With Understanding Comes Success

Written by Jeffrey Rolo

One ofrepparttar reasons I strongly encourage horse owners to train their own horses rather than ship them away to a professional trainer is familiarity. Quite simply, an unfamiliar party will not understand your horse nearly as well as you, and this understanding of a horse isrepparttar 125734 backbone of any successful training plan.

This is not to suggest that all horse trainers are clueless individuals that bumble along hoping to do something right, because most professional trainers will takerepparttar 125735 time to understand a horse before ever thinking about saddling him and training him to ride. But all too often an impatient or inexperienced "trainer" will misread a horse's problem or intention and react incorrectly due to his lack of understanding. Too many of these incidents can prolongrepparttar 125736 training process (thereby costing you money) and potentially mentally scar your horse for life.

Far too many head-shy horses can be attributed to inexperienced or abusive past trainers and/or owners who lacked an understanding ofrepparttar 125737 horse they were working with. Once a horse has developed this mistrust or fear of people it can take a good while to reassurerepparttar 125738 horse that another cuff is not waiting aroundrepparttar 125739 corner. And who can blamerepparttar 125740 horse? If every past exposure with a dog resulted inrepparttar 125741 dog biting you, chances are you would be very wary, if not outright panicked, by future exposures to canines.

To correct an improper action it is first important to understandrepparttar 125742 motivation that lies behind it. For example, let's say that you are training a young filly to walk alongside you to your left. Suddenly without permissionrepparttar 125743 filly slams against your side, but being that she's still young it doesn't do much more than get your attention. What would you do?

1. Ignorerepparttar 125744 behavior – no harm was done after all.

2. Jab your elbow intorepparttar 125745 filly's shoulder and growl at her to remind her to respect your space.

3. Take a moment to detectrepparttar 125746 reason whyrepparttar 125747 filly brushed against you.

If you selectedrepparttar 125748 first option, you chose wrong. Although your heart is inrepparttar 125749 right place in your willingness to "write off" a seemingly harmless action, eventually if you ignore these things they can compound to worse problems. Your filly won't always be so small and light!

Should I Feed My Dog BARF?

Written by Jennifer Bryant

BARF stands for Bones and Raw Food. It is a diet for dogs that has received a lot of attention overrepparttar past few years, but should you feed it to your dogs?

The BARF feeding regimen actually consists of throwing a raw carcass (usually chicken) to your dog and letting him eat it bones and all. The thinking behind this concept is that dogs used to eat raw food like this for thousands of years inrepparttar 125733 wild. Many are praisingrepparttar 125734 multitude of benefits thatrepparttar 125735 BARF diet provides.

The problem that I have withrepparttar 125736 BARF diet is that dogs have also been domesticated for thousands of years. They have not had to feed themselves in packs such as wolves and coyotes do for a long time because ofrepparttar 125737 relationships that they have established with man. Man has traditionally fed their dogs leftover scraps from dinner that has been cooked long beforerepparttar 125738 commercialization of bagged dog food.

Dog’s bodies have adapted over time to a convenient lifestyle of being given cooked foods. Today’s dogs can get Salmonella and E. coli poisoning it’s just that they are more resistant to these bacteria than their human counterparts. However,repparttar 125739 corn and wheat that are added to bagged dog food have not ever been a source of a dog’s natural diet in history. These ingredients can be triggers for allergies and other ailments.

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