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Grooming Horses, Watch the Video For How To Do It

Grooming a Horse Video

1. Grooming gets your hands on your horse.
A good daily groom doesn’t have to take an hour. If you do it daily, your average time expenditure should actually be minimal. But during this daily routine you have an opportunity to get your hands on every inch of your horse, and what better way to quickly assess your horse’s health?

2. Grooming acts as preventive medicine.
A good grooming session increases blood flow to the skin’s surface, massages large muscle groups, and daily hoof picking keeps the feet clean and helps prevent common hoof issues such as thrush, a bacterial disease of the sole. Horses out in the wild don’t have this luxury, but they have each other, and mutual grooming takes the place of brushes and combs.

3. Grooming increases the human-animal bond.
True, there are some horses out there that don’t like to be groomed. But the majority does tend to enjoy it and this is a great opportunity to bond with your riding companion. Engaging your horse in an activity where you are not requiring him to actually perform any work is a release from the demands we push on our riding mounts. This is your chance to give back and let your horse relax.

4. Grooming can be more than a brush in hand.
Sometimes, if you don’t have time to ride, a grooming session can substitute. Practicing some ground exercises such as lateral neck flexions or picking up hooves and doing some leg extensions are great equine yoga moves to help with flexibility and balance

5. Grooming is excellent exercise — for you.
So, this is a purely selfish reason for encouraging people to take the time to groom, but how many of you have worked up a sweat just brushing your horse?


RSPCA – How and When Did This Organisation Start

The RSPCA a short history of its founding.

Founded in 1824

Our beginnings were in a London coffee shop in 1824. The people present knew they were creating the world’s first animal welfare charity, but they couldn’t have guessed the size and shape that the charity would become today.
T the start we were the SPCA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Royal patronage followed in 1837 and Queen Victoria gave her permission to add the royal R in 1840, making us the RSPCA as we are still known today.

When we were founded, our aim was working animals, such as ‘pit ponies’, who were worked down the coal mines. But we’ve changed with the times.
During the First and Second World Wars we worked to help the millions of animals enlisted to serve with British, Commonwealth and Allied forces. Our work with pets that we’re best known for today, only developed with the trend to keep them.

We’ve always been influential in forming and improving animal welfare law. In 1822, two years before we were founded, ‘Martin’s Act’ was passed. It was the first animal welfare law and it forbade ‘the cruel and improper treatment of cattle’. Thirteen years on, in 1835, and ‘Pease’s Act’ consolidated this law. The prohibition of cruelty was extended to dogs and other domestic animals, bear-baiting & cock-fighting was forbidden, and it insisted on better standards for the nations slaughter houses. Other successes along the way have included laws for lab animals, the abolition of fur farming in the UK, the ban of fox hunting with dogs and the animal welfare act. Today we are still changing the law.
The greatest shift across the times has been in attitude. In the UK we’re known as ‘a nation of animal lovers’ but it wasn’t always that way. When we were founded it was a challenge to get the British public to recognise animals as sentient beings – and not just commodities for food, transport or sport. It’s inspiring to think how much more of a difference we can make. With your support and our expertise, so much more can be achieved!


Sighthounds, Training Your Young Greyhound or Lurcher Dog

Sighthounds – understanding your dog.

Sighthounds are notoriously independent and will look for any chance to pursue an interesting scent or moving animal.

Because of this, hounds are often perceived as stubborn and impossible to train. The real truth is that hounds just have different motivations than their non-hound peers. When you’re working with a hound, it’s important to understand his innate desires and to incorporate those into his training. There are two distinct subgroups within the hound group: the scent hound and the sight hound (although some exhibit both tendencies). As a group, hounds have an elevated desire to pursue prey, but scent hounds and sight hounds vary in significant ways and each presents distinct training challengers.

A scent hound primarily tracks by using his nose. They are built for endurance rather than for short bursts of speed; he can track using scent even when his prey is out of sight. Certain scent hounds will exhibit deep, booming vocalizations. Scent hounds will often tree or corner prey, and use their big voices to alert a handler to the animal’s whereabouts. Many scent hounds have independent personalities, the result of an inborn tendency to be self-sufficient when working at a distance from their handler.

Scent hounds present some common training challenges. The scent hound is easily distracted, especially by smells, which can make outdoor training difficult.  Some scent hounds are very vocal and may bark and bay for long periods of time, which can cause problems with the neighbours. Scent hounds are also notorious for running after scents and covering great distances without stopping, which makes it almost impossible to let them off leash without extensive training.


Beavers in Devon Helping to Reduce Local Flooding

A Reintroduction of Beavers in Devon are Helping to Reduce Local Flooding

From their trial reintroduction in Devon, the animal’s skills have reduced floodwater and created a haven for local wildlife.
The beavers, resident on three hectares of woodland near Okehampto could be part of the solution. In the five years since they moved there, they have felled trees, dug channels, constructed dams and made an impressive home for themselves.

The Devon project targets three key indicators: water storage, flood attenuation and water quality. The beavers are, helping in all three. The 13 dams they have built along the 150 metres stretch of water have increased water storage capacity, evened out the flow of water and improved the quality of it that leaves from the dams.

A graph showing that the dams have contained sudden rainfall, slowly releasing it along a “staircase” of dams: in this way they prevent the inundation that occurs when water is simply channelled downstream.
There are 20 hectares of intensively managed grassland feeding into the dams – bringing manure, slurry, non-organic fertiliser, standing at the last of the network of dams. The quality of the water can be seen here at the bottom. Beaver activity has filtered out the impurities like a good reed system might do.
The level of sediment coming out of the dams is so low that the deposits of nitrogen and phosphate remaining in the water do not register on the specialised equipment.

Mark Elliott, who leads the beaver project for the Devon Wildlife Trust, pulls a large stone from the water. On the underside, a small community of grubs and larvae writhe and squirm: they are caddisflies and mayflies.

The trust runs a beaver programme on the river Otter in Devon, and two programmes have run in Scotland, but it is the scheme near Okehampton that has provided the most controlled environment and the most reliable data.

The biggest concern the landowners have expressed is not about the beavers, but about the sightseers that come with the beavers – the interest we’ve had and the tourism boost on the river Otter have been exceptional.

Many of the concerns about the reintroduction of beavers could be rooted in the fact that they have been absent for 400 years. An indigenous species, they were hunted to extinction for their fur – used primarily to make hats – their meat and their castoreum, a secretion that was used in medicines.

Perhaps the most common misconception about beavers is that they will eat all the fish in the newly clean rivers, a charge repeated by Labour MP Mary Creagh during a select committee hearing into the government’s response to flooding. It was pointed out that beavers are actually herbivores.

tail docking

Tail Docking, Weird Reasons Why its Done

Tail Docking, Weird Reasons Why its Started.

Tail docking is the practice of removing a dog’s tail without anesthesia when it is a puppy. It is a procedure that has been restricted or banned in many parts of the globe, but is still popular in The US and Canada.
The first recorded incidence of tail docking was in Ancient Rome; Roman shepherds believed that removing the top of a dog’s tail on the “puppy’s fortieth day” stopped rabies.
Later, hunting dogs’ tails were docked to prevent injury, a theory still common today.
In the 18th century there was taxation on all dogs unless they were working dogs. Working dogs’ tails were subsequently cut off to distinguish them from the non-working dogs, which of course led to owners cutting off their non-working dogs’ tails to avoid being taxed.
Apparently, the reason dogs’ tails are still docked today likely comes from a book of 1891 titled The American Book of the Dog, which idealizes tail docking and ear cropping as the “proper look.”
Some people say tail docking is not just an aesthetic preference; proponents of the procedure say that tail docking prevents injury later in life. For guard dogs, a longer tail could be grabbed to thwart an attack, and for hunting dogs, a longer tail risks being injured in the undergrowth.
The thought is that you can’t injure a limb you don’t have. According to a 2010 survey of 138,212 dogs in Great Britain, not only was there a negligible difference in tail injuries between working and non-working dogs (without tails v. with), but the risk of a dog injuring his/her tail was only 0.23 percent. That means that 500 dogs would have to be docked in order to prevent one tail injury.