Become A Better Horse Owner

This was sent to me today. I found it very appropriate. All the horse owners out there will certainly understand.

Top 10 Exercises to Become A Better Equestrian/Horse Owner

    10.Drop a heavy steel object on your foot. Don’t pick it up right away. Shout, “Get off, Stupid, GET OFF!”

    9. Leap out of a moving vehicle and practice “relaxing into the fall.” Roll lithely into a ball and spring to your feet.

    8. Learn to grab your checkbook out of your purse and write out a $500 check without even looking down.

    7. Jog long distances carrying a halter and a carrot. Go ahead and tell the neighbors what you are doing – they might as well know now.

    6. Affix a pair of reins to a moving freight train and practice pulling to a halt. Smile as if you are having fun.

    5. Hone your fibbing skills: “See hon, moving hay bales is FUN!” and “No, really, I’m glad your lucky performance and multimillion dollar horse won the blue ribbon. I am just thankful that my hard work and actual ability won me second place.”

    4. Practice dialing your chiropractor’s number with both arms paralyzed to the shoulder and one foot anchoring the lead rope of a frisky horse.

    3. Borrow the US Army’s slogan: Be All That You Can Be –bitten, thrown, kicked, slimed, trampled, frozen…

    2. Lie face down in a puddle of mud in your most expensive riding clothes and repeat to yourself, “This is a learning experience, this is a learning experience, this is …”

    1. THE NUMBER ONE EXERCISE TO BECOME A BETTER EQUESTRIAN: Marry money.

Swine Flu Is Now Available To Even More Mammals

You’ve heard the news over and over about the pandemic of the H1N1 virus, and how many humans are infected with it. Yesterday, a 13-year-old house cat was reported as the first confirmed case in a household animal.

The cat had a loss of appetite, lethargy, coughing, and sneezing. The owners experienced the same symptoms earlier. This led professionals to believe that the cat had contracted the illness from contact with the humans. The cat was treated with fluids for dehydration and antibiotics.

There have been cases of avian flu in household and zoo cats, as well as a similar flu in dogs. But, none have been confirmed as having the human virus. As with any viral infections, the virus mutates rapidly, making it tougher to combat over time. But, that doesn’t mean we should worry. It just means the professionals will be studying yet another strain as usual.

This means that you should limit contact with your pets as well as your other mammals in the house to help slow the spread. No more wiping your nose in the nice soft coat of the smaller mammals in your household.