April News Letter  ---

 

 

I just want to say THANK YOU for all of the birthday wishes from all of you for Echo and I - we truly had a magical week, with friends, family, and neighbors!   I have had lots of company on the ranch, and lots of people stopping by, which I totally enjoy!

 

My big oak tub of bulbs are coming in to full bloom with the Iris trailing behind!  The fruit trees are blooming and budding out in leaf and everything looks fresh and green! 

 

The horses are so enjoying being turned out during the day to enjoy the greens sprouting in their drylot  -  they also have new neighbors who moved in on Easter Weekend and commune with them at the corner during the day, the new horses are two older Tenn. Walkers so it is nice for them to have some new friends!  Shelters should be going up in the next few weeks in the dry lot and in Destinee's big turn out area.  Am so hoping for a round pen in the next couple weeks, and have the perfect place for it too!

 

 

 

What is the Real "Poop" on Poop-ology? Excerpts from an article by Dr Stacey Oke, DVM

 

Too Moist

If you've ever had a bought of horsey diarrhea, you know it can herald the arrival of a virus, an infection, or any number of nasties that leave you reaching for the Imodium and heading to bed. Weese says that a horse with diarrhea doesn't always have a health issue, but never take your horse's case of the runs lightly.

 

"Sometimes it's just a cosmetic issue, but at other times it can indicate a life--threatening problem (e.g., due to salmonella or a Clostridium bacteria in young foals)," he notes. "Determining the cause for the diarrhea is important, but often difficult, especially with mild, chronic -disease."

 

Weese groups diarrhea in horses into four main categories:

 

1. Infectious e.g., due to bacterial infections such as salmonellosis, -clostridiosis, and equine proliferative enteropathy caused by Lawsonia intracellularis;

2. Inflammatory "Inflammatory bowel disease, a common problem in people, rarely causes diarrhea in horses since the large colon (which largely controls fecal consistency in adult horses)is not commonly affected; however, inflammatory diseases can occur," Weese notes;

3. Cancerous "Intestinal cancer such as lymphoma usually causes weight loss more often than diarrhea, but always needs to be considered with chronic disease," he adds; or

4. Management-related.

Many owners and farm managers know to avoid making sudden changes to their charges' diets and to let the gastrointestinal system "adapt" to a new diet gradually. (which can also be helped with Equine Zyme or EquineZyme Plus for the most part! They put back the good bacteria and can help to stop the runny manure!jl)

 

Too Dry

Constipation per se does not really occur in horses and is more commonly referred to as an impaction, falling under the colic category. Sometimes, however, a horse's manure does appear drier than usual.

 

"Inadequate water access is probably the most common cause of dry feces," says Weese.

 

The average horse drinks 5 to 10 gallons per day, but this varies depending on the individual horse and the environment (e.g., temperature, humidity). And the environment can dictate water availability, particularly in northern climates where water freezes in the winter. Other factors that can potentially contribute to decreased water intake include shipping, stress, and pain. Those same factors can negatively impact gut motility, possibly leading to impactions.

 

"Adequate exercise is also important for gut health, and restriction of horses to a stall can be associated with decreased intestinal motility," Weese says.

 

Too Gritty

Sand colic and impactions most commonly occur in areas where horses graze on sandy soil pastures or eat off ground that is predominantly sand or fine gravel. To help determine if a horse has sand in his feces, owners can follow this simple recipe:

1. Place six fecal balls in a glass jar.

2. Fill the jar half full with water and shake well, then let it settle for 15 minutes.

3. If there is sand lining the jar, it might indicate your horse is consuming sand but passing it easily.

4. If there is no sand, either your horse is not consuming substantial amounts of sand, or he's not passing the sand he's ingesting, putting him at risk for colic.

Still confused about your horse's sand intake? Call your veterinarian. He or she can use a stethoscope to listen to your horse's gastrointestinal tract. Intestines that contain sand, despite little to no sand appearing following the "jar test," sound like waves hitting an ocean shore. The veterinarian can suggest management options for these horses, such as increasing exercise or administering psyllium or mineral oil.

 

Color Coding

Did you know that the carriage horses used in Prince Charles and Lady Diana's wedding consumed pastel-colored dyes so their manure would match the wedding's color scheme? While most of us will never find Easter-egg-hued fecal balls in our horses' paddocks or stalls, there are times when manure does come out an interesting shade or texture.

 

Warren assures us that many things--mostly benign---could cause colorful manure:

Alfalfa generally results in very green fecal balls; High beet pulp intake can lead to -reddish-brown fecal balls and a sticky, clear film around the ball; For a horse unaccustomed to vegetable oil, too much can make his feces appear loose, grayish, and oily; and Mucus covering the fecal balls indicates delayed passage (e.g., impaction).

 

Two colors that warrant a double take at your horse's piles (and a call to your vet) are red and black. "Red feces or feces with flecks of blood can indicate bleeding in the lower gastrointestinal tract, such as (from a) rectal tear," Weese explains.

In contrast, black feces (with the exception of neonate meconium--a newborn's near-black and pelleted first manure) indicate the horse could be bleeding from a higher point in the gastrointestinal system and blood has been digested before being excreted.

 

"Black feces is something that we don't usually see, even with significant bleeding, unlike in other species (such as dogs and cats)," Weese assures.

 

Dental Issues

Dental problems purportedly alter the appearance of a horse's manure. For example, large or undigested feed particles (such as whole grains) might be noticeable if a horse isn't chewing his food -sufficiently.

 

Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea

Horses treated with antibiotics can develop diarrhea even if the infectious agent itself does not cause diarrhea. As discussed in more detail at TheHorse.com/27047, certain antibiotics are more likely to cause diarrhea than others.

 

"Virtually any antibiotic has the potential to cause diarrhea," says Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, a professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College, in Canada. "The overall incidence is low, and treatment should not be withheld due to an owner's fear of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. The risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea is one of many reasons that we should only use antibiotics when we need them. Using antibiotics 'just in case' might result in a complication that's much more severe than the initial problem."

Stacey Oke, CVM, MSc

 

Poop and Parasites

Any article on poop must include at least a token discussion of internal parasites; they can cause changes in manure consistency, they spend time in feces as part of their life cycles (though you might not be able to see them), and their population numbers in your horse's poop can help you make smart deworming decisions to help prevent parasite resistance.

 

Roundworms, strongyles, and tapeworms, among others, can cause myriad health issues such as chronic diarrhea, poor coat, weight loss, and even colic. Thus, managing internal parasites is an important consideration for all horse owners/managers.

 

Because these parasites are developing resistance to multiple anthelmintic classes, veterinarians have been urging owners to abandon traditional calendar-based deworming protocols. No new dewormer classes are likely to be available in the near future, which means owners must consider alternate deworming strategies to prolong the life-span of the available anthelmintics. This includes running routine fecal egg counts on horses to determine which animals require deworming.

 

Take-Home Message

Critically assessing your horses' movements (and I don't mean gaits) on a daily basis is essential.

 

What your horse eats can affect the color and consistency of the feces, know what is normal for your horse. To maintain the consistency of manure, be sure to gradually adapt your horse to new feeds, hays, and pasture turnout. When you do make a change to the diet, monitor your horse's manure because it can be an indicator of digestive upset.   

 

We may think that being the head poop picker-upper is a pain, but if we pay attention to our horses manure, the quality as well as the quantity we can often head off a health crisis in the making, if the manure is too dry then add salt to bucket feed to encourage drinking, if there are long pieces of hay then maybe a dental is in order, if you have loose or runny manure there is something up with digestive health and adding some EquineZyme may just be the trick, especially after using a chemical wormer or antibiotics which can cause that as well - Equine Zyme is on special until the 14th and Herbal Wormer is on special until the 10th!  See details below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With spring in full swing now many more fruits and veges are coming on the market and at the farmers markets, so don't forget to purchase some extra for your horses to chop up in to their bucket feeds, including dandelion, spinach, and green leafy veges, also you can add fruits as they come in to season but just a small amount!

The summer farmer's markets are coming, and I can't say enough to encourage you to go to them in your area, get local and organic produce for yourself and for your animals too!   Mix it up and enjoy the bounty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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White Willow Bark

 

The anti-inflammatory properties of the bark of the White Willow has been fully understood for all of mankind's recorded history. Other herbs commonly referred to in the herbal writings of the middle ages (like Culpepper writing in Britain in the 1650's) were Burdock, Guaiacum, and Devil's Claw all of which were recommended for the relief of Rheumatism, Arthritis and Sciatica and all of which are ...used by herbalists for exactly the same complaints today.


The modern Aspirin was "discovered" simply by analyzing the white willow bark and separating out one of the many medicinal ingredients. This ingredient was then synthesized, patented, and promoted as the active ingredient and modern pharmaceutical companies were born. Aspirin is now being rediscovered as a low dose preventative maintenance medicine said to be useful in preventing heart disease and improving circulation. .


With the age of the active ingredient came the age of the side effect That is to say, while white willow bark extract even in quite high dose levels and prolonged use has almost no effect on the gastro-intestinal tract. Aspirin, on the other hand, in even moderate doses and for relatively short periods, can cause ulceration and worse in the stomach and the gut. Even in the low doses (100mg) currently being prescribed in preventative medicine there are emerging signs, particularly in many elderly people, that even these tiny doses are still too strong and cause digestive system irritation and blood vessel fragility. The iron tablets prescribed by your Doctor often cause quite severe constipation while the high iron natural supplements prescribed by your Herbalist are all laxative in their action. (consider Liquorice, Molasses, Prunes, Rosehips Syrup or Nettle Soup for example)


The fact that Aspirin use carries serious risks from side effects and that White Willow Bark does not, is simply because the package of complex chemical substances (dozens of them) which are included within the whole plant extract and excluded from the drug, mesh in a balanced and harmonious way with the complex chemistry of our bodily processes. The principal of the active ingredient is the problem. All ingredients in plant substances are active, and our bodies, which evolved on this earth with the plants, relate well to the packages and mostly not very well with the separate ingredients. -Robert McDowell

 

 

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.”   ― A.A. Milne

 

 

 

 

 

Are you still using chemical wormers on your horses?  It is time to start looking at other options as we are now in the middle of spring heading to summer when we need to make sure our horses are parasite free, especially from Stronglyes which can cause colic in horses.  Earth Song Ranch offers an Herbal Wormer and if you couple that with Paratox you have a winning combination!  Paratox is given in their water from the new moon to the full moon, and Herbal Wormer is given for 5 days of the full moon.

 

Make sure you get your fecal tests done so you know what you may be dealing with and keep your horses guts healthy with Equine Zyme which helps to prevent parasitic infestations in the first place --- parasites love to live in "unhealthy" intestinal tracts! 

 

Boost not only your horses immune system with Equine Zyme (10% off using coupon code EZ10 until April 14th) but also help to prevent parasitic infestations as well!  From April 5th through the 10th if you pre-order your Herbal Wormer we offer 10% off Use Coupon Code HW10 - and it will ship before the full moon.

 

Specials For First Half of April

 

For the first two weeks of April, Equine Zyme is 10% off use coupon code EZ10 to get your discount!   With our horses out eating green grasses and plants now is the time to make sure they are on Equine Zyme so that they are digesting and not getting a belly ache in the process!   Pre-Orders of Herbal Wormer are also now being taken, it will ship before the full moon if you do a pre-purchase at 10% off, use coupon code HWPRE this is only good through the 10th - along with that we have a new batch of Happy Horse Meadow Mix and that is also 10% off use coupon code HH10        

 

E3Live is now offering a Canine product which we love, and it will be up on the web site in the next week or so, and will be on special the second half of the month!  It is an awsome product!  We have a new Avo oil, a Jalapeno infused cooking and dipping oil, and it is awsome, it will also be up on the site in the next week.  We are adding more soaps in time for Mother's Day as well, and a gift of the soaps and lotions are a wonderful thing!   

 

 

Sharing our Newsletters and FB

 

In all my efforts to make the newsletter interesting, coming from my passion and from my heart, full of interesting topics and forward-worthy - it never seems to occur to me to JUST ASK you all to send it on and or to share it on FB!  If you have liked Earth Song Ranch on FB then you get the news letter in a way that you can just click on the Icontact "share" - it is really easy!

 

So as we continue to grow, build and expand our business this year, we need your help in order to do that, word of mouth is so important and part of that is by you sharing our FB page, sharing our Newsletters on FB, on Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as Google+!

 

Earth Song Ranch is doing more advertising in more areas and in more media including in Natural Horse, Equine Wellness and the Horses Hoof to name a few.

 

We also are supporting a few more rescues this year as so many of them are overburdened with horses and are struggling along trying to care for them while they try to rehome them!

 

We are also trying to offer up more products that we use and believe in and that will help you and your horse grow in health and maintain health as well, and a few fun things throw in too!  We are also offering freeze dried dog foods, and natural dog treats!

 

I thank you in advance for helping us continue to grow so we can help more people with their animals, share more of the wonderful natural products we manufacturer, sell, and use daily, so that other people can live a more natural life.

 

We also share our network of holistic and homeopathic vets, naturpaths, equine nutritionists, our great products, and many more people who we support and believe in as well as use!

 

 

Namaste!

 

 

 

Joint Juice --

 Joint supplements are not only for old or injured horses, they are also for horses who are in training, heavy work or endurance.  They can be used as a preventative as well as a supportive feed additive.

 

Studies have shown that Glucosamine, Chondroitin sulfate and some forms of Hyaloronic Acid may stimulate cartilage production and inhibit cartliage breakdown. Research also shows that MSM protects tissues against inflammations, and Vitamin C also helps build collagen.

 

Earth Song Ranch carries dog and horse  Joint Juice, Joint Juice is not just for horses, it is also for dogs in need of a little extra support be they young competition or older dogs and horses.  It is a pure product with Glucosamine, Chondrointin, MSM, Vitamin C and Manganese.   

 

 

 

 

It is the time of year when people start to turn their horses out to graze, and some horses will become laminitic because of it, the hours that grass grows and produces the most amount of sugars is between 9 am and 5 pm pretty much - if you have a horse who is laminitic prone or who has metabolic issues only turn him/her out for a short time during the day, best if you turn them out late late afternoon when sugars are lower!

Take a moment and thank God for the beauty of the day and night during the next full moon which is April 25th.

 

Wish upon all the stars and dream of all your tomorrows as the moon lights your pathways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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jessica@earthsongranch.com

 

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News From the Ranch -  We are all loving our life here on the ranch and I posted a photo above of our new ranch sign which was a gift from my daughter and son-in-law for my birthday, I love the sign and love living here!