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It’s winter and the dryness on my dog’s paws are looking cracked. I decided to try some recipes to see what works best and of course is easy to make. This paw protector is wonderful! The scent is great and even though he licks it I know it is safe for him plus protecting his little pads.

Paw protector wax- like substance also helps break down the ice and snow that may collect in his pad. Every time we come in from outside, especially after being down at the ranch I check his paws to make sure there is no snow inside the pad. By applying the paw pad protector this cuts down on the snow accumulation. I just have to remember to put it on him BEFORE we go outside.

Paw Pad Protection for your pet

Recipe

4 tbsp organic shea butter

8 tbsp organic Calendula infused oil  (I have a recipe here)   

2 tsp carnauba wax                    

4 tbsp organic bees wax.          

 4 tbsp coconut oil                        

1/2 tsp vitamin E                      

1 tbsp organic  Sunflower oil.

 30 drops Rosemary Essential oil    

 15 drops Lavender Essential oil.    

10 drops of  Tea Tree Essential oil

In a double boiler, bring the calendula oil, shea butter, carnauba wax, beeswax, and coconut oil to melting point. This should only be about 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat and add vitamin E and your essential oils. Stir again and quickly and carefully pour into your molds. Paw mold, tins, (from any dollar store) or cupcake mold

TIPS

#1. I like to mix the first ingredients in a  4 cup glass measuring cup. I place this in double boiler and stir with a plastic spoon. This helps pouring into my molds easier and using the plastic spoon I can throw away for easier clean up.  #2. I add a tsp of Apricot oil as this oil is helpful in dry chapped skin. #3. Adding a few calendula flowers to the mold make for pretty presentation. I doubled this recipe because of the thick molds used.

Gift Ideas

Paw Pad Protection for dog

Just take paw and place is ointment and rub onto pad. You can also take some in your hand and rub directly onto the paws. 

Paw Pad Protection

Adding tags to your gifts is quick and easy as well as special when you use these little framelits from Sizzix. Using my BIGSHOT I can use material, metal, more than one piece of card stock, it’s wonderful. Makes gift giving fun and easy!

So let me know how your little 4-legged buddies do with this ointment. I hope they like it and it works for you! I invite comments!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Bible Journaling, Empower, Hope, The Boys

We sure get ourselves into a rut when we focus on the worst part of ourselves. We can even try to hide from connecting with God because we have deep feelings of shame or guilt. The best gift we can give ourselves is who we are to Whom knows are deepest soul.

Do you ever find yourself pretending to be someone else? Hiding from the world who you really are? I can tell you from experience this can be exhausting.  But there is Hope.

Being in the presence of Jesus with all of our junk with our guilt, shame, naked before Him we come into the very presence of grace, love, and forgiveness. Only if we are willing to choose. Only if we are willing to come before this Throne of Grace will we experience the Hope.

In a similar way to our Jesus, horses bring out our true selves. Horses don’t pretend and are not self-conscious. They don’t worry about how their hair looks, if they are too fat or too thin. Horses show up exactly how they are full of grace and pure honesty. They are not ashamed to be afraid or to show contentment.  

The Gift of Being True To Self

When I am in the presence of our horses, I can take a deep breath and release the pressures of the things I am holding in. By gazing into their beautiful brown eyes, these giants who have reason to fear me, brings me peace. Just like Jesus. 

“Do you give the horse his strength, or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?” Job 39:19  The Lord does this and yet the horse contents to gentle this strength to befriend us. They can help bring us into a closer, deeper relationship with our Creator God by simply experiencing the picture of who we are and Who He is.

Often we can be such a klutz in how we approach our Lord.  Just like the horses, He is available offering us the greatest gift EVER…Himself and just as we are. 

We can choose to overcome any false truth about ourselves when we experience the Bigness of our God!

May each of you find the Truth and open the Gift! Unwrap whatever you feel is keeping you in the box. Trust this truth… He is worth it and so are you!

God’s blessing upon you all.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Since I was a little girl, I have been in the obedience ring with my dog. I was in 4H for 3 years and in my early 20’s became a trainer and showed again. For years I have used a training chain collar and never thought twice about what the collar was REALLY doing to my dogs.

Sadly, I recently found out what my chain training collar and others are doing to dogs. First step…knowing and educating on the new findings of our little 4-legged friends.

What is your collar doing to your dog?

About a month ago I was taking one of those online free sessions about keeping your pets healthy as I do a ton of research on all of our animals pretty much on a weekly bases and came upon a trainer. She was educating the listeners on this very topic of what the collars are doing to our dogs. Training chain collars, pinch collars, harnesses, and the shock collar.

Here is link you can watch for yourself of a vet and his scientific detail of what is actually occurring every time you go for a walk with your dog. Hang onto your heart…it may break a little!

Also here is another link of many videos you can watch. They are short but will help you understand how this works and other brands out there that also cause problems for your dog. I especially love the manners videos!

What is your collar doing to your dog?
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I know the chain training collar works. I know also when I learn something new and I can be wrong about my thinking…I need to stop and take a closer look. This leash and collar are EASY to use. It works. My dog is happier. I feel better knowing my dog will have a healthier body because of using it.

Take a look and see for yourself. (affiliate link) An easy size chart will help you find just the right fit for your pet.

What is your collar doing to your dog?

The 30 day money back guarantee is awesome! PLUS…the training videos to help you know how to use the system, which is simple by the way. You can watch the videos I suggested above. You will see it really is all about when the dog gets ahead you stop. The pressure makes them not want to go forward.

What is your collar doing to your dog?Lastly, I attached a video of Cruz and I when we first got this harness and leash. 

Video

If you have any questions, they are fee to talk to which I would suggest if you have reservations. Your pets health is important and really folks this is an amazing set up.

Remember if you click on the link 
you are helping us reach kids at risk through our ranch ministry. This company graciously gives 10% back to us. We are thankful for all they do!

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I would love to hear how this has worked for you! I know there are many concepts for training now days, but when we have an open mind of new ideas I think it is worth checking out!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Ranch Life, The Boys
Dan and I celebrated 30 years on October 8th in a very special place in Northern Wisconsin. It is indeed a little piece of heaven with the Finnish touch and a perfect getaway! Palmquist Farm Palmquist Farm is located in a small town in Brantwood, WI. The farm is full of history from the old barns to all the décor covering the walls of each building and a cute couple who are your hosts.  Jim greets you with his Finnish accent and welcoming smile escorting you to your cabin or in our case the barn to get our horses settled. He knew we came from a distance and the importance of animals first was on the forefront of his mind. He showed us all the spots we could place our boys and once we got them comfy cozy Jim walked us to our cabin. What a place! From the moment you walk in the yellow lighting upon the logwood made you feel warm and welcomed. Each room had memories of the past including furniture dated back to the 1940s. Of course, Jim shared a story or two about the old radio and listening to President Roosevelt with the break of the war and the linens hand stitched by grandma. Get Away My man and I arrived in the early afternoon so we had time to look around after unpacking. OH am I glad I got a new camera! I was in heaven snapping all kinds of shots! Get AwayGet Away Get awayGet Away Get Away Each building is full of wonderful décor and in the sauna, they even have newspaper articles from the Titanic to the San Francisco earthquake. The old furniture set the stage in time and one feels your really living in the early 1900s. Get away Palmquist is a perfect place for couples, hunters, horse riders, newlyweds, or an excuse for a perfect get-away. The trails are full of beauty with ponds around every corner, trees full of life, and paths easy to walk or trail ride.  In the winter, the folks with skinny skis will enjoy the trails as well as the ones with the motors. Get AwayGet Away The accommodations with a cozy fireplace made coming back from a cold trail ride inviting. Sippin’ my tea and a book made for relaxing afternoons.  For my man, it came down to the food. It was over the top!  Served both breakfast and dinner in a beautiful room full of more stories and history, we enjoyed every meal full of the flavor of an ol’ fashion farm taste. From fresh veggies and fruit from their gardens to meat fully packed with flavor.  The pastries were my downfall! I ate WAY too much! Once I found out Helen had a cookbook I was delighted to bring a piece of Palmquist cooking home. Helen truly did an amazing job at EVERY meal. OOOO I can still taste the wonderful cranberry/raspberry sauce! Delightful! Here is a sample of one of Helen’s sweet desserts. I couldn’t resist making this right away for our church bible study time. I changed one thing in her recipe by making my own yellow cake mix. I prefer to do things homemade vs. out of a box when I can. I also don’t have to feed tons of folks like Helen so I can make the time for the extra step. Here ya go: Pumpkin Pecan Crumble by Palmquist Farm Ingredients: 1 15 oz organic can of pumpkin 1 12 oz can evaporate milk 1 cup brown sugar 3 eggs 4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (my recipe below) 1 box of yellow cake mix (my recipe below) 1 cup chopped pecans (optional) 1 cup of melted butter cool whip or real whipping cream Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs, and pie spice until well blended.
  3. Pour mixture into a 9×13 greased pan.
  4. Sprinkle about ¾ of your cake mix evenly over the pumpkin mixture. (save extra for next time)
  5. Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the cake mix.
  6. Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the nuts.
  7. Bake cake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  8. Refrigerate until cool about an hour. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle a bit more pumpkin spice on top!
Lee’s Homemade cake mix: (you can refrigerate this mixture for up to a week or freeze for a month) Ingredients: 2 ½ cups of unbleached purposed four 1 ½ cups of sugar 1 tbsp baking powder +1 tsp (I make my own 1 tsp of baking soda, 2 tsp of cream of tartar) 1 tsp. salt 6 tbsp of softened butter Mix together in a glass bowl crumbling butter with a knife or your clean hands. Store in a safe container. To make a cake, add 1 1/4 cups of water and 2 eggs. Lee’s Pumpkin Spice recipe: 3 tbsp. ground cinnamon 2 tsp ground ginger root 2 tsp. fresh nutmeg, grated 2 tsp. cloves Mix and best part…put in a cute jar! What makes a B&B? The accommodations…yes. The food….yes. The people you get to know at every meal?….YES. A young couple with their new bundle 4-month-old singing to you for your anniversary? YES! What makes a great B&B is the people! Their loving conversations, stories, and smiles make your stay a warm family stay. We did get a kick out of Jim sharing real stories of the farm from gangsters visiting, buffalo stories, to shootouts the ol’ fashion way. He made our meals full of adventure and laughter. Of course, a good tease about Finnish and Norwegians provided more fun! Palmquist isn’t just a place to stay it is an experience! A Finish touch was everywhere you look. I am sure my dad would have loved this spot. Palmquist Farm is known to many cross-country skiers in the area and the signs around the trails proved horses aren’t the only ones who use them. Get Away We hope to back to this little place in Northern Wisconsin. A Finnish touch indeed…hope you too will find your way there for any kind of weekend getaway! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys
Now that you have decided to take the big plunge and feed your dog a raw diet, you’re 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 the 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 depend 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 dog’s 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 broccoli both head and stem chopped turmeric paste (adding olive oil) cucumber blueberries 4. Deer Opener Stew Venison organ of choice dandelion herbs sunflower oil Brussels sprouts strawberries 5. Chicken and Pumpkin chicken thigh organ of choice chicken  bone broth egg and shell organic pumpkin coconut 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 10 minutes) peas oregano 1/4 banana 9. Tropical Chicken Breast chicken breast organ of choice pineapple catclaw 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 powder hemp oil Mushroom Mix is an amazing boost for your dog. Helps the 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 the time. Add the rest and mix. Turn off the 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 click 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 illnesses 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 have 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 Godsend! 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 dog’s 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, let’s 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 you’re 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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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, then 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 your tail through the 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 happen! We have 10 favorite herbs we love to mix into blends for their everyday needs as well as they make 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 help 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 petals 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 an 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 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 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! MarshmallowAlthea 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 these 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 helps prevent urinary tract problems caused by standing around install 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 your 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 antihemorrhagic. 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 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 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, used 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 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 soothe muscles and congestion. This is one herb that I have as oil to easily apply to 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 a strong female tonic. They can help strengthen and tone the uterus to aid infertility, pregnancy, and foaling. In additions to is 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 anything 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, mucous membranes, and the sinus in case 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 bring 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 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 of 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! A video for you  YouTube Video of me feeding some herbs on a chilly afternoon. 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 Rosehip we make often individually and put into their feed. Especially on cold winter mornings.  

 Our boys love TEA TIME

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 rim of the jar. 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 (grow your own…easy peasy!) 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 the 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 a 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 the 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 2 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 a dry cough

Comments…Love to hear if you tried this!

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 are 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 petals 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 an 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 you’re 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 clotting like way as it absorbed the blood and stopped it quick. Love this herb. It is known to regenerate cells and can assist in the healing of scars, acne, 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! 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 these 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 helps 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 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 the beginning of June that 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, used 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 soothe muscles and congestion. This is one herb that I have as oil to easily apply to 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 a strong female tonic. They can help strengthen and tone the uterus to aid infertility, 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 anything 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, mucous membranes, and the sinus in case 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 bring a little extra NAY! Rosehip: 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 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 have been cases of a horse with strangles that symptoms reduced and began eating again. It has reduced 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 Rosehips 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 rim of the jar. 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 enjoys 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 for 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 used 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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