It's Almost Spring! March
am so enjoying living in the high desert of Southern California,
the trees are budding, I have planted three new fruit trees, a pipin, a peach and a "mystery tree"
because the nursery didn't have a tag on it and they did not know
what it was, I am guessing an apricot or a plum but time will
tell. Have been composting manure so the soil is rich and am beginning to till the garden area for tomatoes,
peppers, carrots and some herbs for the horses. My bulbs
started bursting forth on March the 1st, I loved that, the
Iris are coming up as well, the daffodils not far behind.
shelters are going up in the next few weeks, two of them, just have
not had the time, weather has been too bad, as well as too windy to
even attempt them. Dog kennels went up next to the barn so
they can be safekly put up while I am
getting the horses out. A a bigger
outside pen, just off the barn for Destinee
is in process, when my landlord moves his old travel trailer out,
so it is half size right now with electric tape up to keep her away
from it. She can see the other two horses and hang over
the fence with them, it will have the shade in the afternoon from
the barn and one of the shelters too, she
can also see the cows in the field behind us on the
reservation! There is a small patch of bermuda
growing that she enjoys nibbling on!
big horse pens are all up now! We have sectioned off an area
for a small arena, hope to be getting a round pen in the next few
months, and putting up my Parelli play
ground too! Cavelliti's need to be
put back together, the teeter totter and the stand still need
building, and it is going to be lots of fun this spring and summer!
had snow all day on March 8th, my Grandpa's birthday, and Cheyanne was born up here in a snow storm 6
years ago on March 11th so not so unusual to have this kind of snow
at all! And it is fun, and the wood burning stove goes all
day, and it is magical!
It's almost Easter too!
so love Easter, I love Peeps, and Cadbury Eggs, and loved that time
with my kids, the magic of Easter Egg Hunts, and family dinners,
and my X-mother In Law saving up eggs she had blow out to do
confetti eggs which she paper machaed, I
now see them in WalMart for sale, how
funny! My kids loved those confetti eggs for sure - Betty is
on the other side now and I think of her each Easter for all the
work she would go through to do those eggs and dye them too!
Easter was one of her favorite times!
love having mares, there is something
special about them and the relationship we have with them that is
different then with a gelding. This time of year though it
can be hard on many of them when they are cycling, and for some it
is a nutritional deficiency, for others they just need some herbal
support to balance hormones, and
some fresh grated yams in their buckets along with some MareZyme - I thought I would include the
following testimonial I received the other day.....
I am getting ready to place another order from you for the mare-zyme but I wanted to comment on some advice you
gave to Melissa Givner last year in
regards to a Mare of mine that had broken out in hives all over her
body. For the life of us we could not figure out what it was. We
tried everything and nothing seemed to work. Melissa emailed you
and you gave her this advice. Along with Melissa you both agreed it
was hormonal related when she comes in to season. You recommended
Mare Zyme and some Wild Yam Root which is
what we did. The results were fabulous my mare hasn't had a hive as
of yet since then. She is hive free yippee!! I have begun the same
regimen this year but started her early. When I begin to see lots
of tail swishing, winking and just plain unconfortableness
she is ready. So far so good with her. I will be placing another
order with you soon to last me through the spring and summer.
Thanks so much for your advice. This poor mare probably has had
this for a long time and has suffered for the last 20 years of her
life. She is a happy gal now and so am I.
here to go to MareZyme!
Note: For those of you with mares who have
challenges with their cycles, giving them a 1/2 c of grated fresh
yams per day seems to help, and for essential oils Dragon Time is
my all time favorite and I used that for Cheyanne
when she was younger and having a tough time. For those of
you who do not want to grate yams, then I would go to Herbalcom.com
and order a couple pounds of Wild Yam and give at the rate of 2
Tablespoons full per day, along with the MareZyme!
WHAT IS BAGGED HORSE FEED?
It is COOKED, PROCESSED
grains or fillers with lots of "artificial
vitamins and minerals" added back into
it. Here is a partial list of ingredients that
start out in a popular “Low Carb Low
Starch” concentrated bag feed for horses, take a look at the
first five ingredients:
Wheat Middlings, Soybean
Hulls, Shredded Beet Pulp, Distillers Dried Grains, Soybean Oil,
Wheat Middlings — what is
left of the hard wheat grain after the insides and nutrional parts have been utilizied
— the hulls, basically. May be good for fiber, but is often
referred to as the “Floor Sweepings”.
Soybean Hulls — Exactly what that says. The hulls of
the soybean. Great fiber filler but no nutrition.
Distillers Dried Grains – what’s left at the bottom of
the barrels after liquor is fermented and produced. The leftover
liquid/mash is simply dried and then further processed into the
horse feed. (I will bet that people who drink a lot don't care if
their booze comes from GMO corn - but the horses may not benefit!)
And then we have Soybean Oil. Partially
"hydrogenated" Soybean Oil is …
extremely toxic. We know that, long-term, they
[partially hydrogenated oil] will lead to cardiovascular disease
and heart attacks in people, and it can
also even encourage strokes. So why would we want to
feed it to our horses when we know certain ingredients
can cause harm, sometimes irreparable, to the nervous system.
We know that they interfere with the absorption of the essential
fatty acids needed to maintain healthy cells, a healthy
nervous system, healthy blood sugar regulation and many other
I don't have a problem with the shredded beet pulp or
the rice bran per sey, but how about the
un-natural vitamins and mineral added, how about the gmo ingredients, how about "hydrogenated
oils" --- jessica
The rest of the ingredients that you will see on
labels of concenbtrated bag feeds are all
‘additives’ to replace the NATURAL vitamins, minerals and nutrients
that horses need to be well and maintain health all of which can be
found in LIVE FOODS!
Why not start doing something more natural for your
horses, use soaked hay pellets, a little stabalized
rice bran, some stabablize flax meal and
some added kelp, dolomite, or even a great product like Horse Tech
makes that I feed my horses called High Point for hay diets to
balance everything out - click here to go to High Point for
Hay or Pasture Diets that we sell on our web site. Do your
own thing in a more natural way for healthier horses!
I love Lepracans and here is
a quick little ditty on them by Dutch Henry! My Grandpa John MacLachlan was born in Scotland
and he always talked to us as kids about the magic of Lepracans, and the fairies!
Leprechauns Are Real
March winds blow and they can blow us right into St.
Patrick's Day, which gets most of us thinking about all things
Irish. Which can get many of us thinking about
Leprechauns. My all time favorite Leprechaun story is a
Bonanza episode when ol' Hoss sees a wee fellow and has a perfectly
marvelous time trying to prove to his father and brothers that the
little fellow was real. I can't recall all the silly hyjinks, but I do remember how delightfully
mischievous the Leprechaun was. According to all the stories about
Leprechauns the devilishness poor Hoss
endured was just about what you could expect when you ask a
Leprechaun for help. Or for an example of his magic.
According to legend Leprechauns really are among us
and do have certain magical ways about them. But they are among the
world's greatest pranksters too. There is an old tale of one
Leprechaun who had been captured and because of his capture was
forced to revel the location of his pot of
gold. He agreed to do this by, "tying a red ribbon around the
tree under which his pot of gold was buried." When his captors
went to the designated forest, shovel in hand, they found all the
trees, for as far as he could see, had grand red ribbons tied
around their trunks.
So if you find wee one and he agrees to tell you where
his pot of gold is buried, be sure to ask your questions carefully.
Author of We'll Have The Summer
There are a lot of scare tactics going on in the
moment in the news about EHV-1 and there are things you can do to
help your horse prevent this virus, and there is also a homeopathic
nosode you can give your horse for
prevention that Earth Song Ranch has available as well - here is an
article about some extra nutritional things to consider!
Prevent an EHV Outbreak by Protecting Your Horse’s Immune Function
by Juliet M. Getty,
The recent outbreak of equine herpes virus (EHV) has
caused great concern among horse owners throughout the U.S. and Canada. Did you know that
your horse is already likely to be infected with this virus?
Virtually all horses carry this opportunistic organism and it
remains latent until something (usually stress) triggers it and it
has an "opportunity" to show symptoms, producing respiratory
and even neurological distress. Ever have a cold sore? That's also
herpes and it remains dormant in our systems until we get
physically or mentally stressed.
Some stress is inevitable
Traveling long distances, strange settings, unfamiliar
horses, performance intensity, different smells and noises … the
list is long. Heavy travel seasons are coming up this summer --
July and August are popular horse fair months. And stress
suppresses the immune function, making it difficult for your horse
to combat illness. Now is the time to get your horse’s immune
system in tip top shape so he is less, much less, likely to succumb
to a stress-related illness such as EHV. The key to prevention is
twofold: Reduce stress and boost immunity.
An empty stomach = Stress
One of the most stressful situations for any horse,
regardless of the horse’s schedule and environment, is an empty
stomach. Not being permitted to graze continually on pasture and/or
hay goes against a horse’s instincts and innate physiology. This is
because the horse’s stomach, unlike our own, continuously secretes
acid, even when empty. Chewing produces saliva, a natural antacid,
which neutralizes that acid. Left without anything to chew, and the
horse will suffer, both physically and mentally. Furthermore, the
motility of the gastrointestinal tract (which is made of muscles)
depends of a steady supply of forage flowing through it in order to
prevent colic. And finally, exercising on an empty stomach can lead
to an ulcer as the acid sloshes around to the unprotected areas of
the stomach’s lining.
Horses are “trickle feeders,” designed to continually
and freely roam and graze. But in addition to 24/7 turnout and free
choice access to pasture and/or hay, there are many helpful
nutrients that can protect your horse, especially while training,
traveling, and performing. Vitamins E and C, in particular, as well
as vitamin A (beta carotene), magnesium, adequate protein, and
Omega 3 fatty acids stabilize the immune system, allowing your
horse to be less susceptible toward developing infections.
How much supplementation, you ask?
· Vitamins E and C are potent antioxidants and are
best increased to higher levels during intense physical and mental
stress. Offer 5 IUs of vitamin E and 5 mg
of vitamin C per pound of body weight (10 IUs
of vitamin E and 10 mg of vitamin C per kg of body weight). Slowly
wean your horse down to lower levels of these vitamins (especially
vitamin C) during maintenance periods (unless you have an older horse,
who will need extra vitamin C due to
· Selenium needs also increase during intense physical
activity – the diet should contain 1 to 3 mg per day during
maintenance, and up to 5 mg of selenium per day for heavily active horses .
· Hay has little, if any, beta carotene (used to make
vitamin A). Most vitamin/mineral supplements and feeds are
fortified with this vitamin. Offer 60 to 120 IU/kg body weight for
performance; 30 IU/kg bw at maintenance.
· Omega 3 fatty acids are best provided by flaxseed
meal -- provide 1/2 cup per 400 lbs (180 kg) of body weight. Chia seeds are also high in omega 3s (1/4 cup
per 400 lbs of body weight).
· Protein should be 14-16% of the diet, and be of high
quality. Offer a variety of sources (grass plus alfalfa, for
example) so they can complement each other’s amino acid profile.
· Don’t forget the magnesium – important for muscle
and nerve function. Borderline deficiencies can affect your horse’s
behavior and stamina. An appropriate dose is 5,000 mg of magnesium
per 500 lbs (227 kg) of body weight.
It’s amazingly simple
All this may sound complicated, but it's actually just
the opposite. It's amazingly simple. Allow your horse to nibble on
hay all day and night, and never let him perform without some hay
in his digestive tract. Fill in the nutritional gaps that exist in
hay with a good vitamin/mineral supplement, offer omega 3s and
extra antioxidants during stressful times, and your horse will not
only perform better, calmer, and more gracefully, but will come
home healthy and ready to learn more.
Specials for the second half of March
Fly season is fast approaching --- so stock up now on Zephy's Garden Contrated
Fly spray at 10% off either the regular formula of the plus formula
use coupon code BUG, on
check out through the end of the month, click
here to be taken to the fly spray
Horsetech at 10% off
- I use this product starting now for my horses through the
end of summer, it helps to keep the flies bouncing off and repels
flies from the inside out, is a feed through with AC vinegar
powder, garlic, and B-1 to name a few ingredients. Use coupon
code BUG on
Check out - click here to go straight to the product Buggzo
it is on sale through the end of the month!
Equine Zyme Plus ---- 15%
off through the end of the month, it is our high potency immue and digestive support products with 20%
more beta glucan and colostrum
then the Equine Zyme! Use coupon
EZ15 on check out to get this great savings on this great
product --- it is what I feed my horses daily!
Vitamin C is something all horses need added to their
diet if they are stabled and not on pasture, or for horses that are
more then 12 to 15 years old. Horses make/process vitamin C
through their livers and as they age they are not able to make what
they need from their feed stuffs. Vitamin C is 10% off through the end of the month, use coupon
code VITC10 on check out.
All of these offers can be combined so take us up on
these great discounts to start on the way to summer and keep your
horses comfortable and bug free!
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