Mid August News Letter  ---


For this past week there has been a decided change in the smell of the air, temperatures have dropped to the low 80's during the day and the mid 40's at night --- soon I hope the flies will disappear as they have been a bit of a challenge, which surprised me, but with a barn and bedding as well as a place for them to go at night (the ceiling of the barn), well you probably know the rest, and I really do feel/sense we may move in to fall early this year!  I also have the sense that it could be a wet winter out here in So Cal, and am preparing for that!  Our last very wet winter was in 2004 and we very likely could have an El Nino year as we are due for that cycle and the summer has been very humid as well.   Don't know what the rest of you are feeling about this coming fall and winter?


Time to start checking winter blankets to see if any need scotch guard or other repairs, checking rain sheets too, and will have to get a rain sheet for Annie Rose --- all blankets have been laundered late spring.  Annie Rose has a winter blanket, but will see what kind of a coat she grows since she came from Iowa.  Time to get more supplies in and hang the rain gutters on the barn roof as well, and on the cottage!  Have to get a gate panel made up for the barn to make Annie Rose her own stall as well as make a gate way from Destinee's stall to the big outside pen for them both!


If you haven't already, it is also time to get your horses fecal counts done, and to start planning any parasite control measures, especially those of you in the mid west and the east coasts as the stronglyes will be very active in September and October, which may cause colic and also intestinal damage if they encyst in the intestinal tract. 


For those of you who do not follow us on FB, we walk our talk here at Earth Song Ranch, and I had a fecal done on Annie Rose, a couple days after she arrived, I suspected she might have a parasite load due to a dull and course hair coat and a rounder then normal belly.  Well you guessed it the vets office called and said she needed a chemical wormer, NOW! 


My friend Kate and I gave her one, and within 12 hours she started to pass pin worms and also I believe thread worms!  This went on for more days then I want to say, with more then 50 per poop pile, and one poop pile I am sure had 150 in it, totally full of worms of all sizes.  She started with small worms which were the younger larve first, then moved to medium, and over a 4-5 day period ended up with bigger worms, which I am sure were the older and more established ones.  I had to pick up her manure 4-5 times per day, and bag it up, and dispose of it off site as a precaution. 


For this full moon cycle, August 18th to the 22nd she will be on the Herbal Wormer with my other horses, but will have to do another chemical wormer, for her one more time, on the 6th day, and will have to give my other three a dose as well to make sure none of my other horses are infected which is a preventative, and the wisest course, as well as to catch the life cycle of any eggs that may be left or recently hatching larva that may still reside in her intestinal tract.  My other horses have been pretty much clear, but will be doing fecals on them the first part of September just to make sure!


She had never had a "bucket" before, didn't know what it was and is now enjoying them!  She loves Happy Horse Meadow mix sprinkled on top and she is getting her daily double dose of EquineZyme Plus to help her to have a healthy gut and to re-populate it with good probiotics and digestive enzymes since the chemical wormer was given!  She also gets some extra colostrum, some kelp, along with some magnesium oxide, a tiny scoop of the Horse Tech Vitamin and Mineral blend for Grass Hay added to her soaked timothy pellets and flax, and a bit of psyllium.


You can see the shine beginning to come out in her coat, she is shedding very dull and coarse hair now, so will see what new comes out and how the winter coat developes,  she is loving her afternoon brushings too!





Annie Rose along with the dogs and I take little walks around the ranch;  have been rubbing her all over, playing the friendly game with the carrot stick as it is apparent she knows what a "whip" is and have to help her get through all this. 


I have been able to brush out her mane and used Cowboy Magic to get all the tangles out, she has a new fly mask, with purple trim and now she greets me with her little low whinny in the morning when she sees me --- it is so so cute, very baritone!  She reminds me to hurry up with the morning and evening buckets which have become her very favorite thing, as the stall she is in is the closest one to the feed room, she can hear me mixing and chopping apples and carrots, all I can see are two liitle ears just above the door!





August for me is a time of reflection, and a time of remembering, family had always been what was most important to me; it shapped me, guided me as I grew up, taught me what love was, they were there for me in incredible ways.  The loving arms of family supported me growing up, as a new mom, as a parent with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and siblings all around. 


Funny how we always think they would be there forever.  This August 27th it will have been 7 years since my Mom crossed the rainbow bridge to join my Dad and all their Irish Setters, Belle, Danny and Peter, various cats and two black labs, Casey and Daizee, who had crossed before her.  Some days it does not seem possible that it could be 7 years since I heard her voice, heard her sing, and sometimes it feels like so much longer ago, other days it feels like just yesterday when the tears come, there are still times I reach for the phone to call her and share some news..... then realize she is not there to answer...



August 14th and 15th were also very important days in our family and always celebrated, as they were my favorite Granny and her Sister, my Auntie May's birthdays, they were born 10 years and 1 day (1884 and 1894) apart and were inseparable throughout a very long lived life, each reaching 98+ years old!  I celebrate them each still on those days and miss them and their ways of being in the world!  My grandpa Millett changed worlds in 1954 on a beautiful blue sky August 23rd, walking his dog on the bluff overlooking the ocean in Del Mar and life was never again the same without him in it for the entire family!


For all of them who have gone on before....







Even though this is not a horse related thrify idea, this is a wonderful way to save money, clean your jewlery and sparkle plenty!  We all have these ingredients handy and it really does clean jewlery nicely!




1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 tablespoon dish detergent

1 cup water

1 piece aluminum foil




1. Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.

2. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl).

3. Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dishwashing liquid into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.

4. According to wire-sculpture.com, "this works well for gold-filled, brass, german (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I have even cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, lapis, and mother of pearl with no problem."







Photo: Another view


News from the Barn --


This is more like news from the ranch, the next couple weeks are going to be pretty packed with the final edits on my business plan, a new shopping cart/ web site with new art hoping to launch by mid September or possibly earlier --- unfortunately some of the changes will be that I will be discontinuing some products and some product lines, but will let you know when and who/what the first of September! 


I like the new look and feel, the site will be easier to use, it will be more interactive as well, have more bells and whistles and we will be offering real time shipping for both UPS and USPS which is awsome!  Not only that but I will be able to link my articles to my FB page and share with many more people! 


And if it couldn't get much better, well it can, I will also be offering more feed additives, including Chia, Vitamin E, a new Vitamin C, Magnesium Oxide, an MSM Devils Claw blend, and some new joint and hoof products as well!  I am excited to be able to offer such a great new line  up of products for your horses, and we will also in the near future be offering more for dogs and cats as well!


We are expecting the birth of our new puppy between August 22nd and August 24th ---  hoping for a little female, to round out our family, maybe merle this time, Mom is merle, Tess' sister, and the dad a tri colored red!  So will let you know in the next newsletter!











Specials for August 15th to August 31st  ---


As I had shared there are a lot of people on vacation this time of year and sales tend to drop off, so what I will do for all of you who stayed at home is offer you free shipping from August 15th to the 22nd on orders of $100 or more. Use coupon code AugFS



From August 23rd  to August 31st 10% off orders of $50 or more!  Use coupon code Aug10







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I thank you in advance for helping us continue to grow so we can help more people with their animals naturally, share more of the wonderful natural products we manufacturer, sell, and use daily, so that other people's animals can live a more natural and healthier life.


The month of August will be dedicated to loading up the new shopping cart with our products, new products too, and we hope to launch it in early September once we are able to add the USPS and UPS shipping and the new merchant services to it!


We will be launching two new products in the early fall, if all goes well, one is a total digestive support product with  10 herbs that support the digestive system, the other will be a new formulation of Equine Zyme with even more probiotics and digestive enzymes!  We also have a couple other top secret things we are working on too!


As you all know we are passionate about natural health for your animals, for ours too - from kittens to puppies, working dogs, senior dogs, house cats to barn cats and our equine friends from the tiniest memeber of the herd to the most senior of members!






















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