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Hot Weather Horse Tip from Ferrell Hollow Farm

It is 92 and humid and will be for at least a week, with no rain and no reprive.  It's feeding time and you head out to tend to your horses and find them in their pastures: listless, hot and sweaty.  What can you do to revive them?

Take an 8 quart pail and fill half full with cool water.  Add 1 ounce of your favorite Natural Fly Spray.  Submerge a rag in the water and ring out.  Then proceed to give your horse a sponge bath all over, refreshing the rag with cool water as needed, and keep sponging.  Not only will the flies go elsewhere, but you will leave your horse refreshed and he will thank you for it!

Ferrell Hollow Farm's all Natural Fly Spray contains a blend of essential oils and raw cider vinegar that people and horses love, but flies hate!

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Eagle 5-30-11 

There's nothing like working hard all day, to perk up your tired feet with Ferrell Hollow Farm's Peppermint Foot Scrub! All natural ingredients, made in small batches to ensure a fresh, quality product. http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Foot Scrub

Mary’s Hoof Issue

My local vet, Dr. Williams, was here yesterday to pull blood for Coggins, Insulin and routine panels on most of the horses and to also discuss what is going on with Mary's feet.  Since she has been here, Mary has had this gunk in her central frog sulcus–they are open and deep.  She has very sensitive tissue and will sometimes bleed in that area.

Mary RF 5-18-11 

I have tried no less than a dozen remedies for thrush and fungus, with no success.  Each morning, I take a cotton round, gently floss the sulcus with a hoof pick to clean out the gunk, apply whatever remedy I am trying that day, and then put on her fly boots.  The flies are attracted to that area and given that she is very sensitive skinned, the boots keep her comfortable and from stomping. 

Dr. Williams gently cleaned and inspected her feet and took a couple of swab samples to be sent to the lab so we can hopefully understand what exactly we are dealing with and then take appropriate action to clear it up.  He knows I prefer natural methods if at all possible, and that I was concerned with using any caustic substances and did not want to damage any live, healthy tissue.  So we will be anxiously awaiting the test results!

Mary 5-27-11 (2) Mary, age 26, Standardbred, retired carriage horse.

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.

Equine Nutritional Consultation Testimonial

I recently received this wonderful testimonial from one of my clients regarding my Nutritional Consulting services!

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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.

Senior Horse Hoof Care

In addition to picking, cleaning, spraying, soaking as needed the horses feet several times a week, once a week I dedicate to actually doing touch up trims.  Proper hoof care is very important, but can be challenging with our senior residents. 

Francis (age 28) is the most difficult–in addition to being a large, heavy horse, he has chronic issues with both hind feet, one of which can not even be picked up.  Getting his front feet up goes something like this: cluck, pinch, ask, lean, sweet talk from me–resistance, leaning into me, ain't gonna do it momma from him!  I usually trick, er-convince him to pick them up but each time not without him jerking hard trying to slam it down.  I win that battle though as I hold on and tell him "not until I am done", making quick work of a hard situation! 😉 Eagle (age 26) is also challenging due to his arthritic knees, oftentimes I can not even get up one of the front feet, and he also has issues behind. But he has been taught to tilt the foot so it can be cleaned, inspected and worked on.  Mary (age 26) has arthritic knees and hip issues, making her challenging as well to get feet up.  She has chronic thrush/yeast in her central sulcus which I have treated with no less than a dozen things for over a year with no signs of clearing it up.  Although Tess and Dawn are getting more arthritic (both ages 28), they are still able to lift all four feet when asked :)  A very good day is when I am able to get more hooves cleaned than expected!!

E&T 5-18-11 

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.

Another Seed Mix for Horses!

Ferrell Hollow Farm is excited to offer it's third seed mix for horses!

Seed Mix #3  -  A Vital Part of your Horses Diet

Horses on grass restriction or fed low quality forage may need to have additional vitamins and minerals added to round out their diet. 

Loaded with vitamins and minerals, raw, organic seeds are designed to supplement what is often lacking in a horse’s diet, the natural way!  Naturally low in sugar and starch, these seeds boast good amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and zinc, as well as vitamins B and E.  They also contain adequate amounts of protein, fiber, amino acids and essential fatty acids.

(This blend was formulated by Cindy Daigre of Ferrell Hollow Farm, contains Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower and Chia seeds and has been analyzed by Equi-Analytical Laboratories for its nutrient content.)

The suggested daily feeding is ¼ cup and a one month supply is $31.00.  Monthly auto-ship orders qualify for discount pricing!  Email for more information. 

Seed Mix 3 

Contact:

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Cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com

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.

More Senior Horse Birthdays!

Today I am wishing very special birthdays to both Dawn, who turns 28 and to Eagle, who turns 26!!!

Dawn came to Ferrell Hollow Farm in February of 2007 when her owner decided to retire her.  Currently she is looking and feeling FABULOUS! 

Dawn 5-14-11 
Happy 28th Birthday Dawn!

Eagle came to Ferrell Hollow Farm in August of 2009 as it was time for him to receive specialized attention for his aging needs.  He is tall, dark and handsome and feeling pretty good these days!

Eagle 5-14-11 
Happy 26th Birthday Eagle!

I want to thank their owners for allowing me to care for them in their senior years–they are both WONDERFUL horses! 🙂

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.

Herbs for Skin Issues in Horses!

Manage your horses skin conditions from the inside out with herbal nutrition!  Formulated by Cindy Daigre, of Ferrell Hollow Farm, a premier retirement farm for senior and special needs horses in Tennessee.  Herbs in this blend are grown free from any pesticide use and contain properties known to be helpful for skin issues such as Calendula and Nettle. 

Two pounds will last one horse one month.    http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Skin Herbs 

 

FHF Slideshow March/April 2011

Enjoy the photos! 🙂

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Chocolate Vanilla Gift Basket

Chocolate and Vanilla make a perfect aromatic combination!  The Chocolate Sugar Scrub will exfoliate, clean and leave you soft, while the Vanilla Cream will soothe dry hands and skin.

Choc van wrapped 
The set includes a sachet of dried roses from our garden and gift wrap!

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.

Contact: Product List and Pricing: www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Local Murfreesboro, TN inquires: cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com