My husband has been looking for new equipment for his horse, and he needs just about everything. This Kavallerie Horse Anti-Slip Saddle Pad sounds like it would be good, especially for riding in the summer.
It has all those holes for the air to go through, which will help keep the horse from getting too hot. It is made of thick gel material which provides cushion from the saddle.
The weather set in here right when I got the saddle pad, so we haven’t been able to actually ride with it yet.
We did manage to put it on one of the horses to see if it would slip while lunging.
It did not slip. Then the saddle was put on.
Even after about 15 minutes in the round pen there was no slipping, and the pad did not pull the hair.
The pad has not yet been used with a rider though. It has been way too wet and cold here. No one wants to actually stay out long enough to ride.
I’ll be posting again in the spring when it is warm enough and dry enough for them to actually ride. We will hopefully try it with a western saddle as well as the English.
It seems like a really good saddle pad, and it is easy to clean. I received a free product to review.
If you have a dog that tends to pull, this padded dog harness is for you, and your dog of course.
I used to hate taking my oldest dog for a walk with the leash hooked to her collar, because she would pull so hard, she started making those nasty choking sounds. I have no idea if she really would have kept pulling if she couldn’t breath, but I didn’t like it anyway.
She also pulls with a harness on, but doesn’t end up sounding like she is dying. I was still afraid she was gonna hurt herself (or me), but it didn’t bother me as much.
This new Dog Harness from My Pets America has sponge filled padding, so it is much more comfortable for the dog, and the dog is less likely to hurt herself, when she pulls. I LIKE that.
It has reflective elements built into it too. This is a good thing to have if you take your dog for walks when it is dark.
The harness is very sturdy and seems to be well made. The material is thick and put together well.
It has a handle at the top so you can actually grab the dog to hold her, or even pick her up if you need to.
The latches are thick and sturdy too, and do not look to be easily broken.
The harness is adjustable as well so it can be used for several dogs if they are not too different in size.
They come in medium, and large sizes, so you can find one to fit most dogs.
It also comes with a leash. A really nice, sturdy, well made leash.
You can buy this harness on Amazon.com or check out My Pets America for more information. I received a free product to review.
Having a problem with your dog? Read this book. Your friend having a problem with his dog? Tell him to read this book.
Why? Because this book will help you understand your dog. You will understand why your dog does what he does.
The author grew up in Alaska where he got to see how wolves live. He has also spent a lot of time learning about dogs, and currently runs a training program for dogs.
Reading this book could save you a whole lot of trouble. If you can handle it.
I know some people who can’t handle it. They insist their dogs are pretty much the same as people. My grandmother did that. Her dogs never did get potty trained because she couldn’t/wouldn’t do it, nor would she let anyone else do it. She got upset with me if I made the dogs mind.
I learned why my big dog keeps going after my guineas. Me. That’s why. Partly anyway. The dogs know not to go in the chicken yard, and they won’t go in there even if the gate is open. BUT, if the guineas or chickens get inside the regular yard, the dogs think they are fair game. Unless I’m out there. If I am there they will leave them alone, unless I’m silly enough to make them think I’m hunting. I will say the dogs are much better at getting the fowl back in the yard than I am. The chickens don’t like it though, and tend not to lay well after the dogs chase them.
Now I just have to figure out what to do about it, and if I actually have the will to do it.
The book has some stories about growing up in Alaska, that are interesting. He used to go on twenty mile hikes in the snow. Very different from growing up in Arkansas. For us town folks anyway.
The ontogeny of anthropomorphism, where we attach our human traits to our pets, is the most damaging and paralytic problem associated with dog ownership today. Believing in a fairy tale world where dogs possess the same moral consciousness and a sense of altruism as attributed to humans has led to consequences that include a drastic increase maladjusted dogs, more rigorous curbs on dog owners and attacks occurring at historical levels.
This book is not a dog obedience book. Rather, it is about developing a deep understanding of the authors of your dog’s behavior; nature and the wolf. For all that man has done to carve the wolf from the wild to create a biological doll, today’s dog is still a wolf at heart and the accompanying instincts borne from such ancestry defines how the dog approaches its world.
In this book, you will come to know the wolf in your dog and the tools that nature gave it to survive and coexist in both the mountains and in your home. You will learn how activating and deactivating the natural wolf impulses and mechanisms in your dog will lead to the harmonious existence and the control you always dreamed of. Most of all, you will come to embrace the wild in your dog and the grace and the peace that is breathed into its acceptance.
About the Author:
Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Bryan Bailey grew to appreciate the wildness of the land and its abundant wildlife. In particular, he developed a fondness for the gray wolves that roamed the vast mountain ranges and forests near his home. Under the guidance of a Special Forces Survival Instructor, he spent years studying the social interactions of wolves in their packs and discovered that, beyond obvious physical similarities, there were also behavioral similarities between the wolves and the sled dogs that were his family’s pets.
Bryan has traveled to over thirty countries in Europe, Africa, the jungles of southeast Asia and the remote regions above the arctic circle in his pursuit of learning the behaviors of hyenas, lions, tigers and the gray wolf, with an emphasis on how instinct, passed from the gray wolf, has affected the behavior of our domestic dogs.
Bryan is currently busy writing his second book, “The Hammer – Understanding Canine Aggression.” He hopes the book will educate readers about the most dominant tool in the wolf and dog’s bag of survival equipment – Aggression (The Hammer). This tool has allowed for ingestion, digestion, reproduction and survival by wolves for thousands of years in a very hostile and competitive world and it was passed to our dogs. Its use by our dogs is often misinterpreted and misunderstood and this has led to an increase in avoidable attacks to dog owners and their children.
Non-skid dog bowls really help with feeding big dogs. My biggest dog tends to push the bowls or plates all the way across the floor. She hasn’t figured that she can put her paw on it to keep it in place. Guess she just isn’t as smart as my small dogs.
These are big 32 oz bowls. I have been using one for the water, because it holds enough for all the dogs, for at least a day.
They are also made of shiny stainless steel that looks nice on the floor of my kitchen.
There are two in a set, so you can use one for feeding and one for water.
I really like the non-skin rims on these bowls. The size is really nice too.
They are also easy to clean. You can hand wash or stick them in the dishwasher.
The pair I have fits pretty good and fits my husbands bigger hands comfortably too. He does most of the horse grooming so will probably be using them for that.
I may have to get another pair to keep in the house for the dogs. They work really good for getting all the shedding hair off a dog. I ended up with a fair size wad, even with the shedding slowed down for winter.
These gloves are going to be great for spring. They are supposed to be good for bathing animals too but we haven’t tried that yet. They do a good job getting crusted dirt and dust off.
My husbands horse really likes being groomed with these.
There was a small pile of shed hair on her hip after he rubbed down her side.
You can see the white hair on top of the brown if you click on the picture (then click again to enlarge).
My dog really liked being rubbed with the gloves on. She could not be still. She didn’t want me to quit either.
If you have animals that shed then these gloves are great. Or if you just want to be able to groom AND pet your animals at the same time. I really liked that.
I loved not having to hold anything. They are going to be especially nice in the winter. They can keep your hands warm while you take care of the animals. Good deal!
The Hawaiian shirt was a bit too colorful for me, so I opted for the Peace shirt.
I got the large because I figured it would fit at least two of my dogs, and I was right.
It fit the smallest dog a bit big, but it does look cute.
It fit the middle sized dog too.
I decided not to try to put it on the big dog. The big one hasn’t ever had anything put on her like that, and she would fight it. I didn’t want to tussle with her by myself.
Besides which the big dog wouldn’t be wearing it on a regular basis anyway. Most likely the middle dog will.
These are really neat, well made shirts.
Micha Doggy Wear donates a portion of the profits from all sales to the Busan Abandoned Pets Sanctuary (please check out their website and Facebook page), where the dog that inspired the brand was rescued from.
You can also visit Micha Doggy Wear on Facebook and Instagram. I received a free product to review.
I woke up in the middle of the night last night, because the chili we had for dinner wasn’t happy about being eaten.
Got up to go get some baking soda. I was almost to the bedroom door when I saw the shadow on the wall by the closet. It looked like a man. Freaked me out for a second, but I had touched the dog when I got out of bed, and there is no way in this world that those dogs would still be in bed if there was anyone in the house, or even near the house.
Took me a while to figure out what was making those shadows.
Bananas. Yep. Bananas.
I had some bananas hanging on a banana tree on the counter in the kitchen, and the night light was throwing their shadows on the wall in the bedroom. The shadows were just distorted enough to look like a man standing with his arms hanging down, and legs spread.
Reminded me of when I was little. I used to have nightmares and wake up screaming at night. Don’t really remember why but I was convinced there were monsters.
Those banana shadows would have really freaked me out back then.
Not to mention the wall paper in the bathroom of the place I used to live in. I think it was designed to terrify kids. There were all sorts of faces hidden in the design. I thought it was just me seeing them until my husband mentioned being watched while in the bathroom. Good thing no kids ever lived there. I expect that wallpaper was used other places though.
People who design such things need to be more careful. Unless of course they DID do it on purpose. In that case they should be ashamed of themselves, and need a good swift kick in the rear.
I’m glad the dogs were there last night or the whole neighborhood might have gotten woke up at 2 am.
As clean as you can keep a horse in the spring anyway.
Unless you are gonna brush them several times a day, they won’t be clean for long. At least not in this area.
It is really muddy out in the fields right now and the horses seem to love to roll in the worst spots.
Later in the year that could help keep the bugs off them but right now it is just a mess.
My husband says the Hamilton Horse Brush with crimped bristles is a really good horse brush. He has used it on several of the horses, and says they like it too.
It is easy to hold and does a good job on the spots where they have already shed the winter coat. It doesn’t work as well on the thicker spots, except it does help remove the hair.
My husband says this is a good brush for removing dirt and dust, which is exactly what it is made for. This brush would be great for taking along to horse shows. It would give the horses coat a nice shine before they go out in public.
Hamilton also offeres brushes with soft and medium bristles.
The horses love being brushed, and they don’t really care what kind of brush you use. I like this one, and so does my hubby. I expect you would like it too.
You can find more information by following Hamilton Products on Facebook or Twitter. I received a free product to review.
I’m giving away a used copy(I read it – excellent condition) of Monty Roberts book The Man Who Listens To Horses – The Story of a real-life Horse Whisperer.
If you are a horse person, or just want to learn more about horses, you will love this book. Monty Roberts is one of the best known horse trainers in the world, and there is a lot of information about horses in this book.
This is open to US entrants only, because I have to ship it myself. Ends January 29th. Winner will be emailed and will have 24 hours to reply before a new winner is picked.
It hasn’t actually been icy yet this year (at least not here) but it has frozen the last few nights.
Animals left outside without adequate shelter can freeze to death. And since their water will freeze, you need to check that too.
My chickens water froze and they were really happy to see me bringing them some this morning. They have a closed coop but not all of them seem to want to roost in there. At least not yet.
So far they are surviving fine, but they have feathers to keep them warm. Dogs might not fare so well.
Please make sure any animals around you have a warm place to sleep, and if you see some that don’t, call the police.
It can kill people.
Lots of people may not be quite ready for the cold this year either. I have seen people going outside without adequate clothing for the cold weather. All it will take is one fall, and if they are stuck outside too long, it will kill them.
Make sure all your family knows this, and put their coats on before going out in the cold.
It wouldn’t hurt to have a blanket and/or extra coat in the vehicle too, just in case. You never know when a breakdown might occur, and it is much better to be safe than sorry.
It can kill cable.
My cable anyway. I have no idea what (exactly) the problem is, but you would think after having the same thing happen several years in a row, that the cable company would have it’s duckies all in a row. But do they???
My internet has gone down, in the evening, for the past two days. It goes down about 4:30 to 5:00 in the afternoon, and stays down till about 9:00 in the morning. The cable company folks say it is the cold weather, and they are working on it.
I don’t get it. Does this happen to you guys who live up north?
Anyway be careful out there. Have some books handy in case you can’t get online. :)
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