chicken keeping · horse stories


Its all about the horses today.  We have 4, you probably know already.  Barney, a rescue who we “won” at age 1, I believe it was.  (a free horse is never free. Just remember that!)  He is amazing and such a sweet tempered horse.  He had a battle with Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis that seems to have been conquered.  Last week, for the first time in quite awhile, he allowed a rider on his back.  We were kind of surprised actually.

Storm who is another rescue horse.  He is such a pretty horse, I think.  He is the one Horse Daughter takes on Endurance rides.  They go out and ride on trails for 12, 25 or 50 miles.

Hailey, the mare of the group.  Mares are temperamental.  Snotty and naughty I would call it.  Right now, we are treating a cut in her flank.  We don’t know what in the world she got into, but she has a nice cut.  The picture is of her and Horse Daughter. hailey

Thunder, the pony, also has an issue.  He has a bare spot on his behind, right around his tail, where he is rubbing himself.  We don’t really know why, but apparently, it itches.  This pony is a real sweetheart.  The youngest and I can ride him and he is so patient with us.  He knows we are rookies.  Horse Daughter can get on him and he will pull every trick in the book on her!  But he will also do anything she asks him to do.  The person who had him before really trained him well.

Good for sores.  Also good insect repellent.
Good for sores. Also good insect repellent.

Here is what we are doing for them:  We wash both sores good with a little soap and water.  They both dance around, but otherwise tolerate it pretty well.  Then, I layered on Geranium essential oil mixed with some coconut oil.  I tried to really rub it into the sores.  I topped it with some Animal Scents Pet Ointment.  (its a Young Living Product.) This stuff is pretty thick and full of healing oils.  It will keep the sores sealed from dirt and bugs.

I will repeat that again today, hopefully twice, but we will see what happens.  I will probably add some Thieves oil to Thunder’s sore to help kill any mites or fungus that may be there.

I will keep you updated as we treat these horses.

On a side note, I have been using some Lemon essential oil in the chickens water as well.  There are a couple of hens that I was keeping a close eye on.  Both seem to be doing much better after extra vitamins and the Lemon oil in their water.  I put about 10 or so drops in the 3 gallon tank.

Oh dear… I just realized that I may or may not be FDA compliant..  I think I am, because I just told you what oils I am using, not that they can heal certain things. Well, I hope I am.  I don’t want to cause trouble for the company.

How are things going at your house??





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