Video: The Incredible Loyalty of Arabian Horses

Video - The Incredible Loyalty of Arabian HorsesVideo: The Incredible Loyalty of Arabian Horses
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Originating from the middle East, Arabian horses are considered one of the most famous and easily recognizable equine breeds. The bloodlines of this ancient breed are said to be present in other modern breeds as manifested by their improved refinement, elegance, power, agility, speed and endurance.

This breed also come in black, chestnut, gray and roan coats – with black being less common. [1] In addition to possessing well-refined “wedge-shaped” heads that are easily recognizable, Arabian horses are also recognized for their elegantly arched necks, as well as fine and silky manes.

Arabian horses are known not only for their admirable beauty, elegance and endurance, but for their willingness and loyalty which are yet to be paralleled by other breeds.

One study suggested that horses can be one of human’s loyal and long-term buddies, provided that their owners treat them properly. In fact, even after long periods of separation, horses can recognize people who had been good to them before. [2]

The study involved a female experimenter which has been separated from three saddlebred and 20 Anglo-Arabian horses for eight months. In one of the tests, whenever the experimenter gave out the verbal command “Reste” (which means “stay” in English), the horses would remain immobile.

After eight months of being separated, researchers have noticed that the horses elicit the same behaviors towards the experimenter. They even suggested that with continuous positive reinforcement, horses have become cordial even to new faces. And when re-introduced to people who have shown them goodness, they show the same desirable behaviors.

Futhermore, the researchers have claimed that the reaction of horses towards positive reinforcement in correcting behaviors does not significantly deviate from that of humans: When training is conducted with positive reinforcement, horses tend to learn better. Also, learning as well as memorization takes place easily with the help of positive reinforcement, whereas horses that are not trained with positive reinforcement tend to show a number of negative behaviors which may include falling down, kicking, and biting towards humans. [3]

Arabian horses are said to be intelligent and easily trained. And with ample training that is accompanied by positive reinforcement, there could be high chances that you’ll be able to bring out the loyal characteristics of your Arabian horses.

Okay, here is the awesome video:

References:
[1] http://agarabianhorse.com/articles/65-arabian-horse-history.html
[2] http://news.discovery.com/animals/zoo-animals/horse-friends-memory-trainers.htm
[3] http://news.oneindia.in/2010/03/18/loyalhorses-remember-kind-hearted-human-buddies.html

How To Check A Horse’s Health

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We found a great tutorial on checking a horse’s health. Link follows after our introduction to the topic… Checking the horse’s health on a regular basis is considered to be one of the vital responsibilities of an owner. The health of horses play a crucial part in their performance in competitions, as well as in the amount of pleasure they can give to their owners. Performing a regular physical examination is beneficial in detecting any signs of illness or injury in horses which can hamper their ability to perform their daily functions later on.

Early detection of illnesses, especially serious ones, brings a number of benefits not just to the owners but to the horse as well. There are conditions which, when not treated immediately, can result in fatal damage to the health of the horse – and even put other horses at risk: In extreme cases, there’s no other way of preventing the spread of disease to other equines but to kill the infected ones. Imagine the financial loss you would incur if a number of horses in the stable are already infected with a contagious disease. Also, early identification of diseases enable owners to separate the infected ones, thereby preventing the spread of transmissible health conditions.

When conducting regular physical examinations, some of the areas which need to be focused on include the eyes, the ears, and the nose. The horse’s mucous membrane must also be checked. To make sure that it’s healthy, it should be moist, slippery, shiny and pink. Otherwise, it could be a sign that the equine could be suffering from an illness.

The horse’s respiratory, heart and pulse rates as well as the temperature should also be thoroughly checked. However, it should be noted that the breathing as well as the heart rates may vary significantly depending on the fitness and health of the horse. [1] These records could be of great help to veterinarians in determining the actual condition of the horse.

Also, check for other signs of malaise or injury which may include swelling, seizures, change in appetite, unusual behaviors such as shivering, staggering, aggression, limping, and persistent cough. [2] When you suspect that there is something wrong with your horse, immediately call the attention of a veterinarian.

Ok, here is the link to the full page on how to check a horse’s health: < a href="http://www.equineguelph.ca/pdf/facts/Horse_Health_Check_description.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.equineguelph.ca/pdf/facts/Horse_Health_Check_description.pdf

References:
[1] https://www.bluecross.org.uk/2146-2826/routine-healthcare-for-horses.html
[2] http://horses.about.com/od/basiccare/a/healthcheck.htm

How To Teach Any Dog To Come When Called

How To Teach Any Dog To Come When CalledPhoto – www.youtube.com/watch?v=QonpHq930Rk

This video by Training Positive showcases one of the most essential commands that any dog should know. Dog training would be without sense if your dog fails to learn this specific command. It is highly important that your dog gets to understand this crucial command because this could set the bar on whether you can let it roam free or not. There’s no use in letting your dog off the leash if it does not know how to come back to you when called. Dogs tend to get distracted or lose focus on things and even ignore their owner completely if poorly trained – so it is very important that your dog fully understands and responds to this command before letting it loose. Nobody wants to lose a dog because of carelessness. Thus, in the end, you must assure yourself that your dog is really ready to roam free and return to you when you call it before fully letting it go.

You should always let your dog feel good whenever it returns after being called. There must always be a pleasant consequence each and every time it comes when called.

In order to achieve success in training you need to have a long leash, high value treats, and a clicker. These training tools will aid you through the whole process until your dog eventually relies on your command in the end.

You should start this drill with short distances and never forget to verbally praise your dog each time it moves towards you. Let your dog get used to it with short distances at first and as it masters the command, you can level up the criteria and move farther and farther away. Keep in mind that your release word should never change. This will help your dog get associated more with the command and not be confused with other ones.
You can perform dog training sessions at home as you start but it would be best that you move towards training your dog in different environments. Varying surroundings might confuse or distract your dog and that’s why you need to get it used to changes. By practicing in different places, your dog not only develops its obedience but also its discipline. As mentioned earlier, use a clicker – as demonstrated – while you train your dog.

This training video is very helpful because of the simple visuals and the actual training sessions presented. You can easily relate while you train your own dog. Always keep in mind that your dog may need time to master the whole process. Be patient and always practice to achieve your goals for your dog.