August News Letter  ---

 

This morning as I woke up there was a hint of fall in the air, a  little bit of a nip, a different smell in the air, I also noticed that the sun is coming up a bit later each morning, and that the late afternoon shadows are becoming different, and the sun is starting its journey south again as we head to the fall!

 

Oh how I cannot believe that it could at all be possible that it is August,  right now!!! 

 

Where are the days going and where did they all go???  My friend Kate and I were remarking about that just the other day, we have been so busy all summer, us both with all of the remodel projects at both ranches, and all of the extra work, and working with the horses, it seemed like it was just May yesterday!

 

For those of you who follow us on Face Book you will all know that we found our forever "mini", and we ran a sale to help bring her home, and so we did, and were able to on Wednesday July 24th!  We had initially named her "Epona" as she was to be the friend and protector for Destinee.
 

 

After we got her home we realized that "Epona" was a pretty "big" name for such a cute little girl, so we went about asking her what she would like her name to be.  Everyone kept getting "Rose" in some form in the name and we asked her what she would like to be named and it is Annie Rose!  The sweet little Annie Rose!

 

 

 

She told Auntie Lydia Hiby she wanted a purple halter and lead rope, and we had one for her, but the mini size was too small, so we have had to send it back to Parelli for the next bigger size.  We found a regular mini halter at the feed store and that was too small, so then we tried pony halter and that was too big, so we got the suckling size, and had to add a hole till we get our Parelli halter, hopefully soon! 

 

Then as I went about looking in my tack trunk for an old halter and baby things from Destinee and Cheyanne I found the sweetest lavender one with small flowers that needed fixing and a shoe maker was able to do that, punched two more holes in the leather break away and she has a halter fit for her!  It is similar to the halter in the photo below that was taken by the people who rescued her in from Iowa, in a little herd of 20 mini's that quickly became 22 mini's when two unexpectedly had foals!

 

Annie Rose did great in the trailer, which we made in to a "min" stock trailer by taking out the center panel, Destinee greeted her when she came off the trailer and then nuzzled her mane, so that everyone could be introduced slowly I had her in Echo's in and out stall next to Destinee in Cheyanne's in and out, so she could settle in, with no one on one side of her, but the dogs could come by and see her safely if they wanted, Tess and her touch noses often; then on the second day I allowed Cheyanne and Echo some supervised visiting time through the end of the fence, and Echo let her know in no uncertain terms she is the "Alfa" mare!  It took about 3 days before Echo decided she was ok, however there is still the occasional mare squeel from Echo!

 

I have been taking Annie Rose on little walks, rubbing her all over, have been able to brush out her mane and used Cowboy Magic to get all the tangles out, she has a new fly mask, and now she greets me with her little low whinny in the morning when she sees me --- it is so so cute, very baritone!

 

Since we "Walk Our Talk" I had a fecal run within days of her arrival and she was loaded with parasites so had/ was forced to do a chemical wormer, and will follow up with a couple weeks of Paratox, then the Herbal Wormer on the full moon of August and hopefully we will have caught the cycles and she will be parasite free!  That explained the dull and rough coat on such a cute little girl!  Luckily I had kept her separate from the other horses until we got the fecal, she has been on Equine Zyme and colostrum, and had obviously never had a "bucket" before she moved here and loves Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar in her little bucket!  Also had her teeth checked by an Equine Dentist and they were fine, and had her feet trimmed before we brought her home.

 

She is a sweet little mare, needs some training but is willing and wants to please --- we are working on leading, and also picking up feet, playing the Friendly Game and have yet been able to brush her tail --- in due time it will all come together!  She and Destinee are fast friends and lay down together for their sun baths late morning and late afternoon before dinner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don't know about you, but the heat has brought in the ants all over the house from the bathrooms to the kitchen, also around the barn and below is a great natural solution ---  I have used it and we are pretty much ant free now, I don't have to worry about the dogs eating poison or the other critters that live on the ranch!

 

Get Rid of Ants Solution

 

This is a recipe for getting rid of those pesky ants that come every spring and summer. Mix up the solution, pack cotton balls in a jar cover, put the solution on and they will be gone.

 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons boric acid [purchase here: http://amzn.to/11nzGz6]

3 cups warm water

 

Directions:

 

1. Mix the sugar and boric acid well.

2. Add the warm water slowly, mixing all the while so it won't be too lumpy.

3. Store in a jar until ready to use.

4. When ready to use, put cotton into the top of a jar lid to fill it and then saturate the cotton to the top.

5. Place it in the location where it is needed.

 

6. Note: This solution will keep for a long while.

 

A good technique is to drip a drop or two over the edge of the lid to rest on the counter so the ants will find the solution sooner.

 

It sometimes takes a little while for them to find it, but find it they will. When they do, do not disturb them as they drink.

 

They will hang over the edge of the lid and drink for a while and then take it back to the nest killing the colony. Almost overnight they will be gone.

 

Here is an example of a jar lid with the ingredients in it, can be as small as a soda bottle lid!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Another view

 

News from the Barn --

 

These past two weeks or so I have had more calls then I can count from new customers, and past customers as well, who are worried about putting weight on their horses as we approach the fall and winter months. 

 

Older horses are always my concern this time of year as they have a harder time with winter and staying warm, also in keeping weight on during that time if they have not put weight on over the summer and in to early fall it will be a struggle to keep on what they have and to put it on them once the cold weather hits.

 

Here is what I always recommend to my customers and new customers:

 

Fecals --- Get your fecals done make sure you are not dealing with a parasite load that needs to be addressed either by natural means or if necessary a chemical wormer then doing double doses of Equine Zyme or Equine Zyme Plus to reblance the gut after a chemical wormer is given.

 

Dental ---- Get your horses teeth checked and make sure that there are no issues like hooks or loose teeth.

 

Hay  --- the best way to put weight on horses is to up your horses hay ration, increased by a flake or two per day;   feed them lunch,  if you don't already do that and make sure they have hay in front of them 24/7.   My horses always have hay in front of them, be it in their feeders, in hanging Hay Pillows or in the Hay Pillows on the ground, they do not over eat, and they eat a little often and their weight is pretty much perfect.  A small amount of alfalfa is what I also recommend to people if they are not feeding alfalfa to help put some weight on, a half flake added to their other hay ration am/pm.

 

Hay Pellets  --- I feed 1-2 cups hay pellets soaked 2x's per day which will also help to add weight if you are not already doing this.  I personally use Timothy pellets all year long and will add some alfalfa pellets as we get in to winter making a blend.  The best hay pellets are Mountain Sunrise if you can get them.

 

Rice Bran  --- I feed 1/2 c to 1c depending on the horse to add some additional calories and fats.  Add this to the soaked hay pellets.   I use Integrity Rice Bran Meal as it has a yeast culture, MOS and rice bran.

 

Flax Meal --- I also soak Nutra Flax with some whole flax in the hay pellets which also adds omegas, lingans, and other natural ingredients. 

 

Kelp ---  Not only has micro nutrients but also help to keep the thyroid healthy with the naturally occuring iodine that is found in it!

 

EquineZyme --- Is really a daily must espeically in the winter months, it helps your horse absorb more of its feeds stuff, keeps the digestive tract healthy, and prevents some forms of colic which will reduce your vet bills too!  If it is digestive better then it is also absorbing more of the nutrition and using it!

 

Vitamin/Mineral Supplements  --- What ever one you like to use make sure your horses is being supplemented for your area or your hay ---- I personally use the Horse Tech High Point for Grass Hay  for Echo and Cheyanne, and I use a custom blend by Horse Tech for Destinee which contains High Point Vitamin and Mineral for grass hay, Nutra Flax and Bio Flax with added Magnesium and Chromium especially good for IR/Metabolic or Challenged horses, excellent for hoof health as well --- developed by a group of bare foot trimmers and offered through the Earth Song Ranch website. Click here to go to the custom product.

 

Fiber Beet ---  By Emerald Valley is a great product to keep the gut healthy and moving but also helps to keep weight steady during the cold winter months as well, it has speedi beet and alfalfa, and is approved by the Laminitic Society of England as a feed for horses prone to that and is excellent for metabolicly inclined horses as well.  I do feed this in the winter months, a little goes a long way soaked!

 

Whole Re-Cleaned Barley  or  Whole Re-Cleaned Oats ---  I am a big believer in giving whole oats or barley, barley has less sugar and starch, but I only feed it at the rate of 1/2 c soaked with the hay pellets and flax, I may give both at the rate of half a cup each if we are in the freezing range or snowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specials for August 1st to August 15th  ---

 

Equine Zyme Plus --- 15% Off from August 1st to the 7th - Use Coupon Code Aug15

 

Equine Zyme --- 15% Off from August 8th to the 15th - Use Coupon Code AugEZ15

 

Herbal Wormer --- 10% Off from August 1st to the 15th Use Coupon Code Aug10

 

Herbal Hoof and Joint --- 15% Off from August 1st to the 15th Use Coupon Code AugHHJ

 

All of the above can be used in combination!

 

 

 

 

I just love this and had to put it in again this summer!

 

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

 

The month of August will be dedicated to loading up the new shopping cart with our products and we hope to launch it in early September once we are able to add the USPS and UPS shipping and the new merchant services to it!

 

We will be launching two new products in the early fall, if all goes well, one is a total digestive support product with probiotics, digestive enzymes and 10 herbs that support the digestive system, the other will be a new formulation of Equine Zyme with even more probiotics and digestive enzymes!

 

As you all know we are passionate about natural health for your animals - from kittens to puppies, working dogs, senior dogs, house cats to barn cats and our equine friends from the tiniest memeber of the herd to the most senior of members!

 

 

 

 

 

Namaste!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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