It is so Spring All Over 

It is so Spring all over, so many plants blooming, so many birds have made their way back and the humming birds are emptying the feeders weekly, I have 5 humming bird feeders around the property and they are all flitting about!  Love those little hummers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Song Ranch and all its products are our passion, it is our life and we live it! We walk our talk, and we answer the phone, help you when your horse is in need, share nutritional advice, are a resource for bare foot trimmers, have great informative articles, most of all we have years of experience in what we do, decades in fact, in the alternative life style for horses, cats, dogs and us humans too!

The equine market is full of cheap and ineffective ingredients and products, and we pride ourselves on giving the best products for a fair price!   Probiotics and digestive enzymes are what we have done best over the years, some of the others new to the market are only in it for the money, and may use only distillers grains which are all GMO - read the labels and you will see the difference!

 

Just because a bag feed or a product says "added probiotics" does not mean it has anything in it that will benefit your animal --- if there is no guaranteed "CFU's" then there is really nothing in it! 

 

Our herbal blends took years of R&D and we know they are supportive for various horse health challenges.  Our blends are for the long run not just the over saturated market - we have proven over the years that our products work, and not only that, that the probiotic blends we offer are some of the very best, and not lost in the crowd of the "new-bies" who want to jump on the band wagon now and will be gone tomorrow when we will still be here!

This year Earth Song Ranch is branching out more in to the dog and cat markets with treats and safe dog foods, we already have a probiotic blend for cat and dogs and have had them for years with the help of Dr Anne Smith who helped us design them, go to our link Dog & Cat and see what we offer now as we will be adding more!  We will be offering a blue green algae for dogs by E3Live, very soon, we have not had a chance to get it up on the web site but promise it will be there by the 1st of May and are talking to a local baker who can make up special all natural and nutritious dog treats!

 

We plan to stay the course with our line of equine supplement and feed additives for the health of your horse!

 

 

 

What is the Poop on Poop-ology!

 

 

It has been quite funny to me that there have been several articles on "poop-ology" in several of the horse and dog publications including one we did one in the Natural Horse Newsletter last month - there really is a science behind this and you can really tell the health of your horses intestinal tract by what his "horse pucky" look like including the color, consistency and how many in a day!    Six to 8 piles per day is the normal for most mares and geldings and some say it totals 9 tons per horse per year.

 

If you consider manure production one of your horse's vital signs, along with temperature and heart and respiratory rates, then it is crucial to know your horse's -normal manure production frequency and appearance. This will help you rapidly recognize when something unusual is afoot.

 

While every horse's fecal production differs, ideally you want to see well-formed fecal balls with noticeable stems but no real "chunks" of food (otherwise you may have a dental problem going on), fairly uniform color, little odor (compared to carnivores such as cats or dogs), and no mucus covering. A small amount of liquid either immediately prior or following a bowel movment might also be normal.

 

"A horse's intestinal tract is approximately 100 feet long and finely adapted for various functions, but it's also prone to development of problems. Things can go wrong quickly," warns Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, a professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College, in Canada.

 

In this article we will describe the importance of knowing what your horse's normal manure looks like, and being able to identify dry feces, diarrhea, and even signs of dental and parasite issues, before a major problem develops.

 

If you've ever had a bought of 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.

 

(Diarrhea can also just mean an unhealthy gut and a wide spectrum pre/probiotic and digestive enzyme blend like Equine Zyme can also help and balance the bacteria's in a couple of days - and keeping a horses gut healthy should be one of the top priorities of horse ownership and management! jl)          

 

Turn Out Times

For those of you with IR or Metabolic horses, if you turn them out to graze did you know that the plants produce more sugars between the hours of 8am and 5 pm?


 

 

 

 

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It's Time for Buggzo!

 

I have already started using Buggzo, have my fly bags hung up, and the first of the fly predators on the way.  The bug light will be going up this week for mosquitoes, and did you know that Earth Song Ranch sells Buggzo!  We have for the past couple years because we believe in it!   Take 5% off your order of Buggzo by using coupon code "Bug"

 

Garlic and Aroma Controlled Garlic: 

 

HorseTech uses a select blend of two garlic sources, one being an aroma-controlled material that subtly softens the natural aroma of the product.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: We use a unique dry apple cider vinegar that's pH buffered--so, it is easier on the stomach. Our Buggzo pellets, made with this dry vinegar, aren't at all messy like some products utilizing ordinary liquid vinegar.  You're going to love the fact that you don't have to mess with liquid vinegar any longer!
  • Thiamine: A B-vitamin usually associated with supporting calmness and reduced hyperactivity. Each one ounce serving of Buggzo pellets provides a full 1,000 mg of Thiamine!  Help to repel flies by the odor it produces on the skin, but we can't smell it!
  • B-Complex Vitamins: The vitamin group commonly associated with healthy skin and coat.
  • Grapeseed Extract: One of the more powerful antioxidants available for equine products! 
  • Pelleted product that's easy to use and truly palatable.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. 

Click on this link to go straight to Buggzo

 

It's also time to buy your Zephyr's Garden products for us too - concentrated fly sprays, No Fly Zone Salves to keep the No-See-Ums from eating up your horses, Stop the Itch Salve and Spray when they do, and so much more!  Click on this link to go to Zephyr's Garden

 

Earth Song Ranch also carries thier line of dog products as well!

 

 

 

Which Vaccinations Should You Give Your Horse?  Written by Madalyn Ward, DVM

This time of year is heart breaking for me due to all the calls that I have already started to receive because horses are either sick or have laminitis from vaccines and chemical worming all in the same day, because that is what the stable they board at does and most likely the horses did not need the vaccines nor the wormers!  I ran this article last year and it helped many to decide what to do for their horses in their particular situation.  JL

 

 

“Should I vaccinate my horse? If so, which vaccines should I give?” I get asked these questions all the time in my practice, usually from concerned horse owners who use a holistic management program.

 

I can usually help my clients make informed decisions about which, if any, vaccinations to give because I know their horses well. Most of my clients are well aware that, while vaccines can protect their horses against certain diseases, the side effects can often be worse than the disease itself.

 

But many people are not aware of this risk-reward formula that comes with vaccination. In fact, when I look up the most common Google searches for horse vaccines I find that most queries are about vaccination cost, frequency, and availability. Almost no one is asking, via searches, whether they should vaccinate their horses at all, or whether vaccines have negative side effects.

 

Yet, the decision about whether to vaccinate your horse, and with which vaccines, is a serious one that takes a bit of thought and research.

 

Vaccination: Risk and Reward

 

Obviously the positive side of vaccinating horses is that your horse has some protection against certain diseases, especially diseases that are fatal. This is the “reward” side of the vaccination equation. The risk side of the equation relates to the possible side effects that may affect your horse later in life. Over-vaccinated horses, or horses who are not healthy enough to withstand vaccination can suffer from (to name a few):

 

- laminitis

- melanomas

- chronic colic and digestive issues

- chronic respiratory infections

- flare-ups of chronic illnesses previously under control

- metabolic dysfunctions

Deciding whether to vaccinate your horse with which vaccines, if any, can be a real quandary. So how do you figure out what to do for your horse? Educate yourself and then make an informed decision.

Deciding Whether to Vaccinate Your Horse

Each horse is different in his or her ability to tolerate vaccines, and in his or her need for vaccines. Some horses stay perfectly healthy on a holistic program that strongly supports their immune system, never needing any vaccinations beyond the ones given in the very early years. Other horses may need certain vaccines plus supplements to support their immune system. To educate yourself about how to vaccinate your horse, here are some questions you can ask yourself.

About your region:

- Which diseases are common in my area?

- Which of these diseases are fatal? If your horse must be vaccinated you may choose just the vaccines for possibly fatal diseases.

- Which of these diseases are easily transmitted?

- Have others in the region found alternate successful ways to protect their horses from these regional diseases?

- Are there regulations in your regions that may cause the authorities to put your horse down if he becomes ill and has not been vaccinated?

- Is your horse stabled in close proximity to other horses, increasing his chances of being infected by disease?

- Is your horse boarded at a stable that requires certain vaccinations?

About you:

- How will you feel if you do not vaccinate and your horse dies or becomes seriously ill?

- How will you feel if you vaccinate your horse and he suffers from chronic diseases later in life that have to be managed on a daily basis?

- How will you feel if your horse suffers from painful side effects for days or weeks after vaccination?

- Are you willing to experiment with a strong nutritional program tailored to boost your horse’s immune system, knowing there is a risk that your horse may get the disease (but may also recover quickly)?

About your horse:

- Is your horse healthy enough to be vaccinated?

- Does your horse suffer from short term side effects after vaccination, such as a sore neck, respiratory infection, or overall body pain? If so, this is a clue that your horse may not tolerate vaccination well.

- Is your horse older (thus less able to tolerate vaccines)? I vaccinate yearlings and two-year-olds, but rarely older horses.

- Does your horse already have one or more chronic conditions that could be worsened by vaccination?

- Does your horse have a weakened immune system or is he currently suffering from a short-term health issue? If so, it may be best to wait until he is healthy again before you vaccinate.

- Does your horse travel to many places where he might be exposed to various diseases?

- Is your horse physically, emotionally, or mentally stressed? This can suppress his immune system.

Vaccination and Educating Yourself

Developing an appropriate vaccination program for your horse can take a bit of work and research, but both you and your horse will benefit from it. If you are interested in learning more about vaccines, how they are made, side effects, case studies, titers, immune-supporting nutritional programs, and more, I suggest the following resources:

The Vaccination Ebook (instant download there is a charge for this bookl but worth the read):

 

 

 

 

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Specials for the Second  Half of April! 

 

 

Horseprin -- Horseprin is a blend of herbs known to be anti-inflammatory and pain relieving, including Yucca, White Willow Bark, Devils Claw and Queen of the Meadow. This is a non chemical alternative for pain relief and for relieving discomfort naturally. And now we have added some Tumeric to the blend to make it even better!  Use coupon code HP10 for 10% off through the end of the month!

 

 

Tumeric

 

Senior Zyme - Contains all the benefits of Equine-Zyme along with a blend of herbs to support and nourish the kidneys and liver; some herbs also contain naturally occurring anti-inflammatory herbal compounds to help relieve the discomfort of arthritic and rheumatic achiness that comes with age. Improves feed efficiency and absorption to maintain weight. Contains: Chamomile, rose hips, red clover, psyllium, vitex, parsley, peppermint, spearmint, green stevia, garlic, dandelion leaf, kelp, yarrow, comfrey, meadow sweet, devils claw, and white willow bark. Use coupon code SZ10 for 10% off through the end of the month.

 

 

Herbal Hoof & Joint - Herbal Hoof and Joint was formulated especially for horses with issues in their joints and feet. It has Glucosamine Sulfate, Choindrointin Sulfate, Vitamin C , and MSM all of which are the building blocks of joint health, along with naturally occurring biotin in rose hip powder for improved hoof circulation, growth and health. Herbal Hoof & Joint contains beneficial herbs for overall health and well being including Dandelion, Kelp, Parsley, Nettles and Red Clover! It also contains a blend of naturally occurring anti-inflammatory herbs including White Willow Bark, Yucca, Comfrey, Devil's Claw, and Meadow Sweet for horses with tender feet, these herbs also have other benefits as well for the overall health and well being of the horse.  Use Coupon Code HHJ10 for 10% off through the end of the month!

 

 

rose hips


 

 

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