With the ever-increasing range of horse equipment available on the market we took a look at the essentials that every horse owner should have.
Well other than the horse your first thing you would require is a halter. The continental design is the best as it allows for the use of a chain should it be required. Most halters manufactured today are continental in design. Extra features include safety clips (they are important if you intend turning your horse out with a halter on) lining for the nose and poll. Which one you select will largely depend on your budget and taste, as they are available in almost every possible.
Next you will need a lead rope, a thicker softer lead rope is advisable, and if it has a loop on the end cut it off or loosen it, lead reins should never have a loop at the end. Ideally a lead rein should measure between 5-7 feet in length, as they are the most versatile
Spare feeder and water bucket even if your horse is boarded it is advisable to have your own spare set to ensure that should your horse get sick or it’s bucket suddenly disappears your horse does not suffer water deprivation. It is advisable to have at least two hay nets as well
Grooming kit also advisable to have two of if possible allowing for changeover and cleaning without interrupting the grooming routine. Mark your hoofpick well, as it is usually the first thing to wander off in any yard. Invest in a few spares.
Two working bridles, it is advisable when buying a horse to enquire as to the possibilities of getting the bridle with the horse as well, more often than not the seller would be willing to part with the bridle (unless it’s a Keiffer or Stubben that is) Buy a spare bridle and oil it well to have available in the event of the working bridle breaking
Brushing boots is advisable for everyday riding, unless your horse requires specialized boots, which you would be informed of when purchasing, or after having had the horse vetted. Speak to your stable manager or instructor as to the most suitable boots.
Saddle a well-fitted saddle that’s to your choice and riding style. Check your saddle every three months to ensure it’s correct fit.
Rugs and clothing
Day sheet, used mostly after bathing a horse to get the coat to lie flat, of for travelling.
Sweat sheet used to cool your horse down and prevent chills on cool or cold days. Often confused with a flysheet, a sweat sheet has the same appearance as a flysheet. It is however heavier and does not have the belly straps
Flysheet if you own a grey horse or one with sweet itch this should be second on your list (after bug spray that is) placed on horses whilst turned out to prevent insect bites and stings.
Exercise blanket. If your horse is to be clipped in the winter and it snows in your area this is a must have, it keeps the back and quarters warm whist working.
Rugs Depending on your stabling arrangements and climate you may require up to three rugs. If stabled your horse could have a lighter duvet rug whilst indoors, and then have this exchanged for a New Zealand or Weatherbeta for when turned out. It is advisable to have at least two turnout rugs should you have wet winters with snow, as this allows for them to dry properly prior to being used on the horse again.
Should your horse live out it would require at least two New Zealand rugs. Ensure that the waterproof lining is intact and not allowing moisture to seep through.
Exercise bandages, these are made of elastic or ribbed fabric, although not as fashionable as boots, exercise bandages have one benefit over boots if applied correctly they are a perfect fit where most boots are only near perfect. Used to protect the legs whilst in work and to support tendons. Also helps with beeping the legs warm in the winter.
Stable bandages these used to be made of wool of flannelling, today they are often made of fleecing. Every owner needs at least one pair on stable bandages; these are used from bandaging for warmth or for the proper drying of legs to extra support for wound dressings.
Medical or First Aid Kit
Regardless of whether your horse is boarded or not every owner should have their own first aid kit, here is the basic kit for horse owners
• Crepe bandages and safety pins
• Cotton wool (lots and lots)
• Disposable nappies
• Gentian violet spray often referred to as purple spray
• Disinfectant (Hibiscrub or Hibitane is …
With the ever-increasing range of horse equipment available on the market we took a look at the essentials that every horse owner should have.
We all think our home is safe for our children, but until you get on your child’s level you can’t be sure. Even before your baby begins to crawl, walk and climb you should start looking for hazards. The best way to determine what may harm your baby is to get on the floor and crawl around at a toddler’s level.
Some general things to look for are cords on blinds, chemicals in low cabinets, outlets, sharp edges on furniture, small toys or jewelry within a child’s reach, and things to climb. There are lots of devices on the market today that you can use to protect your child against these hazards. However, nothing replaces proper supervision of your baby and child.
Chemicals and other toxic substances should be placed out of the reach of your child or cabinet safety locks should be installed. You can purchase specially made soft bumpers to place on the edges of sharp furniture, or simply tape a wadded cloth on the corners. Cords on blinds should hang individually or be rolled up out of baby’s reach. You can also get child safety locks for drawers. Tall furniture that can be climbed should be anchored to wall to prevent it being pulled over on the child.
You should also make sure the areas where your child plays are kept picked up free of small objects. Cords for appliances should not hang down off counter within your child’s reach. Keep handles on pots turned toward the wall to prevent accidental spilling. Sharp objects like knives and forks should be kept out of reach.
Your child’s safety is very important and parents should take all the necessary precautions to prevent injury. A child does not know what will harm him and what will not, he is constantly learning and everything looks fun to him. You can never prevent every injury or protect against all hazards, but using common sense will prevent most injuries.…
In home care can be a blessing, when elderly home health care is started in a home and done right. We all hear the horror stories of the individuals that took advantage of that aging senior while providing care for them. Many times, this occurred right under the noses of the family.
There are many safety measures you can take to protect yourself before you begin in home health care. If you are reading this, and have not taken these steps, it is not too late. I will address five of them today.
There are many good people in health care. But I am an individual that believes you should not tempt fate. You cannot put a price tag on preventing something disastrous from happening to your family. In home health care means bring strangers into your home. Many of these strangers, over time, will grow to be like your own family. Minor problems with any situation are not uncommon. There is always an adjustment period, for the aging senior family member as well as the health care workers.
The more serious problems, fraud, theft and abuse are rare. But, it does occur. So it is my goal to help you not to become a victim. I have had the opportunity of compiling a list of things that family members have shared with me. Many have had had some very unpleasant experiences and do not want others to have the same things happen to them.
The most simple advice is to use common sense and do not make anything of value easily available to anyone that is coming and going from the house. Sounds simple enough, but you do not think about keeping alcohol or narcotics locked up.
More on in home care and safety
Do not allow anyone to bring in the mail or make the mail available to anyone in the house. Credit card statements and bank account numbers make an individual a target for easy prey.
It is important that you take the time to make a room that you can lock up the valuable knick knacks, jewelry, credit cards, checkbooks etc. You may feel like these are extreme measures, but when you put things away and make them inaccessible it protects the health care worker as much as it does you and your family member from theft. It not only removes the temptation to take things it also protects the in home health care worker from being accused of taking something if it comes up missing. And I will tell from personal experience that things do get lost, or misplaced and even stolen by other family members.
Do not allow the wallet or the credit cards of the aging senior to be available to any outside help. Remove money, social security anything that can be used to steal an identity or obtain credit. If you have an aging senior that is adamant about keeping their wallet and having a credit card, get one with a very low limit, as in a few hundred dollars. Be sure to monitor the activity on this card online or monthly if not more often.
If you have a senior that is at home and uses a computer, make sure that their personal information or areas where they pay bills etc is password protected. It is important to make the computer off limits as a house rule. If you are not going to be able to monitor the activity when you are not there, just be on the safe side and make certain areas on the computer password protected just in case.
In home care allows caregivers freedom and the ability to carry on their lives while trying to honor the wishes of their loved one and keep them at home. The individuals that work and provide care for elderly home health care are very special people, kind and caring. When you find a good employee, treat them like gold, because they are priceless. Just use common sense and protect yourself and give yourself peace of mind.…
Nurses have evolved through the years. They have assumed different roles in the health care industry. They are now more than just doctor’s assistant. They have become health care professionals who are part of shaping the future of the health care industry. One of the roles that nurses assume is the leadership role. It can be supervisory or simply because you are the senior nurse. Some nurses are reluctant to take the leadership roles because they feel that they are not well equipped. Another reason is that they think they already have many responsibilities with their patients.
However, the increasing need for nursing leaders have become very vital. It is completely necessary for the benefit of the patients. Nurse leaders are important because they are the ones who will be involved in organizing, controlling and managing the activities of other nurses and patients.
Positively speaking the role of nurse leader is not as hard as one might think. You already possess all the needed qualities, all you have to do is up it in a much higher level and you are good to go.
When you are just a staff nurse you are so used to coordinating with different things during your shift. You coordinate schedules of patients, doctor’s visits and even hospital records. As a nurse leader you will still do these things, but in a more massive scale. It would involve managing other nurses. This would also entail managing difficult situations from the nursing shifts, motivation of the staff and performance quality of the nurses.
Schedules can sometimes be changed. Sometimes there would be unexpected events that can happen. When you become nurse leaders this would be part and parcel of your role. There would be changes that you do not expect but you are trained to respond to these kinds of changes.
One of the things that we do with our patients is helping them feel encouraged to get better. We also help our colleagues get over an extremely difficult day by saying a few words of encouragement. When you assume the role of the leader you are the one who help junior nurses feel their way in the new environment that they entered. You will be the person they will look up to for strength and guidance.
Nurse leaders are extremely needed in the medical health care setting. It is one of the roles to assume for the benefit of the patients.…
Amidst balancing a thousand things such as planning and designing the nursery, buying baby clothes, dealing with morning sickness and possibly leave from work, thinking about stylish pregnancy clothes probably takes a backseat during the initial few months of pregnancy. Especially as your shape does not start changing immediately, you will probably carry on wearing your regular clothes as long as you don’t start showing the baby bump.
However, when your clothes just don’t stretch any more, you have to contemplate ‘stretching’ your budget. But before you go ahead with your shopping, use the following tips to help you to save a few dollars.
Be Proud Of Your Baby: Firstly, gone are the days when women hid their pregnancies behind tent clothes and colorful sacks. Flaunting the belly is in, and so is looking elegant with a big tummy. If you plan carefully, you may actually get through your pregnancy with elegance and style, and no big hole in your bank account to show for it!
Take Stock Of Your Clothes: If you don’t really require too many formal clothes, your jeans and tees will carry you through a considerable portion of the pregnancy. In fact, you may pick up larger sizes of the stuff you loved wearing during the pre pregnancy period. You may continue to wear them after the pregnancy too, as your body takes time to get back to its earlier shape.
Stretchy Black Leggings: These are the best friends of a pregnant woman on a budget; stretchy black leggings add the stylish element when coupled with over sized tees or large unbuttoned shirts. You can raid your partner’s closet for the tees.
Consider Borrowing: See what you can borrow from your friends and family. While you pick and choose from the borrowed collection, you may consider that the loose overalls that seem so ghastly in the first trimester may be the only comfortable pair in the third trimester. Borrowing is also an economic way of finding out what is most comfortable for you – an A line or empire waist, or long tops over tailored slacks. Or do you choose between elastic waistbands and underbelly support?
After you have been through the above steps, you may consider buying a few classic pieces to team up with your existing collection. Classic drawstring pants, dark leggings and floral dresses, if you fancy, are good investments as stylish pregnancy clothes.
Bargain Hunt: Maternity clothes aren’t worn very long, they stay in good shape and color – so you may hunt for bargains at seconds’ sales and yard sales. Keep the seasons in mind when you shop, and look for clothes that will carry through the nine months. When you do decide to buy a fresh piece, look for the differences in prices between maternity wear shops, catalogs and online stores.
Don’t Skimp On The Basics: A supportive bra can go a long way in making you look beautiful, no matter what you are wearing over it. If you don’t skimp on such basics, you can get away with stylish pregnancy clothes even at a low budget.…
Based on what little is known about the new health care bill that was just passed, it will have a huge effect on small to mid-sized businesses. One of the line items, as reported in a summary by the Wall Street Journal, is that in 2013 companies with over 50 employees must provide “affordable” health care or face a fine of $3,000 per employee (excluding the first 30 employees). It doesn’t state what “affordable” means.
In the same paragraph it states that the insurance industry must pay an annual fee of $8 billion starting in 2013 and rising in subsequent years.
I guess it’s lost on me how an industry can pay $8 billion in annual fees and still provide affordable insurance packages to small business.
I don’t know all of the intricacies of the proposed bill. I guess that makes me about as smart as the folks who passed it, they didn’t read it either. What I do know as a mid-sized company CEO for over 15 years affordable health coverage is in the eye of the beholder.
I cannot think of a single year where our health care costs were not increased to one of my companies. Every year we scrambled to try and balance plan benefits against rising costs while trying to keep employee contributions down.
Large corporations have bargaining power and volume, and are able to secure better pricing. The small and mid-sized business owner has no such advantage. While the new plan talks about Insurance exchanges to allow small business the opportunity to shop their coverage I don’t see that as any different than what they do currently. We had to shop our coverage every few years to keep costs in line.
The bottom line of all of this is costs for business will increase, and employers will take a harder look at hiring full time employees. Prudent companies will consider health care costs in their strategic planning process, deciding whether to make investments in automation vs. full time employees with an ever increasing cost base, It will make the playing field even more uneven with countries such as China where benefits and regulation are not a concern.
Health care reform is certainly needed. It’s unacceptable that so many Americans, especially the “working poor” as they are called, are without health care. The United States spends roughly twice as much as other developed countries on health care and millions are uncovered. There simply has to be a better way. But history has shown us that a government mandated and controlled program isn’t it.
One of the chief reasons why we spend so much on health care is the cost the insurance companies and health care companies absorb trying to deal with government bureaucracy. To see government health care effectiveness you don’t have to look any further than the VA and how our veterans are treated.
The full impact of this bill on business is unknown, even by those who passed it.…
If you have ever dealt with acid reflux, you are aware of the pain and discomfort it causes. The pain can be bad enough to impair your daily life. You can do so many things to free you from your suffering. Take advantage of the tips you are about to read.
Your dinner should occur three hours or more prior to your bedtime. The acid in your stomach stays put when you stand or sit upright. Because of gravity, these acids can rise into the esophagus when you are not sitting or standing, causing heartburn. You give the food in your stomach a chance to digest if you stop eating well before bed.
Consuming any type of food during a reflux spell can make it worse. Many people often eat fast and ingest large quantities of food. This is a very poor way to eat. You should stop when you feel full. Eat slower too. Chew carefully and set down your fork between bites.
If you smoke, the time to quit is now. Smoking causes and worsens acid reflux symptoms. It also slows digestion and increases acid production in the stomach while slowing down the production of saliva. It also weakens the muscles that keep your stomach closed tight. Today is the day to put those butts out for good!
Stress frequently triggers acid reflux problems. Your stomach produces more acids when you feel stressed. Therefore, find some way to relax after every meal. Yoga or meditation are excellent ways to reduce stress; however, you can do simpler things, such as watching your favorite television shows or reading a good book.
Some foods will cause you to produce more acid. Common trigger foods include fried foods, caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and chocolate. Additionally, acidic fruits and vegetables such as citrus fruits and tomatoes contribute to acid reflux. However, triggers are an individual thing so you need to read your own body to just what is not working for you. To be as careful as possible, just steer clear of all such items.
If you have acid reflux disease and you smoke, you may want to think about quitting. Nicotine can cause acid reflux to worsen. Avoid quitting cold turkey since it could stress your body more and worsen reflux. Take a very conservative approach when trying to quit.
Reflux can be quite painful, sometimes mimicking a heart attack. For your health and safety, always have a doctor check out chest pains. Having acid reflux does not stop you from suffering from a heart attack. Seek medical advice as soon as possible. You could have a serious issue on your hands and not even know it.
Consume tiny meals frequently. Large meals can increase the chance of acid reflux occurring. When your stomach is overly full, you put extra pressure on the esophagus and entire digestive tract. The excess stomach acids will enter the esophagus, and the result will be heartburn. Instead, opt for small meals about five times a day.
Don’t let acid reflux control your life. Follow the tips presented here to conquer acid reflux and reclaim your life. Reclaim your life and get back to living!…