One of the most important things that a horse owner needs to keep it in top condition is proper feeding. As a responsible horse owner, you will not only need to offer the best horse feed for weight gain, but you also need to provide it the right way, however. Overfeeding grain feeds to a horse may cause colic. This is very serious condition and can be fatal.
Rules For Proper Feeding
Consider these rules to make sure that you provide the right nutrition to your horse.
Feed a small portion but often. A small tummy that a horse has will need only as much as it can be filled. You will only need to feed your horse a small amount at regular intervals. The longest period that one can have without food should not go more than eight hours.
The general rule when feeding a horse is that the total weight of feed eaten should be between 1.5% and 2% of the horses’ body weight.
Offer bulk feeds. For your horse to live well, you will need to feed bulk feeds to fill his ever hungry stomach with hay or grass.
The amount and type of feed that you need to offer your horse will depend on several factors, such as the horse’s type, age, weight, health, workload, the climate, time of year, age of the horse, and other local elements. Remember that if you fail to provide just exactly what your horse needs, whether feeding too much, too little, offering feed that it should not have, may cause physical and mental problems.
Provide good quality feed. Anything that has past a sell date is not a good thing to offer your horse. Feeding high-quality hay free feed in addition to pasture is more than enough to provide the horses’ nutritional needs. That means you will need to know what these various forages can actually provide to your horse. (more…)
Green anoles are insectivorous animals which means that their main diet is the insects. Crickets are mostly used to feed the anoles since they are easily available and a rich source of nutrients required for the survival and good health. Anoles should be fed with crickets that are half the head size of the anole. The crickets fed to the anoles should be small in sized to avoid chocking them.
The youngest anoles can have a diet of fruit fries which is made up of small insects that are also easy to digest. Moreover, gut-loaded crickets should be the ones that are provided to the anoles. This means that the crickets are loaded with enough nutrients that ensure good health and survival of the anoles in general. It is thus the best food for the green anole.
You will realize that the crickets that are available in the pet stores are the ones that are very well fed. This means that such crickets are always expensive to acquire for your green anole. However, you can always acquire those that are not well fed and keep them for a bit longer at home as you provide pre-packaged food to them. You can as well provide the crickets with a diet of your choice as long as it makes them healthy enough for consumption by the green anole. Gut loading for the crickets van always be done using baby cereals, fruits, vegetables, greens of different varieties or even flaky fish foods among others. (more…)
Red-eared Sliders, which is scientifically known as Trachemys scripta elegans, are also called Pond Slider or Trachemys scripta. These docile creatures got their name from its exclusive red markings around their ears. The “slider” in their name comes from these turtles’ ability to slide off rocks and logs and into the water quickly when they are startled. This freshwater terrapin is native to the Mississippi River Basin of North America.
Features and Characteristics of a Red-Eared Slider
The red-eared slider has features that make it look like a painted turtle. Both are almost of the same size and about the same carapace (top shell) color. However, the carapace of the Red-eared Slider is higher domed than the Western Painted Turtle and is also weakly keeled. Though they do have poor hearing, they are quite sensitive to vibrations. This makes them very easy to know when a threat is nearby, so they would just slide off from where they are and into the water.
Characteristics that most obviously differentiate the Slider from the other are the yellow marginal scutes, a yellow plastron that is covered in dark, blotchy markings, as well as the red earmark located just behind its eyes. This earmark is not always visible in older turtles, however. Its head, neck, and legs are greenish with yellowish stripes. Its olive or brown carapace usually has yellow and black continuous bands and stripes. The plastron or the bottom shell of the slider is yellow with a dark, rounded blotch in each of its scutes. (more…)