Thursday, April 21, 2011

Soothing Luxuries Gift Bag

One of the items we have available for the silent auction at our fundraiser this Saturday is a lovely gift bag we're calling "Soothing Luxuries".

Inside the beautiful bag are an assortment of items perfect for a day of R&R. Give your hard-working skin a "thank you" with some natural hand salve, sprinkle some natural shoe powder in your boots and go for a walk to find some spring wildflowers on a hike at Mt. Pisgah. When you get home, take a hot bath and clean up with the honeybee soap bar, and then lie down for a rest with one of Jazlyn's dream pillows over your eyes.

This would make a great Mother's Day gift, too!

Stop by on Saturday to make a bid on this or any of the other fabulous items we have available! Our fundraiser is being held at Whispering Meadows Equestrian Center, 29015 Meadowview Rd. in Junction City, from Noon-4pm. A map and directions are available here.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth:
An Alternative to Chemical Dewormers and External Parasite Treatment

(One should always consult a veterinary when making changes in their animal companion’s diet. For a consultation with a veterinarian who has experience with feeding diatomaceous earth we recommend Dr. Donna Starita of A Place for Healing 503.658.0316 or

There isn’t a doubt in my mind that we all want what is best for our animals. No one gives their animal a treatment or supplement and thinks, "I sure hope this makes him sick." We provide treatments and supplements for our animals with the intention of making them healthier. The problem is that not only do many “experts” disagree on what is the safest and best form of treatment when it comes to deworming and external parasite control, but also there is a financial motivation by the companies producing the products to keep us believing that we need them and that their products are what’s best for our animals. When choosing a product to give our animals, I think an important and often overlooked question is how does this affect the planet as a whole? The chemicals we put into our horses to kill their internal parasites every eight weeks end up back in our soil and watersheds, which means ultimately back into us.

The use of Diatomaceous Earth as an internal and external parasite control is not a new concept. It has been used in China for over 400 years. It is important to note that there are two types of diatomaceous earth: You should only feed food grade diatomaceous earth, as the other type is commonly used in pool filtration systems and can have all kinds of other additives in it. When purchasing DE (as it is commonly referred to) if it does not say "food grade" then assume it is not and avoid using it or putting it on your animal. Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. How it works is that the fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects' exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate. The parasite basically dies as a result of the water pressure deficiency. Additionally, diatomaceous earth stimulates basic metabolism, converts feed better, keeps fly larvae from developing in manure (which helps reduce fly population), helps detox heavy metals, contains minerals, parasites can not become immune to it like they do with chemical dewormers and it is a cost-effective way to control pests,
which enhances rather than harms the planet.

One of the things that most surprised me when I first began using DE on my animals is how much softer their coat hair became. That’s saying quite a bit since many people have commented on how soft my horses and cats coats tend to be over the years. Even my mares and foal that wintered outside without blankets became silky-soft as though they had been blanketed and recently bathed. Two of my horses' coats darkened and took on a deeper, richer hue.

How much DE should you feed your pets? I found once again that everyone seem to have a different opinion on this so I would refer you back to the beginning of the article with Dr. Starita’s contact info. I will share with you my experiences, but there are definite variables which may not make it the right course for you to take with your animal companion.

I began with sprinkling DE on the raw meat my cats get twice per day and then decreasing down to once per day using a tablespoon. With the cats I just kind of eyeball it. I have six cats, all feral rescues, and only one of them has been picky about eating it. She gets it mixed in with tuna, but you can try milk, yogurt, or a favorite canned cat food. I started out small and built up the amount I gave her.

I give the dogs about a tablespoon daily for the Great Danes and half for the other smaller dogs after an initial twice a day uploading dose.

The horses, on the other hand, get a one-ounce scoop twice per day; the Welsh pony gets ½ to ¾ and the stallions get a little over a scoop. My feeling is start out small and then build from there. I have seen people recommend up to a cup a feeding for horses. I believe the amount of DE needed is influenced by the overall health of the animal, so animals receiving high quality nutritional food will not need nearly as much or as frequently as those that aren't getting the proper vitamins and minerals. I realize that having regular fecal exams can be cost prohibitive, but it is an excellent way to know for certain if you need to add more or use less in your animals diet. It is also typically recommended to feed for at least 60 days to get the full life cycle of the parasite. I continue to use it daily since I really like the benefits it provides. For the most effective parasite control it is recommended that the manure be removed off the fields and areas where the horses are.

How to find a good quality DE? There are plenty of places online selling food grade DE for various prices. If you are in the Eugene area we have a variety of sizes of sample bags available for $3 and $5 which are available at our monthly fundraisers. Our next fundraiser date is Saturday, April 23rd from 12-4.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Nicole Sulick Licensed Massage Therapist

We would like to introduce you to one of the wonderful massage therapists who is generously donating her time to assist us in our monthly fundraisers. Nicole will be available for both seated and table massage on a donation basis at our up-coming April 23rd fundraiser. Email us directly to reserve a spot with Nicole.

Nicole Sulick is a licensed massage therapist who lives and works in Oakridge, OR. She has advanced training in deep tissue massage, acupressure, Reiki, Cosmic Healing Chi Gong and Pranic Healing. She is currently in the Massage Intern Program with Three Treasures Farms, using and expanding her massage techniques to included horses. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys hiking with her family (which includes her husband, two kids and three dogs), yoga, gardening and reading. You can reach Nicole via e-mail at

Friday, April 8, 2011

Metal Art

Reino Huttula, has spent years painting in oils creating custom landscapes. Over the last few years he moved into the metal art specializing in coastal scenes and animals. He has recently added commissioned pieces and has been reproducing photos into metal art. He sells most of his pieces at the coast, and on-line. Reino donated this piece for our March fundraiser's Silent Auction. For April's Silent Auction (Saturday, April 23rd 12-4) he is offering to do a custom piece. His pieces normally sell for around $65 per piece. We are delighted to have his support and are planning a special project of our own with his work which we will display here and our Facebook Fan page once completed.