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Welcome Jackson!

Jackson is a 25 year old Belgian draft horse that we know little about except he was used for harness work and needed a forever home with lots of TLC!  He is a nice guy and it’s all about the food for him!  He requires soaked meals and fine, soft hay.  He needs lots of grooming, a customized diet plan, and hoof care needs addressed.  He is extremely itchy, so much so, he has numerous sores all over, especially in between the hind legs and uses whatever tree he can find to rub on!  We need to purchase him a draft halter, start him on a supplementation plan to address his issues and goodness gracious all of the soaked meals he will require!

Please consider a donation to our sanctuary to help with not only Jackson’s expenses, but the others in our care.  All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS as we are a 501c3 non-profit charity.

Enjoy these photos from Jackson’s first day!

Jackson5 2-16-14 Jackson graze 2-16-14 Jackson Liz 2-16-14 Jackson scratch 2-16-14

 

Siegfried is having a Birthday!

Siegfried turns 24 years old February 10, 2013!  While many of our sanctuary horses we do not know much about their past, let alone their birthday, we do know a bit about Siegfried.  He spent his working career as a jousting horse in New York.  Quite noble and bomb-proof, I imagine he was a wonderful mount for the sport!  He is an 18 hand, 2,200 lb Percheron Draft horse, born black, has turned pure white as he has aged.

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Read more about Siegfried’s Bio.

We will be honoring Siegfried’s birthday by opening the part of the farm which he resides for a short “Meet & Greet” on Saturday February 9th from Noon to 2:00 pm.  You will be able to visit with he and his lady friend Snow White, and quite possibly catch a glimpse of the other horses who reside here.  Please note that the entire farm will not be open for tours on this date.  However, mark your calendars for Saturday May 18th, as we will have the entire Sanctuary open for visitors!

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Siegfried does have a Wish List for his Birthday!  A few of the items have already been purchased for him -the Fly Sheet has been ordered and Nicker Treats have arrived!  We do love the Equi-Spa products for him as he loves bathes in the warmer weather!   We can always use bagged Pine shavings to keep his shelter/stall and sleeping areas dry and fluffy!  Any and all Donations are greatly appreciated!

Siegfried’s Diet: In case you were wondering just what does it take to keep this handsome beast so good-looking, here is what he receives each day!

50 lbs Bermuda Grass hay

1 lb Alfalfa Hay

4 cups Ration Balancer pellets (Triple Crown Lite)

Stabilized Flax Meal

Kauffman’s Equine Gold (Pre/Probiotic)

High Point Vitamin/Minerals

Smart Flex IV Ultimate Joint Supplement

Vitamin C

Devil’s Claw (for pain & inflammation of his Ringbone)

On occasion, he requires also Firocoxib prescription anti-inflammatory medication for the Ringbone

Nicker Treats, and lots of love and attention!

As you can imagine, it is quite costly to care for him, and we would appreciate any Donations you could manage to help us continue giving him the best in his senior years!

Sieg lunch 1-24-13Sieg barn 1-22-13

Sanctuary Updates: January 2013

The start of 2013 has been a tough one-two of our oldest residents Maggie & Willie have not been well, battling ulcers, the stress of weather swings, going off feed, and just feeling their age. Then the hard drive crashed in my laptop, but I am back up and running now, albeit behind on my year end paperwork and books. For all of those who donated in 2012, you will be receiving your donation receipts before the end of January! We filed for our 501c3 tax exemption status on 9/1/12 and are waiting on the IRS to get thru their back log to receive our determination letter. All donations of goods and dollars will be eligible for tax exemption back dated to our date of becoming a registered non-profit on 7/20/12!

We continue to receive inquiries of owner surrenders and senior horses in need of our care, but are equipped to only care for a limited number, as much as I would like to say yes to everyone, I simply can not. We are always in need of donations to help us care for our residents-these seniors with special needs are quite costly to care for.

Siegfried has a Birthday coming up! He turns 24 on February 10, 2013! He is a magnificent horse, full of beauty and charisma, but not without his own set of health issues. The ringbone in his front legs is significant and causes him discomfort a lot of the time. He requires soft, stable ground to navigate on-mats and lots of shavings in his feeding and sleeping areas, joint supplements and anti-inflammatory medication. I have created a WISH LIST for Siegfried’s Birthday if you care to purchase a gift for him! I will also open the farm for a 2 hour “Meet & Greet Siegfried” on his birthday weekend! If you wish to come see him, bring a donation or a gift! Details will be announced soon.  How many $25 donations can we raise in Siegfried’s name by his Birthday!!!?!  I would love to see enough of them to cover his care for one month 🙂

We are accepting 80 donations towards our Rockin’ For the Seniors Fundrasier and when we reach that goal, will draw a name to win one of Alan Daigre’s Rope Rockers!
We still have our 2013 Calendars available-each month featuring a different horse in our care! Simply donate $25 and specify “Calendar” and we will mail you one!

We will be scaling back the number of natural horse & body care products that we can make and sell. The needs of the sanctuary are too time consuming at the moment to offer the full array of products. Each season, they will change, and announcements will be made when new products become available. Existing customers need not worry, your orders will continue to be filled!

Thank you for your continued support! Cindy Daigre, Executive Director, Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary

A Change in Routine

I have been planning this change for quite some time now.  Yesterday was Day 1 of the change.  I moved Francis & Mary from the pasture that has been theirs for the past 3 years, to an adjacent paddock right next to Siegfried.   It was a bittersweet day for me, knowing they may never be able to return to this much freedom.  A couple of months ago Francis injured his right hip, it is unknown how or exactly what the issue is, but my vet has examined him twice and we are following the recommended protocol, but he is not getting better.  He is over weighting the left hind foot, and before too long, it will break down, and so will he.  So I felt it necessary to install an electric hoist in a stall in the barn, as I already had a sling.

Today was Day 2 of the process.  I brought Francis & Mary into stalls in the main barn.  Siegfried was calling for them, not understanding where they went and did not like being left alone.  So I brought him in as well.  I set a dangerous precedent as both he and Mary loved being inside!  Mary started to take a nap, while Siegfried was content to munch on his hay.  Francis took a bit longer to settle down, as change is hard for this old guy!

This will be a new routine for all of them, since Francis’s needs have increased and he will be put in the sling to raise him off of the ground, in attempts to relieve pressure from both of his hind legs and give him some much needed rest!

Siegfried, Mary & Francis  

Ferrell Hollow Farm is a Non Profit Senior Horse Sanctuary located in TN.  www.ferrellhollowfarm.org

Senior Horse Diets

I thought it would be interesting to list what some of the items I choose to feed my adopted senior horses and where I purchase them from 😉  They all have access to high quality grass hay year round (orchard and bermuda grass).

Francis: 28 year old Percheron gelding (adopted September 2009)

Francis 7-18-11 (2)

Bucket meal carrier: Triple Crown Safe Starch Chopped Forage: http://www.bonniesbarnyard.com/

Pre-Cushing’s/Laminitis prevention: Balance EQ: http://www.gettyequinenutrition.com/

Joint & Coat Supplement: Grand Complete Ultra:  http://www.smartpakequine.com/grand-complete-ultra-4661p.aspx

Digestive Health: Equine Zyme’s by Earth Song Ranch: http://www.earthsongranch.com/Equine-Zyme-2p225.htm

Mary: 25 year old Standardbred mare (adopted September 2009)

Mary 7-28-11 (2)

Bucket meal: Triple Crown Lite: Bonnie’s Barnyard http://www.triplecrownfeed.com/feeds/equine-supplement-lite-formula-equinesupplement

Anti-Inflammatories: MSM, White Willow Bark

Calming Herbs: Chamomile, Passionflower

Siegfried: 22 year old Percheron gelding (adopted June 2010)

Sieg 2 8-1-11 (2)

Bucket Meal: Triple Crown Lite: Bonnie’s Barnyard http://www.triplecrownfeed.com/feeds/equine-supplement-lite-formula-equinesupplement

Laminitis Issues: Laminex: http://www.gettyequinenutrition.com/

Essential Fatty Acids: Chia Seeds: http://equinechia.com/about

Digestive Health: Equine Zyme’s by Earth Song Ranch: http://www.earthsongranch.com/Equine-Zyme-2p225.htm

Slim 22 y/o Percheron gelding (adopted December 2011)

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Bucket Meal: Triple Crown Lite: Bonnie’s Barnyard http://www.triplecrownfeed.com/feeds/equine-supplement-lite-formula-equinesupplement

Joint/Anti-Inflammatory: MSM

Buddy 11 y/o Percheron (adopted December 2011)

Buddy 1-2-12(2)
Bucket Meal: Triple Crown Safe Starch

Calming: MMX: http://www.gettyequinenutrition.com/

Anti-Inflammatory: MSM and Custom Herbal Blend by Ferrell Hollow Farm

I also use single herbs and/or prepare custom herbal preparations based on their individual conditions at any given time, as well as use a variety of homeopathic remedies.  During fly season, I add raw apple cider vinegar, diatomaceous earth and organic granulated garlic to their meals.

Please visit the links for more information about these products that I have chosen for my senior horses, and patronize them if you too have such a need.  Francis, Mary, Siegfried, Slim and Buddy now spend their days in retirement being loved and pampered 🙂

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. For more information, visit her website at www.ferrellhollowfarm.net or email her at cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com.