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I could not do without this Peppermint Scrub after a long hard day on my feet! A perfect gift for your favorite gardener 🙂 http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Pepp Body Scrub

Happy Birthday Eagle!

Today Eagle turns 28 years old!  He came to Ferrell Hollow Farm 3 years ago to retire and has been a joy to care for.  He's a tall, lanky QH with a wonderful disposition.  He will get to enjoy even more of his tasty snacks today as eating is one of his favorite activities :)  Here's hoping to sharing many more days with you big guy!

Eagle 5-14-12

Eagle3 5-14-12

Eagle2 5-14-12

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

 

Soaking Pools for Horses

The conditions here in Middle TN became dry very early this spring.  We are well below the average in rainfall, the spring grass has dried up, and the ground is hard and cracked.  The horses feet could suffer in these conditions without an appropriate amount of moisture.  One way to do just that is to put in "soaking pools" around the horses water troughs.  The draft horses especially, drink a tremendous amount of water every day, so it is very logical thinking to add the soaking areas where they will be several times thru out the day.  We have just put in soaking areas in two of our pastures.

Soak1 5-5-12
Here I decided to use a corner off of the existing gravel path for the soaking area.  Using our skid steer, we dug the ground out just a bit so it is recessed.

Soak B&S 5-5-12
Buddy & Slim come over to investigate the action, and find that they love how soft the fine gravel feels!

Soak back 5-5-12
The water trough is within a few feet of the run in shelter, where the horses spend most of their time during the warm, buggy days.  The area is lined with landscape timbers anchored with one foot pieces of rebar hammered in to keep them from shifting.

Soak side 5-5-12
When the trough is filled, we let it run over so it can flood the area.  When the horses come over for a drink, they will be stepping in the wet gravel, exposing their feet to moisture!

S&B Tub 5-9-12(2)
The big boys, Slim & Buddy love their soaking area!

Mary soak 5-8-12
Here is a smaller soaking area around a 50 gallon water trough and water hydrant-very easy to fill and flood daily!

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


Dealing with Hoof Abscesses

When a horse does not want to bear weight on a particular foot and has difficulty moving around, an abscess is one of the first things that come to mind.  Such is the case with Siegfried today.  At breakfast I found him near the fence, not wanting to move.  I took his meal to him and it took him quite some time to walk to his shelter, where he likes to be during the day.  Hoof trimming was very difficult for him, as really the foot that hurt was the only one he was willing to pick up for any period of time.

During my afternoon check, he had ran out of water in the shelter and gotten outside and found himself in a bind–near the gate, unable to go any further.  He calls to me when I get to him.

Sieg 1 5-6-12

My typical protocol for abscesses is to feed anti-inflammatory and circulatory herbs along with homeopathics and biochemical tissues salts to ease the pain, and help bring the abscess to a head.

Sieg 2 5-6-12

It was much easier to clean the feed pan and use it to soak the foot, than to get his big draft foot in a soaking boot!

Sieg 3 5-6-12
Fortunately Siegfried is a good boy, loves water and to get his feet wet!  Warm water, with a bit of tea tree and lavender oil will help clean the foot and fight infection.

Feel better SOON big guy!! 🙂

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