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Senior Retirement Horse Care

Ferrell Hollow Farm specializes in retirement care for senior and special needs horses.  The 70 acre farm is located in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee.  The quiet and tranquil setting is very condusive for a retirement setting.  Horses spend all of their time outdoors roaming their pastures and always have access to fully equipped run in sheds.  The owners live on site so the horses are checked on many times thru out the day and night. 

The farm is equipped to meet the special needs of Insulin Resistant horses who may need restricted grass turn out on a dry lot.  Small paddock turn out or larger pasture turn outs are available.  Each horses diet is individually tailored to suit their needs.  Only high quality, tested low sugar/low starch hays are fed.

Willie & Maggie 5-12-09 The owners live in this wonderful log home that overlooks several of the horse pastures and dry lot.  For more information about our farm, please visit: or contact

Energy Work as a Therapy

My horse has a wonderful energy therapist named Amanda Oliver.  I first started using her a year and a half ago on my older mare Turnip.  Haley started having serious neurological issues about 4 days before Turnip died.  The night before she died, Amanda came out to take a look at Haley and attempted to conduct an energy session on him.  He was spinning in circles so badly, it was very difficult.  Needless to say the vet arrived the next morning to evaluate him.

Haley is a Wobbler–has been all his life.  Fast growing, big boned, gelding–are contributing factors.  Genetics and nutrition also play a part.  He has been neurologically compromised his entire 14 years.

So now we are dealing with the havoc that the EPM played on his central nervous system since November 2008 and also the recent discovery of arthritis in his neck where the Wobbler "lesions" are.

Amanda is a certifed T touch practioner, however the treatment that she most often uses with my horses, is her Energy Work.  It is a gift that she is blessed with.  Her work has a tremendous benefit to my horses.

Friday May 29 was Haleys most recent session with her.  She sees him now about once a week.  He was in his stall and relaxed very quickly as she began.  He is a very sensitive horse and can feel her energy from many feet away.  Oftentimes she is not even able to lay her hands on him, as it is too much–so she will step back to a distance that he will allow.  His ears flick back and forth and he is listening to her, even though she doesn't speak.  His eyes get soft, his bottom lip droops and quivers.  And after awhile his knees start to buckle as if he is going to fall down from his sleep like state.  He fell to his knees once, but he almost always will catch himself and stay up.

Haley energy 2 5-29-09 These energy sessions are important for Haley as he is learning that it is OK to relax, which is something he has difficulty doing, as he is not distributing his weight evenly, making tight muscles and areas of heat and inflammation.  She is also able to move those areas of heat thru his body with her energy work.


Shelter for Senior Horses

Horses at Ferrell Hollow Farm live outdoors 24/7.  I feel that it is much better to let them move about as they want to in order to keep their joints limber.  I also feel it is imperative that these horses have access to a shelter any time that they want one.  So every field is equipped with a very nice run in shed–most of which have attached supply rooms, making them self sufficient mini barns.

2 bay shed This is a two bay run in shed with attached supply room.

So each time I want to fence off another pasture, we (my husband!) have to build a new run in shed.

3 bay shed 11-3-08 Three bay shed with middle stall and attached supply room.

I like to say that the horses here at my farm are very spoiled.  In addition to having their every whim catered to, the sheds have electricity so I can use heated water buckets in the winter and plug in fans for them in the summer–and they have c.

4 bay shed 9-07 Four bay run in shed with attached supply room.

Horses eat every meal in their sheds.  I use chains or ropes and snap them up to keep each one in their "stall" while they eat.  No one is left unattended at meal time.  This is also the time to groom, fly spray, take on and off fly masks and boots (or blankets in the winter) and do the daily feed time check overs.  Horses get free choice hay in the racks or hay bags in their shed.

Metal Shed 5-29-09 This is a two bay metal shed that I comissioned an iron smith craft artist to build for me–for now the sides are open with no walls.  I have just comissioned him to build a single bay shed for my dry lot.

Barn Addition 3-9-07 These are 5 run in stalls off the side of my main horse barn which opens to a paddock.  The runs have removable panels to create a larger area when needed.


I have been feeding my horses garlic for years now to deter biting pests and ticks.  I find that it works very well as a tick repellent.  And we have ticks here–lots of cedar trees they like to live on.

I've also been growing my own garlic for years too.  Right in the vegetable garden out back.  Plant in the fall and harvest in the summer.  Right now is the time for me to cut off the garlic scapes.  What is a scape you ask?  It's the tall stalk, sometimes curly, that the garlic sends up thru the leaves and if left on long enough, a bloom will emerge.  The scapes actually have a purpose.  They are edible and are considered by many a delicasy when sauted–they have a milder garlic taste than the garlic cloves.  Also if you go ahead and cut off the scapes, energy will be directed down the plant to the garlic bulb in the ground so it can continue growing until it is time to harvest.

I grow garlic because I like to cook with it and also because I can make garlic oil from it.  Garlic oil is one of the ingredients that I put in Ferrell Hollow Farm's Natural Fly Spray.  Of course I use other, pleasant smelling oils, to offset the pungent garlic smell!  If you are interested in purchasing Ferrell Hollow Farm's Natural Fly Spray for your horses, please visit:

Garlic Scapes 

Garlic Scapes 5-28-09 at FHF

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver is pure elemental silver that is evenly distributed into water.  The silver is not dissolved, but suspended evenly throughout the solution as a result of the positive electrical charge that is attached to each particle of silver as it is electrically sintered off of the silver electrode into the water. 

The process I use is made using a Colloid Master generator, distilled water and 99.99% pure silver.  On average, the process for making one quart of Colloidal Silver takes between 3 and 5 hours.  The finished product will be clear to pale yellow to pale yellowish brown in color.  It is odorless, nearly tasteless and a potent non-toxic disinfectant and healing agent.  It should be stored away from direct sunlight.  Colloidal Silver is considered a Homeopathic Remedy and is also referred to as Silver Water.

I began using Colloidal Silver on my horse, Haley, after he received 2 months of traditional medication for EPM (Equine Protozoa Myelitis) treatment.  When test results finally showed that he had cleared the protozoa that had wreaked havoc on his central nervous system, I wanted to use a product that could keep his immune system healthy and ward off any further protozoa attacks.  I knew that he would not be able to handle further damage to his spinal cord.  I began by giving him 2 cups of Colloidal Silver mixed in with his meals twice daily.  It has no taste, so there were no palatability issues.  And it makes a nice substance for his supplements to adhere to in the meals.

When Haley developed abscesses all around his coronary band on the right hind hoof, I put the Colloidal Silver in a spray bottle and cleaned the hoof with it daily.  It kept the wounds clean and allowed the abscesses to heal.

For horses with acute issues you can give up to 2 cups of Colloidal Silver twice a day mixed into the horse’s meals.  For more chronic conditions, you can mix in up to 1 cup twice a day.

It makes a wonderful topical healing agent for cuts, scrapes, abrasions, abscesses or any other type of wound.  It can even be spray on warts, growths and greasy heels.  Simply pour the solution into a spray bottle and use as needed.


It also makes a very good topical agent for cuts and scrapes for humans and taken orally can reduce the time of having a cold.

If you are interested in purchasing some Colloidal Silver for your horse or yourself, email Cindy at

A Good Trimmer

I believe that the saying "No Hoof, No Horse" is very true.  I am fortunate to have found a great trimmer for Haley.  He bears his weight extremely unevenly which has wrecked havoc on his right hind hoof.  Several months ago he developed abscesses all around the coronary band of that hoof and developed laminitis from bearing too much weight on it for too long.  It was a long ordeal, the abscesses are now healed, but we are left with a foot that appears a bit deformed and now has a crack from the ground up to where the abscess is growing out. 

Today was Haley's day to be trimmed by his barefoot trimmer–every 4th Sunday.  I turn the floor of his stall into a work space for the trim, removing all of the shavings, leaving the heavy mats exposed.  The stall I speak of is the middle bay of his run in shed where I have secured round pen panels on each side and one in front for the door.  He likes to lean to the right and uses the panels as a support.

He is a challenge to work on and his trimmer is very kind and patient with him, giving him lots of breaks and never getting frustrated with him, understanding that he physically just can not always pick up the leg she is asking for.  We try using blocks of wood and various props to make it easier for both he and the trimmer–sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.  His right hind foot is so compromised that not much was done with it, and what was done, was trimmed from the ground.  He is a good boy thru all of it and keeps a willing attitude.

An hour later the trim is complete.  She said that she will look into whether the Equi-Cast product would be something that would benefit him and let me know.  She thinks if he is not able to start distributing his weight more evenly, reducing the burden on the right hind hoof soon, he will likely founder on it.

Haley r hind 5-24-09

Fly Control

Ferrell Hollow Farm chooses to practice a natural approach to fly control.  We release fly predators from March to September and use natural based fly sprays in order not to harm the predators, the animals or the environment.  Another important aspect of our fly control program is to keep the horses as comfortable as possible by outfitting them with fly gear such as fly masks and fly boots.  The masks with ears are used in the spring to keep the biting knats from biting inside their ears and the boots keep them from stomping when flies land on their legs.

Tess and Haley were outfitted with their fly gear this morning:

Fly Gear 5-21-09


Haley 5-22-09 What has happened to my horse, my magnificent horse?  My 17.1 hand French Warmblood gelding who I bred for dressage.  Where is he? 

For now before me I see a crippled, paralyzed horse.  What has happened to his body?  His mind is all there—he knows what he wants but his body will not cooperate.  How could this have happened to him? 

He has had many good days—why do the bad ones always follow?  And why—Why has this happened to him—my sweet handsome boy—who has lived with a disability all of his life, learned to compensate and go on with things.  Now he fights yet another—one which is wreaking havoc on his spinal cord—the inflammation that we can not seem to control. 

The only human he wants around him in times like this is me—his devoted mommy—no one else—-he will let anyone else know what he thinks of them in his space —but mommy can stay—she is my rock—she will do anything for me, and loves me unconditionally.

Cindy Daigre