unlike dogs. Neither are they frightening or gigantic like horse. They are more matured and guide you through the path smoothly. Moreover it senses for danger and makes sure that you travel in the safe path. They are very calm by nature and do not cause any disturbance or make unnecessary noise and you can shop without worrying of whether it will be a nuisance.

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Putting your best hoof forward

A horse’s hooves must be maintained in a clean and careful manner for your beloved steed to enjoy optimum health and avoid the risk of infection. With a simple hoof pick and some dedication you can ensure nothing remains in the hoof that shouldn’t be there and your horse can avoid the risk of painful infection and costly surgery. To help you keep things in order, Living Years has compiled the following checklist so you’ll always put your best hoof forward.

How to clean a horse hoof:

Stand beside the horse facing his tail, carefully run your hand down his leg gently squeezing right above his fetlock (looks like a human ankle) and lean into the horse. Gently pick up his hoof, slowly and carefully, or you could cause him to lose his balance. Most horses will instinctively lift his foot as you reach for his hoof.

Take the hoof pick and use it to dig out any wet mud, manure, grass, stones or any other dirt or object you see present. Use the pick from the top of the hoof toward the back, do not pick in the opposite direction as you can accidentally push something in further and therefore cause an injury. When you are done slowly put the horse’s hoof back on the ground.

Below are some general tips for keeping your horse’s hooves healthy and clean.

Tip #1

When cleaning the rear hoofs, do not pull his leg to the side but pull it backwards gently, this is generally more comfortable for the horse therefore making your job easier!

Tip #2

A healthy horse will not require any special treatments or supplies daily. In fact, washing the hoof with water too often can dry them out.

Tip #3

It is essential to keep your horse’s stall dry and clean to eliminate any infections. Keeping your horse in a wet area could result in a disease known as Thrush. When a horse does have thrush present, a strong odor will be present. There are many products available to treat thrush but simply keeping his area dry will help eliminate the risk.

Tip #4

To maintain the cleanliness and healthiness of your horse’s hooves it is imperative to clean his hooves before and after every ride or walk. If you do not ride regularly, it is still a good idea to check his hooves weekly to make sure they are clean of any dirt and objects.

Please remember this article is meant only to inform Living Years readers; for professional advice, contact your local veterinarian.

Mr Ed: a horse of course

Photo courtesy of http://www.horserides.org

There have been few animal stars that are as fondly remembered as the horse that talked…of course. For years, Mr Ed entertained kids and adults alike with his clever quips and gags, but they great mystery has always been just how they got Mr Ed to talk.

The urban myth was that he was fed peanut butter but aside from being a bit messy, peanut butter would have given him an almighty belly-ache. Instead, his trainer, Les Hilton, used nylon fishing line. The fishing line was attached to the headstall (which is why you never see Ed speaking without his headstall on) and runs through his mouth.

When Mr Ed is required to speak, Hilton gently pulls the line and Ed responds by moving his lips. It’s not a specially trained action but a natural response to something moving in his mouth.

For our horse loving readers, Living Years has supplied this handy list of Mr Ed trivia.

The character Mr. Ed originated in a series of magazine stories. Not only did the horse talk, he got drunk.

The real name of the horse that played Mr. Ed was Bamboo Harvester.

The horse that played Mr. Ed is said to have died in 1979 at the age of 30, 33 or 34 (depending on the source). Other, equally reputable, sources give the horse’s date of death as 1968, 1973 and 1974.

Mr. Ed only talked to Wilbur because (in his judgment) he was the only person worth talking to.

Ed and Walt Disney’s canine film star Big Red won Patsy awards as top animal performers of 1962. The awards were presented Saturday by the American Humane Society.

The horse wouldn’t respond to any of his co-stars, just his trainer, Les Hilton. This meant that Hilton had to be on the set at all times, calling out commands or giving them with hand signals.

Mr. Ed was a golden Palomino.

Mr. Ed’s daily diet was twenty pounds of hay, washed down with a gallon of sweet tea.

When Mr. Ed was tired of working, he’d just walk off the set.

The Mr. Ed theme song was originally recorded in Italy and sung by an opera singer.

Mr. Ed could really open the barn door.

Mr. Ed really could answer the telephone. He just couldn’t talk.

Mr. Ed’s voice was a closely guarded secret, but it was actually Allan Lane, a former cowboy star.

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Riley: the horse with the prosthetic leg.

For horse lovers whose noble steeds suffer terrible injuries, comes a story of hope: a crippled horse has been successfully given a false leg after a shocking injury threatened to claim her life.

Four years ago at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Riley was brought in with a severe cut on her left hind leg. Scar tissue formed, causing her tendons to contract to such an extent that her fetlock (or ankle) was pulled out of place.

At the time, veterinarians thought the best option was to surgically insert a metal plate into her leg to fuse the fetlock and straighten the leg.

For a few years, the plate helped Riley lead a decent life.

Eventually, however, the plate became contaminated and an infection developed causing the bone to deteriorate.

Making matters worse, the plate could not be removed as it would have further destabilised the leg.

Ordinarily, in this situation the horse would have to be put down, but Riley’s carers were determined not to let that happen.

They sought the expertise of one of three veterinarians who pioneered a procedure fitting horse amputees with artificial legs.

To endure recovery and get accustomed to an artificial leg, a horse must have a calm temperament because post-op rehabilitation involves spending a good deal of time hoisted in a sling, as well as a strong opposing leg – in Riley’s case, a strong right rear leg – because she would be bearing much of her weight on that leg until she adjusted to the prosthesis.

The vet decided she fitted the bill and agreed to perform the surgery at a discounted rate while a generous benefactor met the cost of the treatment.

The vet transported Riley to his clinic where he amputated her leg just below her knee and fitted her with a temporary prosthetic limb.

Not long after the procedure, she was trotting, running and even playing, as well as easily bearing the weight of the vet’s daughter, whose birthday wish was for Riley to be well enough to ride.

Adopt a Pet for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day the RSPCA along with Hill’s Pet Nutrition will launch a campaign to find loving homes for 50,000 cats and dogs, kicking off with an adopt-a-thon Valentine’s weekend, February 13 -14.

The campaign dubbed “Find Your Pawfect Match” aims to draw people from all over the country into their local RSPCA shelters to meet the many wonderful animals looking for love.

The RSPCA’s National President, Lynne Bradshaw, says running a Valentine’s Day campaign for homeless pets is a great way to remind the public that compatibility and commitment are important for all relationships, including those with animals.

“Just like people, animals have varying needs and personalities so it pays to make sure that the pet you bring into your life will fit in with the lifestyle you lead,” says Mrs Bradshaw.

“Do you have the time to walk a particularly energetic dog every day? Do you need a cat that will get along with your young children? Are you looking for a cat or dog to just keep you company?

“Our local adoption centres are full of many wonderful animals eagerly awaiting a new home. From our experience, owners and pets tend to choose each other so for many it could be a case of love at first sight.”

Hill’s Pet Nutrition will support the campaign by continuing to supply pet food to feed every cat and dog awaiting adoption at the RSPCA.

Hill’s General Manager Brett Henshaw says the company is passionate about helping to enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets.

“The Pawfect Match campaign is an ideal way of celebrating and recognising that bond,” Mr Henshaw says.

“Research has shown that pet ownership has many physical, mental, emotional and social benefits for owners too, including reduced blood pressure and enhanced self esteem in children and teenagers. It really is a win win situation for all involved.”

For a full list of RSPCA adoption centres please visit www.rspca.org.au.