The Autumnal Equinox is Coming....

 

I guess we are all scratching our heads and saying, "Wow ......where did the summer go?"  It is officially over on September 22nd when we celebrate the Equinox.   It will soon be time for candy corn, for a fire in the fire place, and making lists for Thanksgiving feasts!  Leaves will soon turn to reds and golds, nights will chill, sweaters will come out of the closets and we will gracefully move in to this new season.  I love my turtle neck sweaters, and I love my hoodies too!

 

I know that my summer was quite filled and busy, I had a lot of projects to complete around the ranch,  forming a a new local community banking relationship, a new merchant services company for the new shopping cart which by the way will include an app for iPhone and Droids so you can go straight to the Earth Song Ranch website; signing up with UPS so there is a choice in shipping, a business plan to finish up, a business to run, shipping to do, all the while having the usual household stuff, horses to care for and pens to clean, a garden to tend to, fruit trees to water as well a nurture, and lots of little projects that are still on the list to do before fall sets in so, I am sure I will be very busy till the end of October for sure!    Fire wood will soon be delivered and stacked, before months end any way!

 

We have had another burst of heat this week, last week we had a couple days of lightening, thunder and heavy rain which was wonderful and made everything clean and green!  Not so good is it has broght up a new crop of weeds!

 

Grading is now complete with burms in place for the winter rains and snow run off, rain gutters are almost complete on the barn just need to do one more down spout, a couple of end caps and we are good to go.  The new stall panel is done and just needs to be picked up and installed then Annie Rose has her winter stall like the big girls do!

 

If you follow us on Face Book then the above banner is familiar already, if not, this is the new banner, new look, with all of the horses, cast and dogs of Earth Song Ranch, one of our cats, Willie, takes such great photos his photo represents all of our cats on the banner.  I did a quick video of some of the ranch critter and it is this link:  http://animoto.com/play/2E41Ih62zMLyCrw11bBhvw  as I learn how to use this program for all kinds of things!

 

Earth Song Ranch also has some new ads and art work that will be showing up in some of the magazines in the fall/winter editions in some, the end of September in others.  New articles in Equne Wellness will be in the fall and winter editions, and don't miss the Natural Horse Newsletters that come out monthly, usually on the 15th of the month, which I also have a hand in!

 

The days here in Southern California are getting noticeably shorter, sun is setting much earlier every day, the shadows in the afternoon on the North side of the barn are longer and different in their angles, morning sun is greeting us later each morning as well! 

 

The Autumnal Equinox is September 22nd where day and night again are of equal length, celebrate the changing of seasons, do a meditation, embrace the passing in to this new season, this new time of year.

 

 

 

 

Time to prepare our horses for fall and winter months to come, and if the Farmer's Almanac is accurate, then it will be an earlier, bitter cold and wet / snowy winter for most of the country, especially the mid west and the east.  My bet is that the west coast will have an El Nino year, meaning lots of rain, for which I am preparing the ranch for, and the snow we get as well.  For those of you with older horses who may be IR or Cushings/Metabolic, this is the time to give them Chaste Tree Berry Tea (just like Evitex but you make it yourself at a quarter of the cost) to soften the cortisol release that happens to horses like these this time of year and can bring on a bout of laminitis. 

 

 

 

Thrifty Horse

 

 

How to Make a Nutritious Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

 

 

 

Care for a nutritious, creamy, and light smoothie that tastes like pumpkin pie? We have just the recipe for you. As you're devouring it, feel free to bask in the glow of knowing that you're infusing your cells with natural vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, and cartenoids, all nutrients that are known to reduce risk of just about every degenerative disease that we know of.

 

Makes one generous serving

 

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup pure pumpkin (canned)
1/2 banana
1 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or the seeds from one half of a vanilla bean
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
Pinch ground nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch all spice

 

Directions:

 

1. Place everything in a blender.

2. Blend until smooth.

3. Pour into your favourite glass and sprinkle top with cinnamon and serve!

 

 

 

 

 

News from the Barn

 

I am so so happy to announce that as of the 11th of September the fecals for Annie Rose came back clean, no eggs, no larva and no adults -  Zero, zip, nada  ---- whooo hooo finally!

 

I am not one who wants to use chemical/paste wormers, I always choose the more natural approach or prevention, but there is a time and a place where we have to and they do their job.  When ever you bring a new horse in to a closed herd you don't always know what you might be dealing with, and even though she had a vet check, this was not caught at all.  Now that she is clear, it is my job to build up her gut health with EquineZyme Plus, and also give her some supportive herbs in her bucket feed, which she now loves like the other horses do! 

 

Annie Rose will be on the Herbal Wormer this coming week for the 5 nights and most likely I will do one more fecal on her as we move later in to the fall.  She and Destinee Rose can now be turned out together in their big play pen, once the stall panel is installed.  Annie Rose's over all health has greatly improved with proper diet and supplements, you can see it in her coat, her energy, and her hoof growth, now we are focusing on her feet, which need to be trimmed, and is something she doesn't care to cooperate with in the moment, but she is getting better about it!

 

 

 

 

The full moon is the 19th of September, before the Autumnal Equinox which falls on the 22nd of September, where day and night are of equal length and we will be heading to less and less daylight hours until we come to the Winter Solstice!

 

Changes .....this month......

Each season brings with it changes, and changes are coming to Earth Song Ranch we are aiming for a launch date for the new website and shopping cart sometime around the 24th of September or there abouts.  I am excited about all that this new shopping cart can offer to you my customers and all that we have put in to it as well!  I really like the new look of the pages, the feel of it all and the store too!

 

We will only be offering MareZyme in the Spring and Summer months, Winter Stable blend will be offered from October through February,  Happy Horse Meadow Mix will be offered all year long and we will be adding some great supplements like Magnesium Oxide,  MSM/Devils Claw blend, Vitamin E and a new form of Vitamin C to our line up of great products.  

 

We will also be an Associate with Spaulding Labs offering you all their great fly prevention products and you can shop for them from our site! 

 

We will also be offering a new joint supplement for horses and dogs as well that has the HA you have all been asking for.

 

 

Herbal Wormer 20% Off

It will be time to worm your horses again before you know it, it is too late to order for this month as the full moon is on Thursday if this week ... but the full moon in October is 18th so you will need to start on the 16th --- so we are offering our ever popular fall Herbal Wormer at 20% off from September 15th to the 22nd.  Use coupon code HW20  -- the fall blend contains more worm wood, pau d arco and pumpkin seed powder then at other times of the year.

 

 

Equine Zyme Plus 20% Off

Going in to fall and winter it is important for your horses digestive tract, which is approximately 75' long to be in the best of health, and EquineZymePlus relplenishes probiotics, feeds the good bacteria already there and balances out the pH of the digestive tract! 

 

The plus formula has 20% more colostrum and beta glucan to give that extra immune boost!

 

On sale from September 15th to the 25th use coupon code EZ+20.

 

Winter Stable Blend 20% Off -- If you Pre Order between September 15th to the 22nd you can expect delivery the first week of October.  Use coupon code WSB20

Winter Stable Blend

 

Our Winter Stable Blend is an aromatic blend of herbs that is a great low NSC taste treat with lots of leafy herbs, flowers, flower petals, and more!

 

A wonderful warming blend for Fall and Winter 2013/2014

 

This blend has been an all time favorite for many in the mid west and east coasts especially, for 10 years plus, to help encourage them to eat their bucket feed, and can also help to prevent colic in the months that horses are stabled and not out on pasture. 

 

It is a great addition to bucket feed or just sprinkled over hay to encourage your horses to eat when they may be a bit depressed by the bad weather!

 

 

 

I am grateful for of all of you, for all of the people I have met along this horse health journey, and I are grateful for all the blessings of this past year and all of the unknown blessings that continue on their way to Earth Song Ranch!

 

Thank you, each and everyone of you for your support, for your friendship and for all of your sharing about our great products with your friends, family members, co-workers and more!

 

I feel very blessed to be able to continue to grow this business, to be able to help so many people world wide with their horses and their health challenges, to be there for the many who appreciate the sharing of knowledge and for us all to be able to join up using social media and the internet that all make it possible!