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Five Fun Scent Games for Dogs

Dogs rely on their sense of smell to experience the world around them. This is why their walks are more than just an opportunity to go to the bathroom. The “smell stops” your dog makes are the equivalent of your pooch reading the morning paper or checking social media to see what their friends are […] Read more »

What Do Our Dogs and Cats Actually Remember?

Experts suggest that extremely positive, as well as the extremely negative experiences, create the most lasting memories in both dogs and cats. Although that might seem intuitive, there are many experiences that might be forgettable for us, but are long-lasting for our pets. Cats live curiously, but cautiously. They groom and hunt for themselves, which […] Read more »

5 Ways to Transform the Horse and Rider Bond

Horses are graceful, elegant, and fascinating creatures. As with any owner-animal relationship, encouraging a strong bond promotes better wellness for both rider and horse. However, there are ways to transform the relationship to even further increase your horse and rider bond. 1. The Power of Touch Allogrooming is form of grooming between members of the same […] Read more »

5 Water Safety Tips For Your Dog

Dog water safety
Dog water safety certainly doesn’t have to stop the fun!  Here are some water safety tips for smooth sailing on those pool, pond, lake, or beach days! 1. Getting Comfortable in the Water Before you take your dog for a swim for the first time, don’t assume they can swim, because, believe it or not, […] Read more »

Can Horses Read Our Body Language?

Most riders sense that they have an unspoken bond with the horses they are close to, but do horses really have an innate capacity for reading human body language? Amy Smith, researcher at the University of Sussex, wanted to learn more about horses’ ability to interpret non-verbal communication. Smith and her research team created an […] Read more »

How to Tell if Your Horse is Overheated

Long hair, too much fat insulation, and hot trailers are a few of the many reasons why a horse could overheat. In hot, humid conditions, the air is damp, and horses’ sweat won’t evaporate. This means the horse stays wet with sweat, but doesn’t get any cooler. It is incredibly important to take preventative measures, […] Read more »

Are You Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears Correctly?

My dog is often guilty of selective hearing (especially when it’s time to go potty on a rainy day); however, the weather didn’t explain why my dog’s ears always seemed to be clogged. Earwax build-up can impact a dog’s hearing, just as it can with our own. Worse, it can lead to problems for our […] Read more »

5 Stretches for Equestrians & their Horses

Light stretching is wonderful for our flexibility and elasticity, improved performance, and stress relief. In the same way, equines have stretches to benefit their bodies and performance, as well. Using stiff muscles adds stress to the joints and can result in injury. While equine and equestrian stretches are important, they can also be a fun […] Read more »

5 Ways to Keep (Better) Track of Your Pet

The American Humane Association estimates more than 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. They also report that one in three pets will become lost at some point during their life. Although most pets are reunited with their owners, that constant anxiety hangs over me. I can’t stomach […] Read more »

Long Story Short, Leg Length Affects Your Riding Position

Appropriate stirrup placement is important for safety, balance, and correct riding skills. Many factors come into saddle fitting, such as riding discipline, pelvic tilt, seat bone width, and weight carriage, but have you considered your upper/lower leg ratio? A larger ratio may call for a readjustment of the stirrup bar to be placed farther back […] Read more »