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Equine infectious anemia has been a horse owner's worst nightmare for many years, but thanks to new federal, state and provincial government testing requirements this condition is not nearly as devastating as it was just 20 years ago in North America. Equine infectious anemia is what the Coggin's Test is designed to identify. This simple blood test is the best and easiest way for a horse owner to ensure that his or her horse is safe both for their own peace of mind as well as to let others know that the horse is free from the condition.
A vet must do the Coggin's Test, which simply includes a small blood sample that is drawn from the horse then sent to a government approved testing lab. Once a negative result is obtained, the horse is considered to be free from equine infectious anemia and can usually be moved across state lines, boarded or stabled as well as entered into events and competitions. Horses with positive results cannot and must be kept under very controlled situations to prevent the spread of the disease. [...]
When you are entering your Belgian Riding Pony in a show, there are a few things that you will want to do to prepare before you enter the arena. Your pony will need you to do a few things for him so that he can put his best hoof forward.
The first thing that you will need to do is to give your pony a bath. You will need to get each and every part of him squeaky clean. For best results, you will want to give your pony a bath a few days prior to the show. This will allow plenty of time for the natural oils in his coat to return and make him shine and gleam. If you can't do this far enough in advance, then you can use a shine enhancing formula on the coat of your pony after he is dry. You will want to be careful when you use this around the saddle area. Too much product could cause the saddle to slip while you are performing in one of the jumping classes.
Next, you will need to clip the feathers on your pony's legs. These should be clipped closely. You will also need to clip the hairs that are long on your pony's face, muzzle, throat and ears. [...]
The very appearance of the Swedish Warmblood is of a highly competitive horse that has a substantial frame, athletic appearance and ideal movement and gait. The average height of the Swedish Warmblood is approximately 16.1 to 17 hands, so they are a tall and very balanced looking horse with clean lines and excellent conformation. The very body style of the Swedish Warmblood requires little in the way of artificial enhancements such as flashy tack or highly decorated horses, rather the natural beauty, grace and ability of the horse is what should be most obvious during competition. [...]
Miniature horses make wonderful pets; you should be able to adopt a mini fairly easily through a horse rescue organization, buy one from an auction, on the Internet, or from an individual owner. There is no need to spend a huge amount of money to buy a miniature horse when there are those that didn't meet the standards to be used as guide or therapy horses that need loving homes. [...]
The Missouri Fox Trotter is native to the United States. This animal is a picture of elegance and grace; its normal gait is in a diagonal line. The front legs walk and the back legs trot behind. The rider does not bounce up and down, but rather moves in a rhythmic gliding motion. Its graceful appearance is accentuated by its proudly raised head and elevated tail. A Missouri Fox Trotter should be 14 to 16 hands high to carry the weight of an adult rider. [...]
When it comes to the appearance and presentation of your British Riding Pony in a show, you will need to do a few things in order to prepare him first. After all, the presentation of your pony is a major key to your success in the arena.
You will need to bathe your British Riding Pony before your competition. This should be done a few days prior to the competition show. You will need to allow time for the natural oils he possesses in his coat to work their magic. These will help your pony to shine with an outward glow. If your pony's natural oils do not have enough time to work their magic, then you can apply a shine enhancing product to his coat after he is completely dry. Be careful not to use too much of the product around the saddle area. This can cause the saddle to slip and create a dangerous situation for you and your pony as well as mess up your performance in the competition.
After your British Riding Pony has had his bath, you will need to attend to any hair clipping that needs to be done. The feathery hair on his legs will need to be clipped closely. [...]
Dogs are much more fortunate that humans when it comes to natural defenses against mosquitoes and other types of biting insects. Their coat, even if it is only short, acts as a natural barrier between the insect and the dog's skin. Dogs with very thick, heavy double coats are largely very protected from mosquitoes and biting insects, however the areas that are exposed such as the lower abdomen, the nose and even the eyes and lips can all be stung and bit, resulting in severe reactions in some dogs. [...]