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Spring 2013 Sanctuary Updates

Spring has finally arrived, things are turning green, early flowers are blooming, and the horses are shedding their winter coats!

Sieg 3-27-13  Several of the horses have presented additional challenges the past couple of months.

Eagle‘s Cushing’s Disease was not able to be managed well over the winter, despite our many efforts to do so.  A recent vet visit and blood work confirmed that a significant increase in his medication was needed.  Special thanks to volunteer Paula for giving Eagle his spring body clip!

Eagle 4-11-13

Siegfried, who recently turned 24, has been battling abscesses since early February.  First the left hind foot, then the left front foot, then the right front foot.  All abscesses have occurred in the white line, so picking up his feet is a necessary, however quite challenging, part of his treatment.  Even our vet agreed that there was no time to waste when picking up and working on this big fella’s feet!

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Big Mack has presented with more issues surrounding his arthritic knees and left stifle injury.  We are giving him extra supportive care in attempts to keep him as comfortable as possible.  He also has blown out an abscess in his right front foot! Mack 4-13-13

Shiloh has issues with his respiratory condition from Spring thru Fall, and allergies exacerbate his coughing, so he is on supplements to address that condition and help reduce the coughing spells. Shiloh 4-24-13

 

 

 

 

 

In early March we accepted a new senior into the sanctuary–she is completely blind in both eyes and we named her Ruby.  She is a big draft mare and requires special management for her disability.  She is very sweet and enjoys attention, but has some issues with touching her head ,ears, and the handling of her feet.  She is getting healthier by the day and has made a new best friend in Maggie, one of our eldest horses. Ruby pm2 4-17-13

On a positive note, you won’t believe your eyes when you see the transformation that Tom has made in the 4 short months he has been here.  Arriving in December in an emaciated state, infested with lice, look at him now!  He is coming out of his shell and looking fantastic!  He is a big boned, elderly Percheron who is quite handsome! Tom 4-20-13

 

 

 

 

 

We currently have a long list of Needs!  Our donations are down and our bank balance is meager.  We need your help and there are many ways to do so, even if you don’t have money to give!  We keep our WISH LIST current and by clicking the link will see what we are in need of!

In the next week we will need to order more  medication for Eagle, and prescription anti-inflammatory medication we use for several of the horses arthritic conditions.  Our hay supply is low and fingers crossed we make it until the first cuttings are ready!

Just some of our monthly costs to support our Sanctuary Senior Horses:  Hay $1,200, Feed: $800 Trims: $355 Supplements: $1,200 Medications: $200, not to mention supplies such as shavings and topical products (all on our Wish List).

Some of the supplement items we buy from Bulk Foods: MSM, Vitamin C, Tumeric, Garlic.

Our choice of Vitamin/Mineral supplement from Horse Tech: High Point for Grass.

If you have horses, know of folks that do and use any of the Triple Crown feeds, please collect the Proof of Purchase (POP’s) from the back of the bag for us.  We are able to redeem them for cash towards our next feed purchase!

If you conduct a bit of on-line shopping, please use iGive.com to support our charity!  Hundreds of merchants donate a percentage of your purchases to charity and issue monthly checks.  Just sign up, and choose Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary as your charity of choice!

We have several on-going Fundraisers that we would love for you to be a part of!

If you are in the area, our next Open House is Saturday May 18th from 10 am to 3 pm.  Come see what we are all about, I don’t think you will be disappointed! Open-House-Flyer-proof2 (2)Feel free to share this post to interested friends and family!

Cindy Daigre, Founder

 

 

Sanctuary Updates: January 2013

The start of 2013 has been a tough one-two of our oldest residents Maggie & Willie have not been well, battling ulcers, the stress of weather swings, going off feed, and just feeling their age. Then the hard drive crashed in my laptop, but I am back up and running now, albeit behind on my year end paperwork and books. For all of those who donated in 2012, you will be receiving your donation receipts before the end of January! We filed for our 501c3 tax exemption status on 9/1/12 and are waiting on the IRS to get thru their back log to receive our determination letter. All donations of goods and dollars will be eligible for tax exemption back dated to our date of becoming a registered non-profit on 7/20/12!

We continue to receive inquiries of owner surrenders and senior horses in need of our care, but are equipped to only care for a limited number, as much as I would like to say yes to everyone, I simply can not. We are always in need of donations to help us care for our residents-these seniors with special needs are quite costly to care for.

Siegfried has a Birthday coming up! He turns 24 on February 10, 2013! He is a magnificent horse, full of beauty and charisma, but not without his own set of health issues. The ringbone in his front legs is significant and causes him discomfort a lot of the time. He requires soft, stable ground to navigate on-mats and lots of shavings in his feeding and sleeping areas, joint supplements and anti-inflammatory medication. I have created a WISH LIST for Siegfried’s Birthday if you care to purchase a gift for him! I will also open the farm for a 2 hour “Meet & Greet Siegfried” on his birthday weekend! If you wish to come see him, bring a donation or a gift! Details will be announced soon.  How many $25 donations can we raise in Siegfried’s name by his Birthday!!!?!  I would love to see enough of them to cover his care for one month 🙂

We are accepting 80 donations towards our Rockin’ For the Seniors Fundrasier and when we reach that goal, will draw a name to win one of Alan Daigre’s Rope Rockers!
We still have our 2013 Calendars available-each month featuring a different horse in our care! Simply donate $25 and specify “Calendar” and we will mail you one!

We will be scaling back the number of natural horse & body care products that we can make and sell. The needs of the sanctuary are too time consuming at the moment to offer the full array of products. Each season, they will change, and announcements will be made when new products become available. Existing customers need not worry, your orders will continue to be filled!

Thank you for your continued support! Cindy Daigre, Executive Director, Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary

Happy Anniversary Siegfried!

One year ago today a blessing in the form of a huge white horse was bestowed upon me 🙂  Siegfried the jousting horse, came to retire at Ferrell Hollow Farm!  I had taken one look at a photo of him (in his winter woolies and up for adoption) and knew that we were destined to be together. I can’t say enough good things about this magnificent horse.  He and I have developed a deep connection and bond from the beginning.  This past year has seen it’s challenges with my ACL reconstructive knee surgery and his mysterious health problems.  But today we are both better, stronger and doing well 🙂  He is one of my master teachers and there will be more lessons to come I am sure of it.  Here’s to many, many more days of being together big boy!

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Siegfried, age 22 in 2011 comes to retire at FHF.

Sieg head 7-14-11
That breathtaking look!

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Almost a year later at age 23.

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Siegfried June 25, 2012

Cindy Daigre is the founder and director of Ferrell Hollow Farm, an Equine Retirement facility in Middle Tennessee focusing on the unique concerns of Senior and Special Needs horses.

She is continually inspired by the beauty of the gardens she lovingly cares for and regularly creates unique herbal blends based with the plants surrounding her home. As with all of our products, only cruelty-free ingredients are used.

In addition, she provides Equine Nutritional Consultations, has developed a specialized line of Natural Horse & Body Care Products, Herbal Blends and Seed Mixes for Horses, and has written several articles for Natural Horse Magazine.

The proceeds of the sales of all of our products go towards helping the senior horses in our care!

http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

A Day at Ferrell Hollow Farm

Saturday March 17, 2012

One woman, 10 horses, 8 cats, 2 dogs and 2 goats.  It just took 2.5 hours to care for all of them.  So?  The horses are spread over 6 pasture/paddock locations.  The cats are in 4 different areas.  Every horse receives a bucket meal with necessary supplements, and then enough hay until the evening meal comes around.  Poop is scooped or sprinkled with DE to deter breeding flies.  Nets and buckets are prepared for the next meal.  Everyone is checked over.  Yesterday we had a colicky horse related to ulcers.  This morning that is better. Whew!  A draft has active laminitis.  Another draft comes up lame and is blowing out an abcess.  If you've never worked with drafts, they are quite large and every thing is exaggerated with them.  The mare with hoof canker has a foot that is separating.  The gelding with the stifle injury is not quite as comfortable as he was a week ago.  The 2 Cushing's horses are way too hairy for our unseasonable 80 degree weather.

While this work load may not seem like much to some, realize that I am operating on less than 100%, still rehabbing from ACL reconstructive surgery 9 weeks ago, with continued physical therapy for at least another 2 weeks.

What does the rest of the day hold for this lady?  My house needs to be cleaned.  My farm house also needs to be cleaned-baths, kitchen, appliances, laundry room and windows cleaned before showing to prospective new tenants on Monday.

The laminitic horse needs a watchful eye and increased care, and the abscessed foot also needs more attention.  It is a 7 day a week job with long hours.  A labor of love.

If you would like me to work with you on getting your horse healthy thru a consult, but don't want to pay for it, don't ask.  If you would like me to board your senior, retired, special needs horse for less than my monthly boarding rate, I can't.  If you do however, see the value in these things, please contact me, as I would love to work with you and your horse(s).  This is how I make my living.  This is how I can take in special needs horses that need this level of care and pay for their upkeep myself.  It is not easy work.  It is a true labor of love.  These horses need me and I need them.  They are here to teach me things and I remain open to listening to them.

Please visit my website for more information and support our passion if you can, or share with others–thank you! Cindy Daigre

www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

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Rosehips: Rich in Vitamin C

 NEW Fact Sheet written by Cindy Daigre February 2012:

Rosehips: Natural source of Vitamin C

What are Rosehips:

Rose hips are the berry-like fruits of the rose bush left behind after the bloom has died.  Although nearly all rose bushes produce rose hips, the tastiest come from the Rugusa Rose.  Rose hips have a tangy, fruity flavor similar to that of cranberries and can be used fresh or dried.  The fruits begin to form in spring and are best harvested after the first frost, which makes them turn bright red and slightly soft.

Benefits of Rosehips:

Rosehips are one of the richest plant sources of Vitamin C, and with one to two percent by dry weight, rose hips have a higher Vitamin C content than citrus fruit! Rosehips also contain lycopene, (an antioxidant), Vitamin A, Essential Fatty Acids, and Biotin.  Bioflavonoids enhance vitamin C’s ability to strengthen blood vessels, and this encourages healthy hoof growth in horses. They are also beneficial for preventing illness or to restore the immune system after illness. Its natural antihistamine properties can also be useful for the allergy prone horse. 

Using Rosehips in Horses:

Rosehips are commonly used to make herbal teas, by boiling the dried or crushed rose hips for 10 minutes.  Use 2 tablespoons of berries per pint of water.  Always make sure to use rosehips that are clearly marked as being free from pesticides.  The tea can be poured over your horse’s meal once or twice daily.

As horses age, they are no longer able to manufacture vitamin C, so for senior horses, it is wise to supplement their vitamin C needs.  This can be done naturally with a daily dose of dried rosehips or tea in their meals!

*Rosehips are including in Ferrell Hollow Farm's Spring Herbal Blend which can be found at http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Cindy Daigre is the founder and director of Ferrell Hollow Farm, an Equine Retirement facility in Middle Tennessee focusing on the unique concerns of Senior and Special Needs horses. For more information on her equine business, including nutritional consultations and natural products, visit: www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

February 2012

 

Chia Seeds for Health

Chia Seeds are Loaded with Nutrients 

What are Chia Seeds           

  


Chia seeds are easy to digest, have very little taste but are one of Nature's most nutritious foods. They are both black and white in color, and the nutrition is the same in both colors of seeds. Chia has no odor, very little taste and doesn't go rancid. The seeds are high in protein, minerals, enzymes, fiber and calcium. Chia is a complete source of dietary protein, providing all of the essential amino acids.

Good for Digestive Health
A unique quality of the chia seed is its ability to absorb more than nine times its volume in water. It produces thick mucilage, absorbing up to 30 times its
weight in water. This soluble fiber cleans the intestines by binging and transporting debris from the intestinal walls so that it can be eliminated efficiently and regularly.  This makes it an ideal addition to the diet of horses with ulcers.

Essential Fatty Acids
Chia seeds contain high levels of both omega-3 and omega-6 oils, and naturally contain more than 60% Omega-3 fatty acid.  According to a study published in the journal "Nutrition Research," chia seed is the highest plant-based source of alpha-linolenic fatty acid.

Vitamins and Minerals
Chia offers a variety of minerals, including iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium. One ounce of chia contains trace amounts of all B vitamins. Chia is an excellent source of fiber – one serving can provide 30% of the daily requirement.

Nutrients per 1 ounce serving:
Calories 137, Fat 9 g, Carbohydrate 12 g, Dietary Fiber 10 g, 0 Starch or Sugars. Total Omega-3 fatty acids 4,915 mg, Total Omega-6 fatty acids 1,620 mg, Calcium 177 mg, Phosphorus 265 mg, Potassium 45 mg, Sodium 5 mg,  Zinc 1 mg, Copper 0.1 mg.

Chia does not go rancid as other seeds and can be safely stored at room
temperature in a dry place for about two years.
Chia is a USDA food and there isn't a daily requirement for food, but 1 TBS/day is an appropriate serving for people and 1/3 cup per day for horses.

Cindy Daigre is the founder and director of Ferrell Hollow Farm, an Equine Retirement facility in Middle Tennessee focusing on the unique concerns of Senior and Special Needs horses.

In addition, she provides Equine Nutritional Consultations, has developed a specialized line of Natural Horse & Body Care Products, Herbal Blends and Seed Mixes for Horses, and has written several articles for Natural Horse Magazine.

www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

Pumpkin Seeds for Health

Pumpkin Seeds: Good for you and your animals

by Cindy Daigre

Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are flat, dark green seeds. Subtly sweet and nutty with a chewy texture, they are one of the most nutritious and flavorful seeds around.

Nutrient Value

Pumpkin seeds provide a wide range of nutrients. They are a very good source of phosphorus, magnesium and manganese, and also a good source of trace minerals zinc, iron and copper. In addition, pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, Vitamins A, C and E, and amino acids Lysine, Methionine, Tryptophan.

One quarter-cup of pumpkin seeds provides 180 calories, 9 grams of Protein and 15 grams of Fat.  This serving size provides 46% of the daily value (DV) for magnesium, 52% of the DV for manganese, 24% of the DV for copper, 16% of the DV for protein, and 17% of the DV for zinc.

While higher in Omega 6 Fatty Acids, they do contain 2.5% of the daily value of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Natural Dewormer

The pumpkin belongs to the plant family Cucurbita, comprising of melons and squash like fruits. The seeds of many plants in this species are regarded as being very potent and effective teniafuges, which are de-worming agents that can easily paralyze and eliminate intestinal worms from the digestive system. The seeds of the pumpkin are excellent against intestinal parasites.

Pumpkins posses an unusual amino acid known as cucurbitin, which is the main reason for it’s anti-helminthic properties (capable of eliminating worms). This amino acid, cucurbitin is found concentrated only in the seeds of the Cucurbita species of plants.

The use of pumpkin seeds in herbal medicine is mainly as a natural and safe de-worming agent, as the seeds are able to rid the body of all intestinal parasites when used properly.  Pumpkin seeds offer a chemical free and natural removal of intestinal parasites with no known side effects.

Storage

Pumpkin seeds should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark space. While they may stay edible for several months, they seem to lose their peak freshness after about two months.

Cindy Daigre is the founder and director of Ferrell Hollow Farm, an Equine Retirement facility in Middle Tennessee focusing on the unique concerns of Senior and Special Needs horses.

cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com          www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

 

FHF January’s Featured Product for Horses: Seed Mix

Horses on grass restriction or fed low quality forages may need to have additional vitamins and minerals added to round out their diet.  More forage is fed in the Winter when the grasses are gone, and essential nutrients are lacking in the diet.

Loaded with vitamins and minerals, raw, organic seeds are designed to supplement what is often lacking in a horse’s diet, the natural way!  Naturally low in sugar and starch, these seeds boast good amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and zinc, as well as vitamins B and E.  They also contain adequate amounts of protein, fiber, amino acids and essential fatty acids.

(This blend was formulated by Cindy Daigre of Ferrell Hollow Farm, contains Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower and Chia seeds and has been analyzed by Equi-Analytical Laboratories for its nutrient content.)

The suggested daily feeding is ¼ cup and a one month supply is $35.00.

Monthly auto-ship orders qualify for discount pricing!  

http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com

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Cindy Daigre is the founder and director of Ferrell Hollow Farm, an Equine Retirement facility in Middle Tennessee focusing on the unique concerns of Senior and Special Needs horses.

She provides Equine Nutritional Consultations, has developed a specialized line of Natural Horse & Body Care Products, Herbal Blends and Seed Mixes for Horses, and has written several articles for Natural Horse Magazine.

Buddy & Slim arrive to Ferrell Hollow Farm!

At 9:30 this morning, Steve Merka, with www.haulinghorses.com pulled up with our precious cargo!  Slim was in the back, so we got him off first.  As I walked him in the driveway, Siegfried came over for a closer look.  I saw Buddy come off the trailer and his right hind leg was very stiff, sore and ouchy.  We put them in a stall with hay and water to let them stretch and settle in for a few minutes, so I could formulate my game plan of walking them up thru another pasture and other horses to where they will reside.

S&B1 12-28-11(2)Cindy & Slim

Fortunately I had several folks here today with me–Rachel, my farm helper, Alan, my husband, his sister Stacy and Tommy, my fencing handyman!  I asked Rachel which one she wanted to lead and she choose Buddy, thinking he would be slow due to his hock.  So out I go with steady old Slim, turning behind me to see Buddy leaping and hopping, full of himself!  Ooops guess she chose the wrong horse to lead ;) 

B&R 12-28-11Rachel and Buddy

Stacy almost managed to keep Willie from coming over to check out Slim–Maggie never bothered to get in on the action.  Thru the final gate to the home stretch!  Alan was on camera duty while Tommy maned the gates.  Quite a spectacle we were!

S&B2 12-28-11Cindy & Slim on the left and Rachel & Buddy on right

Once we got them into their new paddock, we hand walked them for a little while and then set them free!  Buddy had a lot of nervous energy to lose, while Slim just followed. 

B&S4 12-28-11(2)Buddy & Slim

They both dropped for a good muddy roll and proceeded to check out their new surroundings.  They have a nice view of the pastures and other horses–probably stimulation overload for Buddy on the first day, but they will quickly settle in.

B&S7 12-28-11(2)Buddy has a beautiful high stepping action and is in the lead!

Buddy has been retired at a young age due to osteoarthritis in the right hock, and Slim is older and had just slowed down enough to not work anymore.  Both have spent most of their lives with Fantasy Carriage Company in Michigan and were well taken care of. They are both very sweet boys.  Buddy has quite an outgoing personality, while Slim is more laid back.

B&S 12-28-11(2)Buddy & Slim

We look forward to getting to know them and serving them in their retirement!  Thank you to all who have been supportive of this opportunity to share our lives with these two magnificent creatures 🙂

Cindy Daigre is the founder of Ferrell Hollow Farm, a unique retirement farm for senior and special needs equines in Tennessee.  www.ferrellhollowfarm.net or cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com

 

Natural Nutrition For Horses

Seed Mix for Horses  -  A Vital Part of your Horses Diet!

Horses on grass restriction or fed low quality forages may need to have additional vitamins and minerals added to round out their diet.  Fall is the time of year when the grass starts waning, and more forage is fed.

Loaded with vitamins and minerals, raw, organic seeds are designed to supplement what is often lacking in a horse’s diet, the natural way!  Naturally low in sugar and starch, these seeds boast good amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and zinc, as well as vitamins B and E.  They also contain adequate amounts of protein, fiber, amino acids and essential fatty acids.

(This blend was formulated by Cindy Daigre of Ferrell Hollow Farm, contains Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower and Chia seeds and has been analyzed by Equi-Analytical Laboratories for its nutrient content.)

The suggested daily feeding is ¼ cup.

Monthly auto-ship orders qualify for discount pricing!   

Contact:  http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Seed Mix 3 

Cindy Daigre is the founder and director of Ferrell Hollow Farm, an Equine Retirement facility in Middle Tennessee focusing on the unique concerns of Senior and Special Needs horses. In addition, she provides Equine Nutritional Consultations, has developed a specialized line of Natural Horse & Body Care Products, Herbal Blends and Seed Mixes for Horses, and has written several articles for Natural Horse Magazine. For more information, visit her website at www.ferrellhollowfarm.net or email her at cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com.