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Mesh screens help keep the morning sun out of Mary and Francis's shelter–it reduces the inside air temperature and the amount of flies. Fans keep the air circulating.

Francis Mary shed 6-26-10

Fly Balm now with Sunscreen

Just the simple change of one ingredient and now Ferrell Hollow Farm's NEW Fly Balm contains natural sunscreen agents!

It is made from pure essential oils that repel flies, blended in a base of moisturizing butters that also contain natural sunscreen agents and a plant wax to hold it all together.

If the flies are bothering your horse’s nose, ears or legs, this balm can be glided over those areas for lasting protection.  Those sensitive white noses can now be shielded from the sun's harmful rays. It is also great for any scrapes, wounds or belly sores that might attract flies.  In the evenings when the fly masks and boots come off, this is great to dab on legs and face for fly relief.  Perfect for the horse who hates to be sprayed! It comes in a convenient push up container and is small enough to carry in your pocket. 

Fly Balm 1

To purchase any of FHF Natural Products, visit

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

Natural Fly Set Special!

If you have wondered which Natural Fly Spray formula you and your horse would prefer, now is your chance to find out!

For a limited time (thru Sunday June 27, 2010) purchase a FHF Natural Fly Set for 15% off of the regular price.  Set includes these three items:

1 Fly Spray #1, 1 Fly Spray #2, and 1 Fly Balm.  Introductory price is only $40.25. 

Visit the website to order and for information on all of Ferrell Hollow Farm's Natural Horse Products.

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

Grooming Horses in Hot Weather

It has been very hot here, unusually so, seeming to make everything go slower and take longer.  If there is not a breeze, it is almost intolerable to be out working in the humidity.  It's tempting to cut corners or make an excuse to do something later.  But for me, I have a 7 day a week job, no matter what the season or weather.  It's just the kind of life I have chosen.  I have many responsibilities and as well as many animals depending on my care.

I realized tonight that it had been a couple of days since I had really groomed Francis and Mary.  Sure they have been getting twice a day care that includes feeding, hay, fly gear, fly spray, fly balm and a check over, but not the currying and doting that they have come to expect from their momma 😉

So despite the heat, I got out my favorite curry brush and Natural Coat Spray and went to work.  Francis hates to be sprayed–he tolerates it, but that's about all.  HOWEVER, when I use the Coat Spray on him, he never moves, never flinches and stays relaxed.  The ingredients are very soothing to the skin and to the senses.  Not to mention the dried white sweat marks brushed easily off of his black coat. He absolutely loved the attention and asked why had I taken a hiatus from his daily grooming.  Just been busy I said, but I'm here now–and he LOVED every minute of it!

Mary was next.  Anyone that knows Mary personally also knows that she loves to eat–her mouth rarely stops moving and she has a mild nervousness about her.  With her favorite orchard in the small mesh hay net in front of her to munch on, I started spraying the Coat Spray and using the curry.  She stopped eating, relaxed and actually started closing her eyes–for the entire grooming session! 

It really was a wonderful feeling to have that kind of communication with my horses–they knew I was there for them, to take care of their needs and I knew they appreciated it.  Such amazing creatures!

To find out more about the wonderful Natural Coat Spray visit Ferrell Hollow Farm's website store page: http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Fly Balm

I have made a big batch of the new Natural Fly Balm and over half of it is already spoken for!  I will be making more though very soon.  The horses really appreciate it being rubbed on their noses, belly and legs for protection from the flies all day long.  It also soothes wounds while keeping the flies off.

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When on a hot summer afternoon, you find your horse sweating and in need of a sponge bath, try this tip. Fill a small bucket about 3/4 full and add about 1/2 oz of natural fly spray. Put on disposable gloves and use a rag to wipe your horse off with the solution. Not only will you cool them off and remove sweat, the flies will disappear. And for those that hate to be sprayed, you have accomplished all that you need to and your horse will be happy 🙂

*NEW* Natural Fly Balm

Ferrell Hollow Farm is excited to release a NEW all natural product: FHF Fly Balm.  It is made from pure essential oils that repel flies, blended in a base of moisturizing butters and plant wax to hold it all together.

If the flies are bothering your horse’s nose, ears or legs, this balm can be glided over those areas for lasting protection.  It is also great for any scrapes, wounds or belly sores that might attract flies.  In the evenings when the fly masks and boots come off, this is great to dab on legs and face for fly relief.  It comes in a convenient push up container and is small enough to carry in your pocket.  Here is what one of the testers has to say about it.

 

“I have to say that I am A-MAZED by this fly balm!  I already use Ferrell Hollow Farm's wonderful fly spray, which works great, but the horses' more sensitive areas were still posing a problem.  The nose area, uncovered by their fly masks, and the ears of my pony who refuses to wear a fly mask with ears, were covered with flies by afternoon and I felt terrible.  After one application of the Fly Balm I was SOLD!  Practically NO flies on those sensitive areas and the horses were so much happier.  It even smells good!” 
Elizabeth TeSelle
Hoofmaiden Performance Barefoot Hoof Care

 

To purchase any of FHF Natural Products, visit

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

Equine Dentistry

In the 30+ years I have had horses, I have always had an equine dentist check their teeth once a year.  In my opinion, it's just part of the maintenance that should be done for them, like hoof trimming–just not an area to skimp on.  The dentist I use has been practicing equine dentistry since 1975.  He is a nice man, kind and gentle and the horses get along well with him. I think it's so cute how he likes to rank the horses for me.  He will tell me who out of my bunch has the best teeth and who has the worst.  I always ask him to try without sedation, and he is happy to comply. 

I have to say that I am proud of the 8 horses he worked on today, as they all behaved and required no sedation.  Even Haley did not require a mouth speculum!  That's my sweet boy alright :)  Francis did protest just a tiny bit, but really he was very good–after-all, he does have a reputation as being a bulldog!

So how did everyone rank?  From the best to the worst:  Mary, Haley, Dawn, Francis, Willie, Eagle, Tess, Maggie.  Eagle, Tess and Maggie have a tendency to quid hay from time to time.  Using small mesh hay bags does work well for them as they can't pull large amounts at once.  Tess does have one missing tooth that I witnessed fly out of her mouth 2 years ago when the vet was removing a growth on her gum–her other teeth are in good shape.  But just one missing tooth can cause quidding and other dental issues.  Several of these horses have uneven wear patterns, hooks and waves which can create more challenges for an already senior horse if left unaddressed.

Mary dentist 6-16-10

Mary getting her teeth floated.
 

Natural Coat Spray for Summer Horse Care

Ferrell Hollow Farm's Natural Coat Spray is a multi-purpose product that is beneficial year round.  One of the ingredients is Witch Hazel, considered a strong anti-oxidant and astringent, often used for various skin conditions.  The essential oil combination of peppermint, rosemary and lavender make for a cool and refreshing spritz on a hot day.  The sweet almond oil gives it some staying power so it won't sweat off.  Fresh sprigs of organically grown Lavender, Rosemary and Peppermint are cut from our gardens and included in every bottle.  It smells delightful and your horse will thank you 🙂http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Lavender 5-24-10

Summer Herbs for Horses

Ferrell Hollow Farm has chosen four wonderful herbs to blend together for its Summer Herbal Blend.  Not only is it very beneficial for the skin and digestive system, it is beautiful and aromatic!

 

Summer Blend photo 
 

Calendula is a beautiful golden orange flower that is widely used for all types of skin conditions.  It also contains anti-inflammatory, blood cleansing and antifungal properties.

Cleavers is often found growing in hedgerows and fields.  It is rich in silica and will help the coat and skin.  It is very useful for supporting the lymphatic system.  It will also help minimize fluid retention and soft swellings.

Eyebright is an astringent and anti-inflammatory herb.  It is excellent for any conditions of the eyes.

Peppermint has a wonderful aroma and is beneficial to the digestive system for use in ulcers, colic or gas.

Summer Herbal Blend can be purchased here:

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