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