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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!

Jackson5 2-16-14 Jackson graze 2-16-14 Jackson Liz 2-16-14 Jackson scratch 2-16-14


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!

Sieg pm 4-22-13







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 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.

Ruby1 3-3-13

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!

Ruby3 3-3-13 Ruby5 3-3-13Ruby’s injured right eye with limited vision.






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


Ruby 3-7-13

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

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 Senior Horse Sanctuary-Mary

Mary is a 26 y/o Standardbred mare who came to Ferrell Hollow Farm almost 3 years ago, with pal Francis. She is a very large gal, built much more like a Warmblood/Draft cross! She has an illegible lip tatoo, so I have not been able to trace her in the STB registry.  She most likely had an early career on the trotter track, then transitioned to a life as a carriage horse.  Mary worked the streets of NYC, but it is unknown for how many years.  She was retired to Pets Alive before she turned 20.

Mary does have some arthritis which has become more prevalent over the past two years, however the most noteable condition that I have had to treat her for his hoof canker.  It has been a long battle of using many topical products touted for “curing” canker, and boosting her immune system with no success.  My feeling is that hoof canker can not be cured, at best it can be reduced or kept under control.  Mary’s is deep seated and all 4 feet have been affected.  In fact, last Fall when she became very lame, having had no success with any treatments, I felt an end of life decision was going to be needed to be made.  Then I was told about a little known canker formulation created by an equine sanctuary in NY, and arrangements were made to get it to me.  I was leery at best.  However to our utter amazement, the canker began to dry up on 3 of the 4 feet!  The drought spring & summer conditions were very helpful, as canker thrives in a moist environment.  With the help of our trimmer, once a month we can trim away more tissue to expose yet another deeper layer of the canker so it can be treated.  As of now, we are just battling canker in her right front foot.

Currently Mary is sound and happy, which is our goal for her–she is the picture of health otherwise!  She maintains on a sparse grass area, eats lots of hay, demands daily grooming sessions and tail scratching and requires a daily joint supplement. Of course the canker treatment will always need to be on the supply shelf!

Mary 8-12-12

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary is a registered non profit corporation, filing for 501c3 tax exemption status.  We advocate for senior, special needs horses everywhere!  Your donations will help support the wonderful souls we are currently caring for 🙂

FHF Welcomes Big Mack!

Ferrell Hollow Farm welcomed Big Mack, a 17.3 hand grey Percheron gelding, today as a new companion for Buddy!  Big Mack is estimated to be in his mid 20’s and was rescued by his current owner from an abusive & neglectful situation a couple of years ago.  He has severe arthritis and he too, needed a companion.  So he has come to live at Ferrell Hollow Farm!  We look forward to getting to know Big Mack, but we already know that he is a big sweetie 🙂  and that Buddy likes him!

Mack 6-28-12

B&M 6-28-12

B&M2 6-28-12

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.

Sales of all of FHF products go towards helping the senior horses we care for!

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!

Dealing with Hoof Abscesses

When a horse does not want to bear weight on a particular foot and has difficulty moving around, an abscess is one of the first things that come to mind.  Such is the case with Siegfried today.  At breakfast I found him near the fence, not wanting to move.  I took his meal to him and it took him quite some time to walk to his shelter, where he likes to be during the day.  Hoof trimming was very difficult for him, as really the foot that hurt was the only one he was willing to pick up for any period of time.

During my afternoon check, he had ran out of water in the shelter and gotten outside and found himself in a bind–near the gate, unable to go any further.  He calls to me when I get to him.

Sieg 1 5-6-12

My typical protocol for abscesses is to feed anti-inflammatory and circulatory herbs along with homeopathics and biochemical tissues salts to ease the pain, and help bring the abscess to a head.

Sieg 2 5-6-12

It was much easier to clean the feed pan and use it to soak the foot, than to get his big draft foot in a soaking boot!

Sieg 3 5-6-12
Fortunately Siegfried is a good boy, loves water and to get his feet wet!  Warm water, with a bit of tea tree and lavender oil will help clean the foot and fight infection.

Feel better SOON 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.


Calendula Special *2 days only!*

For 2 days only, when you order a Calendula Balm, you will receive a FREE sample of our NEW Calendula Cream, soon to be debuted!  If you have sensitive skin or require fragrance free products, this one is for you!  This offer lasts thru midnight Tuesday April 10th, 2012!  All proceeds from the sales help us care for the special needs horses we have adopted and retired at Ferrell Hollow Farm!  Our vet is coming this week for x-rays of 3 of the drafts feet and hocks, and to assess our mare with hoof canker.

Ferrell Hollow Farm’s Calendula Balm is very beneficial for healing wounds, soothing dry, cracked or chapped skin in both people and animals and taking the sting out of bug bites!  It has a very mild, natural scent with no essential oils added, making it exactly what those with sensitive skin need.

Cindy Daigre, owner of Ferrell Hollow Farm’s Equine Senior Retirement Farm, is continually inspired by the beauty of the gardens she lovingly cares for and regularly creates unique herbal blends based on the plants surrounding her home. As with all of our products, only cruelty-free ingredients are used.

Calendula Balm

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

Sieg2 3-11-12