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Update on DE & Cookie's Latest

It's never a dull moment around here with Miss Cookie Mizer. Today I took a fecal sample in to have it tested. 

I started the month of February giving her 1 tablespoon of Food Grade DE (Diatomaceous Earth from Tractor Supply) for 1 week. The second week she got 2 tablespoons. The third & fourth week she got 4 tablespoons. 

I put this in her wetted alfalfa along with 1 tablespoon of Milled Flax Seed & 1 tablespoon of ground up mineral block. She won't lick the block so rather than have it sit around & disintegrate from the humidity. 

The test results came back NEGATIVE. She had NO parasites in her system. So I will trim her back on the DE to 2 tablespoons per day for maintenence & do another fecal exam in a month. 

I'm going to give her some ProBios just to make sure her digestive tract is healthy & has the good parasites in it that's needed. 

I also brought home some Sweet PDZ to help with the urine smell in her paddock as well as a new bottle of fly spray. I hooked the fly spray on the gate & hoisted the bag over the fence to carry it back to the hay shelter where it will stay dry & out of reach from Cookie. It's non-toxic & generally safe if eaten, but she didn't need to smell fresh on the inside so being in the hay shelter is a precaution. Well, while I hoisted the bag over the fence, she was licking the fly spray bottle.  I was like UHM Hello!? You don't lick the fly spray bottle! I grabbed it & headed off to the hay shelter with both spray & PDZ.  I set the PDZ down by the hay shelter & went into the stall to put the fly spray on a shelf in there. Within seconds I hear a rip & I start hollering. COOKIE!! Get out of the bag!! She had torn a hole in the bag of PDZ! I backed her up & of course she was not happy about it. I told her she didn't need to smell good on the inside, that this was for the ground. <Shakes my head> Crazy mare!  As I was putting it into a tub so it wouldn't spill out everywhere, she was trying to get to it again. So I set the tub down, backed her up & shooed her off. lol the thanks I got was pinned ears & a head toss. 

<sigh> Gotta love that girl! She loves boxes & tearing open bags. She loves being a giraffe & eating the limbs of my pear tree & she loves rolling after a meal. If I didn't know her better I'd swear she had issues. She's just being her goofy, loveable self & I'm so blessed & beyond happy to have her home. 

*More information about Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth & its many uses click this link: http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html 

*For more information about Sweet PDZ : http://www.sweetpdz.com/


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  1. PonyGirl
    Entertaining post! Maybe you should put your salt block in a box. It sounds like she would eat it then. :D
    1. Rene Wright
      Rene Wright
      Thanks! Oh she loves her white salt lick just fine, it's the mineral block she doesn't. I'm going to try the Himalayan or Red Rock I think it's called, when I go to get her alfalfa.
  2. Chestnut Mare
    Chestnut Mare
    Vote no 3. Nice blog. Cookie sounds like a real character! So flax seeds are good for horses too? I love them, they are very nutritious!
    1. Rene Wright
      Rene Wright
      Thanks! She is like a Heinz 57 in personality. lol Yes Flax is great for them. It's suggested to use the milled rather than grinding the whole seeds because the ground is more stable. It's high in Omega 3-anti-inflammatory & is great for hooves, mane & tails. :)
  3. naturegirl
    I agree that she's quite a character. Glad she doesn't have worms! Voted!
    1. Rene Wright
      Rene Wright
      Thank you. & Me Too! I love the DE. It's so much more effective than paste & it's not a chemical which is completely awesome in my book. lol!
  4. autumnap
    Very informative and interesting post. I'm all for not using chemicals wherever possible. Voted! A. x
    1. Rene Wright
      Rene Wright
      Thanks Autumn :)
  5. pinman
    Glad I read you blog, I was about to invest in the daily feed through wormer but now am going to try the DE. I already know that it decreases the fly infestation by keeping flies from breeding in the manure. the DF was in some bug off brand I fed my horses at one time. They now get a powdered garlic from Springtime which is less expensive and does quit well keeping the fly population down. I also add GroStrong--a granular mineral--to my horses feed to be sure they are getting enough of the right stuff. They have a block they use too. Thanks for the info on DE, can't wait to try it.

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