Despite the cold, dreary and rainy day, I still celebrated Maggie's "30th" birthday with her :) She is a very lovely black Quarter Horse mare who came to me 4 years ago when her owner was ready to retire her. Maggie is a very attractive mare, is fairly quiet and loves to eat! She is a hard keeper in the winter and very picky, but if you give her what she wants (within the allowable diet), she is very happy! ;) Today I made sure she got more than plenty of the low sugar/starch horse treats I buy for all of the horses each month. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner she had "cookies" and boy does she love her cookies. Even though it was misting rain, I still groomed and loved on her as she is shedding and has a few select itchy spots! Her constant companion, Willie, was demanding and wanted at least as much attention as Maggie was getting. Of course I obliged–he got groomed and was given treats too! Maggie's owner loves her dearly and visits her once a month. I really appreciate her entrusting me with her care–she is a joy to be around!
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, Herbal Blends, Seed Mixes and has written several articles for Natural Horse Magazine. For more information, visit her website at www.ferrellhollowfarm.net or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A husband of a client made me the coolest thing and brought it over and installed it for me yesterday–as a gift–just because :) I recommend using the small mesh hay nets to my clients as they provide numerous benefits for their horses. This client loves using them and her very handy husband designed something for her that would hold the nets open while she filled them. Then he made me one! Such wonderful people 🙂
Ferrell Hollow Farm has chosen five amazing herbs to blend together for its Spring Herbal Blend!
Dandelion, Cleavers, Fenugreek, Nettle and Rosehips are blended together in specific amounts to help your horse adjust to the seasonal transition and flush out any accumulated toxins from the winter.
This blend is especially helpful for dry skin issues, conditioning the emerging spring coat, strengthening the hooves, cleansing the liver and boosting the immune system.
Visit the store page of the website for the Spring Blend as well as many other natural products for horse and rider! http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html
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, Herbal Blends, Seed Mixes and has written several articles for Natural Horse Magazine.
Today was another long day of hard work on the tracking system. Using 3 strands of electric tape, this area requires 2,100 feet of fencing! 500' of tape was put up today and the gate hung. I used the tractor for grading work, tearing up more of the grass and then harrowed the clumps. Then on to cutting and picking up all of the tree roots that the grader had snapped (oh my aching back!). One section of woods was cleaned, raked, mowed and large rocks removed. It was quite nice and breezy under the trees! Mary was very interested, wondering how soon she was going to be allowed to explore the new area. I am thinking she will be running laps around the track, while Francis stands and picks at the remaining morsels of grass 😉
Cindy Daigre www.ferrellhollowfarm.com
I decided to take an unused field adjacent to one being used by horses and turn it into a Paddock Paradise system. The idea moves away from having pastures that are big, open and cross fenced, and instead uses a tracking system where horses must keep moving. The one that I am building at Ferrell Hollow Farm has permanent field fencing around the perimeter and electric tape and posts on the interior. The track is 20 feet wide to accomomdate large horses. One side has a wide wooded area and another has a big grove of trees for shelter. Hay, water, treat toys, etc. will be placed around the track to keep their interest and keep them moving.
Day One Accomplishment: March 21, 2011
Today the holes were dug and the support posts were set for the track which consisted of 10 wooden posts. I used these as permanent supports in each corner, along the middle of a long side and also on either side of a gate. Then 4 foot high step in posts were placed every six feet between the wooden posts (100 step in posts for this paddock area!).
I mowed the entire field to cut the grass down, then used the tractor and box blade to dig and scrape up the grass. The horses who will be using this track are either easy keepers, insulin resistant or prone to laminitis, so grass needs to be kept to a minimum. Eventually sand and gravel can be added to corners if mud becomes an issue.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's accomplishments! :) www.ferrellhollowfarm.com
Ferrell Hollow Farm’s Coat Spray, along with all of our natural products, has been used with positive results on a variety of horses including those with sensitive skin conditions, and continues to be a favorite in our grooming box!
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.
Ferrell Hollow Farm’s Coat Spray is very beneficial in the spring months for conditioning dry skin, manes and tails as the horses are shedding their winter coat. Just curry your horse, spray lightly with Coat Spray and brush down. It keeps the horse smelling fresh!
Coat Spray 16 oz bottle $20.50 (This is 10% off of the regular price!)
Ingredients include Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and fresh sprigs of garden herbs.
Seed Mix - A Vital Part of your Horses Diet
Now contains Rosehips which are a rich source of Vitamin C and flavonoids and can help strengthen the hoof wall!
Horses on grass restriction, diet paddock or desert climate may need to have additional vitamins and minerals added to round out their diet. Vitamin E is lost thru the hay drying and baling process and many nutrients are lost or diminished when foods are cooked or processed.
Loaded with vitamins and minerals, raw, organic seeds are designed to supplement what is often lacking in a horse’s diet, the natural way!
The suggested daily feeding of ¼ cup is a one month supply for one horse. Monthly auto-ship orders qualify for pricing discount! $31.00
Cindy Daigre 615-409-6071
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of all of Ferrell Hollow Farm's natural horse and body care products go to helping senior horses across the country find the love and care that they deserve! A donation to a rescue who will save a senior horse from an auction or to a rescue/sanctuary that needs assistance in caring for a senior horse are just a couple of the ways that we can help. So please remember that your purchase from our web store can help an older horse in need!
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 email@example.com.