September, 2014

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How Horses Communicate.

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For an animal that can't speak, horses are very adept at communicating their moods and what they want. Just like dogs, they definitely know how to communicate to humans. Most horse owners learn very quickly the signals and language a horse uses, because if they didn't, they could easily get hurt by an animal that typically weighs 1100-1800 pounds more than they do. So this article is more for the rest of you non-equestrian types, and maybe there are a few signals you horse buffs don't know.

Horse Vocals: The famous horse whinny or neigh is usually done to acknowledge a familiar person or another horse. Often horses will call out to a member of the herd who has gone out riding without them because they are trying to communicate with that herd member or are excited by the action of the other horse.
Usually a neigh has to be interpreted in conjunction with the horse's body language to know what they are trying to say.

Snorting: A horse will snort to clear it's nostrils of bugs or other debris as well as a sign of dominance with the stallions when they face an adversary for herd leader or mating rights.

Nickering: I had a horse that nickered at me every morning when he saw me heading toward the barn to feed him in the winter. I think he was saying, "Hurry up" or "It's about time." Nickering is a friendly, welcoming sort of sound.

Ears: Horses communicate a great deal with their ears, or rather, the position of their ears. If the ears are forward and erect and the horse has stopped what it's doing and appears to be looking off into the distance, he is. Something has caught his eye. It could be friend or foe, but it has his undivided attention until he determines which it is.
If a horse's ears are back but upright, he is listening to something behind him. When you are riding, this is usually you. He is possibly waiting for his next command, or if you are talking to someone riding with you, he is eavesdropping.
If the ears are backward and flattened against his head, watch out. He is angry and about to bite, or he could be scared and about to bolt.

Stomping: Usually a "let's go" or "hurry up" signal if a horse is pawing at the ground. If he seems relaxed and is standing still but stomping or kicking lightly, he is probably trying to get flies off of him.

Tail Signals: Swishing their tail is normal for horses to keep flies off of them. If they flatten their tail and stick it between their legs, they are showing fear. Swishing their tail in short, quick strokes in agitation is just that. A little like a squirrel would swish their tail in short, choppy strokes when they are scolding an intruder.

Bucking and Rearing Up: Usually an act of playing, but sometimes just a means to get a rider off of them that they do not like or respect. It can also be a means to protect themselves if they are being threatened as with a whip or a very aggressive trainer.

Rolling in Dirt: Not really a communication as it is a necessity. Horses will cover themselves with dirt to try and keep flies off. This usually works better than any fly spray on the market today. Somebody should invent a fly spray made out of mud.

Chewing or Cribbing: Often done by bored horses, it can also be a means for them to keep their teeth worn down. If a horse does not have bark or trees to chew on, their teeth can become overgrown. Usually supplying them with some firewood, trees or sticks that have a rough bark will give them what they need to stop chewing up your fences and barn.

Running, Bucking, Jumping This is great fun for horses. While some people interpret this as aggressive behavior, it is usually playful and horses do it when they are feeling good and want to express themselves.


Unusual Dog Behaviors Explained.

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Reverse Sneezing: I had a Shar-pei that did this quite a lot, especially at night in the winter when he was in the house the majority of the time. It's really not sneezing at all, but sucking air in through their nose while making a choking sound or acting like they are gasping for air.
Medically known as paroxysmal respiration, the reverse sneeze in dogs is usually caused by an irritant, such as dust, dryness or chemicals, eating or drinking too fast, hair balls, allergies or a nasal infection. In the case of the Shar_pei I mentioned above, using a humidifier in the house at night during the winter months stopped him from doing this almost entirely.
While the sound is enough to make any dog owner concerned, it's nothing to worry about unless it is frequent, such as once a week or more. Stop using any air fresheners - which are very irritating to any animal's sensitive respiratory system - cleaners that may contain perfumes or rug deodorizers etc. If your dog actually has a dripping nose, a trip to the vet may be warranted to see if he has an infection or allergy.

Tail Chasing: A puppy may do this just for something to do, and when the pet owners laugh at it or think it's cute, they may be encouraging the habit without knowing it. Tail chasing can be due to an itch the dog can't reach, fleas or ticks, worms or dermatitis. Be sure to keep your dog as pest-free and clean as possible, thus preventing tail biting spurred from infestation or dirt. Remove tangles from his fur, use flea/tick prevention, and get dermatitis diagnosed and treated. Exercise your dog and provide enrichment to prevent boredom and anxiety resulting from isolation. Usually dogs with another dog around won’t tail chase; it’s almost always an “only dog” issue, so consider a second dog or play dates, but something more stimulating to ease his boredom.

Rolling in Stinky, Smelling, Yucky Things: Why a dog would want to roll in garbage, another animal's feces, dead things or something like horse manure a human can only scoff at and guess. I used to have a golden retriever that loved to catch frogs in our lake, take them up on shore and roll on them; much to my disgust, as she would end up smelling like some swamp thing from the black lagoon.
One theory is that they are trying to disguise their own sent when sneaking up on prey - a throw back from their hunting days. Another guess is that they just want to mark something with their own scent, as a way of saying, "This is mine." I think that was the case with my golden retriever marking her catch. After all, she worked hard to catch those frogs, wading in cold water with a stealth that was amazing and waiting for long periods of time to pounce on her prey. With all that work involved, I would want to make sure nobody else stole my winnings either. Or maybe, dogs just like disgusting stuff.

Showing Their Belly: Usually a submissive act, or in the case of my Mastiff, she just loves to have her belly scratched and will take advantage of any passerby to say, "Please scratch me."
I once had a ferret that did the same thing quite often. She would flop over on her back and look up at me like a cat. She just seemed to want attention.
Some dog owners don't like their fierce-looking dog who is suppose to be protecting them to suddenly roll over and act all cute in front of strangers. They worry about the dog being too submissive. If that's the case, make sure the dog is ignored every time they display this behavior and they will stop doing it because it isn't producing the results they want. Make sure stranger ignore it as well.

Eating Feces. (Coprophagy): There probably isn't anything that grosses-out a human more than seeing a dog eat it's own excrement. Why on Earth would anything want to do that? Well, female dogs are usually the most inclined to eat their own feces, and maybe that of their puppies too. They do it because it's their maternal instinct to keep their area clean for their pups to prevent disease and such.
Another reason a dog will eat poop is if they have a poor diet that lacks essential nutrients or they have digestive problems and are not completely digesting their food before they eliminate it. Feeding your dog enzymes will help tremendously if this is the reason. Otherwise, feeding your dog more nutritious dog food, with a higher quality protein and some vegetables should stop this gross and disgusting habit. If they are smelling something still worth eating in their excrement, they will give it another go, so to speak.

Humping: Most often done by unneutered males, any dog may do it to establish dominance over another. If not stopped right away, humping can become an obsessive habit in a dog and an embarrassment to the owner. With male dogs, the best option is to have them neutered. This will stop most humping urges. Getting your dog to focus on something else is another good alternative for dogs that have already been neutered and still exhibit the behavior, or dogs doing it to show dominance over another dog.

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Natural Pet Remedies: Horse Cribbing or Chewing.

Cribbing and chewing are not the same thing. Cribbing is when a horse grabs some object with its teeth and sucks in air at the same time. This can be them exhibiting pain, from teeth or stomach problems such as colic. When cribbing, a horse will NOT usually bite off chunks of wood and chew them up but will often do what the horse in this photo is doing: appear to be resting his head on something using his teeth. It's important to know the difference between cribbing and chewing so the problem can be addressed correctly. There are special harnesses designed to stop a horse from cribbing, but you really should get to the root of the cause of it's probably a health issue.

Chewing is often done by bored horses, horses that lack nutrients, or it can also be a means for them to keep their teeth worn down. In this case, they will bite off chunks of wood, chew it up and swallow it. Not something a cribbing horse will usually do. If a horse does not have bark or trees to chew on, their teeth can become overgrown which will cause eating problems and possible sores in their mouths. This is why most horse owners have to have their equine's teeth "floated" regularly by an equine vet. Floating is when a vet will actually file down a horse's teeth.
Sometimes a young horse will chew if he is breaking in new teeth. Horses also need a sufficient amount of roughage in their diet for good digestion that is not supplied by hay. Free range horses will often eat twigs, branches and the bark off of trees. This is normal for a horse in the wild, but domestic horse usually lack this vital diet aid.
Supplying them with some firewood, logs, trees or sticks that have a rough bark will give them what they need to stop chewing up your fences and barn.
The commercial "stop-chewing" products on the market can work short term, but ultimately you will have to address the reason for the chewing or you will spend a fortune on commercial products, and as soon as they wear off, the horse will be right back to chewing.
For non-commercial processed alternatives to stop-chewing products, try making a thick paste from cayenne pepper or Tabasco sauce and oil and painting it on your fences or other areas you don't want them to chew, once again, giving them an alternative to chew on, such as a cut up tree or log preferably with the bark still on it will work much better and provide them some needed roughage and nutrients as well. I have never found anything that works better for chewing. When I buy firewood for my wood stove in the winter, I throw a couple pieces into the paddock for the horses. They love it and it saves my barn a great deal of wear and tear. They specifically like any wood with a rough outer bark, such as poplar, aspen, cottonwood, ash or oak. Only use hardwoods, do not give them pine. They won't use it for one thing, and it will cause colic or stomach upset because of the oils in evergreen types of wood, so also avoid cypress, juniper or any evergreen.


Featured Monthly DOG BREED: Characteristics and Concerns. (We will get to cat breeds later.)

Black Mouth Cur:

Size: The adult weight ranges from 50-100 pounds, and 16-25 inches tall, with males being larger than females. The wide range in size is due to different types within the breed

The Black Mouth Cur is a well-muscled rugged hunting, herding, and all around utility dog whose coat comes in a number of colors and shades, generally red, yellow, fawn, or buckskin. Solid white and piebald colors occur in Black Mouth Curs, and on rare occasions appear in a breeding.
great family dogs. They are great social dogs if trained properly. The BMC is a "very smart" breed who "by nature need to bond a few weeks" with their owner/trainer before training can begin. The breed shows great loyalty and may even die for their owner. Great around children if introduced correctly, they have great potential to "make wonderful family dogs." As they grow older they become very laid back. "The BMC was bred as a homestead dog that would protect its family and home against intruders. This means that a well-bred BMC is territorial. Most BMCs off their 'turf' work well with other dogs, hunting or herding stock, but on their family property will chase the same dog away. Their turf can be viewed by the dog as the family’s home, land, truck, or sometimes proximity to 'their person'."
"The BMC is genetically very athletic and eager to please. Given proper guidance and training, a BMC can excel in just about any activity you could imagine. They can herd animals, track or trail game, pull weights, run in a coursing event, work as a Search and Rescue dog, or anything else a smart, athletic dog that wants to please its owner can do." Black Mouth Curs are used for herding cattle, baying hogs, hunting squirrel, raccoon, bear and mountain lion. All Black Mouth Curs excel at baying and herding. They will also tree game. The BMC is a very versatile dog, and a single dog can be used to bay, herd, and tree depending upon the handler's desire. They have also been noted to be successful deer tracking dogs in the South.

Health: As with other similar breeds, entropion (slight turning in of eyelid) is a correctable health issue. Their active nature exposes them to the possibility of torn ligaments and pulled muscles

Lifespan: Though many health issues affect dogs of all breeds and can affect the Black Mouth Cur, they seem to be a rather hardy breed. Their average life span is 12–16 years of age.

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