May Newsletter ---
It's May and Mother's day is coming....
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, had to put up a panel to cross fence the corner to
keep my horses back some from them as the gelding is quite pushy
and also knows how to excite a mare, so the chance of something
going sideways between them was pretty good! Everyone is now
at a safe distance and can still see each other, still commune and
still hang out!
I so want to apologize to those of you whose orders
were late this past month - I would have thought that we were still
in Mercury retro for the entire month of April with all the things
that went sideways - the heat sealing machine for the
poly bags went out, and is not fixable, so have a new one ordered;
the herb company lost my order for herbs for the wormer, then they
re-shipped and when they did the train it was on derailed in New
Mexico making the herb delivery 10 days late total between them;
the post office lost a shippment from
Zephyr's Garden to Earth Song Ranch two weeks ago of summer salves
and things and it still has not arrived when we looked at the
tracking it is coming by way of Sea World for some unknown reason
--- my bank where I have banked for 15 years has charged me for
things that I didn't have and messed up one of my accounts as well,
and I could go on and on........that was just the tip of the
iceberg too! Phew glad to see April come to an end......
Lots of positive things however are going on around
the ranch for the month of May - have a cute "cottage"
type shed, with lots of windwows, a
little dutch gable roof, dutch doors and a weather vane being deliverd in the next couple weeks to run my
packaging and shipping of the herbal blends from here on the ranch,
am so looking forward to having a 10x12 area near my horses to do
these things and be able to stay "home" on the ranch
Mixing and blending the herbal products here on the
ranch is something I enjoy and with each package I fill with
products for your horse, cat or dog I send happy and healing
thoughts and lots of love!
The base products of Equine Zyme
and Equine Zyme Plus will still be
blended by the ton and packaged at the warehouse for delivery to
the ranch, then mailing to you!
Shelters should be going up by the end of the month,
in the dry lot and in Destinee's big turn
out area, there is a huge cotton wood tree
that shades the big middle pasture, so just need water troughs to
round that all out.
Am so hoping for, crossing fingers for, a round pen in
the next couple months, and have the perfect place for it
too! A nice leveled out area just the perfect size and in the
perfect footing as well! Things are really beginning to shape
up after having to wait for all this to come together during the
winter dreaming of it all - now that spring is here, the trees are
budding and blooming, the lawn is coming back and the tractor work
is done, it all looks so wonderful and a dream come true! I
A local friend and carpenter is building my Parelli play equipment, including a teeter
totter, a pedestal and a balance beam...... this will be
particularly fun with Cheyanne! And
to top it off I am planning on having Margit Deerman
for a clinic in the early fall for friends and neighbors to bring
I have written often about my Mom, she was such a
great and wonderful influence in my life, she was my best friend,
and was one of the greatest reasons I am who I am today, as well as
have the business I have. She had so much common sense and
wisdom, along with business and investment sense.
My Mom is the one who taught me about nutrition by
setting the example in so many ways, Adele
Davis, Bernard Jensen and other were her mentors. She had us
kids treated with homeopathy and caranial
sacral osteopathy from the time I was about 4 so have carried that
all forward in my life as well - we
were raised on fresh caught fish, organic produce, and home made
ice cream -- she kept my Dad's diabetes in check with diet and
exercise for years, and kept him on fresh juices, a pretty much raw
diet and a supplement regime.
There are days I find myself still reaching for the
phone to share something with my Mom, some little happening on the
ranch, so many little miracles that continue to happen that I would
normall have shared with her, some little
piece of news and some joyful news then I realize once again she
isn't there to answer, but I know she knows and she sees, and I
feel her precence strongly some times, in
my new house, and when I am out with my horses, even when I have
been out shopping for things for this new home I feel her, as that
was the time she and I loved to share most. I so wish there
were visiting hours in heaven so I could go visit her and have a
cup of tea on Mother's Day and share stories and family memories!
Everyone loved my Mom, loved her spunky spirit, loved
her wheat germ brownies, and just loved who she was. She
cared about friends and family so deeply, and she just loved
life! So I am posting the below for my Mom!
So what are you all doing for Mother's Day this year?
I plan on staying home, celebrating with Echo who is Destinee's Mom and Cheyanne's
Mom by default, since Echo took on the task of raising Cheyanne since she was just 3 or 4 months old
--- maybe I will plant some more flowers in my flower bed, and just
hang out with neighborhood friends!
How about a cup of Camomile
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, zucchini,
summer squash, also add a small amount of fruit as they come in to
season, maybe some berries, but just a small amount, water melon on
hot days is an all time favorite too!
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!
If you go to the articles page on my website you will
find an article I wrote for Natural Horse about fruits for your
horses! There are other great articles I have written over
the years there as well!
I thought this was a good article on the Equine
Thyroid and wanted to share it!
Holistic Veterinary: Thyroid Misconceptions in
Written by Eleanor Kellon,
Hormones from the thyroid gland play a major role in
regulating metabolism; how the body burns its fuels. They also
influence how sensitive the cells are to the "flight
hormones," epinephrine (adrenalin) and norepinephrine.
In the fetus and young growing horse, thyroid hormones are
necessary for normal development of the nervous system. Both under
(hypothyroid) and over (hyperthyroid) production of thyroid
hormones can have devastating effects. These disorders are much
more common in people than in horses. The mechanisms, and therefore
management, are also very different.
For many years horses that gained weight easily and
were prone to laminitis were believed to be hypothyroid. However,
surgically removing the thyroid does not lead to weight gain or
laminitis. Studies also found that when laminitic
horses were injected with TRH or TSH, hormones which stimulate the
thyroid, their thyroid glands responded normally by increasing
production of thyroid hormones. This showed that the thyroid gland
itself was normal.
We now know the real cause of easy weight gain and
laminitis is insulin resistance. However, many of these horses do
have low levels of thyroid hormones. What they have is euthyroid sick syndrome, a form of secondary
hypothyroidism. To understand this, you need a little background in
how the thyroid works. The thyroid gland rests high in the horse's
neck, straddling the trachea (wind pipe). It is directed to produce
thyroid hormones by the pituitary hormone TSH - thyroid stimulating
hormone. Release of TSH is under the control of a hormone from the
brain's hypothalamus called TRH - thyroid releasing hormone. To
complete the circuit, thyroid hormone levels control the release of
TRH and TSH. When high, TRH and TSH production slows, and vice
When stimulated by TSH, the thyroid gland makes
thyroid hormones from the amino acid L-tyrosine and iodine. The
major hormone produced is T4, aka tetraiodothyronine
or levothyroxine. The thyroid also
produces smaller amounts of T3, triiododthyronine.
T3 is the more potent/active hormone. It is created by removing one
iodine molecule from T4. In the thyroid gland, T4 levels are 20
times higher than T3.
Getting back to euthyroid
sick syndrome, this is a condition where TSH is normal, T4 normal
or reduced, and T3 low. T3 is produced from T4 in the body tissues
by enzymes called deiodinases which strip
one iodine off T4. Selenium is an
essential mineral for the deiodinase
enzymes. T3 production from T4 occurs in all body tissues. Under
normal conditions, fasting decreases the uptake of T4 by tissues,
thus reducing T3 because there is less T4 available for the deiodinase enzymes to process.
Hormone and Enzyme Primer
Hormone from the thyroid gland.
Hormone produced both in the thyroid gland and all the body's cells
by removing one iodine molecule from T4. Most active thyroid
Enzyme which removes an iodine from T4 to
convert it to T3.
TRH - Thyroid releasing
hormone, comes from the hypothalamus in the brain. Levels decreased
by high T4/T3; increased by low T4/T3.
TSH - Thyroid stimulating hormone.
This hormone is produced by the pituitary, when stimulated by TRH.
It directs the thyroid gland to increase production of thyroid
Low levels of the active form of the antioxidant
glutathione also reduce the activity of the deiodinase
enzymes so oxidative stress is important in avoiding low T3.
Oxidative stress may be the mechanism behind euthyroid
sick syndrome in horses with insulin resistance since it is well
documented that IR increases oxidative stress. Since selenium is
important to enzyme systems that keep glutathione in its active
form, selenium levels pack a double whammy on T3 levels.
The hormone cortisol from
the adrenal gland, which is elevated in Cushing's disease, also
causes secondary hypothyroidism. In people, corticosteroids like cortisol only suppress T4 conversion to T3. In
horses, the same thing happens but T4 is also suppressed. In a
study that applied the synthetic corticosteroid, dexamethasone, to the skin of horses for 10
days, the T3 dropped quickly and more significantly but T4 was also
lower and neither had recovered even at 20 days after the treatment
had been stopped.
Many veterinarians only test blood T4 levels when
screening for thyroid function. However, T4 is not as active as T3
and drug effects could lead to a misdiagnosis of hypothyroidism.
and likely other NSAID drugs (nonsteroidal
antiinflammatory drugs) cause low blood
T4 levels by displacing T4 from its binding sites on circulating
serum/blood proteins. However, T3 levels stay normal.
Horses are more likely than humans to have problems
with low thyroid function related to nutrition. Iodine and selenium
are the major factors here. Malnutrition and chronic diseases or
infections of any type also cause secondary hypothyroidism. This
makes sense as lowering metabolism preserves key nutrients.
Most of the body's iodine is concentrated in the
thyroid gland and deficiencies clearly influence thyroid function.
Excesses are also harmful. Selenium is required by the deiodinase enzymes and by the glutathione
antioxidant that protects those enzymes. Both iodine and selenium
are deficient at baseline in many areas of the country.
To summarize, thyroid problems in horses are different
from other species. Hyperthyroidism is very rare, and limited to
senior horses with malignant tumors in their thyroid.
Hypothyroidism can occur, but is not related to any problems with
the gland itself. It is called secondary hypothyroidism because it
is secondary to/caused by other disorders.
My friend Dutch Henry did a little story about a
mother's love for Mother's Day and I am sharing it here with you!
Mother's Day. What a wonderful day to celebrate. What
a wonderful reason to celebrate! It truly is the mothers who make the
world go round. There can be no denying that fact. Who else but a
mother can so lovingly apply just the right bandaid
to a skinned knee? Who else but a mother can help put the windblown
baby Robins back in their nest? Mothers sit quietly listening to the
triumphs and failures of their children, offering celebration and
compassion with a hug and a kiss. Ahh
yes, it is not only good to celebrate mothers, but it is correct as
we would surely be lost without their tender, and keen ways of
making sure all is well in the family. Is there anything in this
world more powerful than a mother's love? I think not.
A mother's love will guide and protect:
The stream had swelled twice its width in mere moments
with the sudden heavy rain. To get to the other side the mare would
need to fight a raging current. She could see her foal on the other
side pacing the bank, it seemed the foal was about to test the
water. With a squeal and a buck the mare plunged into icy, fierce
water. Fighting hard, she struggled to keep sight of her frightened
baby. Calling out when she could. Her foal moved too close to the
water. The mare lunged with all her strength. Time and time again
the current knocked her back. Time after time she plunged on. Each
struggle tired her more. Finally she had solid footing beneath her
hooves. She raced to her foal, collided with him, driving him far
back from the angry water, shoving him with her powerful, solid
chest. Back, back she drove him. Once in safety she licked his wet
back, and nickered softly.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! ~ Dutch Henry
Author of We'll
Have The Summer
On May 2nd we celebrate two birthdays at our
Tucker turns 4 - and what a journey it has been with
him as well --- a Border Collie in the wrong hands spells disaster
and most often a trip to the dog pound --- instead he came to me
sadly abused at the age of 9 months old, he was purchased by
someone uneducated, not knowing as well as never having had a
border collie living in a mobile home park, too old (in her 70's)
to have the energy for one and it has taken time but he is a happy
and thriving puppy pal today with lots to do on the ranch, and
rides in the trucks to go get hay and go to town! He brings the
horses in at night from the pasture and loves sitting up on the
deck watching over "his herd".
Rose will be 11 ----
Destinee is my Khemosabi
grand-daughter and Mexico V daughter (V is for Varian) ---
she was my dream horse to be when I bred her mom Echo, and then was
there to birth her saving her life and Echo's and through all of
her health challenges I made her a promise that I would always be
there for her and never give up!
She will never be ridden it really does not matter to
me --- she is my Destinee Rose, and one
of my best teachers, she has taught me more about equine nutrition
and equine homeopathy then I ever dreamed of, and her journey on
this planet is one of teaching and being, and about love that never
ends, that never gives up, that will always be!
For their joint birthdays we will sing happy birthday
and have special birthday treats and also be in gratitude for
having them both in our lives!
Are you still using
chemical wormers on your horses? Did you know that the over
use of chemical wormers is causing "chemical resistant"
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. 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, if your fecals show a parasite load then on the 6th
night you can give a dose of Ivermecterin
and together your horses can be pretty much parasite free for the
Make sure you get your
fecal tests done so you know what you may be dealing with or if
your horse even needs a wormer 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!
For First Half of May
first week of May, May 1st to the 7, Equine Zyme
is 10% off use coupon code EZ10 to get your
discount! For May 8th to May 14th take 15% off EquineZyme Plus using coupon code EZP10.
Ranch is now offering the E3Live for dogs product which
we love, and you can find it under the dog products, my dogs are
on it, and their coats are amazing and they do not have any skin
issues at all! Take 10% off using coupon code E3L from May
1st to the 15th!
We have a new Avocado
oil, a Jalapeno infused cooking and
dipping oil, and it is awsome!
We also offer a gift pack of 4 flavors of cold pressed Avocado
Oils which would be a great Mother's Day gift or some of the
wonderful hand made Avo oil soaps made
with essential oils!
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We are here for the long
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in a market flooded with products that compete we have found that if someone leaves and tries
something else they always come back, because nothing can
Many of you use our TummyZyme
to help prevent ulcers in your show horses and some use TummyZyme because your horses either have
ulcers or are prone to ulcers, either way it is a great and
soothing product and was designed using a blend of EquineZyme Plus and herbs including slippery
elm, peppermint, and more!
For this month I am offering TummyZyme
at 20% off so take advantage of this great price savings and use
coupon code TZ20
on check out!
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!
upon all the stars and dream of all your tomorrows as the moon
lights your pathways. I have dreamed many dreams and wished
upon many stars and still do in order to manifest my dreams!
I would go have a cup of tea with my Mom for