Picking Up A Horse's Hoof

Written by Jeffrey Rolo

The idea of picking up a horse's hooves can intimidate some owners since a well-placed horse kick would really hurt! Such caution is good, but in reality if you pick up a horse's hoof properly you provide him with no leverage or ability to kick you. This is a situation where a person's worst fears can cause him to imagine an incident that is highly unlikely to occur with careful handling.

Here's how to safely pick up a horse's hoof:

Starting withrepparttar front hoof, approach your horse diagonally from his front so that he clearly knows you are there you don't want to surprise him. Place yourself even with his shoulder and make sure to face his rear; you will both be facing opposite directions duringrepparttar 125739 hoof picking process.

Making sure that your feet aren't too close torepparttar 125740 horse's hoof, start runningrepparttar 125741 hand parallel to him down his shoulder and alongrepparttar 125742 length of his leg, finally stopping just above his ankle. Gently grasprepparttar 125743 ankle portion and click (or otherwise verbally cue him) to ask him to raise his leg. If he's well trained, that small cue will be more than enough and he'll do just what you requested. You're now free to begin picking his hoof.

If your horse is being a bit stubborn or hasn't learned how to pick up his legs yet try leaning into his shoulder as you run your hand downrepparttar 125744 back of his cannon bone. You can also gently squeeze/pinchrepparttar 125745 tendons to further cue him to what you would like. As you perform these physical cues make sure you provide a verbal one also (I make a clicking sound) sorepparttar 125746 horse later associates your sound withrepparttar 125747 requested response. Increaserepparttar 125748 weight you push against his shoulder until he finally lifts his leg as requested.

When picking a horse's hoof you want to remove all debris fromrepparttar 125749 hoof clefts as well asrepparttar 125750 rim and frog. Be careful aroundrepparttar 125751 frog because it can sometimes be a bit sensitive, particularly ifrepparttar 125752 horse has thrush.

Once you have finished cleaningrepparttar 125753 front hoof carefully guide it back torepparttar 125754 floor; you don't want to allowrepparttar 125755 horse to slam it, potentially hitting your foot inrepparttar 125756 process. Praise your horse and pat him onrepparttar 125757 front shoulder a bit so he understands that you are pleased with his cooperation, then run your hand along his back to his rear leg. Place yourself inrepparttar 125758 same position as you did with his front leg and dorepparttar 125759 process over again.

How To Save Money By Testing For Feline UTI Yourself

Written by Nancy E. Wigal

Do you want to save money, anxiety for your kitty, and unnecessary trips to your vet? Would you like to know if your cat is developing crystals in her urine that could lead to a feline UTI?

It's easy to do with this check-at-home method.

If your kitty has been previously diagnosed with a feline UTI, there's a chance it could re-occur. Since it's impossible to seerepparttar crystals in your cat's urine that are caused by a UTI, you don't know kitty's hurting again untilrepparttar 125738 UTI is fairly well advanced. And then how do you tell?

Poor kitty probably stops usingrepparttar 125739 cat litter box - again.

Well, there's an easy method to check kitty's urine at home, with a minimum of fuss. You can check as often as you like, and it's easy to seerepparttar 125740 test results - you don't need any training.

Here's how:

First off, you'll need either non-absorbent litter (available from your vet) or clean acquarium gravel that's available at any local pet store.

Next, you'll need urine pH test strips, which you can read about, and order at:


Then, set up kitty in a room of her own with food, water, a clean litter box (scrubbed clean, not just litter-dumped-out clean) withrepparttar 125741 non-absorbent litter or acquarium gravel. You might also add some of her favorite toys, a kitty DVD (see them here at http://www.cat-urine-odor-advisor.com/cat-litter-box-problem.html), or just turn on a radio tuned to a classical music station, withrepparttar 125742 volume set low.

This testing is even easier when you knowrepparttar 125743 approximate times ofrepparttar 125744 day or night your cat usesrepparttar 125745 litter box. You may need to observe your cat for a few days to figure this out. Scout usually goes around 4:30 AM, or 5:00 PM. There's probably other times, but these arerepparttar 125746 two most convenient times for me to grab a fresh sample from her.

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