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Senior Horse Sanctuary Holiday News

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We have had a very busy month, and it does not appear to be slowing down!  Our Open House event on 11/22 brought out a great crowd of people, the weather was perfect and the horses enjoyed the day!

 

 

We have several items for sale that are great for gift giving! Photo book-marks of the horses, photo notecards, and photo charm jewelry-contact us if you are interested in making any of these purchases!

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We also have our Benefit Wines available-they are available by ordering online here:

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If you would like to purchase holiday gifts for the horses, visit our Wish List for ideas! Items can be purchased from the listed websites and shipped direct, and store credit at our local feed stores or gift cards are always welcomed!  Monetary donations are needed as well so that we can continue to provide the best possible care to our senior horses–your donations are tax-deductible as we do have 501c3 tax exemption status!

Horsey News:

The change in seasons has brought about an array of issues for the horses which have been quite costly.  Buddy had a colic episode which appeared to set off some ulcers, Shiloh‘s COPD became out of control where he could not breathe (or eat), and Mikey has a cancerous growth on his eye that is being removed this week.  Four vet visits in two weeks is a lot to endure!  Then there are the seniors that have such digestive upsets that it is costing a fortune on trial and error supplementation to find what will work to clear those issues, Siegfried‘s battle with hoof abscesses and Snow White’s intolerance to her Cushing’s medication!

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AMCindy

I have dedicated my life to giving these sweet souls what others would not, and I truly appreciate everyone who joins me in my crusade 🙂

Peace to all!

Cindy Daigre, Founder

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary

 

Welcome Jackson!

Jackson is a 25 year old Belgian draft horse that we know little about except he was used for harness work and needed a forever home with lots of TLC!  He is a nice guy and it’s all about the food for him!  He requires soaked meals and fine, soft hay.  He needs lots of grooming, a customized diet plan, and hoof care needs addressed.  He is extremely itchy, so much so, he has numerous sores all over, especially in between the hind legs and uses whatever tree he can find to rub on!  We need to purchase him a draft halter, start him on a supplementation plan to address his issues and goodness gracious all of the soaked meals he will require!

Please consider a donation to our sanctuary to help with not only Jackson’s expenses, but the others in our care.  All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS as we are a 501c3 non-profit charity.

Enjoy these photos from Jackson’s first day!

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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!

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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

 

 

Meet Ruby!

Sunday March 3rd I received a call to help a draft x horse in need of getting out of a bad situation.  Because this was a good friend of mine calling and I knew it was a desperate situation, I agreed even though I did not know anything about the horse.  Once the horse was loaded for transport, I was told it was a mare, she was thin and probably blind with a bad left hind leg.

I got the Quarantine paddock and shed ready for her arrival.  As you can imagine, she was very scared to come off of the trailer and into the paddock.  However once she got a whiff of some yummy orchard grass hay, she relaxed and dove right in!  I named her Ruby.  She is 16 hands tall, weighs a bit over 1,200 lbs and wears a size 82 blanket.

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The vet came to check out Ruby today.  She has very little vision in either eye, the right one is cloudy from some sort of an injury.  Her hocks are quite large and there is some soft swelling on the front of the left one.  She came infested with lice, which have been treated.  She has sores all over and her tail has been rubbed off from the intense itching lice cause.  She has had many foals and fortunately she is not in foal now!  She needed a mild float but overall her teeth are in good shape, but do show quite a bit of aging, we estimated her to be at least 25 years old.

I will await her blood test results before making any changes with her, but she will remain in quarantine until the end of March in case she develops any contagious diseases.  She will continue to receive proper care and nutrition and when she is ready will be introduced to a new equine friend!

Ruby is a complete sweetheart!  She uses her nose, feet and sense of smell and hearing to guide her around the paddock to the hay and water.  She is very patient and waits for meals and attention very quietly and is easy to work around.  It will be a challenge to get her feet trimmed with her joint issues, but my vet, who knows me well said, “Cindy put her on some of your herbal mixes, and with your proper nutrition and TLC,  in 30 days she will look like a different horse!” 🙂  Donations towards Ruby’s care are much appreciated!

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Ruby has sores and a rubbed tail from lice and is thin.

 

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Ruby, after 4 days of TLC, is very comfortable in her new home!

Siegfried is having a Birthday!

Siegfried turns 24 years old February 10, 2013!  While many of our sanctuary horses we do not know much about their past, let alone their birthday, we do know a bit about Siegfried.  He spent his working career as a jousting horse in New York.  Quite noble and bomb-proof, I imagine he was a wonderful mount for the sport!  He is an 18 hand, 2,200 lb Percheron Draft horse, born black, has turned pure white as he has aged.

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Read more about Siegfried’s Bio.

We will be honoring Siegfried’s birthday by opening the part of the farm which he resides for a short “Meet & Greet” on Saturday February 9th from Noon to 2:00 pm.  You will be able to visit with he and his lady friend Snow White, and quite possibly catch a glimpse of the other horses who reside here.  Please note that the entire farm will not be open for tours on this date.  However, mark your calendars for Saturday May 18th, as we will have the entire Sanctuary open for visitors!

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Siegfried does have a Wish List for his Birthday!  A few of the items have already been purchased for him -the Fly Sheet has been ordered and Nicker Treats have arrived!  We do love the Equi-Spa products for him as he loves bathes in the warmer weather!   We can always use bagged Pine shavings to keep his shelter/stall and sleeping areas dry and fluffy!  Any and all Donations are greatly appreciated!

Siegfried’s Diet: In case you were wondering just what does it take to keep this handsome beast so good-looking, here is what he receives each day!

50 lbs Bermuda Grass hay

1 lb Alfalfa Hay

4 cups Ration Balancer pellets (Triple Crown Lite)

Stabilized Flax Meal

Kauffman’s Equine Gold (Pre/Probiotic)

High Point Vitamin/Minerals

Smart Flex IV Ultimate Joint Supplement

Vitamin C

Devil’s Claw (for pain & inflammation of his Ringbone)

On occasion, he requires also Firocoxib prescription anti-inflammatory medication for the Ringbone

Nicker Treats, and lots of love and attention!

As you can imagine, it is quite costly to care for him, and we would appreciate any Donations you could manage to help us continue giving him the best in his senior years!

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Goodbye to Willie

Today we had to lay to rest our oldest and longest term resident Willie.  He was 32 years old and had been with us for 8 years!  Willie came to us from New York all those years ago when his arthritis was getting worse and the winters in NY were not kind.  He thrived here, having four seasons to enjoy, full turnout, being able to come and go as he pleased, using a run in shelter for his feeding and loafing needs.  He has had a loving owner for many, many years who never denied him anything he needed, including all these years of retirement.  He truly lived the high life for quite some time!

Things will definitely not be the same here without him, as he was always a constant, as horses have come in and passed on, Willie was always here.  His faithful companion, Maggie will miss him the most, as she has been his devoted follower for several years.  Run free my friend, in the green pastures where your troubles are behind you.  We will certainly miss you!!!

Please take a few moments to pay tribute by viewing the Slideshow of Willie and his friends.

 

 

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

FHF Year in Review

2012 has brought both tears of joy and sorrow for us.
In June we lost Slim, July we lost Striker, and in October we lost Francis. Thru the grief and sadness, we were able to open our sanctuary to 3 more needy old souls this year: Shiloh, Snow White and Tom.
Thank you for your continued support of our sanctuary work for these senior horses. Please enjoy the Slideshow!
Cindy Daigre

Meet Tom!

Tom is a 28 y/o black Percheron gelding who was surrendered to Redemption Road Rescue in West TN when he and his mate were not being fed, got out of their pasture, and the mate was hit by a car and killed. Realizing that Tom was indeed a special needs senior, and not able to met his long term needs, sought out his forever home with Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary!
He is a hard keeper, quite thin and watching him eat his first senior feed meal reveals some dental issues.
Tom immediately sought out the big hay feeder and claimed it as his own! He had no interest in meeting Buddy or Big Mack, although Buddy was squealing and bucking with delight at a potential new friend!
From the first meetings, it does not appear that Tom cares about having new friends, only plenty of hay and regular meals!
Regular updates will be posted on our Facebook page, so stay tuned for Tom’s progress 🙂
For now Tom will need the following until a more thorough evaluation can be made:
Triple Crown Senior Feed
Ration Plus
Rice Bran oil
Ivermectin Wormer-2 tubes
Please consider a donation to help us get Tom on the path to health!

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Profile: Siegfried

Siegfried is a 23 year old white Percheron draft gelding who stands 18 hands tall and weighs 2,200 lbs. He is quite handsome with his long flowing mane and tail and snow white coat. He is very laid back, taking everything in stride, and there is not much that rattles him. That disposition was ideal for his past life as a jousting horse. He spent from age 3 until his retirement in New York with a Medieval Jousting company and was used for theatrical performances. When it was time to retire him from this work, he was taken in at a nearby rescue that spent over a year trying to rehab him from lameness and laminitis, which he has a history of. From there he was adopted as a “hubby horse” for trail riding, and that situation did not work out so he was up for adoption again. That’s when I found him!
I agreed that he would have a forever home with all of his needs met at our retirement farm and sanctuary, Ferrell Hollow Farm, in TN. I hired an amazing transporter and he was hauled from Long Island, NY to our farm in rural Middle TN. The moment he stepped off of the trailer, I was awestruck by his magnificence -he was breathtaking and stunning! He lead right into his paddock and settled in immediately. He had finally come HOME 🙂 That was June of 2011.
Since his arrival Siegfried has presented with several health challenges-unexplained lameness and odd pastern dermatitis lesions-all of which had vets scratching their heads after diagnostic testing proved inconclusive. What we did discover thru radio-graphs is that he has significant ring-bone (arthritis in the pasterns) in his front legs, which will always need to be managed by a good joint supplement and at times anti-inflammatory medication.
Right now, as this is written, he is doing amazingly well, better than I have seen him. I have worked with Dr. Juliet Getty, Equine Nutritionist, www.gettynutrition.com to fine tune his supplements and he is absolutely glowing and feeling great!
A few fun facts about Siegfried’s upkeep: Draft horses eat A LOT of hay! Siegfried is on limited grass due to his history of laminitis, so he eats an average of a bale of bermuda grass hay a day-a bit more in the winter. Here are his costs per month:
$200 Hay
$50 Ration Balance Feed
$150 Supplements
$75 Anti-Inflammatory medication when needed
Tons of love and labor: Priceless 😉
Siegfried has become our ambassador, the one who represents our farm, with his grace, beauty and lovely disposition he shows us that we can age with dignity if given the chance to do so.
Please consider contributing a donation or sponsorship to help with Siegfried’s upkeep and care–you will find Donate buttons on our website www.ferrellhollowfarm.org

Siegfried has shed his summer coat and is glowing!

Siegfried catches a glimpse of the new resident