Today Eagle turns 28 years old! He came to Ferrell Hollow Farm 3 years ago to retire and has been a joy to care for. He's a tall, lanky QH with a wonderful disposition. He will get to enjoy even more of his tasty snacks today as eating is one of his favorite activities :) Here's hoping to sharing many more days with you big guy!
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
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
Here is a description of a homemade hay feeder I made that will hold quite a bit of hay and can even be modified to become a slow down hay feeder for easy keepers.
The frame is a shell of a 350 gallon holding tank, which I use to catch rain water for the horses. I was able to find two of these frames for very cheap, that already had the water tank removed. I put a plywood divider in the middle and cut pieces of metal roofing from scraps that slant away from the center wood. This allows the hay to always slide to the edges where the horses can pull it out.
The top is also plywood that is cut into two pieces and hinged together, so that each side can be opened and filled. I added screw eyes to the edges so that bungee cords can be used to secure the top from moving around.
The overall cost was between $50-$75 and not only will it hold a good amount of hay, it keeps it off of the ground and dry!
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. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ferrellhollowfarm.net.
Fall is here, and if you have a Senior horse needing retirement care, now is the time to get them situated! Ferrell Hollow Farm is a unique facility that caters to senior horses only, many of which have special needs.
Nestled among the rolling hills in Middle TN, each horse receives an individualized care plan addressing their specific diet and management needs. We are an established Senior Retirement horse farm and specialize in providing exceptional care for the older, retired horse. We accept senior residents throughout the country with issues such as Cushing’s, Insulin Resistance, Arthritis, Chronic Lameness, Laminitis, Hard Keepers, and ones with Dental Challenges. Many extras such as hoof trimming, worming and grooming are included in the monthly board rate. The owners live on the premises so horses are always monitored and receive feedings and checks several times a day.
Consultations regarding nutritional and special needs are available to non-residents by phone and/or email.
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Insulin Resistance is a condition that can happen to a horse of any age, however when it occurs in a senior, retired horse, it can be much more challenging to overcome. Diet and exercise are the key elements in correcting this condition. When a horse is not formally exercised, sometimes diet alone is just not enough to help them loose the excess weight, cresty neck and fat pads. I am absolutely thrilled to show off Dawn, a 28 year old TWH mare that has been under my care at Ferrell Hollow Farm for several years. When she came, she had all the classic IR signs and weighed a bit over 1,100 pounds-too much for her frame. This morning I put a weight tape on her and she is a lean 900 pounds!!! She looks and feels fabulous. She gets plenty to eat (forage based) and has paddocks set up to encourage movement in her 24 hour turnouts. I am so pleased 🙂
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 email@example.com.
A husband of a client made me the coolest thing and brought it over and installed it for me yesterday–as a gift–just because :) I recommend using the small mesh hay nets to my clients as they provide numerous benefits for their horses. This client loves using them and her very handy husband designed something for her that would hold the nets open while she filled them. Then he made me one! Such wonderful people 🙂