If you own a horse (or any other pet, for that matter), it is vital that you know how to read their vital signs.  It is also good to know what these readings should be when the horse is healthy and at rest.

Generally speaking, normal ranges are ...

- Temperature:  99 - 101 degrees
- Pulse / Heart Rate:  28 - 44 beats per minute
- Respiration Rate: 12 - 15 breaths per minute
- Capillary Refill Time:  2 seconds or less & pink


Above is a great video with Dr. Roberta Dwyer, from the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center, showing how to take your horse's temperature, pulse, respiration rate, and how to check his hydration status and mucous membranes.

Lastly, although not covered in the video, you should always check your horse's gut sounds. Normal gut sounds vary widely, but should always be present. Faint, infrequent, or absent gut sounds usually indicate colic and your veterinarian should be called.


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date Thursday, November 21, 2013

 





Like many folks,  we LOVE games and puzzles!  We also enjoy relaxing on Sundays. Put the two together, and here is a relaxing Sunday puzzle for you to enjoy!  
 
By-the-way, we finished in 11:39 ... how did you do?


Tip: While solving this puzzle, click the button in the lower-right corner to go full-screen.


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date Sunday, November 17, 2013

 




 




Late-night TV host and comedian, Conan O'Brien, took over the race calling duties from Trevor Denman last month at Santa Anita  ... hilarious!


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date Friday, November 15, 2013

 

date Wednesday, November 13, 2013

 





"At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we remember ..."

Veterans Day is the day we
celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans who have served our country. So when we remember and honor the men and women of our Armed Forces, we must also remember "Man's Best Friend", who has served our nation with distinction. Many of our service men and women owe their lives to the bravery and sacrifice of these animals. These dogs are trained to serve our country and mankind ... and they perform like heroes.

So this Veterans Day, when we say THANK YOU to all of those who are serving, or have served, our country and protected our freedoms, don't forget to think of our Military Canines! ♥




https://www.facebook.com/pages/Operation-K-9-Care-Package/194834037271063

date Monday, November 11, 2013

 




We do not know about you, but we LOVE emoticons & symbols! Happy, sad, silly ... we enjoy using them all. Last spring things became even more fun. Facebook rolled out support for "Emoji" in comments and status updates, in addition to check-ins, photo captions, group posts, messages, chats, and timeline posts.

To use the amazing Emoji icons, all you have to do is copy and paste the symbol code below the picture icon. Don't worry if you see the code as an empty square, it will still convert to emoticon once you post it on Facebook

Enjoy! Puppy Emoticon

(If you would like somewhere to try these out, 
please feel free to stop by our Facebook page and say "Hi!".) 



EMOTICONS & EMOJI

http://www.symbols-n-emoticons.com/
:)
Facebook Big Smile Grin Emoticon
:D
Facebook Frown Emoticon
:(
Facebook Cry Emoticon
:'(
Facebook Comments Smiley With Tongue Out
:P
Facebook Angel Smiley Symbol
O:)
Facebook Devil Smiley Emoticon
3:)
Facebook Confused Smiley
o.O
Facebook Wink Smiley
;)
Facebook Gasp Emoticon
:O
Facebook Squint Smiley
-_-
Facebook Angry Smiley
>:O
Facebook Kiss Smiley
:*
Facebook Heart Symbol
<3
Facebook Kiki Smiley
^_^
Facebook Glasses Smiley
8)
Facebook Sunglasses Smiley
8|
Facebook Shark Smiley
(^^^)
Facebook Robot Smiley
:|]
Facebook Grumpy Smiley
>:(
Facebook Pacman Emoticon
:v
Facebook Unsure Smiley
:/
Facebook Curly Lips
:3
Facebook Penguin Smiley
<(")
Thumb Up (y) Like Facebook Emoticon
(y)
Poop - New Facebook Emoticon
:poop:
Facebook Chris Putnam Smiley
:putnam:
Facebook Cloud Icon
Umbrella Emoticon
Facebook Sun Emoticon
Broken Heart Emoticon
Facebook Blue Heart Icon
Green Heart Emoticon
Yellow Heart Emoticon
Purple Heart Emoticon
Triple Heart Emoticon
Stabbed Heart
Cool heart icon
Wrapped Heart Emoticon
Sparkling Heart Icon
Lip Mark Emoticon
Lips Emoticon
Emoticon in love
Couple in love
Star Emoticon
Stars emoticon
Facebook Music Note Emoticon
Music Notes Emoticon
Zzz Emoticon
Purple Devil Emoticon
Peace Fingers Emoticon
Dislike Emoticon
Facebook Clenched Fist Emoticon
A-ok sign
High Five Emoticon
Two hands reaching up
Muscle arm
Fist Emoticon
A pair of hands clapping.
Finger pointing up
Index finger
Finger pointing left emoticon
Finger pointing down Emoticon
Alien Emoticon
Green Monster Emoticon
Party Popper
Angel Emoticon
Beer Emoticon
Bell Emoticon
Balloon Emoticon
Fire Emoticon
Facebook Thunder Emoticon
Ghost Emoticon
Moon Emoticon
Phone Emoticon
Cocktail Glass Emoticon
Clover Emoticon
Graduation Hat
Pumpkin Emoticon
Skull emoticon
Nail Polish Emoticon
Wave Emoticon
Christmas Tree Emoticon
Ear Emoticon
Nose Emoticon
Girl with bunny ears
Eyes Emoticon
Bouquet Emoticon
TV Emoticon
Hamburger Emoticon
Guardsman Emoticon
Man With Turban
Santa Claus Emoticon
Policeman Emoticon
Construction Worker Emoticon
Princess Emoticon
Blonde Girl Emoticon
Older Man
Older woman
Baby Face
Boy and girl holding hands
Man and woman holding hands
Dancer Emoticon
Strawberry Emoticon
Orange Emoticon
Red Apple Emoticon
Droplets Emoticon
Palm Emoticon
Cactus Emoticon
Maple Leaf Emoticon
Fallen Leaf Emoticon
Fluttering Leaf
Cherry Blossom
Facebook Rose Emoticon
Tulip Emoticon
Sunflower Emoticon
Seedling Emoticon
Hibiscus Emoticon
Snake Emoticon
Bug Emoticon
Puppy Emoticon
Teddy Bear Emoticon
Monkey Face
Mouse Emoticon
Hamster Emoticon
Wolf Emoticon
Tiger Emoticon
Horse face
Pig Emoticon
Cat Emoticon
Bunny Emoticon
Poodle Emoticon
Sheep Emoticon
Penguin face
Koala Emoticon
Cow Emoticon
Wild boar Emoticon
Chicken Emoticon
Yellow Chick
Bird Emoticon
Elephant Emoticon
Horse Emoticon
Monkey Emoticon
Camel Emoticon
Octopus
Dolphin Emoticon
Whale emoticon
Tropical Fish
Fish Emoticon
Blowfish
Seashell Emoticon
Frog Face
Tongue out and winking
Tongue Out Emoticon
Facebook Blush Emoticon
Winking Emoticon
Sad Face
Unamused Emoticon
Scared Emoticon
Emoticon Screaming In Fear
Emoticon Blowing A Kiss
Emoticon crying tears of joy
Red Angry Emoticon
Emoticon with eyes wide open
Astonished Emoticon
Big Grin Emoticon
Disappointed emoticon
Dizzy Emoticon
Emoticon Shedding Tears
Angry face emoticon
Present emoticon
Snowman Emoticon
PC Facebook Emoticon
Tablet Or Smartphone Emoticon
CD Or DVD Emoticon
Carp streamers
Wind Emoticon
Footprints Facebook Emoticon
Cup Of Coffee Facebook Emoticon
Anger symbol emoticon



** SYMBOLS **  
(Just copy/paste)


Smileys
  ☹ ☺ ☻ ت ヅ ツ ッ シ Ü ϡ ﭢ

Love, hearts
  ♥ ❤ ❥ ❣ ❦ ❧ ♡ ۵ 웃 유 ღ ♋ ♂ ♀ ☿

Phones
 ✆ ☎ ☏

Write
 ✐ ✎ ✏ ✑ ✒ ✍ ✉ ⌨

Music
 ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ ♭ ♮ ♯ ° ø

Religious
 ☨† ✞ ✝ ☥ ☦ ☓ ☩ ☯ ☧ ☬ ☸ ✡ ♁ ✙ ♆

Stars/Snow
⋆ ✢ ✣ ✤ ✥ ❋ ✦ ✧ ✩ ╰☆╮ ✪ ✫ ✬ ✭ ✮ ✯ ✰ ✡ ★ ✱ ✲ ✳ ✴ ❂ ✵ ✶ ✷ ✸ ✹ ✺ ✻ ✼ ❄ ❅ ❆ ❇ ❈ ❉ ❊

Money
 € £ Ұ ₴ $ ₰ ¢ ₤ ¥ ₳ ₲ ₪ ₵ 元 ₣ ₱ ฿ ¤ ₡ ₮ ₭ ₩ ރ 円 ₢ ₥ ₫ ₦ zł ﷼ ₠ ₧ ₯ ₨ Kč र

Letters
 ℂ ℍ ℕ ℙ ℚ ℝ ℤ ℬ ℰ ℯ ℱ ℊ ℋ ℎ ℐ ℒ ℓ ℳ ℴ ℘ ℛ ℭ ℮ ℌ ℑ ℜ ℨ

No
 ☐ ☒ ✇ ✖ ✗ ✘ ✕ ☓

Copyrights
  ™ ℠ © ® ℗

Yes
  ☑ ✓ ✔ √

Weather
  ☼ ☀ ☁ ☂ ☃ ☄ ☾ ☽ ❄ ☇ ☈ ⊙ ☉ ℃ ℉ ° ❅ ✺ ϟ

Flowers
  ✽ ✾ ✿ ❁ ❃ ❋ ❀

Triangles
 ▲ ▼ ◄ ► ▶ ◀ ◣ ◢ ◥ ▼ ◤ ◥ ▴ ▾ ◂ ▸ △ ▽ ◁ ▷ ⊿ ▻ ◅ ▵ ▹ ◃ ▿

Ratios
 ¼ ½ ⅓ ⅕ ⅙ ⅛ ⅔ ⅖ ⅚ ⅜ ¾ ⅗ ⅝ ⅞ ⅘

Chinese
  迎 簡 計 大

Roman
 Ⅰ Ⅱ Ⅲ Ⅳ Ⅴ Ⅵ Ⅶ Ⅷ Ⅸ Ⅹ Ⅺ Ⅻ Ⅼ Ⅽ Ⅾ Ⅿ ⅰ ⅱ ⅲ ⅳ ⅴ ⅵ ⅶ ⅷ ⅸ ⅹ ⅺ ⅻ ⅼ ⅽ ⅾ ⅿ

Quotes
  ❝ ❞ « » ‟ ‹ › 〈 〉 „  ′ ‵ ‘ ’ ‚ ‛ “ ” ‷ ‴ ‶ ″

Percent
 %

* For more ALT codes click here. To use, just hold down the 'Alt' key while typing the numbers on the keypad.

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date Friday, October 25, 2013