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HUBBY ENDORSEMENT from Brokeneck Mountain… Omega Alpha Rocks!

Most of you know that Hubby broke his neck while mountain biking.  He had surgery and will be fine.

You can read my blog about it here.

You can read Hubby’s Guest Blogger Entry about it here.


Many of you have asked how Hubby is doing.  Thank you.

Hubby is doing fine – and he will recover – but he is very stiff and sore.  I mean, when your body is flying at 30mph and a mountain stops you – it is gonna leave a mark, so to speak…

Yup.  He will be fine but with surgery, broken ribs, stretched ligaments and tendons, and the overall pain of body slamming – Hubby is very, very sore and stiff.

I mean, he was very sore and stiff.

Let me tell you about what just happened…

Hubby in hospital.


Many of you have heard me wax lyrically about Omega Alpha equine products.  I am totally sold, they work so incredibly well.

My favorites so far are Anti-Flam which saved Norma during her very long bout of laminitis, SinewX which has made my 22 year old ex-show horse dance like a ballerina again, Biotic-8 which soothed Remi’s ulcers and also helped Wrigley gain weight, and Respi-Free which helped Slick breathe again!

If you’d like to read my blogs about these equine products they are linked here:  Anti-Flam, SinewX, Biotic 8, Respi-Free.


OK, so back to Hubby.

Somehow the people at Omega Alpha heard about Hubby’s broken neck.

Immediately, without anyone asking, they sent to him 3 of their human products.

Well, I thought that was very, very nice of them.  Hubby thought it was nice of them, too.

But, Hubby was very skeptical.

He liked his pain meds that weren’t really working.  After all, they were prescribed by his doctors…

Uh huh.

I begged Hubby to try the Omega Alpha ‘gifts’ since nothing else was working for his stiffness and joint pain.

OK.  He would do it.

Here is Hubby's gift on our kitchen table...


I think Hubby was just desperate enough to try something  ‘silly’ like girly herbal stuff.  I mean, you should have heard him complain…

Hubby:  I’m so stiff!  I hate this.  How long has it been already?  I hate this!

Me:  Honey, you hit a rock going 30mph.  You are lucky to be with us right now.

Hubby:  I’m soooooo stiff.  I’m soooooo sore.  Make it stop.  Make it stop.  I feel old.  I feel old.

Me:  I hear you.  But, these things take time.  You broke your neck, for cryingoutloud!  You had surgery less than a month ago.

Hubby:  I feel old.  I feel old.  Make it stop.  Make it stop.  I’m sooooooo sore.  I’m sooooooo sore.  This isn’t normal.  I’ve turned into an old man.  I’ve turned into my father.  I’ll never be normal again.  I may as well give up now.  (snorkle sniff cackle gripe)

Me:  Do you want some cheese with that whine or should I break your neck again?…  Why don’t you try these lovely items that Omega Alpha sent to you special…

Hubby (feebly lifting his arms to me):  Gimme those herbally girly vitamins.


And so he tried them.  He promised that he would take them, as directed, for a week.

I swear to the gods of Hubbyrelief, he is feeling much much better – like a new man!  In fact, we forgot to bring his ‘juices’ on our trip this weekend and Hubby was very upset.  He started to feel sore again as we were driving home.  Immediately upon our arrival, he raced into the kitchen to whip up his drinks.

OMG.  He is BOUNDING around.  He even flew down the steps and swung around the bannister like a 10th grader.

IT WORKS.  Those girly hebally things WORKED!

WHAT PRODUCTS WERE THEY? (no affiliation)

OK, here goes…  These are the Human products that are very similar to the Equine products.  Almost the same names.  These are exactly what was sent to us.

1)  OMEGA ALPHA ANTIFLAMX:   This is an anti-inflammatory just like the Equine Anti-Flam.  Hubby says it tastes bad but I think it tastes fine.  In fact, I put it in my morning shake and didn’t even taste it.  Here is the link to buy it.

2)  GLUCOSAJOINT:  I have ordered this before from Omega Alpha and I KNOW it works because I put it in my daily coffee and have totally noticed less joint pain and stiffness.  Here is the link to buy it.

3)  SINEWPLEX:  This is like the Sinew-X that I gave my mare who is acting like she’s 22 going on 6!  I stole a scoop of this from Hubby and put it in my morning shake.  I couldn’t taste much.  It was kind of fruity.  I wish I had my own tub of this because I want to try it for a week, too!  Here is the link to buy it.

This is my poor, empty stash of GlucosaJoint... I love it!


The website says that shipping is free if you order more than $100 Canadian.  And, if you don’t order over $100, shipping is only $20 Canadian (which is $19.66 US dollars).

Anyway, I am SOLD once again on Omega Alpha products.  Hubby is, too!

Here he is tonight... standing upright, cooking dinner, eating chips and drinking a martooney. He's happy!!!!! Thank you, Omega Alpha!! (He wouldn't give me a good shot - typical guy - and PROOF that he is feeling like himself!)

LET ME KNOW (I have no affiliation – although I wish I did!)

Please let me know if you purchase these items and use them.  I would love to hear your great stories, too!

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Well, let me tell you, the Bucket Fund is proud today…

Not only have we raised a good portion of Autumn’s ICU expenses – we have also found a nurse mare for Autumn and discovered a new product!


Amazing.  If you missed the story, I will reiterate.


On Friday, Autumn was going downhill again.  Her little tummy was not accepting the goat milk or the mare milk replacer.  She needed actual, fresh mare’s milk.

When Hope for Horses called me and told me that they needed mare’s milk, I really had no ideas other than to post this on FB.

So, I did.

WITHIN 10 MINUTES, I swear to you, within 10 minutes, we had a nurse mare who lived 20 minutes from the equine hospital.

The owner of the mare ran home (bless her), milked her mare, and brought fresh, WARM milk to Autumn.

Autumn drank it with gusto.

Everyone was hopeful but guarded.  No one wanted to get excited until they knew that the fresh mare’s milk would not upset Autumn’s stomach.  So they waited.

And, to our joy, nothing happened.

Nothing bad at all.

Autumn drank the mare’s milk and it worked!

The vets gave the OK to continue with the mare’s milk.




The donor mare is “Bizzy”, the Fresian.  She had just weaned her foal a few days earlier.  And even though Bizzy was not too interested in gaining a new foal, she was happy to be milked.

So, they moved Bizzy into the stall next to Autumn and the milkfest began!

Thank you, Dawn D., for answering the call and offering your lovely mare.  You’ve probably saved the life of this tiny filly.

Bizzy arrives outside of Autumn's stall in the ICU


Bizzy and Autumn meeting.



This is the email I received from HOPE FOR HORSES:

It’s been a busy 4 days. It’s Sunday morning and Autumn has been in horsey intensive care for 9 days. Thanks to Dawn and her facebook readers we found a milk mare in 10 minutes on Friday morning. We had 4 cups of mares milk to Autumn within an hour and by the next morning (Saturday) the vet had cleared us to bring the mare into Autumns stall. Thanks to Dawn and John (Mares owners) she came to Pilchuck in the afternoon and it’s now a different world. Baby is tolerating a mix of Mare and goat. Diarrhea is a thing of the past and the future looks bright. The chain of people who have each saved this foals life, one after the other is long and distinguished. I cannot tell you how amazed and thankful I am.



Just saw Autumn and Bizzy. The big news is no news. For the first time it’s 24 hrs with no issues. Autumn is still on an IV drip but that should end today. She is much more pushy trying to get out of her little stall. Bizzy is completely disinterested. She has done her duty this year and though she will accept being milked she just isn’t all that interested in another baby. The end is in sight!

AUTUMN drinking with gusto!



I know that many of you wonder why they don’t just have Autumn nurse off of Bizzy.

Well, the main reason is that it would be a step backwards in that Autumn has already learned to drink from a pan or bucket.  And, Bizzy isn’t that interested in nursing a foal.  She is OK with being milked but she isn’t too keen on another foal.

So, to try to get them to bond might be very stressful.

I mean, for me, I see a lot of benefit of nursing a foal.  However, if one risks hurting the foal because the mare isn’t too happy about the idea, then you do what makes the most sense.  And, for these two, milking the mare is the best way.


Autumn napping with a full tummy. Bizzy's Mom looks on.


Somehow, the developer of the Udderly EZ Mare Milker (Buck Wheeler) found out about Autumn (the Internet never ceased to amaze me) and he sent out one of his EZ Mare Milkers.

Who knew?

I didn’t.

I had no idea that there were milker for just about any kind of farm animal – goat, sheep, cow, mare… on this site (linked here).

But now, armed with the Udderly EZ Mare Milker, Bizzy can be milked painlessly and Autumn can have fresh milk at any time.



So I went to the site to learn more about the EZ Milkers.

Here is what they say:

The Udderly EZ™ Mare Milker is a hand-held  trigger operated vacuum pump used for the extraction of colostrum, the milking out of mares and other species that have mastitis, or for milking mares whose foals have inherited a different blood type than that of the mare and are at risk for NI (neonatal isoerythrolysis).  Just a few pulls on the trigger, creates a vacuum in the bottle and the colostrum or milk flow starts—filling the bottle.  The extraction cylinders have been designed to fit the unique shape of the mare’s and other species udders.  There are two sizes and they have a rolled smooth surface to prevent harm to the soft tissue of the udder. Each kit is packed complete for each specie.


If you click here, you can learn all about the Mare Milker as well as watch videos.

I think it is a great idea and incredibly handy for anyone, really.  I mean, if I had one and there was an emergency like this one with Autumn, I could milk my mare and help.  Truly, I think this is awesome.  If only they would invent a milk bank for all of these babies who need natural mare’s milk…

Bizzy watching Autumn... However, she isn't interested in nursing her.


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