June Newsletter ---
It's June and the Summer Solstice is coming....
I for one am having a hard time wrapping my head
around the fact that it is June already! Yikes!
The weather has been so weird and this past week we have been going
down into the 30's at night so still having to put blankets on, at
least light stable blankets since the horses have shed their winter
coats! This weekend we are suppose to get hot, in the mid
90's so instant summer!
It seems like only yesterday that I moved out to the
ranch but it has been eight months, and I love it more and more
each day. The views change of the mountains with each
sunrise, and each sunset is spectacular of its own accord and
different each day. The horses are so much happier and so
much more at peace --- so am I come to think of it! I truly
have the best landlord in the world! He is awsome!
Life in this community is about the country way of
living, people are more respectful, they are helpful, and
friendly! Everyone waves as you drive by, people stop and
chat, and when you go in to a small town everyone knows your
name! The ACE hardware store is a gathering place of
neighbors and friends and I love that! It is funny, I love
going to the dump (transfer station) too, it is also a gathering
place of the "community" and the operators are so funny,
they also know your name!
There is something to be said for small town country
living, and living in "community" as well, in that
everyone watches out for one another and cares!
The Summer Solstice is on June 21st and is when the
sun enters the sign of Cancer --
From the Farmer's Almanac
Each year, the timing of the solstice depends on when
the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. This
occurs annually on June 20 or June 21 in North
America, depending on your time zone.
The word solstice
is from the Latin solstitium,
(sun) and stitium (to
stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this
time (and again at the winter solstice). The Sun is directly
overhead at its most northern point at "high-noon" on the
summer solstice, creating more sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere
on this day then any other. See your local Sun rise and set times—and how the day length
As a child growing up on the beach in Del Mar we
couln't wait for school to be let out, which was usually around the
time of the solstice and start getting our summer tans!
The full moon of June follows the Summer Solstice here
is a reminder calendar that I just love from Artsy!
The Thrift Horse is back..
FEED - Skimping on feed be it "cheap hay",
the wrong kind of hay for your horse or chemically ladened
concentrated bag feed will always come back to haunt you in ways
that you will soon notice with a poor coat, poor condition, plus
possible skin & hoof issues, your horse being a fly magnet due
to poor health, along with underlying health issues which could be
prevented with some simple changes!
There are ways to save and maintain your horses health
by feeding a more natural diet. Too many people feed far too
many supplements, commercial chemical ladened bag feed thinking
it is balanced, or has probiotics when it does not, has chemical
vitamins added not natural or organic, spend a lot of unnecessary
money doing so and not benefitting your horses health at all.
One of the "things" I hear most often is
"the bag feed I give my horse says it has added probiotics, so
I don't feed them any more, and my horse has diahrea, what do I
do?" Well folks I am here to tell you, that is a
marketing ploy that has sucked many an unsuspecting horse owner in
to buy that feed, "probiotics" are the in thing these
days (I have been doing this for 13+ years) --- read the
label, there are no guaranteed CFU's and they do not name the
probiotics either - you are being ripped off! The
manufacturer may have added a yeast or a yeast culture in the blend
but once it is "pelleted" using heat, say bye bye to
whatever may have been added!
If you test and balance your hay see if all your
supplements work together, you may be feeding too many things
so ask yourself are they really needed? Why are you feeding
Talk to your vet or nutritionist to help sort things
out if you are not really sure. Read up on Equine Nutrition and
maybe have a friend help you muscle test the products you are
feeding and see if your horses really needs them!
A good balanced daily supplement like the one from
Horse Tech called High Point balanced to either a grass hay/
pasture diet or one for a mainly alfalfa diet will do the
trick! Earth Song Ranch sells this product because we use it
and believe in it too. I also use a Custom Blend by Horse Tech available on my site as well with
Bio Flax, High Point, added Mag and Cal so that
my horses are covered, it is easy to give one scoop and add their
kelp! Use soaked hay pellets, Equine Zyme, whole organic flax, stabalized
rice bran and a little organic kelp as the carrier and your horse will thrive,
saving you not only on the cost of supplements but possibly vet
bills too for ill health!
A high potency daily probiotic/ digestive enzyme like Equine Zyme or Equine Zyme Plus will also save you on vet
bills in the long run - the most often comment I get in regards to
this is that the horses on both of the products, or from the barns
using it is they have far fewer cases of colic, if any at all, and
it eliminates the need for emergency vet calls which no one wants!
Feed your horse more naturally, give him/her small
amounts of some fresh veges and fruits in season, or make up a seed
blend that includes chia, raw sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin, whole
flax, and some dried cranberries or some finely choppped dried
apricotts or dates and give a handful daily in the bucket feed.
Consider purchasing a slow feeder like a Hay Pillow to ensure that less of your hay is
wasted, yes they may seem a bit expensive you might say but it/they
will pay for itself in a couple of months, you will have less
waste, less to clean up, your horse will have clean hay to nibble
longer and something to do if bored. I know Cheyanne loves to
toss the ground hay pillow around and I never know where I am going
to find it! I use the hanging Hay Pillows in their stalls
with their Orchard grass in them at night. They also have Hay
Pillows for "Mini's and have different size holes for slowing
your horses down --- I toss a few of the ground pillows about the
dry lot with different hay in each and it keeps them busy all day!
Summer is coming !!!
It finally feels like it may be here, it almost feels
like we skipped over spring as well.... the weather patterns have
been anything but "normal" whatever that is suppose to
mean any more!
Maybe finally I won't have to blanket at night!
What a concept.... but we have had 30+ degree evenings, so have
been using stable blankets - crossing fingers on this! It
would be great at night if that part of the chores could be
With the onset of heat also comes the flies, and with the
flies some of the more sensitve horses will beging to suffer from
"sweet itch" and be miserable --- I know Cheyanne is one
of those horses, and we don't have the No-See-Ums up here in the
high desert thank God, no bloody and itchy belly this year, no belly
scrubbing and a happier horse! She would have been a bloody
mess already otherwise! I do have a nosode for that if anyone
is interested, it is not on the website at the moment and I got it
from England - I found it through a class mate when I took the
Equine Nutrition Class!
For those of you with horses with sweet itch, I cannot
say enough good about No Fly Zone, and Stop the Itch salve and spray, I have used them
with great success! My customers love them and I have many
stories of happy horse owner's who were able to get relief for
Over the years I have made a commitment to be a
resource for other horse, dog and cat owner's and I do that also by
selling the products I believe in as well as use for my horses,
dogs and cats, including the Zephyr's Garden Products!
Anyway, I have gotten out fly sheets, fly boots,
various fly masks, and have ordered Predators and also the star
mark (I think that is the name) for the barn --- since there
are different types of flies it takes different types of fly
control including differnt kinds of traps! I have the regular
and customary "fly bags" hanging at various locations, I
have "the big jug" with 6 shrimp and attractant in that
one, and next will be the barn one! I have not ordered the
Predators up till now because of the cold weather and the frosts we
continued to have!
Predators work because we do not have chickens....
chickens work in place of predators if you have them, but if you
do, they will eat up the predators in larva form so they have to be
placed high if you have chickens to hatch!!
picture by Julie
The tragedy in Oklahoma was beyond belief, and as a
horse lover/owner I cannot imagine the heart break of this kind of
loss to property, human life and losing a beloved animal in such a
way especially a horse, let alone a beloved pet --- it breaks your
heart, and for those who found their injured animals I am sure it
gave them hope, but the recovery physically and mentally will take
time & human and animals may never be the same again.... not knowing
if your dog or cat made it either would be so heart breaking, I
guess tragedies such as these make the case for micro chipping ---
I hope the owners' who lost a horse or pet continue to look for
them becasuse, as in the case of hurricane Katrina, some gave up
and pets were sent around the country for new homes and new lives!
Herbal Wormer Pre
June 1st to June 5th
- 15% off
If you pre order your Herbal Wormer you will not
only be saving 15% but you will be guaranteed to have it by the
full moon the end of the month on the 23rd --- as I will best be
able to order the right amount of herbs, well in advance, for the
orders and have it mixed for all of you who do!
We have been selling out each month even though I
make bigger and bigger batches over the past three months so this
is the best way to be able to guarantee all of you your Herbal
Wormer! You can find it under ESR product Herbal Blends or
go below to the direct link.
Use coupon code HWPRE
use this link to go directly to the product HERBAL WORMER
For First Half of June
two weeks of June, 1-15th Equine Zyme Plus is 15% off use coupon
to get your discount!
is also 15% off for the first two weeks use K915.
Ranch is now offering the organic blue green algae from E3Live for
which we love, my dogs are on it, their coats gleam with health
and I cannot say enough good about it! You can find it
under the dog products, Take 10% off using coupon code E3L from June
1st to the 15th! I feed it along with their K-9 Zyme!
For those of you who give your animals bone broth,
wish you had it on hand, we have found a company that makes it
and ships it frozen to you, so you don't have to make it - stay
tuned for more on this!
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leaves and tries something else they always come back, because
nothing can compare!
Thank you for supporting
us over the years, thank you for the testimonials and the emails
about how well your animals do on our products!
Horse Meadow Mix --
We have a couple of herbal blends that are all time
favorite sellers, with one being our Winter Blend
that is available from fall to winter but the other being the Happy Horse Meadown Mix
which is a spring and summer favorite, this blend has cut and
sifted herbs with lots of peppermint, then we add rose petals,
calendula, yarrow, dandelion, chamomile, along with a few others
in this blend.
Your horse will love you when you add this blend to
bucket feed, sprinkled over their hay, or in the event you need
to medicate your horses it is a great way to hide that as well!
Use coupon code
HHMM for 10%
off this blend and your horse will love
you for the low sugar and low starch all natural treat!
You can find this blend under ESR Products, Herbal Treats!
I have had a lot of calls this past month from
owner's of dogs and cat who have allergies, upper respiratory and
skin, and what I have been recommending is colostrum powder and
either K-9Zyme of the Kitty-Zyme and everyone has either called
back or emailed that this has really really helped their pets, so
if your dog or cat is haivng some issues lets get their
"guts" healthy and see if we can help you prevent some
vet bills too by doing some things more naturally!
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! Stay positive, see it happeneing and it will when
the time is right!