What Do Guinea Pigs Love?

What Do Guinea Pigs Love?

Guinea pigs are playful little creatures, they tend to run around their cage like they’ve gone crazy, especially if they are with company. It’s as if they’ve lost their minds. But on occasions they are duller and like to relax, almost like taking their mind of their “problems.” Usually it is done through their consecutive naps in their hiding places. But as they aren’t always napping they need to entertain themselves. There are an insane amount of toys that you can get your pet so they are entertained and not bored, and depressed. The best guinea pig toys can be bought through various pet stores, or even online, it is fairly simple.

Toys! Toys! Toy!

What Do Guinea Pigs Love?

Toys! Who doesn’t love toys, every child loves toys, and they are suckers for toys. And just like children, animals adore toys. Guinea pigs loves toys, they love to play, so to make their lives more enjoyable it would certainly benefit them if toys were provided. These toys can literally range from paper to socks, yet guinea pigs love them. Some of the best toys are the simple ones like;

  • Crumpled paper balls;

it honestly couldn’t be more simple than this. It won’t cost you a dime at all. Guinea pigs like these because of the noise it emits when they play with it, plus they love to gnaw on things, so this would also substitute as that.

  • Cardboard boxes;

yet another simple toy you can find in the house. They are usually used as hideouts, but they do like to munch on it as well. So a two for one.

  • Tunnels;

these are liked by guinea pigs because it is their nature to dig tunnels, but as it is not possible for them to do so in their cages. So adding a tunnel would be a good idea. It is possible to make your own tunnels with paper tubes, or you can buy high quality, special made tunnels at pet stores or online.

  • Hay or grass chew balls;

guinea pigs love to chew, they will constantly be munching on something so why not make them chew on something that will benefit them. As they are all natural they won’t cause any harm, and it will provide them with great dental hygiene. Plus not only is it chewing ball, but it can be used as a play ball too.

  • Stuffed socks;

that’s right stuffed socks, if you have any old socks laying around stuff them with hay or wool and you just made a pillow for your guinea pig. They’ll usually drag it around the cage as well.

  • An obstacle course;

now this is fun, creating an obstacle course out of tubes and cardboards, or just buying one that’s already made is a great way to keep you little friend active and playful, rather than sleepy and bored.

  • A play pen;

as guinea pigs can’t always be kept inside their cage, as they need free time to explore, so investing in a play pen is beneficial. They will feel more free and cared for.

  • Fleece accessories;

adding bits of flare here an there won’t harm your guinea pig, it will make their home more fun, and cozy, it won’t just feel like a cage.

  • Chew sticks;

these are one of the best toys, not only is it made for fun it is also used to keep guinea pigs teeth firm and trim. They come in different flavours so they are tremendously delicious, and will be gulped down in a second.

  • Hammocks;

yes hammocks, it may seem odd, but it’s actually one of the most popular toys. It is hung on the cage, and can support the weight of small animals. Hammocks are soft, and keep the guinea pigs warm, it can also be used as a bed too.

Overall these are some of the best toys that guinea pigs love. So make sure that you have a couple of these toys to make your guinea pig’s life for enjoyable.

Where can you buy toys?

Where can you buy toys?

Now buying toys is an easy tasks, as toys can be found almost anywhere. The most proficient place to buy toys for your guinea pig would be your local pet store. At pet stores they have a wide selection of toys that are available for any desired price. So you can make sure that you can get the perfect toy for your pet. Even though you may have to drive out and bring it yourself, it would be worth it as you can make sure the quality is fit for your pet, and if it is safe enough. These toys can even be bought in adoption shelters, but the array of toys are less than what they have at pet stores.

The best guinea pig toys can also be bought online from pet websites, or even Amazon or eBay. There are a variety of toys from high quality to low quality, differing from all sorts prices. And it is so simple, only a few buttons need to be clicked and you’ll have your toy in no time. It doesn’t require you to travel, so you will be saving time. However online ordering can sometime lead to inauthenticity, and poor quality items, plus the delivering could take ages, or it can even get lost in the mail. So it’s completely up to you on how you want to purchase the toys for your guinea pigs.

Cost of these toys

Where can you buy toys?

Numerous amounts of toys are available anywhere for any price. But you can’t be certain that every toy is going to cost the same, because that is highly unlikely. Each toy is made out of different materials which causes the prices to vary. Depending on the toys the prices will also change, but a rough estimate would be around $5 to over $20 dollars. It isn’t much for toys.

Plus the costs of the toys can be reduced in a great amount if all the toys are made at home out of supplies found at home. This wont cost you a dime, just a little time, nothing further. So guinea pig owners can always consider about that.

Finally like said before there are tons of toys, and guinea pigs love it, they love all of it. So it’s important to know what they love so you and provide them with much better. They are like your children, so take care of them just like how you would them.

What to Do With Old Horses?

What to do with old horses?

There are many chances that the thinning of old horses might happen towards the spring season. Losing weight is a gradual process and it has not got thin overnight. You might feel that your horse has become much thinner compared to the autumn season. There can be various reasons behind this and the horse might have maintained his body well on pasture but you cannot expect him to do the same with hay.

Determining the horses body condition

Determining the horses body condition

When it comes to feeding horse you must be sure about using its body condition score. The body condition score of the horse varies in the range of 1 to 9. Each range would contribute the different meanings such as 1 represent the condition of being emaciated and the last number 9 represents being obese. You should examine your horse and determine which category they fit well. You should maintain your horses at the level of 5 to 6 and this range is called average body condition. If your horse is the senior-most horse, then make sure that it falls between the category 5 and 6.

Maintaining your horse

Maintaining your horse within this range would help them to preserve themselves from the cold or wet weather. Do not try to increase their weight above the specified range because the 7 or 8 ranges would bring them more complications and health issues. Health deterioration would be caused because of obesity and also carrying the extra weight would be harder for their feet, legs, and arthritic joints to handle. The obesity will also be a problem for the horse owner because it would push him/her into a difficult zone. If your horse has weak joints, then you can use the best horse joint supplement for the betterment of its joints.

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The dietary factor which you need to observe to the far extends and be precise in supplying it is energy. You should cut down the feeding of too many calories because too many calories would make your horse gain weight. Feeding too low calories would also be a problem since he would lose much of his weight and this could be much uncomfortable to see. The diet factors that you need to look up would be difficult to determine. It is difficult to look at the horse and say whether his body is running out of copper or selenium. The first factor is about determining whether he is fat or thin which you can easily do just by seeing him and watching him closely.

Types of Feed

When it comes to feeding your senior horse, the feeds and supplements are categorized into two divisions. The first category is completely fed with the supplement and feed that consists of forage, grain, vitamins, and minerals. These are mixed up together and that mixture is packed in the form of a pellet. The size of the pellets is small so that it can be easily chewed, and swallowed. It is enough if you feed your horse only with this product that can completely make up its diet with essential nutrient supplements. It is also recommended to feed a small portion of hay along with these pellets. You must give the horse enough time for getting adapted to these products. You can feed them typically at the rate of 1.2-1.8% of body weight. These feed pellets are very high-intake products so that you can easily feed them in large amounts.

Types of Feed

Foods

Many owners feed the horse feed products incorrectly considering the age factor that he is a senior horse. Usually, horse owners tend to treat it as a supplement rather feeding is in enough quantity. You can also feed your senior horse with feeds by adding additional hay cubes, or some hay or pasture, chopped hay, but you should know well how a specific product should be fed. Every product should be fed accordingly since they are all different with different composition. Certain feeds can be used to strengthen the joints. The older the horse grows the higher would be the joint pain. Giving best horse joint supplements would surely strengthen their joints and relieve them from pain. You can slightly treat your horse with the feed that you supply them.

THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE ROCKIES IS ON HORSEBACK

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOAL RESCUE

It’s been said many times that if you want to get from point A to point B then take a car. But if you really see a place you have to do it on horseback. There might be no better place to see on the back of a horse than Colorado.

Especially in Colorado, much of the state you’ll never see from the highways. As your driving though the mountains you can only see the tops of the peaks that your car gives you a vantage point of. Beyond the roadways there are thousands of miles of horse trails that have been used for hundreds of years just waiting to explore.

Here are our top 3 places to visit on horseback
1. Rocky Mountain National Park – This is a great place for riders of all skill levels. This was also the first place I ever road a horse in the mountains. There are lots of options for families looking to spend a day on the trails just a short drive out from Estes Park.

2. Garden Of The Gods – There are few places as beatuiful in Colorado and as accessible than Garden Of The Gods just outside of Colorado Springs. You’ll no doubt be inspired by these 200+ million year old formations. These trails are also perfect for beginners.

3. Maroon Bells – It won’t take you long to see why the twin peaks of Maroon and North Maroon Peak are some of the most photographed peaks and why they top the lists of my must do rides for many people. Snow spotted peaks, lakes of glass and vast stands of aspens make this ride a memorable one.

If you love the mountains and horseback riding make sure you bookmark this site and follow us on social media to stay updated.

PIONEER

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Pioneer as a NEW arrival at RMFR estimated at 5 months old.

PIONEER  was born in the Stewart Creek herd of Wyoming, Gathered on Aug 25, 06. Then lived at the Canon City , CO BLM holding facility. Rocky Mountain Foal Rescue went down to the holding facility on OCT 13th of 06 to pick out another load of 11 to come to our Falcon CO facilty for training and adoption. Pioneer was among this group. We decided he would be a great canidate for a Mustang Mascot . To tell his story on his training and growth, so people could see what training a young mustang might entail. Pam adopted him, and down the road once title is recieved Pioneer will be put up for sale as a Fundraiser Horse.

OCT -06  We started off just hand feeding Pioneer to get him used to people. Our daily activities of cleaning stalls and filling water buckets were a new sight to Pioneer but he was interested in what we were doing but not scared. We haltered him in our sqweeze chute, he did well and was fairly calm.

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Taking a snooze in the sun after a cold night.

Nov-06 Clipping on a lead with the help of a little hay. Pioneer is only pulling back a little , he is not quite sure what to do. He is starting to lead and starting to except lots of petting.

Dec 06-Jan -07 With the holidays and the bad snow storms we have had, not much training with Pioneer got done. He has been happy to munch hay with his buddies. – I cant wait till spring!

Feb-07-March-07 Pioneer is such a good boy! he is enjoying his groomings now and will come willingly back in from being turned out. He is playing with the older horses on my property and is holding his own. more pics to come!

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Pioneer taking a run- spring-07
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Pioneer hanging out with Libby my percheron.

OUR PROGRAMS

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MUSTANGS-
We are helping the BLM Canon City Royal Gorge Field Office by bringing mustang weanlings and yearlings to our facility to halterbreak and adopt here. This very successful program has helped promote mustang adoption!
PMU FOALS
We are working to help place and promote foals born on a PMU farm. This is a chance to get very nice draft and draft cross foals from top breeders.
Need to know more about the PMU industry?…try NAERIC.COM
AUCTION RESCUES
We attend low end auctions and purchase some needy horses.We get them healthy and trained up for a new home.

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Libby

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Libby 5 months old from a PMU farm in North Dakota
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Libby at 2
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Faith and Chance rescued from an auction durring the drought of 2001 Faith cost me only $70. She will be my auction horse- spokes horse! not all auction horses are bad! rescue one today!!
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Libby at 1yr old

Dedicated to:

Foals and young horses always up for adoption!!

  • Saving foals from slaughter.
  • Educating the public about the Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU) industry.
  • Educating the public about alternatives to products that contain PMU.
  • Providing medical care and training to abused and neglected foals in Colorado.
  • Providing follow up care and assistance to adoptive homes.