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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 🙂 www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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Sieg2 3-11-12

Lavender Fact Sheet-for people and animals!

Lavender

 

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Lavender is grown mainly for the production of essential oil of lavender.  Essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile oils that can be extracted from aromatic plants. The fragrant, pale purple flowers and flower buds are used in a water-and-steam distillation process to extract the oil. It is best to use organically grown plants, free from chemicals.

How to Grow Lavender

Lavenders flourish best in dry, well-drained, sandy or gravelly soils in full sun.  All types need little or no fertilizer and good air circulation.

Using the Dried Flowers

Dried and sealed in pouches, lavender flowers can be placed among items of clothing to give a fresh fragrance. Flower spikes are often used for dried flower arrangements, potpourri and in sachets.  Floral water (hydrosols) can also be made from the flowers.

Using the Essential Oil

Lavender is a favorite for the herbal first aid kit and is typically for topical purposes; not given internally. It speeds the healing process of wounds by encouraging cell growth. A few drops of the essential oil of lavender can be diluted in water and used to clean wounds. It can also be mixed in a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, for a relaxing massage.

Lavender has a very calm and soothing aroma which can be beneficial when inhaling it.

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

 March 2012

Valentine’s Day Body Products!

For the next two weeks, you can indulge your senses in all natural chocolate body products made by Ferrell Hollow Farm!

Chocolate Sugar Scrub and Cocoa Cream

 The response to Ferrell Hollow Farm’s current horse product line has been very well received, and so it is only natural that their care-takers should be pampered by these exclusive herbal products as well. 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.

Decadent and almost edible, with a mouth watering rich and tempting aroma, the Chocolate Sugar Scrub will tantalize your senses! Cocoa Butter will melt on your skin, leaving you soft and smooth, while the organic sugar will exfoliate and leave your skin glowing with health! 

The Cocoa Cream is light and silky smooth and makes an excellent moisturizer for any part of the body.  The rich cocoa butter base imparts a rich chocolate scent.  Use alone or after showering with the Chocolate Sugar Scrub for a doubly decadent chocolate bathing experience!

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Proceeds from all products made by Ferrell Hollow Farm help support the senior and special needs horses we have adopted and brought into our Retirement Farm in TN!

Contact:

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

Cindy Daigre     cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com

 

Last Call for Holiday Gifts!

Today, Saturday December 17th, is the LAST DAY to place your orders for Ferrell Hollow Farm's natural body care products and gift baskets for them to ship in time for Christmas!  Still in stock are the Lavender products (Scrub and Cream) and the Peppermint Products (Scrub and Cream) and the Calendula Balm–however all are in limited quantities!  Gift Basket orders include a FREE gift!

Order yours here:

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

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Try Natural Stress Reduction with Ferrell Hollow Farm’s Lavender Body Product Gift Basket!

Lavender Gift Basket by Ferrell Hollow Farm               November 29, 2011

Cares, Stress and Tension will melt away this holiday season with Ferrell Hollow Farm’s Lavender Gift Basket!

A Lavender Body Scrub and Lavender Hand Cream are beautifully wrapped in a holiday theme and include a gift note and FREE gift of Lavender Hydrosol (while supplies last!)

The Dead Sea salt in the lavender scrub combats stress, balances skin moisture and relaxes muscles. The Shea Butter in the lavender cream penetrates deep into the skin to help restore elasticity, revitalizes and softens skin.

The Lavender Body Scrub and Lavender Cream have a clean, fresh, calming aroma to reduce stress and uplift the mood!

Lav Holiday Basket

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Cindy Daigre     cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com    615-409-6071

Order by December 16th to ensure Holiday shipment!

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. Proceeds from the sales of her Natural Body Care Products help care for the Senior horses she has adopted!

Lavender Body Products

Lavender Gift Basket by Ferrell Hollow Farm

Inspired by the beauty of her gardens, Ferrell Hollow Farm’s owner, Cindy Daigre, regularly creates unique herbal blends that are cruelty-free. These natural body products have been used with extremely positive feedback from a number of people, including those with sensitive skin conditions.

The Lavender Gift Basket includes: Lavender Body Scrub, Lavender Hand Cream, and Lavender Sachet. The set is beautifully wrapped with a gift note.

The Dead Sea salt in the scrub combats stress, balances skin moisture and relaxes muscles. The Shea Butter in the cream penetrates deep into the skin to help restore elasticity, revitalizes and softens skin.

The Lavender Body Scrub and Lavender Cream have a clean, fresh, calming aroma to reduce stress and uplift the mood.

Lav set
Contact:

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

Cindy Daigre     615-409-6071

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.

Natural Body Care Products for the Holidays!

November 1, 2011

Ferrell Hollow Farm is excited to release a Peppermint Body Set, which includes two NEW products for the holidays!

 Peppermint Body Scrub and Peppermint Cream

The scrub contains Himalayan pink salt, which is one of the purest salts on earth and naturally rich in 84 nourishing and skin-replenishing minerals. 

These minerals are essential for human health, and can be readily absorbed through bathing therapies. Himalayan salt has long been praised for its healing benefits; and is known for stimulating circulation, soothing sore muscles, and removing toxins.

The cream is rich in shea butter, which has fantastic moisturizing and healing properties for skin. It penetrates deep to help restore elasticity.

Using these natural peppermint products will be a renewing and therapeutic experience for mind & body.

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Peppermint Body Set comes beautifully wrapped and includes a gift card.

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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.   As with all of her products, only cruelty-free ingredients are used. Products are hand made in small batches to ensure quality and freshness.

cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com  615-409-6071

Visit us on the Studio Tour of Rutherford County, TN November 18-20, 2011! www.artstudiotour.org