Earth Song Ranch

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Mid 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.


It is 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 soon.


I have 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 keeping. 





Organic Dog Treats ---


I found 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. 


After 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. 


The 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 it!


For all 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!






It's Tick 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 Blend!





Older Horses Need Supplemental Vitamin C


Written by Dr. Juliet Getty

As if 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.

Young 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.

Why is vitamin C so important?

Vitamin 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.

Vitamin C has two other major roles

While 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.

Finding the right supplement

Vitamin 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 month)

* Ethyl cellulose coated ascorbic acid. This coating helps improve shelf life, especially when mixed with minerals that can promote oxidation.


Since 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.

I 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 per day.

(for the 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 )

Protect your supplement

If you 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.

Remember, 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 his life.

Dr. 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 Ward DVM

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:

  • Uveitis
  • Laminitis
  • Skin allergies
  • Respiratory issues such as heaves
  • 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 gut support
  • Natural Vit C  given for 3 weeks following vaccination
  • Milk Thistle and dandelion leaf for liver and kidney support
  • Several days of light or no work

Even with 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.


(Earth 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 and
Madalyn Ward, DVM. All rights reserved.






Specials for 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


Buffered Vitamin 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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More News:


Many of 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! 


I so 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 care. 


There 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 your ideas and your comments and will also have a letter to the editor section as well!


So please be sure to subscribe if you haven't already, and find Natural Horse Magazine on FB too because there will be lots of great posting, comments and more to find there as well!






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