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FHF Welcomes Big Mack!

Ferrell Hollow Farm welcomed Big Mack, a 17.3 hand grey Percheron gelding, today as a new companion for Buddy!  Big Mack is estimated to be in his mid 20’s and was rescued by his current owner from an abusive & neglectful situation a couple of years ago.  He has severe arthritis and he too, needed a companion.  So he has come to live at Ferrell Hollow Farm!  We look forward to getting to know Big Mack, but we already know that he is a big sweetie 🙂  and that Buddy likes him!

Mack 6-28-12

B&M 6-28-12

B&M2 6-28-12

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.

She is continually inspired by the beauty of the gardens she lovingly cares for and regularly creates unique herbal blends based with the plants surrounding her home. As with all of our products, only cruelty-free ingredients are used.

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.

Sales of all of FHF products go towards helping the senior horses we care for!

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

Happy Anniversary Siegfried!

One year ago today a blessing in the form of a huge white horse was bestowed upon me 🙂  Siegfried the jousting horse, came to retire at Ferrell Hollow Farm!  I had taken one look at a photo of him (in his winter woolies and up for adoption) and knew that we were destined to be together. I can’t say enough good things about this magnificent horse.  He and I have developed a deep connection and bond from the beginning.  This past year has seen it’s challenges with my ACL reconstructive knee surgery and his mysterious health problems.  But today we are both better, stronger and doing well 🙂  He is one of my master teachers and there will be more lessons to come I am sure of it.  Here’s to many, many more days of being together big boy!

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Siegfried, age 22 in 2011 comes to retire at FHF.

Sieg head 7-14-11
That breathtaking look!

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Almost a year later at age 23.

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Siegfried June 25, 2012

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 is continually inspired by the beauty of the gardens she lovingly cares for and regularly creates unique herbal blends based with the plants surrounding her home. As with all of our products, only cruelty-free ingredients are used.

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.

The proceeds of the sales of all of our products go towards helping the senior horses in our care!

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

Goodbye to Slim

Today we said goodbye to Slim ;(  His body was too damaged to fight off the EPM, and he was in heart failure.  Slim was a grand old horse, who deserved a loving retirement, and at least I was able to give that to him for the time he was with us.  My life is richer for having known you Slim—Buddy and I will miss you!!

Slim 1-4-12

Slim 6-2-12

B&S2 1-6-12

Slim & Buddy 4-22-12

S&B 5-12-12

Cindy Daigre is the owner of Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Retirement Facility in Middle TN, catering to the special needs senior horse! www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

 

Update on Slim

On June 4th, Slim began displaying neurological symptoms and the very next day the vet was out to evaluate him and pull blood for testing. A week later, the test results are in and Slim does have EPM (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis).  The testing protocol is the IFAT which detects antibodies to the protozoa Sarcosystic Neurona that invade the central nervous system.  Dr. Wright said Slims test read the highest he’s ever seen and that he was a very sick boy.  On the Mayhew neurologic scale, Slim is graded at a 4, with 5 being the worst.  The drug of choice, Marquis, which is a paste administered once a day for 28 days, expects to improve them 1, possibly 2 grades on that scale.  So we do know that Slim will never return to normal.  The protozoa that are attacking his central nervous system are doing too much damage.  To date, he has been treated with 10 days of Marquis, but no improvement so far.  My decision is to continue treatment for the entire 28 days, and if he does not respond, then we will stop treatment. 

Caring for a horse with this disease is very costly, labor intensive and emotionally draining.  However when I take on a senior horse as my own, I promise to love and care for them to the best of my ability, and Slim deserves a fair chance to see if he can beat the odds.  Please continue to send positive energy and well wishes our way, as the next few weeks will be quite challenging for us.

Slim 6-12-12

Cindy Daigre is the founder of Ferrell Hollow Farm Equine Retirement Facility, specializing in individualized care for the senior, special needs horse.

www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

 

Siegfried gets a Reiki session!

The past month has been a difficult one for Siegfried.  Four weeks ago a red, angry looking lesion the size of a quarter broke out on the front of his left pastern.  Subsequently he became lame.  A vet visit was finally in order when the lesion would not heal and his mobility became poor.  The vet had me treat it as an unspecified pastern dermatitis, start antibiotics and pain relievers.  It seemed to only get worse from there, as all four pastern and legs broke out in strange looking sores and his mobility was not improving.  No one seemed to know exactly what was going on, and how the lesions and the mobility connected?  What did become clear to me was that he (and I) would greatly benefit from a Reiki and Animal Communication session!

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Siegfried begins to relax as soon as the work begins!

Sieg reiki3 6-1-12
Those beautiful white eyelashes are closing…

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And a wonderful yawn release at the end of the session!

Here is a video clip to show how much Siegfried did benefit from the session http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUxB0nwSCXI

Amanda Oliver is a Certified T-touch Practioner, Reiki Master and Animal Communicator located in Middle Tennessee: http://www.holisticanimaltraining.info/

Cindy Daigre is the founder and manager of Ferrell Hollow Farm, a retirement sanctuary for senior and special needs horses in Middle TN: www.ferrellhollowfarm.net