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SPRING IS HERE – TIME TO CLEAN YOUR HORSE’S SYSTEM: DO NATURAL DEWORMERS WORK?






Do natural de-wormers work?  For me, the short answer is YES!

–Every Spring, it has been my ritual to deworm my horses.

Ivermectin.

I’ve done this for years…  except the last few.

The last few years, I have started to switch over to natural (herbal) dewormers.

Why?

Well, the initial reason was because it sounded like a good idea for my horse.  I mean, would I ingest that nasty chemical paste?

Nope.

So, why am I giving pesticides to my horse?

Ugh. You know the drill. How much of this stuff ends up on your sleeve or pants?

Ugh. You know the drill. How much of this stuff ends up on your sleeve or pants?

HOW NATURAL DEWORMERS WORK

In my layman’s explanation, an herbal dewormer makes the equine gut inhospitable for parasites – in a natural way.

The herbs don’t kill the parasites, they make the environment of the gut slippery…   Parasites cannot grab hold – and they don’t really want to because nothing tastes or feels quite like it should.   So, they actually slide out.

Poof!

And the best part?  Parasites cannot build up an immunity to this method.  I guess it is kinda like garlic with vampires or kryptonite with Superman.  When the stuff is around, time to exit!

Parasites be gone! The natural way.

Parasites be gone! The natural way.

HORSEMANS LABORATORY MANURE TEST KIT.

Lately, I’ve been having the manure tested.  It is really easy and cheap.  I just go to the Horsemens’ Lab and order the kits.

Have you used the Horseman’s Lab Manure Test kit?  (no affiliation)

The system is really efficient.  You go to the website and order the number of kits you need.  The kits arrive very quickly.  The procedure is simple and self-explanatory.  Once completed, you mail the test back in the self addressed stamped enclosed envelope and that’s it!

In a few days, Horsemens’ Lab emails the results!

Fast!

HUNTING AND GATHERING

The ‘procedure’ is really easy and not gross at all.

All you do is take the Baskin and Robbins little spoon they provide (I may never look at an ice cream sample spoon the same way again…) and hunt around for a fresh stack of processed hay.

Once found, grab the tiny cosmetic sample container (I may never look at a cosmetic sample the same way again…) and put your contents into the little white container and snap it shut.

Then put the little container in the little plastic bag that they provide and then top that off by stuffing the small piece of cotton (also provided) into the plastic bag to absorb moisture.

Seal the plastic zip lock.

Put it in the already addressed and ready to go already stamped envelope.  Seal.  Mail.

Easy.

Today, I did that with 4 of my horses who live in four different pastures.

I started the deworming protocol with the natural dewormer (Para-X).  And then, in three weeks, I will sample the horses’ processed hay again.

 

The Horsemens' Lab wormer kit. Easy peasy.

My Horsemens’ Lab wormer kit. Easy peasy.

WHAT I USE TO DEWORM MY HORSES – Omega Alpha’s Para-X (no affiliation)

I use Omega Alpha’s Para-X (no affiliation).

Every time I use it, my horses’ manure tests come back clean.

All I do is pour it on their pellets for 5 days.  Wait 5 days.  Then do it again.

Done.

No chemicals.  No bad taste.  No fight.

Every few months, you do it again.  No need to rotate.  Just do it again.

Easypeasy.

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JELLY, THE ENDURANCE MINI and THE SHED DEFENDER!






HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE SHED DEFENDER?  Me, neither!  (No affiliation)

OK, first things first on this humpday… Have you seen the ‘Shed Defender’?!

This is a new product that covers your dog so that he won’t shed.  Like, in your car or after you’ve vacuumed or maybe to just keep his coat clean when going outside.

I saw this and cracked up, but then thought, “Hey, I could use one of those…!”

No shedding!

No shedding!

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A big dog in the car – not shedding.

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT JELLY BEAN, THE MINI, WHO COMPETED IN ENDURANCE THIS SUMMER?!

I read in THE TRAIL RIDER magazine about Jelly Bean, the mini who competed in the Hat Creek Hustle 25 mile endurance ride!

She ran with a human along side of her and her owner, Elicia Kamberg, on a horse.

The story also says that Jelly Bean was rescued at an Oregon auction to be a traveling partner… but after taking Jelly out on a few rides as a companion, Kamberg realized that Jelly could keep up with the fit  horses.  After 2 years of conditioning, Jelly was ready!

Jelly Bean!

Jelly Bean!

Here you can see how it was done... Jelly trained for 2 years!

Here you can see how it was done… Jelly trained for 2 years!  She also won the costume contest!  Photos by Bill Gore and Elicia Kamberg

Of course, she had her vet checks!

Of course, she had her vet checks!

HERE IS THE STORY!

Smartsville, where Jelly lives, is very near our home in Grass Valley!  Who knew?!  If I still lived there, I’d go interview her!

Completing one of the American Endurance Ride Conference’s rides can be quite an accomplishment for any horse, but for Wee B Jelly Bean, it was a truly heartwarming athletic achievement. Because Jelly is a miniature horse, and her completion at the Hat Creek Hustle 25-mile ride in Northern California was the first of a kind. Jelly’s owner, Elicia Kamberg of Smartsville, California, discovered there is nothing in the organization’s rules that requires the horse to be ridden during the competition, so after two years of prep and conditioning, Jelly competed being lead by ultra-marathoner Cyd Ross who was on foot! Her ride time was 5:21 for the ride and she got good scores from the vets and pulsed in easily at the finish! Jelly Bean was a rescue who was fairly wild and not people-friendly when Elicia first got her to be a traveling companion to her Arabian endurance horse. Now this mighty mini mare is so fit that she likes to lead rides and not let big horses pass her! Photos by Bill Gore and Elicia Kamberg

MORE PHOTOS OF JELLY and a video of her TRAINING!

In one of the stories, they linked to Jelly’s owner and a You Tube channel.

Training on the beach.

Training on the beach.

Click here to watch this fun video of peppy Jelly out in front while training!

Click image to play video

Click image to play video

FUN FUN FUN!

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DECEMBER BUCKET FUND!  The 23 mustangs are almost all saved!  9 are adopted!  We just have 14 in holding and we need board/time to place them!  This is going so well!  Please help us secure the future of the remaining 14!  The amount needed is $2100 and we have $1405!  We can do this!

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This is an example of a donor gift certificate that I can create for your donation. Perfect as a gift!

This is an example of a donor gift certificate that I can create for your donation. Perfect as a gift!

 

 

 

 


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