September Fall is coming, it started by
cooler mornings, noticing the sun setting earlier each day,
the light refracting differently, as well as the sun coming up a bit
later; most of the migratory song birds have gone, haven't seen the
geese fly overhead yet, but expect to any day. At Starbucks
they have the Pumpkin Lattes back and that is a sure sign of
fall! Echo started her winter coat, just a bit later then normal,
the other two younger girls follow within a few weeks of her, Destinee
first then Cheyanne --- time to clean and oil saddles and bridals
and go pick up all the winter blankets that were in for repair, and
start to shop for a new winter blanket for Cheyanne (she is hard
on blankets) and a fleece for Destinee to put under the winter blanket
for the coldest of nights. Just ordered a replacement pair
of Whinny Warmers for Echo, and Hock Warmers too.
also time to start looking at changes to our supplements, adding whole
recleaned oats, getting a bag of COB, organic if possible, for
warming on cold nights, adding kelp, and I will be blending the Winter
Stable Blend the end of the month, which is a warming herbal blend and
a wonderful addition to winter buckets, I will also be adding the
Warming Tea to the Equine Teas, the recipe will be posted in November,
and it is in also in the next edition of Equine Wellness coming out
customers all over the country, Hawaii and Alaska, Canada, England,
Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica; from New Hampshire to San
Diego, from the tip of Florida to the top of Washington
state and each has its own challenges with weather and horse
Dog Treats ---
the above photo on the internet and the Border Collie looks a lot like
my BC Tucker! So with this photo, we are announcing our new
organic treat line for dogs.
all the recent and not so recent publicity about the 900 plus dogs
dying from the tainted treats coming in from China, and all of the dog
food recalls, I found a couple of sources for safe, made in the USA, in
fact made in California dog treats.
Foxy's Organic Treats are made here locally to Valley
Center, and are made from organic beef or chicken, all organic
ingredients including produce from the certified farmers who sell at
the local farmers markets! Tahsa, the lady who makes them is
wonderful, and totally passionate about what she does and how she does
of you who love your dogs, if you would like a sample I am happy to
send one along with your order if you put a note in the note section on
check out, I will include two medium size "bones" one
in beef and one in chicken for your puppy pals to try! The
training treat shown is the Pumpkin Pie, but we also have Chicken Pot
Pie and Beef Stew in training treat size, in medium thin bone and large
thin bone sizes!
Time in many parts of the country, including
here, and I have my dogs and horses on Lyme
Nosode do you? Prevention is worth a pound
of cure as they say, and also have them on Beta Blend to boost their
immune systems during this time of year because of this carriers --- go
to this link for more info on Beta
Older Horses Need
Supplemental Vitamin C
by Dr. Juliet Getty
aging isn’t hard enough! Creaky joints, sagging backs, loose teeth,
increased infections, poor digestion, and embarrassing gassiness --
just a few of the problems associated with getting older (for your
horse, not you!). But what was once a given in youth now turns into a
deficiency – vitamin C must now be added to the diet.
horses are able to produce all the vitamin C they need for everyday
health; this is why you typically do not see it added to commercially
fortified horse feeds. But as horses get up in years, they are less
able to manufacture vitamin C. Decreased liver function is the main
reason, but it can also be due to a decline in hindgut microflora and
an increased propensity for pituitary dysfunction.
vitamin C so important?
C prevents oxidative damage to your horse’s tissues and organs. In
other words, it is an antioxidant. Antioxidants donate electrons to
highly volatile, damaging molecules known as free radicals. Free
radical production is accelerated during any type of physical or mental
stress, muscle and joint inflammation, allergies, illness/injury, or
exposure to toxins and pollutants. But once free radicals receive their
missing electron from vitamin C, they are neutralized – calmed down –
and are no longer harmful.
C has two other major roles
its antioxidant capability is paramount to your horse’s overall health,
vitamin C protects your horse in two other significant ways:
Collagen synthesis. Collagen is a protein that creates a matrix within
bones and joints to which minerals and other substances can attach. It
is also part of connective tissue and maintains blood vessel integrity.
Therefore enough vitamin C is important for keeping bones and joints
healthy, reducing tooth loss, as well as preventing ruptured
capillaries than can lead to abscesses.
Natural antihistamine. Horses who suffer from respiratory or skin
allergies will benefit from additional vitamin C. As an antihistamine,
it reduces the histamine response, making your horse more tolerant to
allergens and hence, more comfortable.
the right supplement
C is known as ascorbic acid. It can be derived from food or flowers
(e.g., rose hips) or can be made in a laboratory. Regardless of the
source, they are chemically identical. Ascorbic acid comes in several
different forms, all similar in absorption and efficacy:
Buffered mineral ascorbates. These are less acidic. Horse preparations
typically mix vitamin C with calcium or magnesium to ease digestive
upset. These forms may be beneficial for horses with digestive
ulcerations or chronic diarrhea.
Ester-C. Ascorbic acid is chemically esterified (attached) to calcium.
It also contains vitamin C metabolites that may be better absorbed, and
easier on the digestive tract lining. In cases where a horse is
suffering from gastric ulcers, it may be helpful, although there is
little scientific basis for this.
Ascorbic acid with bioflavonoids (such as quercetin, ruin, and
hesperidins). This complex may allow for better vitamin C absorption.
Bioflavonoids are also beneficial for respiratory allergies. (this is
what we sell at Earth Song Ranch and it is 10% off till the end of the
cellulose coated ascorbic acid. This coating helps improve shelf life,
especially when mixed with minerals that can promote oxidation.
vitamin C is water soluble, excess amounts are easily excreted in
urine. Therefore, it is best to divide dosages between meals to avoid
urinary losses. It also tends to be bitter-tasting, so less at one time
will be better received.
routinely recommend vitamin C supplementation for all horses in their
late teens (unless they are grazing on healthy pasture for at least 8
hours each day). Start by adding 3 to 5 mg per pound of body weight per
day. Once your horse is over 20, give him 10 mg for every pound of body
weight. For more intense needs, the National Research Council (NRC)
suggests an upper safe limit of 44 mg of vitamin C per kg of body
weight. For an 1100 lb (500 kg) horse, this can be as high as 22,000 mg
Earth Song Ranch Vitamin C 1-tsp = 10,000 mg so it is really easy to
dose, and remember, I give Echo 1 tsp am/pm she is 18 years young the
other two get a tsp per day go to this link if you would like to
know more about ESR Vitamin C )
have a container of vitamin C sitting in your hot barn, protect it from
a cruel fate — keep it in a cool, dry place where the container is
sealed shut. Refrigeration is fine. Purchase small sizes unless you are
feeding it to several horses and replace it after six months.
your older horse needs vitamin C to replace what he no longer produces
on his own. Therefore, he should be supplemented for the remainder of
Getty is an internationally published equine nutritionist. On her website,
sign up for her informative—and free—monthly newsletter, Forage for
Thought, read articles, join her nutrition forum, enroll in upcoming
teleseminars and purchase previously recorded events.
What to do When
You Need to Vaccinate Your Horse
by Dr Madalyn
We are having a significant outbreak of West Nile Virus in Texas. Many
of my clients, who normally don't vaccinate their horses, have become
concerned with active cases of the virus reported within a few miles
of their farms. This concern is legitimate and vaccination is
certainly a reasonable option.
Vaccinations are not easy on horses. There are toxins in the vaccines
that are added to bring out a strong response from the immune system.
If the immune system is already taxed then it can be overwhelmed
trying to respond to the vaccine. This would be like asking a person
to run a sprint immediately after running a marathon.
I also have concerns about vaccinating an older horse who may already
have a compromised immune system. These horses may not only have a
weak immune system but they are also less likely to handle the toxins
in the vaccine because their liver and kidneys may be compromised.
It is very important to only vaccinate healthy horses so let's look at
some conditions that would make you pause before giving any vaccine.
Chronic conditions that are can
be aggravated by vaccination:
- Skin allergies
- Respiratory issues such
- Skin tumors
- Old age – over 20 years
is a good guide point
If you do decide
to vaccinate, then there are some things you can do
to help your horse have the best response with the least negative
reactions. You want to support the immune system and the detox organs
of the body, the gut, liver and kidneys. You will want to pick a time
when your horse is not under extra stress and be sure and give him
several days off after the vaccination.
Supportive measures for vaccination:
- Probiotics for
- Natural Vit C
given for 3 weeks following vaccination
- Milk Thistle
and dandelion leaf
for liver and kidney support
- Several days of light or
precautions some healthy horses will have ill effects for
vaccination. Immediate fever and neck soreness will generally resolve
within a few days. Deeper immune stress can take several months to
show up. Watch for the development of any chronic condition. Some
horses can have behavior changes and act lethargic while others can
get nervous and agitated. If any of these chronic conditions appear
seek the help of a homeopath to help you treat your horse.
If you decide your horse is not a good candidate for vaccination you
are not condemning him to certain death. While some diseases can be
fatal, others are very treatable. West Nile Virus can be successfully
treated with supportive care and homeopathy. The same support measures
used following vaccination can also be used to support the horse to
resist infection. If you educate yourself about your options you can
trust you will make the best decision for you and your horse.
Song Ranch has both the West Nile Nosode and a protocal of
hompeopathic remedies for treatment of West Nile if your horse were to
come down with it, it is not a death sentance, is treatable, and
preventable for the most part by using the nosode - click on this
link to take you to the West Nile Nosode.)
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Unless otherwise attributed, all material is written and edited by
Madalyn Ward, DVM. Copyright (c) 2012 HolisticHorsekeeping.com
Madalyn Ward, DVM. All rights reserved.
Mid to the end of September:
Colostrum: Is a
super immune booster and a great addition this time of year especially
with fall coming on, it will boost your horse, cat or dog's immune
system, and will also help prevent them from some allergies this time
of year. Colostrum also helps performance horses to build
stamina, and I have many barrel racers on it, I start giving it to my
horses usually in October. So until September 30th
take 10% off - Use coupon Code COL10
e3Live for Horses: We had such
a great response to the coupon offer for e3Live for Horses. the Super
Blue Green Algae, that we decided to continue it to the end of the
month to give more of you an opportunity to take advantage of it!
Use the same coupon e3L for your 10% discout! This company is
also going to be offering the e3Live for Horses with a Sea Mineral for
horses who have compromised hoofs and need some additional help in the
way of naturally occurring minerals, be looking for it on our web site!
Beta Blend: Is a super
immune modulator and is a blend of our high potency Beta Glucan and
Colostrum, it is awsome to boost your horses immune system, and we do
put colostrum and beta glucan in EquineZyme and EquineZyme Plus but
this is something I give my horses in the late fall to help them
through the cold and rain of winter --- it is 10% off till the end of
the month, use coupon code BB10
C: As for the article above, it says
it all, especially with any of you with older horses this is the time
to start adding it to their bucket feed. For 10% off use
coupon code VitC10.
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you may not know, but........
I am the
new Natural Horse Magazine News Letter Editor now under
the care and custody of my friend Lisa Ross-Williams --- and as part of
my duties I will be doing the monthly newsletter for the magazine which
was also sent out today!
welcomed this opportunity, I have written for the magazine for many
years, love their approach, and also the information they have been
able to share with all of us over the years in regards to natural horse
will be lots of really great changes and new columns, as well as human
interest stories, and many of the great people who have written
articles will still be writing and we will want to hear all of
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Enjoy the autumnal equinox and all that it
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