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!
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
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
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!
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
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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,
groups diarrhea in horses into four main categories:
due to bacterial infections such as salmonellosis, -clostridiosis,
and equine proliferative enteropathy caused by Lawsonia intracellularis;
"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
"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
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.
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!
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!
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"
and Aroma Controlled Garlic:
uses a select blend of two garlic sources, one being an
aroma-controlled material that subtly softens the natural aroma of
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!
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
Vitamins: The vitamin group commonly associated with healthy
skin and coat.
Extract: One of the more powerful antioxidants available for
product that's easy to use and truly palatable.
Click on this link to
go straight to Buggzo
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
Song Ranch also carries thier line of dog products as well!
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
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.
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.
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.
the decision about whether to vaccinate your horse, and with which
vaccines, is a serious one that takes a bit of thought and
Vaccination: Risk and Reward
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):
chronic colic and digestive issues
chronic respiratory infections
flare-ups of chronic illnesses previously under control
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Is your horse physically, emotionally, or mentally stressed? This
can suppress his immune system.
Vaccination and Educating Yourself
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
Newsletter is created with heart and with passion, as this is our
life, and this is how we live!
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!
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!