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Hay Cubes for Horses

Yes I admit that the senior residents at Ferrell Hollow Farm's retirement farm are very spoiled and catered to!  Here is just one of those ways 😉

I purchase low sugar/starch timothy/alfalfa hay cubes and because they are large and hard, I either break them up into crumbles or soak them to avoid any issues with choke.  But this winter, I decided to take it a step further-I run the entire 50 lb bag of cubes thru my chipper/shredder to make a wonderfully fine product!  And the horses are most appreciative–they all love it!  Here is Maggie taking a munch from a bucket of it–after every meal, she is given some of this tasty stuff, because she will follow me around until I do! 🙂

Maggie 2-23-11 

Cindy Daigre is the founder and director of Ferrell Hollow Farm, an Equine Retirement facility in 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 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.

Francis and Mary: My Rescued Horses

I saw an ad on a website for “adoptable horse of the week” and his photo captured my attention—a big black senior horse looking for his forever home—so I had to inquire!

Francis had been a carriage horse for at least 12 years working the streets of New York City and had fortunately landed at a no kill sanctuary after his working days were over.  Pets Alive, in Middletown, NY had taken in many a carriage horse and literally saved them from an untimely fate.  I decided I must visit this place and see for myself.  So I flew from TN to NY and spent 3 glorious days at Pets Alive, volunteering my time and labor to do what ever was needed.  Grooming horses, cleaning paddocks and run in sheds, walking dogs, loving on cats, all that needed a forever home.  One look at Francis and I was in love!  He was quite attached to his companion Mary, a beautiful, big bay older mare, who had also worked in NYC.  The staff and volunteers at Pets Alive were so kind, loving and just wonderful at providing a safe haven for all of these animals who needed a forever home. I agreed to adopt both Francis and Mary and have them live out their days, wanting for nothing, at my 70 acre retirement farm for senior horses in Tennessee.

So one month later, the husband of the director of Pets Alive, who is an avid horseman, transported them to my farm!  

Francis 4 9-11-10 

Francis is a 28 year old, 15.3 black Percheron/Freisan cross weighing around 1,300 pounds. When he arrived at Ferrell Hollow Farm, his huge feet were in need of a trim and he was lame. He had other issues such as ringbone, sidebone and a right-hind contracted deep digital flexor tendon. X-rays of his feet revealed what my vet termed as “chronic laminitis”. He was foot sore and uncomfortable, and we are certain that the years he spent in metal shoes and pounding away on pavement contributed to his condition.  Ultrasound of his hind legs revealed that he had massive scar tissue in the right hind tendon, probably as a result of an accident or injury that was never treated.  As a result, he often prefers to walk on the tip toe as it is painful to stretch that tendon to walk normally.  Mary is a 25 year old, 16 + hand bay Standardbred, who has a capped hock and some arthritis in her knees and hips.  She is very large for her breed, and quite sweet.  An illegible lip tattoo suggests she spent her earlier career on the trotting track, transitioning at some point to the life of a carriage horse.

Mary 4-19-10 

They continue to thrive and are quite happy here. They are very special horses, who I love dearly, and am so grateful to Pets Alive for making them available to me! http://www.petsalive.com/

Cindy Daigre is the founder and director of Ferrell Hollow Farm, an Equine Retirement facility in 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 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.

All web orders this weekend 2/19 thru 2/20 over $50 will receive a FREE Lavender balm! Great for headache and stress relief! http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Lav Balm

FHF Releases NEW Herbal Skin Gel for horses!

Inspired by the senior horses at Ferrell Hollow Farm, a new horse care product has been specially formulated and is ready for market: Herbal Skin Gel!

This product along with all of our natural care products, have been used with positive results on a variety of horses including those with sensitive skin conditions. 

Ferrell Hollow Farm’s Herbal Skin Gel is very beneficial for soothing itchy spots, healing wounds, and soothing dry manes and tails!

Ingredients include Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Tea Tree, Rosemary, and Lavender.

Herbal Skin Gel        8 oz bottle     $12.50     http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Skin Gel 

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.  A portion of the proceeds from the sales of all of FHF's natural horse care products are used to assist senior horses in need of rescue, sanctuary or adoption!


 

Aromatherapy for Horses and Humans

This article in Murfreesboro, TN Daily News Journal Saturday February 12, 2011 features Cindy Daigre and her aromatherapy products for horses and humans!

http://www.dnj.com/article/20110212/LIVINGWELL/102120302/Scents-and-sensibility?GID=pIoNVNUMir+xuoQJv6cLZm%2FZAEGTpcaRJnZENa3HkbE%3D

Cindy Daigre is the founder and director of Ferrell Hollow Farm, an Equine Retirement facility in 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 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.

 

FHF January 2011

We had a lot of snow in January this year!  Enjoy the slideshow photos 🙂

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Cindy Daigre  Ferrell Hollow Farm www.ferrellhollowfarm.com

 

Cocoa Cream

Another awesome chocolate product in the Ferrell Hollow Farm Valentine Gift Basket you don't want to miss!  Made from cocoa butter and coconut oil, it is non-greasy, light and moisturizing with a wonderful  cocoa scent!

Cocoa Cream 
As with all of Ferrell Hollow Farm's natural products, only cruelty-free ingredients are used.

Visit http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html for more information!

Forage Feeding Options for Horses

Here are a few of the ways that Ferrell Hollow Farm chooses to feed forage to it's senior residents:

  • Slow mesh hay feeders can be hung from anything from a tie ring on a wall to a tree branch.
  • Nibble nets can be secured to a ground platform.
  • Hay pellets placed in treat dispensors provide amusement and alleviate boredom.

As with all of our hay options, we only provide tested, low sugar/low starch quality forage options for optimal health!

Hay feeders 2-3-11 

Ferrell Hollow Farm provides retirement care to senior, special needs horses in Middle TN.  www.ferrellhollowfarm.com

 

Valentine’s Rose Cream

Ferrell Hollow Farm's Rose Hand Cream is very soft and moisturizing with a light rose fragrance!  It is made in small batches, using only cruelty free ingredients.  The coconut and palm kernel oils are hydrating on the skin and the rose oil smells like spring is coming!

Rose Cream 
The 2 oz jar of Rose Hand Cream is $10.50 and can be purchased at www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Francis and his little friend enjoy some controlled winter grazing time 🙂

Francis & mimi 2-2-11