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Welcome to the new Ferrell Hollow Blog

Welcome to the new blog!

FHF Sanctuary Wish List

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary Wish List

  • Standlee Hay Cubes or Pellets
  • Sweet PDZ
  • Diatomaceous Earth
  • Fine Pine Shavings-in bags
  • Disposable Non Latex Gloves
  • Unscented Baby Wipes
  • Proof of Purchases from Triple Crown feeds

Visit our website to make a monetary donation to the sanctuary or ask us how to sponsor one of the horses!

We are a Tennessee registered non profit organization, currently filing for 501c3 tax exemption status.

Mack2 8-4-12
Big Mack, 27 y/o Percheron gelding

FHF Senior Horse Sanctuary-Mary

Mary is a 26 y/o Standardbred mare who came to Ferrell Hollow Farm almost 3 years ago, with pal Francis. She is a very large gal, built much more like a Warmblood/Draft cross! She has an illegible lip tatoo, so I have not been able to trace her in the STB registry.  She most likely had an early career on the trotter track, then transitioned to a life as a carriage horse.  Mary worked the streets of NYC, but it is unknown for how many years.  She was retired to Pets Alive before she turned 20.

Mary does have some arthritis which has become more prevalent over the past two years, however the most noteable condition that I have had to treat her for his hoof canker.  It has been a long battle of using many topical products touted for “curing” canker, and boosting her immune system with no success.  My feeling is that hoof canker can not be cured, at best it can be reduced or kept under control.  Mary’s is deep seated and all 4 feet have been affected.  In fact, last Fall when she became very lame, having had no success with any treatments, I felt an end of life decision was going to be needed to be made.  Then I was told about a little known canker formulation created by an equine sanctuary in NY, and arrangements were made to get it to me.  I was leery at best.  However to our utter amazement, the canker began to dry up on 3 of the 4 feet!  The drought spring & summer conditions were very helpful, as canker thrives in a moist environment.  With the help of our trimmer, once a month we can trim away more tissue to expose yet another deeper layer of the canker so it can be treated.  As of now, we are just battling canker in her right front foot.

Currently Mary is sound and happy, which is our goal for her–she is the picture of health otherwise!  She maintains on a sparse grass area, eats lots of hay, demands daily grooming sessions and tail scratching and requires a daily joint supplement. Of course the canker treatment will always need to be on the supply shelf!

Mary 8-12-12

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary is a registered non profit corporation, filing for 501c3 tax exemption status.  We advocate for senior, special needs horses everywhere!  Your donations will help support the wonderful souls we are currently caring for 🙂