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Now that you have decided to take the big plunge and feed your dog a raw diet, your ready to get creative as well as make your pups happy.  Here are 10  homemade healthy recipes that will help you plan, bag up (BPA please), and freeze ready to go! I love making life simple and your pups will love the variety!

I do like using BPA free bags or glass with BPA silicon lids. Either will keep your fresh ingredients safe and away from chemicals. Isn’t that why you decided to go raw in the first place? So store wisely too!

LOVE the bags as they are simple, easy to clean, and save our landfill. Reusable is always a key for our household.

Feeding raw diet 

I feed twice a day so I make up enough for the day and pack in my bag and freeze. Ready to pull out of freezer when I am ready to use. I label the bag too so I know what he gets for the day. If there is egg or liquid broth I add it fresh when I feed. Sometimes the herbs too just depends on my time.

All my dry herbs are from Starwest Botanicals, free shipping too as my purchase is always over $75. Their herb capsules are wonderful for pets too.

Oil Chart:Flaxseed, sunflower, extra virgin olive oil, coconut, and canola are all wonderful. Rule of thumb on how much, the smaller the dog start with 1/4 tsp go up to tbsp for large dogs. (if dry skin add a little more)

Herb Chart:
For dry
Toy dogs under 10 lbs: Pinch
Small dogs 20 lbs: Bigger pinch
Dogs under 50 lbs: 1 tsp
Large dog under 100 lbs: 2 tsp.
Giant dogs: 1 tbsp.
For Fresh
Double or triple the amount
If your dog is fussy, make a paste by adding coconut oil to the herb and mix in food.

Healthy Recipes Dogs Love
1. OH LAY DAY!

Ground turkey organic is best
organ of choice
white rice
chopped spinach
1/4 diced carrots (slightly cooked to soften)
pinch (see chart) cumin 
2 tsp. fresh cilantro chopped 
1 egg including shell
1 slice mango
1 1/2  tsp olive oil

Mix and measure to your dogs size for the day. These measurements for veggies and fruit are for my 35 lb dog. Use your proper measurement for each meal below.

2. MOOOO Day

ground organic burger and or 95% lean
liver
diced sweet potato (slightly boiled for 3 minutes)
basil herb
green beans
olive oil
organic yogurt

Healthy Dog Recipes3. Let’s Go Fishing
salmon in oil
parsley
egg and shell
brocoli both head and stem chopped
turmeric paste (adding olive oil)
cucumber
blueberries

4. Deer Opener Stew
Venison
organ of choice
dandelion herbs
sunflower oil
brussel sprouts
strawberries

5. Chicken and Pumpkin
chicken thigh
organ of choice
chicken  bone broth
egg and shell
organic pumpkin
cocoanut oil
 
6. Swimming Sardines
sardines in oil
organ of choice
flaxseed dry
cauliflower
strawberries
Recipes Dogs Love
7. Pork and Beans
ground pork
organ of choice
rosemary herb
bean sprouts
kale leaf
bone broth
chopped apple

8.  Yummy Orange Chicken Leg
 chicken leg
organ of choice
orange squeezed and grate peel
chia seeds (first soak in water for a 10 minutes)
peas
oregano 
1/4 banana

9. Tropical Chicken Breast
chicken breast
organ of choice
pineapple 
cat claw and corn silk herb tea (recipe below)
mushrooms mix (see recipe)

10. Sassy Sausage
organic pork sausage
organ of choice
zucchini 
bone broth
flax seed
spirulina
hemp oil




Mushroom Mix is an amazing boost for your dog. Helps immune system and organ function.
I make this up and put in a mason jar and leave in refrigerator or cool place. 

1 1/2 cup coconut oil
2 oz organic Red Redshi powder (great for dogs suffering from allergies and skin issues. Also immune booster)
1 oz Shiitake Mushroom powder 
1/2 oz turmeric
3 drops vitamin E oil

Heat oil add mushrooms powders one at time. Add the rest and mix. Turn off burner and let cool. Put in mason jar and label.

Awesome treats that are HEALTHY for your little friend!

I Love this company and their concern for healthy pet care!
Healthy treats
I hope you  find these recipes helpful and give you some ideas to begin your journey in feeding your dog raw, homemade food!

Just know if you click any of the links on the blog you are helping us do what we love to do and that is help kids in need at the ranch.
 Make a list of ingredients and clink on the links to order. We will be eternally thankful!




God bless you,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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I have never so been appalled by the dog food industry and cats for that matter! The lies. Why? Money.
Learning their food is filled with ingredients that cause cancer and many other illness made me review, research, and change to an all raw food diet.Feeding Raw diet



I have owned 8 dogs in my life, known many others of course, and all of them died of cancer. ALL!
That just turns my stomach! I want my pets to die naturally free of pain and live a happy, natural life! Don’t you? 

Can you just imagine if we had this info years ago the quality of life my pets would of had? 


Well this month I decided for our family we are changing. Feeding raw diet


It has been a wonderful choice and seeing my dog happier has been a God send!

I am all about natural feeding with my horses, so why did I not get this with my dog? DAH! 

Serving Size for your “Easy Raw Dog Food”:

*Special note: These are general guidelines, we are not trying to land a man on Mars. If your dog is losing a little weight eating the raw dog food and this is not desired, increase the amount you are feeding. If your dog is gaining weight on the serving size then cut back a little. In short, adjust the serving size of raw dog food depending on your dogs age, weight and activity level.

  • 10 lb. dog1/2 cup raw dog food daily+1/2 tsp DE +1/2 TBSP Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 20 lb. dog 1 cup raw dog food daily + 1 tsp DE + 1 Tbsp Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 40 lb. dog 2 cups raw dog food daily + 2 tsp DE + 2 tbs Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 60 lb. dog 3 cups raw dog food daily + 3 tsp DE + 3 tbsp Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 80 lb. dog 3 1/2–4 cups raw dog food daily +3 1/2 tsp DE + 3 1/2 tbs Olive oil or Coconut oil

***Special Note: If you add the supplements to the whole batch when making the dog food recipe it is not necessary to add them with each serving. Use whichever method you find easier. Supplements like a probiotic which is awesome to add to your diet as well!

DE=Diatomaceous Earth

Now…you want to know how to do this? 

Well, lets get to the menu part. I have spent a ton of time reviewing the best for my pet, so I want to pass it along to whoever wants to change for their best friend. 
Raw diet
Cats…well….I don’t have one yet. So when that happens I will make up a menu for them. Until then, research on your own. You will love it! Promise!

Here is a link to menu ideas!

Leave a comment of your results!

Here is new BPA diffuser that I run in our home for our pets. 

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

Love this chart I got off of Pinterest.

 

If you’re nervous about this, I get it! I was too! You can always add a wonderful raw diet already pre packaged to get you started or to have on hand when you don’t have time to put together your meals. They also provide automatic monthly shipping so another thing you don’t have to think about!
 
Here is a brand I recommend. Check them out! TRUDOG
Raw Meals for dogs
If you’re ready to get started…begin here!
God bless you and know your doing a great thing for your pet!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

 

 

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Ranch Life, The Boys
We love our animals! We hate it when their hurting! Using essential oils and making changes in our home environment can be the first step to keep our pets healthy!

Here is a wonderful link to Dr. Z book and well as another link to an article that can help you get started and feel more confident in using essential oils with your pets.








Of course, I recommend Rocky Mountain Oils, free shipping in US PLUS they offer so many discounts, rewards and more.

Using essential oils with Pets

I found most fascinating was the info on household items, even TV and internet connections. Our animals are sensitive to this stuff.

Essential Oil Vet – Janet Roark, DVM is on Facebook and has a website as well that is awesome! She is wonderful in handling our pets in the most natural way as possible. I would suggest contacting her if you have any questions. 

Until next time…make sure you take care of your pets the way you take care of yourself and family! 
Their worth it! Everyday is a SPA day for our beloved pets, right?
essential oils for pets
That spa juice not alcohol! HA!


Keepin our home and ones we love healthy and happy!

God bless your week!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
Our pets:

Nugget and Bokoda

Nubella

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Crafts, Ranch Life, The Boys
This is such a fun project! Making a Wholly Snuffle is a perfect gift to give your dog to keep them busy for a few minutes or some even longer.

Our dog Cruz loves to have a job! Being a Border Collie he is in constant need of doing some work. If not down at the ranch working the horses, or playing with his agility course, than he has to be doing something to burn off what the Lord has given him. ENERGY and a BRAIN! 
  


Get your fleece, scissors, and mat ready…
Cut your strips and begin…



If you order on the fabric link, our ministry will receive the proceeds!
Click the LINK on the sidebar…you will be giving TWO gifts…
One for your pup, and one to kids in need of healing and hope!





 Put you tail through loop ..


To watch a VIDEO click HERE


This snuffle gives him just that! By using our homemade dog treat recipe, and breaking it up, sprinkling it around the snuffle, and letting him use his nose for the reward we are making him use his brain too.

Such a fun project and gift…We hope you will find it fun too!

If you make one, post a picture below! I would love to see the fun colors and creations you make!

ENJOY!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee AND Cruz
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I just love making  my own natural dog treats! And guess what? So does our dog! They are not only good for him, but I get to add my own touches with ingredients he loves!

You can too! These recipes are easy to add other ingredients, like cheese is a one I hear many have done.
I would love to hear what you created so please comment below. I am sure other dog lovers would enjoy reading what you came up with!
Have fun and teach some new tricks…they will learn QUICK with these treats!

Directions for all the treats are below and the doggy paws and bones from Amazon just are TOO cute! Makes a great gift too!

 



DOGGY TREATS 

Peanut Butter Paws:

2 Cup of Organic Oats

½ Cup of flour

¼ Cup Flax Seed

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup of Natural Peanut Butter

t tbsp honey

1 Egg

1 Cup of water


Smokey Bones:

1 cup of Wheat flour (Use regular flour if your pup is sensitive to wheat)

1 Cup of Organic Oats

½ Cup regular flour (or more wheat)

½ tsp of sea salt (optional)

¼ tsp Liquid Smoke

1 egg

½ Cup hot water may need to add more to bind


Healthy Pumpkin Treats:

½ cup canned pumpkin

4 tbsp molasses ( I use honey)

4 tbsp coconut oil

2 Cups flour (use oats if your pup is sensitive)

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

Directions for all recipes:

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. Mix wet ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Add the dry ingredients and mix well until combined
  3. Scoop out small spoonfuls and form into balls or put into cute doggy cookie makers

If you place on cookie sheets make sure to grease well.

  1. Bake for 25-30 minutes
  2. After they cool, I place my treats in a gallon size mason jar. Make SURE they are cool, if they are too moist they will mold quickly. I keep some in the freezer and take out enough for just a few days allowing them to thaw. The treats last months when frozen.

** Be aware of any allergies your pet has. You will want to avoid any ingredients there has been a reaction in the past.

Have fun!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

 

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As you all can tell, we like to do things naturally around our ranch. So feeding our horses sugar treats is just not gonna happened!

We have 10 favorite herbs we love to mix into blends for their everyday needs as well as they make a wonderful treats for them as well. Purchase HERE

You can create a recipe file to keep at your barn and make it easy to order as well. When you click on the Star West Botanicals  link on this blog you can place your order and you will be HELPING US reach kids in need. We use our horses to help kids, families, trafficked girls, and veterans.
Your orders from this blog helps more than you and your family, it helps others too!

It’s exciting that these 10 we were able to grow ourselves, or grow naturally around the ranch.

You have to keep in mind horses in the wild can choose the foliage that their bodies need and domestic horses do not always have that opportunity. That is why we created a special “Thyme Out” pasture where they can roam the area and feed freely. In this pasture we have planted :

Calendula, This flower is so beautiful! The deep orange and yellow pedals form a wonderful contrast, which makes your garden stunning! Its nickname in the middle ages was Mary Gold or Marigold. Calendula is so gentle it soften given to children for upset stomach. It’s astringent and anti-inflammatory properties make it particularly useful for treating heartburn or stomach issues in horses. For teens it is great to fight off acne breakouts. I will make a lotion to put on the horses when there are skin irritations or rain rot. It is also contains an anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal which is wonderful for wound healing

Helichrysum, This herb is amazing! It is often and more commonly used as an essential oil but it is quite expensive. This oil has literally stopped bleeding and prevented scaring on me and my horses for different scrapes and cutes. Like yarrow, it almost gave a clotting like way as it absorbed the blood and stopped it quick. Love this herb. It is known for its restorative properties and can assist in the healing of scars, acne, dermatitis stretch marks and abscesses. The herb is often put into a tincture form to be more user friendly. Wonderful herb and OIL if you can swing the cost, so worth having at your farm. Especially in your first aid kit!

Marshmallow-Althea officinalis-The marshmallow root is specific for digestive disorders, while the leaf is for respiratory or urinary problems. It is ideal for burns, minor wounds or eczema. If you add a powdered slippery elm bark will further enhance theses actions of drawing out properties of infections. I like to use this for when my horse has diarrhea. If your horse has any digestive disorders this herb is for you! This plant is very easy to grow and makes a beautiful look to your garden with its lilac color bell like flowers.

Meadowsweet– Filipendula ulmaria -is a mild yet effective anti-inflammatory herb. It has been used for several centuries to treat body aches and pains, including arthritis and joint pain. In horses it helps relieve the pains that come with age especially in the winter months.. It has also been used as a digestive remedy for acid indigestion or peptic ulcers. It protects the inner lining of the stomach while providing the anti-inflammatory benefits of silicates. As a tea use about a ¼ cup to start and can give up to 1/3.

Valerian.-Valerian officinalis Wonderful herb to have in our horse garden. It puts out beautiful blooms in pretty pinks or white flowers and attracts butterflies too. It calms horses and controls spasms, making it very good in colic situations.

Naturally growing in the pasture:

Yarrow is a perennial. Yarrow can be an efficient diuretic as it helps promote urine production and flow assisting in the removal of excess fluids and toxins and helping prevent urinary tract problems caused by standing around in stall during the winter months. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties as well as astringent tannins. The silica also found in this plant helps repair damaged or worn out tissues in the body. Made into a tea, yarrow stimulates appetite and improves digestion. Tea recipes below.

Stinging Nettles, Urtica dioca One of my favorite herbs and one that grows naturally around our area. This herb is rich in iron, which can often be a mineral lacking in an equine diet. Nettles also contain histamine, serotonin, potassium, silica, vitamins A and C, and a whole bunch of other minerals. It’s one of the most widely used plants that know of and it strengthens and supports the whole body. Nettles support the immune, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems, and can help the body fight allergic responses. Also, nettles will strengthen hoof and coat healthy. You can add about a ½ cup to your horses daily feed.

Plantain, You may have this growing in your back yard. We do, by the wagon full! This herb has been known to heal headaches, and rubbed in you hands and put on bee stings, bug bites, scrapes, or rashes will help ease the pain and pull out the toxins. It is one amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic. I keep a gallon Mason jar FULL of dried Plantain as it is most of my horse’s blends and is a great herb to give them often. 

Red and White clover.-Trifolium- This herb has the effect that can be used to calm anxiety and reduce irritability . Horses especially love the red clover tops a ffew every day can make a workd of difference. Our horses love this stuff and they find it all over our ranch. I try and harvest as much of it as I can.

 

We also have our share of Dandelion, which is awesome to harvest and make treats as here in Minnesota they don’t last long.

 

Each of the herbs has different medicinal properties and I purposely planted a few of them because of the needs our horses can benefit from. We dry them, and put them in jars to keep all year round to feed our horses, use in blends, and of course use ourselves in teas, cooking, tinctures, and skin salves. This is the BEST part of herb growing and harvesting, having them all year round!

 

We also will purchase these herbs as we they are harder for us to come by but are needed to make some of the blends the horses need for good health. Our one horse especially needs some additional herbs as he suffers allergies. Let me tell you, our first year doing all natural herbs, he had NO coughing His eyes still will get gunk in them but once I give him the needed herbs in a day or two he is all cleared up. SO amazing! I just LOVE it!

 

10 Purchased Herbs needed for blends:

Comfrey –Symphytum officinale (don’t use more than 14 days) This is a herb I only use if my horse is dealing with diarrhea, cough, bronchitis. But it has been a wonderful treatment for inflammation; arthritis wounds and bruises as well. This is an herb you need to be cautious of how much you give. I do use it in a blend so little is used. Just planted in 2018 in our “thyme out ” pasture. So easy to grow!

Chamomile Flowers-matricaria chamomilla-theses little flowers are filled with medicinal purpose! High in phosphorus and calcium, they strengthen and regulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Chamomile is one of the gentlest sedatives, and it can be used in all cases of anxiety, sleep issues, and hyperactivity. In addition it can treat allergic reactions both externally and internally. I have the essential oil as well. Again having the oil helps to treat something more quickly than the herb.

Lemon Balm making this into a tea you will only want to use 1/8 cup. I like to use it in blends more than individually. This herb helps with those tummy issues.

Peppermint (we had too much rain this year and our harvest didn’t make it) This is a herb that is often chosen first to treat colds and flu. It attacks and alleviates multiple symptoms at the same time. Wonderful for headaches for you and for horses it helps sooth muscles and congestion. This is one herb that I have as an oil to easily apply onto my horses and they love the smell. Essential Oil works faster into the body than dry herbs, one reason I keep this oil on hand. I use this herb often in tea blends as well.

Coltsfoot

Raspberry Leaf – (they adore this stuff plus the bunnies like it too) Rubus idaeus- The leaves of the common raspberry plant have been used for centuries as strong female tonic. They can help strengthen and tone the uterus to aid in fertility, pregnancy, and foaling. In additions to is strong uterine benefits, raspberry leaf is is a good astringent herb, and can be used effectively in anything “loose” like wet cough, bleeding gums, or diarrhea. Give about a ½ cup for any thing containing these conditions.

Fenugreek Seeds-Triganella foenum-graecum- My horses love this stuff! I add it to most blends just because the flavor will make them it up the blend. These little seeds help to strengthen the respiratory system, mucus membranes, and the sinus incase of upper respiratory infections. I will add about 2 tablespoons to my horses feed when any of the above issues arise and of course in my cough blend as well. This makes for a wonderful tea to pour over their feed. Those cold fall and winter mornings brings a little extra NAY!

 

Rose Hip: Rose Hips are known to be a rich source of bioflavonoid, pectin, vitamin E, selenium, manganese, and B vitamins. It also contains trace amounts of mf magnesium, potassium, sulfur and silicon. Recently Roe Hips have become a popular natural treatment for arthritis. It is a wonderful ingredient in blends to help with colds and flu like symptoms for humans so they help the immune system in horses as well. This is a MUST have herb to keep on hand!

Echinacea– This herb is one you need to keep on hand! It is full of medicinal purposes. Here is a link for you to read ALL the wonderful benefits!

Corn silkZie mays- the stringy white by product off corn is usually thrown away is a diuretic. It has long been used to treat chronic inflammation of the urinary tract and kidneys. Many use it as a tea to help bladder and kidney infections. WHO KNEW that instead of throwing your corn stalks silk away you keep it and dry it and make a tea! How AWESOME!

 

There are so many others, but these are foundational for most of my blend recipes. I give them individually too as needed and for our herb basket that our ministry uses to help folks who come to our ranch understand natural living.

 

Any of these herbs can be made into a tea. Blend a couple or make individually. Yarrow and Rose hips we make often individually and put into their feed. Especially on cold winter mornings.

 

 

Tea Time: Purchase Here

Use ½ Cup of dried yarrow flowers, stems are fine too placed in a tea strainer. Using a quart mason jar, POUR boiling water OVER herbs to the bottom of the jars rim. Let steep for an hour. Pour over horses feed and mix.

 

Relaxing Mint Blend:

3 Cups Nettle

1 Cup Marshmallow

1 Cup Plantain

1 Cup Parsley

½ Cup Calendula

½ Cup Peppermint

½ Cup Goldenseal

Mix and place in a sealed bag and keep in a cool dark place. I don’t use glass jars around the ranch but found these bags work great!

 

Boosting Immune System:

This is a ranch favorite and MUST for our conditions in Minnesota!

 

2 Cups Nettle

2 Cups Meadowsweet

2 Cups Echinacea

1 Cup Goldenseal

1 Cup Marshmallow

½ Cup Comfrey (don’t use more than 10-14 days in a row)

½ Cup Coltsfoot

½ Cup Rose Hips

½ Cup Hibiscus Flower

Mix and place in a sealed bag and leave in cool, dark area.

 

BOO BOO Blend:

2 Cups Plantain

2 Cups of Comfrey

2 Cups Marshmallow

½ Cup Chamomile Flowers

½ Cup Marjoram (essential oil is a wonderful oil to have on hand)

½ Cup Peppermint (essential oil, must have around the ranch)

Mix the blend and place in bag. I also will make this into a tea and place wet herbs on wound wrapping it in a cloth. You can make a salve with this as well.

 

Colic Blend:

2 Cups Lemon Balm

2 Cups Plantain

1 cup Parsley

1 cup Peppermint

½ cup Devils Claw (pain reliever and anti-inflammatory)

Mix blend and keep in sealed bag.

 

Cough Blend: ( We give this blend once a month for one week in their feed during allergy season to prevent coughs. Worked so far)

4 Oz Dog Grass root

4 Oz Dandelion Leaf

4 Oz Dandelion Leaf

4 Oz Elderberries

8 Oz Red Clover Flower

8 Oz red Clover Leaf

2 Oz Licorice root

2 Oz Ginger Root

Mix blend. Give 1-2 Oz day in feed. You can add warm water to it as well.

Elecampane ½-1 tsp 4 times a day for a wet or dry cough


Remember when you purchase from the links you help us do what we do here on our ranch. We put ALL proceeds towards our ministry. Thank you and enjoy!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

Our boys just love treats! We do many tricks with these guys so we always like to reward them for going the extra mile. We do not treat our boys by hand with the kids we serve as this can lead to bad behavior from the horse. They can get a little nippy or aggressive so we will treat them by placing the treat in a bucket. When I am asking the horse to bow, one of the tricks, I will give it to the horse versus the child. I would suggest implementing some good behavior training for yourself as well. There is nothing more annoying than a pushy horse! 

Hope you find the recipe enjoyable to know you are giving your horse the best. Not only from your kitchen but from the heart as well.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrot grated
  • 1 apple grated
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Herb of your choice (or two)
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp. salt
  •  1/4 Cup Flax Seed
  • Favorite herb
  • 1 cup rolled oats NOT QUICK
  • 1 cup flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, mix carrot, apple, coconut oil, and molasses together.
  4. Fold in salt, seed, herbs, oats, and flour until well mixed.
  5. Spread dough out in one big piece on the cookie sheet.
  6. Score dough with a knife to make it easier to break apart after baking. (Or, roll dough out and cut with cookie cutters)
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.
  8. Let cool.


Because there are natural ingredients in these treats, you must keep in a dry cool place and use within a couple of weeks. I am SURE your horses won’t mind! It is a treat that is healthy and safe! You gotta love that feeling!

Store these treats in a glass mason jar or a sealed bag. I don’t like to use glass around the ranch, but it does help to keep the treats much fresher. 

Enjoy and 
Love deeper, talk sweeter
Lee



 

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Herb Basket, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, The Boys, Thyme Out
We like to do things naturally as much as we are able around our ranch. Feeding our horses sugar treats is just not an option so researching and understanding what herbs our horses need is very important!

We have 10 favorite herbs we love to mix into blends for their everyday needs which also makes a wonderful treat for them. It’s exciting that 10 herbs we were able to grow ourselves, or grow naturally around the ranch. We didn’t realize it until late into Spring so we will be ready for next year.

When you start to pay attention to what is growing naturally around your home, you will delight in harvesting the herbs without the work of seeding and watering.   

You have to keep in mind horses in the wild can choose the foliage that their bodies need and domestic horses do not always have that opportunity. That is why we created a special “Thyme Out” pasture where they can roam the area and feed freely. In this pasture we have planted :

 

CalendulaCalendula arvensis This flower is so beautiful! The deep orange and yellow pedals form a wonderful contrast, which makes your garden stunning! Its nickname in the middle ages was Mary Gold or Marigold. Calendula is so gentle it soften given to children for upset stomach. It’s astringent and anti-inflammatory properties make it particularly useful for treating heartburn or stomach issues in horses. For teens it is great to fight off acne breakouts. I will make a lotion to put on the horses when there are skin irritations or rain rot. It also contains an anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal which is wonderful for wound healing. If your into cooking and know the expensive ingredient Saffron, this herb can be a replacement and you can impress all who enjoy special delights in their food.

Helichrysum– This herb is amazing! It is often and more commonly used as an essential oil but it is quite expensive. This oil has literally stopped bleeding and prevented scaring on me and my horses for different scrapes and cutes. Like yarrow, it almost gave a clotting like way as it absorbed the blood and stopoed it quick. Love this herb. It is known to regenerate cells and can assist in the healing of scars, acne, streach marks and abscesses. The herb is often put into a tincture form to be more user friendly. Wonderful herb and OIL if you can swing the cost, so worth having at your farm. Especially in your first aid kit!

MarshmallowAlthea officinalis-The marshmallow root is specific for digestive disorders, while the leaf is favored for respiratory or urinary problems. It is ideal for burns, minor wounds or eczema. If you add a powdered slippery elm bark will further enhance theses actions of drawing out properties of infections. I like to use this for when my horse has diarrhea. If your horse has any digestive disorders this herb is for you! This plant is very easy to grow and makes a beautiful look to your garden with its lilac color bell like flowers.

MeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria -is a mild yet effective anti-inflammatory herb. It has been used for several centuries to treat body aches and pains, including arthritis and joint pain. In horses it helps relieve the pains that come with age especially in the winter months. It has also been used as a digestive remedy for acid indigestion or peptic ulcers. It protects the inner lining of the stomach while providing the anti-inflammatory benefits of silicates. As a tea use about a ¼ cup to start and can give up to 1/3.

ValerianValeriana officinalis Wonderful herb to have in our horse garden. It puts out beautiful blooms in pretty pinks or white flowers and attracts butterflies too. It calms horses and controls spasms, making it very good in colic situations. You must use with caution due to its sedative qualities. 

Naturally growing in the pasture:

Yarrow Achillea millefolium- is a perennial. Yarrow can be an efficient diuretic as it helps promote urine production and flow assisting in the removal of excess fluids and toxins and helping prevent urinary tract problems caused by standing around in a stall during the winter months. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties as well as astringent tannins. The silica also found in this plant helps repair damaged or worn out tissues in the body. Made into a tea, yarrow stimulates appetite and improves digestion. Tea recipes below.Stinging Nettles- Urtica dioca- One of my favorite herbs and one that grows naturally around our area. This herb is rich in iron, which can often be a mineral lacking in an equine diet. Nettles also contain histamine, serotonin, potassium, silica, vitamins A and C, and a whole bunch of other minerals. It’s one of the most widely used plants that I know and it strengthens and supports the whole body. Nettles support the immune, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems, and can help the body fight allergic responses. Also, nettles will strengthen hoof and  give a healthy coat. You can add about a ½ cup to your horses daily feed.

PlantainPlantago Major-This plant is seen as a weed by most people as it grows wildly in most yards and fields. Since it is so easily available it is easy to harvest, dry, and can so you can make it into tinctures and salves. This plant is wonderful as tea or in your salad. Put some olive oil and favorite vinaigrette and you have just helped your body with a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. If you have a wound, bite, and itching you can make it into a tea and spray it on the area. The horses love this herb! The anti-inflammatory properties is always a wonderful go to herb.

Red and White Clover.-Trifolium– This herb has the effect that can be used to calm anxiety and reduce irritability . Horses especially love the red clover tops a few every day can make a world of difference. Our horses love this stuff and they find it all over our ranch. I try and harvest, dry, and jar as much of it as I can.

We also have our share of Dandelion, which is awesome to harvest and make treats as here in Minnesota they last until beginning of June than are gone.   Each of the herbs has different medicinal properties and I purposely planted a few of them because of the needs our horses can benefit from. We dry them, and put them in mason jars to keep all year round to feed our horses, use in blends, and of course use ourselves in teas, cooking, tinctures, and skin salves. This is the BEST part of herb growing is harvesting and having them all year round!   We also will purchase these herbs as they are harder for us to come by but are needed to make some of the blends the horses need for good health. Our one horse especially needs  additional herbs as he suffers allergies. Let me tell you, our first year doing all natural herbs, he had NO coughing His eyes still will get gunk in them but once I give him the needed herbs in a day or two he is all cleared up. SO amazing! I just LOVE it!  

10 Purchased Herbs needed for blends:

Comfrey Symphytum officinale (don’t use more than 14 days) This is a herb I only use if my horse is dealing with diarrhea, cough,or  bronchitis. But it has been a wonderful treatment for inflammation, arthritis wounds and bruises as well. This is an herb you need to be cautious of how much you give. I do use it in a blend so little is used.

Chamomile Flowersmatricaria chamomilla-theses little flowers are filled with medicinal purpose! High in phosphorus and calcium, they strengthen and regulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Chamomile is one of the gentlest sedatives, and it can be used in all cases of anxiety, sleep issues, and hyperactivity. In addition it can treat allergic reactions both externally and internally. I have the essential oil as well. Again having the oil helps to treat something more quickly than the herb.

Lemon Balm– making this into a tea you will only want to use 1/8 cup. I like to use it in blends more than individually. This herb helps with those tummy issues.

Peppermint (we had too much rain this year and our harvest didn’t make it) This is a herb that is often chosen first to treat colds and flu. It attacks and alleviates multiple symptoms at the same time. Wonderful for headaches for you and for horses it helps sooth muscles and congestion. This is one herb that I have as an oil to easily apply onto my horses and they love the smell. Essential Oil works faster into the body than dry herbs, one reason I keep this oil on hand. I use this herb often in tea blends as well.

ColtsfootTussilago farfara- This herb is used primarily for coughing and to release mucus. For my one horse that suffers from this in the spring I will add this to his cough blend. I will only use it for 5 days in his feed unless I don’t see any change. It also can have anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-catarrhal (eases inflammation of mucous membranes) properties and can be useful for respiratory tract disorders, particularly to relieve coughing.

Raspberry Leaf – (they adore this stuff plus the bunnies like it too) Rubus idaeus- The leaves of the common raspberry plant have been used for centuries as strong female tonic. They can help strengthen and tone the uterus to aid in fertility, pregnancy, and foaling. In additions to its strong uterine benefits, raspberry leaf is a good astringent herb, and can be used effectively in anything “loose” like wet cough, bleeding gums, or diarrhea. Give about a ½ cup for any thing containing these conditions.

Fenugreek SeedsTriganella foenum-graecum– My horses love this stuff! I add it to most blends just because the flavor will make them eat up the blend. These little seeds help to strengthen the respiratory system, mucus membranes, and the sinus incase of upper respiratory infections. I will add about 2 tablespoons to my horses feed when any of the above issues arise and of course in my cough blend as well. This makes for a wonderful tea to pour over their feed. Those cold fall and winter mornings brings a little extra NAY!  

Rose hip: Rose Hips are known to be a rich source of bioflavonoid, pectin, vitamin E, selenium, manganese, and B vitamins. It also contains trace amounts of mf magnesium, potassium, sulfur and silicon. Recently Roe Hips have become a popular natural treatment for arthritis. It is a wonderful ingredient in blends to help with colds and flu like symptoms for humans so they help the immune system in horses as well. This is a MUST have herb to keep on hand!

EchinaceaEchinacea pallida this herb has so many beneficial properties I don’t know where to begin. There has been cases of horse with strangles that symptoms reduced and began eating again. It has reduce the length of the common cold and boost the immune system. It is a natural pain reliever and simply put an herb you must have for you and your animals! So full of good stuff!

CornsilkZie mays– the stringy white by product off corn is usually thrown away is a diuretic. It has long been used to treat chronic inflammation of the urinary tract and kidneys. Many use it as a tea to help bladder and kidney infections.   There are so many others, but these are foundational for most of my blend recipes. I give them individually too as needed and for our herb basket that our ministry uses to help folks who come to our ranch understand natural living.   Any of these herbs can be made into a tea. Blend a couple or make individually. Yarrow and Rose hips we make often individually and put into their feed. Especially on cold winter mornings.    

 

Tea Time: Use ½ Cup of dried yarrow flowers, stems are fine too placed in a tea strainer. Using a quart mason jar, POUR boiling water OVER herbs to the bottom of the jars rim. Let steep for an hour. Pour over horses feed and mix. Save the herbs and give as a special treat. I will be blogging soon my favorite blends we use around the ranch.

Until next time enjoy blending and living healthy!
Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Ranch Life, The Boys

Enjoying the heat today out in the lake! The BOYS love the water and of course it helps cool us all off!


We bring the boys in the evening when the boats are not as active on the lake to make it peaceful for us and the horses. Boats buzzing by or making a ton of waves just sets up for the horses, our boys, to not be as relaxed in the water. So, we try and make the swim time later in the day.

When we head out, usually Dan will be in his bareback pad and I often will be in a saddle. We have a little journey to get to the lake by taking either the ditch which is on a heavy traffic area or our road. The road can pose some problems as the cabins are really close to the road and spooks are more often than not are going to happen. So by taking the ditch I like to be in a saddle. I am thankful many of those journeys!

Once we get to the lake the boys immediately relax! They do their little “raspberry” noise and know what’s coming.  We unsaddle, get into our suits, and let the boys play and paw in the water. We take it slow going in allowing us all to get use to the coldness. I sometimes will splash Bokoda just to begin the play mode with him. This is when he usually will lay down and roll around in the water. He then gets me wet as he splashes back! Can you believe you can play so much with a horse? It really is a joyful experience! Being in the water brings so much delight for us all. Cooling down to just playing and laughing together is such a need and a great end to our day.

It’s always nice when we hit sunset time. The sky just makes the evening perfect. Being with my man and my boys. So fun! 


We enjoyed a wonderful time together and we provided a bit of entertainment for the late pontoons who all took delight in taking some pictures as well.  
So fun and they really do love it!







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