Important Considerations When Buying a New Horse

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A horse is no ordinary pet, it is a creature of majestic harmony and a beast that will require more than just feeding. There are very few of us, who when younger, dreamt of one day owning a new horse.

When you are an adult, the desire may still burn deep for some to get a horse. But do you know what’s at stake? The truth is horses require a tremendous amount of tender care and we don’t just mean petting and feeding.

One of the most important and first considerations to take in is the cost. A horse is not self-sustaining, it needs shelter, food, water and it will require an amount of care. The medical bills from a horse vet can be rather steep.

The finances of keeping a horse are likely to extend on well after you have paid out the initial cost. When you go away on a holiday or need to a leave of absence, you will have to get someone in to look after the horse.

Horses are like humans is some ways – they are individuals and have different needs and wants, just like us. This is even the case with horses of the same breed. A horse never eats enough grass to support himself, even if you put him in a field with acres of the green plant, he will still not consume the right levels.

A horse needs other food besides grass in his diet. Moreover, a horse can graze for several hours a day on a small field and his teeth will wear down that grass very quickly, it may not have time to recover.

A Horse Needs Space

If you’re thinking of buying a horse and keeping it in your back garden, think again. Unless your garden is several …

Control Harmful Insects Without Harming the Environment

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Everyone is happy when the weather warms in spring allowing the enjoyment of outdoor activities without needing to wear heavy outergarments. Unfortunately, the warm weather also brings out a plethora of pesky insects that bite humans and animals alike. Not only do these blood thirsty bugs have a major negative effect on how much we are able to enjoy outdoor living, some of them carry dangerous diseases.

Ticks and mosquitoes are the insects that are the most recognized hosts of harmful diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme Disease. Ticks are primarily a threat in wooded areas or tall grass, but mosquitoes are drawn to any space occupied by warm blooded creatures. Only the female mosquito bites since she needs blood to reproduce, and she is desperate to meet that need within an average lifespan of two weeks. She will be able to produce eggs about every three days if a blood supply is readily available.

Mosquito bites cause an itchy swelling that can last several hours or more, and some people are more sensitive than others. An anti-itch medication should be used right away to prevent excess scratching. The bite can become infected if the skin is broken allowing bacteria to enter the wound.

Considering the nuisance, irritating bites and danger of disease, most people quickly reach for an effective insect repellent before venturing outdoors. Most commercial insecticides include toxic chemicals in the ingredients, so there is an added layer of risk while using them. The best solution to the problem is to use an organic mosquito control product to keep humans and animals safe from insect borne illnesses as well as toxic chemicals.

Eliminating any standing water helps to control mosquito populations since this is where the female mosquito lays her eggs. The eggs quickly hatch …

Training Your New Dog The Right Way

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When people purchase or adopt a new dog or puppy, one of the first concerns they come across is the need for training. This may be potty training or command training. Either way, experts have found the using good commercial dog kennels is the best way to train a dog. They feel that by containing your pet, you are teaching it to listen when you speak.

The Right Kennel For Your Dog

Finding the right sized commercial dog kennel for your new pet will take some consideration. If you have adopted a puppy, you will want to know how large he will get at maturity. Kennels come in all sizes and you will want to make sure that as your dog grows, the kennel remains comfortable for him or her. Once you determine the correct size, you will want to place the kennel in a spot in your home where you can interact with him regularly. Dogs need to know that they belong in the family.

When To Begin Your Training

Experts agree that it not only takes training on the dogs part but also on the owners part to be successful. They believe that owners sometimes do not know exactly what they need to do to train their dogs. A visit to your local pet supply store should provide the answers you need. They will have a number of books on the subject and you could also do research on the internet. If you feel that you still need help with training, your local store may offer classes which you and your dog could attend. These training sessions are usually at low cost and the benefits to you could be great. Your dog will come out of it well trained in every area.

Once Training Is Complete

After your …