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Chia Seeds for Health

Chia Seeds are Loaded with Nutrients 

What are Chia Seeds           

  


Chia seeds are easy to digest, have very little taste but are one of Nature's most nutritious foods. They are both black and white in color, and the nutrition is the same in both colors of seeds. Chia has no odor, very little taste and doesn't go rancid. The seeds are high in protein, minerals, enzymes, fiber and calcium. Chia is a complete source of dietary protein, providing all of the essential amino acids.

Good for Digestive Health
A unique quality of the chia seed is its ability to absorb more than nine times its volume in water. It produces thick mucilage, absorbing up to 30 times its
weight in water. This soluble fiber cleans the intestines by binging and transporting debris from the intestinal walls so that it can be eliminated efficiently and regularly.  This makes it an ideal addition to the diet of horses with ulcers.

Essential Fatty Acids
Chia seeds contain high levels of both omega-3 and omega-6 oils, and naturally contain more than 60% Omega-3 fatty acid.  According to a study published in the journal "Nutrition Research," chia seed is the highest plant-based source of alpha-linolenic fatty acid.

Vitamins and Minerals
Chia offers a variety of minerals, including iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium. One ounce of chia contains trace amounts of all B vitamins. Chia is an excellent source of fiber – one serving can provide 30% of the daily requirement.

Nutrients per 1 ounce serving:
Calories 137, Fat 9 g, Carbohydrate 12 g, Dietary Fiber 10 g, 0 Starch or Sugars. Total Omega-3 fatty acids 4,915 mg, Total Omega-6 fatty acids 1,620 mg, Calcium 177 mg, Phosphorus 265 mg, Potassium 45 mg, Sodium 5 mg,  Zinc 1 mg, Copper 0.1 mg.

Chia does not go rancid as other seeds and can be safely stored at room
temperature in a dry place for about two years.
Chia is a USDA food and there isn't a daily requirement for food, but 1 TBS/day is an appropriate serving for people and 1/3 cup per day for 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.

www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

Buddy & Slim need Joint Supplements!

I brought Buddy and Slim, both Percherons into retirement in late December, as they were ready to be retired from their lives of carriage work. They both will need to be on joint supplements for the rest of their lives.  Buddy has osteoarthritis in the right hock and fetlock, which causes intermittent lameness and Slim is stiff and most likely arthritic in his knees and hocks.  A good joint supplement will keep them comfortable in their retirement!  The cost will be approximately $100 per month to provide this for them. 

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For every $25 donation you make, you will receive a high quality t-shirt with the Ferrell Hollow Farm logo on it!  We have assorted colors and sizes in S, M, L, and XL.  Right now, for winter, they are long sleeve shirts.

Tshirt front     Tshirt back

The Chip In link to donate is: http://ferrellhollowfarm.chipin.com/buddy-and-slim-need-joint-supplements  and the email account is info@ferrellhollowfarm.net

When you dontate thru the Chip In, it will give me your email address, and from there I can contact you for your mailing address.  Thank you very much!

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. www.ferrellhollowfarm.net


Pumpkin Seeds for Health

Pumpkin Seeds: Good for you and your animals

by Cindy Daigre

Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are flat, dark green seeds. Subtly sweet and nutty with a chewy texture, they are one of the most nutritious and flavorful seeds around.

Nutrient Value

Pumpkin seeds provide a wide range of nutrients. They are a very good source of phosphorus, magnesium and manganese, and also a good source of trace minerals zinc, iron and copper. In addition, pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, Vitamins A, C and E, and amino acids Lysine, Methionine, Tryptophan.

One quarter-cup of pumpkin seeds provides 180 calories, 9 grams of Protein and 15 grams of Fat.  This serving size provides 46% of the daily value (DV) for magnesium, 52% of the DV for manganese, 24% of the DV for copper, 16% of the DV for protein, and 17% of the DV for zinc.

While higher in Omega 6 Fatty Acids, they do contain 2.5% of the daily value of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Natural Dewormer

The pumpkin belongs to the plant family Cucurbita, comprising of melons and squash like fruits. The seeds of many plants in this species are regarded as being very potent and effective teniafuges, which are de-worming agents that can easily paralyze and eliminate intestinal worms from the digestive system. The seeds of the pumpkin are excellent against intestinal parasites.

Pumpkins posses an unusual amino acid known as cucurbitin, which is the main reason for it’s anti-helminthic properties (capable of eliminating worms). This amino acid, cucurbitin is found concentrated only in the seeds of the Cucurbita species of plants.

The use of pumpkin seeds in herbal medicine is mainly as a natural and safe de-worming agent, as the seeds are able to rid the body of all intestinal parasites when used properly.  Pumpkin seeds offer a chemical free and natural removal of intestinal parasites with no known side effects.

Storage

Pumpkin seeds should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark space. While they may stay edible for several months, they seem to lose their peak freshness after about two months.

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.

cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com          www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

 

Herbal Skin Gel CLOSEOUT!

In an effort to streamline the natural products we make, Ferrell Hollow Farm will be discontinuing select horse products.  The Herbal Skin Gel is one of those.  While current supply lasts, this item has been marked down for clearance!

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.

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

Skin Gel

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.

FHF Slideshow

To enjoy our photos from November, December and January, click on the link below!

http://smilebox.com/play/4d6a6b304f44497a4f544d3d0d0a&sb=1

Cindy Daigre, Ferrell Hollow Farm www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

 

Homemade Hay Feeder for Horses

Here is a description of a homemade hay feeder I made that will hold quite a bit of hay and can even be modified to become a slow down hay feeder for easy keepers. 

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The frame is a shell of a 350 gallon holding tank, which I use to catch rain water for the horses.  I was able to find two of these frames for very cheap, that already had the water tank removed.  I put a plywood divider in the middle and cut pieces of metal roofing from scraps that slant away from the center wood.  This allows the hay to always slide to the edges where the horses can pull it out.

The top is also plywood that is cut into two pieces and hinged together, so that each side can be opened and filled.  I added screw eyes to the edges so that bungee cords can be used to secure the top from moving around. 

The overall cost was between $50-$75 and not only will it hold a good amount of hay, it keeps it off of the ground and dry!

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. She can be reached at cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com or www.ferrellhollowfarm.net.


 

FHF January’s Featured Product for Horses: Seed Mix

Horses on grass restriction or fed low quality forages may need to have additional vitamins and minerals added to round out their diet.  More forage is fed in the Winter when the grasses are gone, and essential nutrients are lacking in the 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 $35.00.

Monthly auto-ship orders qualify for discount pricing!  

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

Cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com

Seed Mix 3

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.

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.