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Tips for Caring for Your Horse in Winter

From wearing extra layers to shoveling your driveway, winter can bring many changes and effect our daily routines. This can be true not only for you, but also for your outdoor animals as well. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to caring for your horse in the wintertime. 

Keep Cozy and Warm

One important part of making sure that your horse is properly cared for in the winter is making sure that they have what they need to keep warm, and this can involve not only making sure they have cheap equestrian clothing but also sufficient shelter as well. While some horses may be acclimated to cold outdoor temperatures, for others having shelter from wind and cold could make a big difference in their overall health.

Feeding Changes

Because of the cold, horses often need to eat more food to sustain themselves. When the weather starts changing, making sure that your horse has plenty of food can be key. Additionally, horses often need to drink more water in the winter as well, and providing them with warm water, between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit may be the best option. 

Give an Overall Health Check

The extra cold has potential to be stressful on your horse’s system. Because of this, making sure that they are in good health before winter comes can be an important part of making sure that they do well throughout the cold months. Often, if your horse is already in good health you may not need to do too much, and simply checking on them a little more than you would normally may go a long way.

The Takeaway

The colder months can bring many changes, not only for you, but for your outdoor animals as well.

Horses may need extra care during the winter, but some simple provisions like plenty of food, water, and shelter may go a long way toward ensuring they have a comfortable winter season. 

Surviving Bathtime With Your Dog

The water is running. The doggie shampoo is lined up on the bathtub shelf. You’re all ready for Rover’s bath — but unfortunately he is cowering under the toilet and seems to have grown about five more legs when you try and pull him your way. Dogs are masters at avoiding the bathtub, but with all the gross, smelly things they like to roll in bathtime is a necessary evil. How can you help your dog dread it less?

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Wear Him Out

A tired dog is less likely to have the energy to fight you super hard, so get yours worn out before trying to get him in the bathtub. Grab those grey tennis balls from the drawer and spend an afternoon at the dog park. Let him run, run, run the energy out so that when it’s bathtime he will be too tired to care — and might even enjoy the massage after hard play!

Positivity Overload

Our canine friends are a lot like toddlers in many ways. They can sense your energy and mood, so be overly enthused when you’re trying to coax your dog into the tub. Praise him and give him belly rubs as the water fills up to try and ease his anxiety.

  • Also like toddlers, dogs love toys. Bring his favorite toys into the bathtub with him! Having something to distract him might make him less anxious and feel more comfortable.
  • What is a better way to a dog’s heart than through his tummy? Start feeding your dog in the bathtub (when it’s dry, of course) so that he makes positive associations with it. During bathtime, have a few treats on standby to reward him for good behavior.

It can be majorly difficult to give a stubborn dog a bath, but there are methods that can help. Be patient and loving with your pal; he would do the same for you!

3 Things You Need To Know Before Getting an Aquarium

It’s well established that pets help reduce stress. While many people look to the companionship a dog provides or the calming effect of stroking a cat’s fur, it turns out those four-legged friends aren’t the only ones that offer emotional relief. In fact, they don’t need legs at all. Studies suggest viewing fish in an aquarium can positively impact one’s health, listing benefits such as reducing anxiety and decreasing muscle tension. Owners are able to escape the pressures of everyday life just by watching brightly-colored fish move effortlessly throughout the water. Coupled with a reputation for being relatively low maintenance, fish are a popular pet for people on the go. Before you rush out to the pet store, here’s what you need to know.


There are plenty of fish in the sea, but not all of them need to be part of your aquarium. It’s easy to be attracted to a fish’s brilliant colors or unique features and want to include it in your set-up, but the more fish you have, the larger your aquarium needs to be. A 1-inch fish needs about one gallon of water, so keep your fish count low if living arrangements limit you to a smaller tank.


Having the right setting is important for an aquarium. Hard, flat surfaces are a requirement, and it needs to be somewhere out of reach of children and pets. Anything but the smallest fish tanks also needs to be on sturdy furniture due to the weight of the water. For a set-up to go swimmingly, rely on the expertise of a professional by searching for Aquarium Installation denver or in your area.


Healthy fish require more than just a tank and water. Cleaning supplies and water treatment materials are necessary, as is a heater, filter, gravel, fish food, hood and light. You’ll likely also want to dress up the aquarium with plants and decorative items.

There’s nothing fishy about wanting a pet. Keep these tips in mind before an uninformed purchase leaves you all wet.