I just finished reading an interesting article from The Horse about the disease Strangles. I had always been told (and had read in at least several places) that the strangles bacteria, Streptococcus equi, stays in the ground for years and years and years. This is why many people are quite afraid of Strangles, not only […]
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Take a close look at this bird: (photo by: Arnel B. Telesforo) Any idea what kind of bird this is? When’s the last time you saw a bird like this? For that matter, when’s the last time anyone saw a bird like this? (more…)
My mother has been reading David Freeman Hawke’s Everyday Life in Early America. Here’s a quote she shared with me: Spoons were the essential utensil at the table. Knives, if they turned up, were pointed and used to spear food from the common serving dish. Forks did not appear until the eighteenth century. There were […]
Many animal trainers that use positive reinforcement and operant conditioning rely on a clicker or a certain word (such as “Good!”) to mark correct behavior. The marker sound or word functions as a secondary reinforcer. It’s paired with food over and over again until the animal associates it with good behavior. Then, when you give […]
I spent the better part of the afternoon sitting on the ground picking bunches of grass and feeding them to a big blue-eyed brown and white paint horse. He’s still not at all sure he wants to be my friend, but he started being convinced by the end of the session. I had a friend […]
Here’s where Blaze and I are at after about 10 days of training.