One of our special ladies turns another year older today! Maggie is 31 years old today :) She sure looks fantastic for her age, and the fact she can no longer eat hay doesn't she! We hope to celebrate many more years with her 🙂
Routine dental check ups are a very important part of horse ownership. Like anything else, it is less costly and better for the horse if preventative measures are taken yearly, rather than waiting until a problem arises! Horses at Ferrell Hollow Farm are seen a minimum of once a year for dental check ups.
I am happy to say that my dentist completely understands my hesitation of using any form of sedation on the seniors and none of them needed any!! That is usually the case, but I was unsure of our new drafts :)
Siegfried was a complete gentleman and never moved an inch. Mary has become my dentist's favorite as he loves the old style Standardbreds :) She was a doll, of course ;) Francis—well, poor old Francis–his vision is certainly not what it used to be ;( He has cataracts in both eyes and his sight is slowly failing him. He just had a hard time understanding what was going on, poor thing. Willie has excellent teeth for a 32 year old, and Maggie has not lost anymore teeth-whew! Eagle was a gem and never flinched-he has a slight wave to his teeth, but overall pretty good. Tess is only missing 1 tooth from 3 years ago, and needs floating to keep the tooth above it from getting too long, since it has nothing to wear on it.
Then it was the big boys turn :) I had told Ben that I had 2 new horses, drafts, that needed to be seen. They both drop their feed and Slim chews very slowly. I was sure they needed a tune up since I did not know when they were last done. He joked that his speculum might not be big enough to fit over Buddy's head, but sure enough it did! Both Buddy and Slim were complete gentlemen–I was a very proud momma–they stood perfectly still–no head slinging, or pushing from either of them 🙂
Equine dentist, Ben Bowman, working on Buddy's teeth–notice how relaxed this massive draft is!
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. www.ferrellhollowfarm.net
Saturday March 17, 2012
One woman, 10 horses, 8 cats, 2 dogs and 2 goats. It just took 2.5 hours to care for all of them. So? The horses are spread over 6 pasture/paddock locations. The cats are in 4 different areas. Every horse receives a bucket meal with necessary supplements, and then enough hay until the evening meal comes around. Poop is scooped or sprinkled with DE to deter breeding flies. Nets and buckets are prepared for the next meal. Everyone is checked over. Yesterday we had a colicky horse related to ulcers. This morning that is better. Whew! A draft has active laminitis. Another draft comes up lame and is blowing out an abcess. If you've never worked with drafts, they are quite large and every thing is exaggerated with them. The mare with hoof canker has a foot that is separating. The gelding with the stifle injury is not quite as comfortable as he was a week ago. The 2 Cushing's horses are way too hairy for our unseasonable 80 degree weather.
While this work load may not seem like much to some, realize that I am operating on less than 100%, still rehabbing from ACL reconstructive surgery 9 weeks ago, with continued physical therapy for at least another 2 weeks.
What does the rest of the day hold for this lady? My house needs to be cleaned. My farm house also needs to be cleaned-baths, kitchen, appliances, laundry room and windows cleaned before showing to prospective new tenants on Monday.
The laminitic horse needs a watchful eye and increased care, and the abscessed foot also needs more attention. It is a 7 day a week job with long hours. A labor of love.
If you would like me to work with you on getting your horse healthy thru a consult, but don't want to pay for it, don't ask. If you would like me to board your senior, retired, special needs horse for less than my monthly boarding rate, I can't. If you do however, see the value in these things, please contact me, as I would love to work with you and your horse(s). This is how I make my living. This is how I can take in special needs horses that need this level of care and pay for their upkeep myself. It is not easy work. It is a true labor of love. These horses need me and I need them. They are here to teach me things and I remain open to listening to them.
Please visit my website for more information and support our passion if you can, or share with others–thank you! Cindy Daigre
Lavender is grown mainly for the production of essential oil of lavender. Essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile oils that can be extracted from aromatic plants. The fragrant, pale purple flowers and flower buds are used in a water-and-steam distillation process to extract the oil. It is best to use organically grown plants, free from chemicals.
How to Grow Lavender
Lavenders flourish best in dry, well-drained, sandy or gravelly soils in full sun. All types need little or no fertilizer and good air circulation.
Using the Dried Flowers
Dried and sealed in pouches, lavender flowers can be placed among items of clothing to give a fresh fragrance. Flower spikes are often used for dried flower arrangements, potpourri and in sachets. Floral water (hydrosols) can also be made from the flowers.
Using the Essential Oil
Lavender is a favorite for the herbal first aid kit and is typically for topical purposes; not given internally. It speeds the healing process of wounds by encouraging cell growth. A few drops of the essential oil of lavender can be diluted in water and used to clean wounds. It can also be mixed in a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, for a relaxing massage.
Lavender has a very calm and soothing aroma which can be beneficial when inhaling it.
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. For more information on her equine business, including nutritional consultations and natural products, visit: www.ferrellhollowfarm.net