Round Pen: The Great Equalizer

Written by Jeffrey Rolo

Although many horsemen and trainers extolrepparttar virtues ofrepparttar 125736 round pen, many horse owners still overlook just how powerful such a pen can be in developing or maintaining a relationship with a horse. This is a shame because it is truly what I callrepparttar 125737 Great Equalizer in a horse-human relationship. Perhaps that bears some clarification…

I've found many horse owners to be concerned about their physical strength as opposed to that of their horse. They fear they simply cannot firmly establish themselves asrepparttar 125738 alpha, or leader, ofrepparttar 125739 relationship becauserepparttar 125740 horse is so much stronger. Thus when their horse displays poor ground manners or commits an inappropriate action they are more prone to ignore it and hope it doesn't develop into worse behaviors. After all, what choice do they have? The horse is just too strong.

The reality is that, except forrepparttar 125741 youngest of foals, a horse will always possess more raw strength than a human. Any attempts to overpower a horse with sheer strength are doomed to fail. Techniques such as raising your voice towards or slapping a misbehaving horse do not rely on strength – they are psychological. The horse does not wantrepparttar 125742 conflict to escalate as it is uncertain exactly what your capabilities are, therefore it submits.

Of course there are exceptions, and truth be told such techniques are best used on already-trained horses or in situations where you cannot properly establish your authority due to lack of time or proper surroundings. The best way to instill respect and discipline into a naughty horse is by incorporatingrepparttar 125743 Great Equalizer:repparttar 125744 round pen.

Whereas many people view a round pen as a means for exercise (and it is true that it's a great exercise tool),repparttar 125745 true power behindrepparttar 125746 round pen is its ability to establish dominance in a completely non-forceful method. Inrepparttar 125747 round pen, physical strength means very little. It is a quick and easy (as opposed to other methods) technique to make your alpha status known.

Allow me to share an example that will better illustrate why a round pen will serve you better than strength.

I once owned a willful young colt raised by a first-time mother, so unfortunatelyrepparttar 125748 mare wasn't all that familiar withrepparttar 125749 need to discipline her colt. In fact althoughrepparttar 125750 colt was really quite a nice horse, he was unruly and tended to do whatever he wanted from day one. An experienced mare would not have permitted such antics, and had she "laid downrepparttar 125751 law" better fromrepparttar 125752 first dayrepparttar 125753 colt would likely have been a little less rambunctious.

Soon it came time to provide halter and lead training to this young upstart, and true to his form he made surerepparttar 125754 task was trying. Although more than willing to walk with you, he felt there was little need to do so in an orderly fashion. If he "accidentally" bumped into you, or strayed so far from your side that you had to cling torepparttar 125755 lead line with an iron grip, so be it. Snapping or jerkingrepparttar 125756 lead line didn't impress him much.

Who is the Gourmet? You or Your Dog?

Written by Renée Alexandrea

Thinking of cooking up a storm for your pooch? And that I assume you’re having difficulties in convincing your pooch eating his premium dog food.

There are two issues here—Home-cooked meals verses commercial premium dog food.

Whether or not one is better thanrepparttar other is a matter of preference—you not your dog. And whether or not your dog becomes a demanding “gourmet” is also depending on you; not your dog.

In choosing varied “gourmet” diets for our dogs (diets which are quickly becoming expensive), we fall into an anthropomorphic fallacy—a tendency where human characteristics for animals.

Dogs and all animals are creatures of habit. A pup raised on an ordinary feed (even he’s strictly on commercially packed food) will grow to like it, sometimes shunning rarer delicacies in favor of "the usual."

Occasionally, your pooch may clamor for your steak while his own kibbles waits in his bowl, he’ll eventually go for his regular meal if other temptations don’t compete. Variety is not as crucial to him as it may seem to you.

Dogs are not finicky eaters by nature. We inadvertently create this problem by substituting food for love. We think that every time our dog does something cute, we should give him a treat. After a while, our dog wants nothing but treats, especially if they come from our plate orrepparttar 125735 refrigerator! If you feed your dog a variety of food in hopes that one will appeal to him, he will demand a greater and greater variety, and you will have created a finicky eater! Choose a high-quality food and stick to it. Do not feed table scraps or give in-between meal snacks to your dog. Some "gourmet" dog foods (and especially dog "treats") are designed to appeal more torepparttar 125736 human purchaser thanrepparttar 125737 animal consumer. Color-blind canines are indifferent torepparttar 125738 pastel hues that beckonrepparttar 125739 buyer of dog candies. We pay extra for such gimmicks because we consciously or unconsciously equate human tastes and needs with those of our pooches. What matter most to them isrepparttar 125740 taste, notrepparttar 125741 shape, size or colour. Dogs don’t know a clue about calories that gamey treat can add to their waistline. So is up to us to berepparttar 125742 sensible one to give treats in moderation. If possible, limit it to training and party times.

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