Monday, October 26, 2009

sitting with the horses

I've gone back to sitting with the horses each day, just reading a book. Lucky has decided his place is to stand over me sleeping, and run the other horses away when they come over to see me. He's an interesting character...

In the ring, Lucky and I are still negotiating our relationship. He is very quick to get upset, dramatic and defensive. I find my requests must be subtle, and I must give him lots of space. I added treats to our sessions, and playing with walk, stop, stand and come with treat and scratch rewards. Ben and Poco watch this with great interest. In fact Ben was quite vocal when I played with him that he should be getting treat rewards also.

I read about someone who rewarded the spectator horses as well as the playing horse for each accomplishment, only to find that the spectators had learned the same lessons from watching. So, I'm adding that to our routine to see what Poco and Ben pick up.

Now that Ben is back to normal weight (after his dental issues) I'm riding him 20 minutes daily to get him back in shape. In his mid-20s, we are taking it slow. He seems happy to be out and about. We had a lovely short ride tonight and I watched the sunset while he munched grass.

Until next time, enjoy sitting with your horses on these lovely fall days!

Carrie & the boys

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

My dog's health care program

I currently share my home with 3 dogs. Daisy, our Golden Retriever, Fearless the Border Collie and Wyatt the collie/husky.

All the dogs follow a fairly basic health program. I feed Dynamite Ultimate Dog Food, and occasionally supplement the dog food with pulp from the juicer, cooked and raw vegetables, and a bit of fruit. Most days they just eat the Ultimate, wetted with warm water. The Ultimate is grain-free and very calorie dense. My largest dog only eats 2 heaping cups daily and stays at a perfect weight.
Spring and fall, the dogs spend 28 days on Dynamite Herbal Tonic and Waiora Natural Cellular Defense (NCD). The Dynamite Herbal Tonic contains a variety of herbs known for liver cleansing and having vermifuge (anti-parasitic) properties. The NCD contain zeolite, a mineral that binds to and removes heavy metals.
As the dogs age, I usually give them either Dynamite Free & Easy or a mix of yucca, MSM and Ester C to support their joints.
The dogs get filtered well water to drink.
I feed the dogs raw beef bones or chicken necks to chew, to keep their teeth clean and get some fresh meat into them.
I have been following this very basic program for years, and the dogs have consistently tested negative for heartworms or other parasites.
I do vaccinate for rabies according to Pennsylvania law. My hope is that the rabies challenge will lead to a revision to the law to allow for titers rather than the vaccine.
For fleas, I sprinkle Borax on the carpets and vaccum, or bath the dogs in mild soap and water. 8 minutes in soap drowns most fleas. Neem oil can also be helpful repelling fleas. I use the Dynamite DynaShield as a topical repellent before taking the dogs hiking.
The dogs also received one round of puppy vaccines.
That is my dogs' entire health program. Simple. The dogs glow with health.

Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Playing with Poco, Ben and Lucky

What an amazing day playing with the horses! The weather was perfect, so I spent time with 3 of our 5 equines.

Poco was first up. I gave him a complete evaluation from nose to tail and touched up his barefoot trim. A bit of defense physiology work, some TTouch tail traction, and some flexibility exercises for his pelvis and sacrum completed our ground play. Poco has been on vacation for several months after some dental issues and associated weight loss. To help Poco regain his strength and flexibility, we are riding just 20 minutes or so several times a week. I set up some TTEAM obstacles to encourage him to flex his legs and bend his body.
First some simple ground poles...

Below are 2 shots of the labyrinth. The labyrinth has been shown to activate beta, alpha, theta and delta activity in the brain. The labyrinth builds calmness and focus and also encourages bending.

This random arrangement of poles is called "pick up sticks", which is great for developing eye-hoof coordination and proprioception.

This variation of ground poles encourages the horse to find his own straight line through the center of the poles. Drifting to either side causes the stride to become uneven and uncomfortable. (I bumped the far right pole - the angles should all match)

In between playing with the poles, I asked Poco for turns on the forehand, halt-walk-trot-halt transitions, bending, backing, and direct rein and neck rein patterns. After all these months, he remembered everything and gave me perfect responses with the lightest aids.
Ben also got bodywork and a pedicure. Ben prefers to exercise on the trail, so we went out for a quick ride down to the farm. (I promised him a break grazing the hay field before heading home) I'm finding that if I picture clearly when and where on our ride we are stopping to graze, he picks that spot and time.
Lucky and I played with sending away and returning, and seeing how subtle I could make my body language to communicate with him. We finished with some companion walking, which he is just figuring out. Lucky and I mostly play with Carolyn Resnick's Waterhole Rituals these days. Lucky tooks his first steps of companion walking with me today, and the bond between us is growing. He also pays very close attention when I am playing with the other horses.
I feel very grateful for these equine teachers in my life. Their soft eyes, cooperation and calmness are a gift.
Until next time,

Thursday, October 1, 2009

New post on pasture nutrients at Quercus Knoll

Go to my sister blog to see my soil test results before and after applying Dynamite Prescription Treatment and CCF. My goal is to quadruple my pasture yields next year.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lucky update

Lucky and I continue to play and learn. Today, we played with wearing his new biothane bridle/halter (thank you Amy for the gift of your lucky tack - that bridle has been on some amazing horses over the years). Lucky seemed quite pleased with the fit and was very relaxed and interested. He did point out some itchy stitching in the cheek pieces,which I will smooth out before our next session.
I also brought out his saddle pad and saddle, and spent time letting him sniff and investigate each one, rubbing him with the pad, and doing TTouches on him until he licked and chewed and had a soft eye. Lucky has a trail pad with pockets sewn in behind the saddle. He was quite curious about the magic pockets on the pad, from which I produced horse treats.
He was very anxious and suspicious about the saddle, and it took several minutes for him to stop guarding and allow me to place the saddle. (We've only been playing bareback recently).
He has some obvious past associations with wearing tack, so every time he got wound up or anxious we just stood while I explored which TTouches he preferred. He particularly enjoyed tail circles and pulls, and python lifts on his back legs. He shows some minor discomfort with leg circles and hock rocking on his right hind,which will be the subject of some future bodywork.
He remembered his fingertip yields at the shoulders and hips, so we mostly played following games while keeping his head in front of my shoulders. Plus we took several breaks for him to munch grass and me to reinforce that eating breaks are by permission with a specific cue.
All in all, a relaxing session that ended on a good note, and he was eager to greet me later tonight.
I find I'm mixing Parelli and TTEAM and conscious horsemanship exercises together, just going with what feels right and what keeps that lovely soft eye and interested attitude.
He's a great teacher, and becoming a good friend.

Until next post, be well and happy.
Carrie & Lucky and the rest of the Oak Hill gang

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Now on Twitter!

You can follow the Oak Hill fainting goats at

Also, the rehabilitation, health maintenance and performance enhancement business Horses, Humans & Healing is on Twitter at

Watch for posts on the blog next week on pasture nutrition at

Update on Poco, Ben and Pony-Pony, my geriatric horses:

After the visit from our fantastic new equine dentist Krystin the horses are improving rapidly. Ben's weight is almost normal now, with little change in his diet. Weight tape estimates he has gained 50 pounds. Pony-Pony is chewing better, and interestingly, moving around much better. She has suddenly self-trimmed her hooves to a perfect length and angle. She is still on the thin side, although gaining weight daily. You may remember Poco was too fragile to be tranquilized for dental work that day. I have increased his hay pellets to about 25 pounds daily, and he is putting on weight. I use Standlee timothy or orchardgrass pellets, and just a pound of alfalfa pellets per day. Standlee makes excellent, clean hay pellets. I vary Poco's pellet mixture each meal to keep it interesting, and feed him 3 to 4 times per day. I've also started offering him Dynamite DynaSpark and his hydration is much improved. I'm excited to have Krystin return and do what she can with his remaining teeth. I expect I'll be back riding Poco and Ben by the end of September if they continue improving this way. Of course all the oldies get their Dynamite DynaPro to keep their digestion optimal. I really prefer the DynaPro as it is a prebiotic. The DynaPro provides the nutrients the gut bacteria prefer, and the correct pH, and the bacteria repopulate themselves. Regular probiotics just keep adding gut bacteria into an inhospitable gut, where they go dormant. You can read more about the Dynamite products at

Until next post, be well and happy!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

updates on Dynamite fertilizers

I took baseline soil samples in 2007. After that, green manure was applied (actually, the horses and goats applied the manure by pooping in the fields)
In 2009, I took more samples in the middle pasture.
Then I applied a combination of Dynamite Prescription Treatment for Soils & Crops and the Dynamite CCF (growth accelerant)
Below are the test results:

Nutrient2007Pre fert/CCFPost fert/CCF
Nitrogen (N)ppm
Phosphorus (P)ppm12.029.044.0
Potassium (K)ppm487.01073.0939.0
Magnesium (Mg)ppm325.0274.0299.0
Calcium (Ca)ppm1818.02803.03208.0
Zinc ppm2.42.93.6
Copper ppm5.37.86.8
Sulfur ppm20.121.421.0

The soil in pastures is alive with various organisms, including the forage or crop growing on/in it. The biological processes of this system are very similar to human or animal bodies. I found it fascinating that the pH of the soil became more alkaline, just as it would in a healthy body as it became increasingly mineralized.
Also, the calcium levels in the soil came up dramatically without the additional of any lime. I also bypassed the testing service recommendation to add phosphorus and nitrogen.
The high potassium levels appear to be due to the large applications of manure. In humans, a sodium deficiency causes potassium to leave the cells and become extracellular. A similar dynamic exists in soils. The future addition of sodium should cause the soil organisms to pick up the extra potassium.
Conventional soil advice is to add magnesium to offset the potassium levels. However, magnesium can harden the soils.
I just applied more Prescription Treatment and added 2 pounds/acre of Dynamite Natural Trace Mineral Salt. In a couple weeks I'll have another soil test to see if this reduced the potassium levels.

Found links to some interesting testimonials about Dynamite's other fertilizers, HumiZyme and HumiZyme Plus.
Shows regrowth after mowing
Shows root development after planting
Shows increased hay yield. 3 tons off a 2 acre field.

Also, has some interesting information about seawater-based fertilizer. I prefer to use the Dynamite brand and add NTM salt, to avoid possible heavy metal pollutants in the ocean. There are lots of great links on this website, and information about how seawater works on soil.

Wachters sells seaweed-based fertilizer that can also be used to bring up sodium and iodine levels in soils. How To Interpret A Soil Test by Steve Frack. This is a fairly conventional discussion with good descriptions of the various components of a soil test.

My goal for the pastures is triple or quadruple yield of mixed grasses/legumes/weeds to feed both the horses and the goats with maximum balanced mineral content. I will be able to feed less hay and supplements, and also minimize sugar risk for the horses.

Until next post, may your soils thrive!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

new post at Quercus Knoll about fencing

Just posted at about fencing and fence chargers/controllers.

Updated! Fencing & Fence Chargers

As I'm shopping for fencing for the runways, and also am replacing the fence charger, this seemed a timely topic.
There are four types of fences at Oak Hill:
The perimeter pasture/runway fence is permanent and must keep the horses on the property when they are in the runways. This fence does not have to contain the goats, as the goats don't graze the runways.
The fence that separates the runways from the pastures as well as divides the pastures must be horse and goat proof. The goats are not allowed in the runways, as they faint when startled and could get trampled by a horse by accident.
The third type of fence surrounds the goat pens and must be goat and predator proof.
The fourth type of fence encloses the horse corrals.

I chose electric fencing for the perimeter. Board fence was higher maintenance, and also outside my planned spending. I researched various types of electric fence and decided that HorseGuard sounded like my best option. HorseGuard makes a 1 1/2" tape fence with stainless steel wires. The fencing held up well in tests for weathering and high winds, is highly visible to the horses, and will break if a horse gets seriously tangled up, while withstanding lesser impacts without damage. I've had this fencing up for at least 6 years now. I've had trees fall on the fence, trucks drive over it, had lightening strikes, high winds - the fence still looks as good as the day I installed it and carries a charge well. I had one small section loose all it's wires and terminals from a direct lightening hit. I'm using a 3 strands, with the top set at 4 feet.

For the inner fence that creates the runways and divides the pastures, I've used some less expensive electric tape fence that is 1" wide at the top and twisted plastic and wire for the lower strands. I've noticed that this less expensive fencing stretches much easier than the HorseGuard and is already sagging in spots. I've set the inner fence at the same 4 foot height, and the 3 lower strands at 9", 18" and 24" above the ground to contain the goats and livestock dog.

The fence charger or controller is a critical part of any electric fence system. Here are some good websites I found during my research. 17 Mistakes To Avoid With Electric Fencing by Wayne Burleson The article focuses on electric high tensile. However, many of the suggestions are useful for tape fencing.

Useful charts from Zareba that give fencing calculators and  joules, number of ground rods and effective distance for various chargers. Zareba manufactures electric fence systems, including chargers.

Besides looking for the appropriate voltage and joules, I suggest looking for a charger with fuses you can change yourself and lightening protection. I'm also looking for at least 5 joules, to prevent voltage drop if the line touches vegetation, and also at least 4000 volts on the fenceline to handle goats, stubborn shaggy ponies and livestock guardian dogs. I've used a number of chargers over the years. I've tripled the fencing I need to charge, and added goats, so I'm shopping for a new charger that can handle the increased load. So far I like the Dare for it's all-weather construction and easy-to-service modular circuitry.

The goat pen fencing is 4 foot welded wire, and I'm adding electric tape 6" above the ground and along the top as predator deterrant.

The horse corrals are wooden board (oak) with locust posts. I chose wood to have a fence that would withstand pressure from confined horses and work even during extended power outages.

Until next time, happy fencing!


PS - the horses aren't the only critters enjoying the runways and woods corral...

This wild turkey came strolling down the new runway and into the woods corral the other day.

Oak Hill Fainting Goats update

It's been a while since I posted an update on the fainting goats. Here are a few video clips. This first video is of Chryssy. She joined our herd early this summer, and is hopefully due to kid in August. She has taken a liking to the small doghouse I put out for the kids to play in. Watching her squeeze in and out is something...

Here's some video of some of the breeding stock, as well as our black and white neutered male Guy.

Harley and Chickadee share a feed tub. This involves a bit of head butting...

Monday, July 27, 2009

A visit from the equine dentist

Today Krystin Dennis at came to check the boy's teeth. Over the years I've hired quite a variety of dentists to work on the boys.
My goal this time was to find someone who was kind and patient and would work with the horses in respectful partnership.
I also wanted a dentist who understood the principles of balancing the mouth, including the incisors.
A dentist who used hand tools only, or limited use of power tools combined with hand tools was also a goal. (I will add that my goals have changed after some things I learned today. More on that later...) Krystin was trained by Spencer LaFlure at the Advanced Whole Horse Learning Center.So, here's what Krystin found and more about what I learned:

Lucky really liked Krystin. She took the time for him to examine all the tools and check her out. She demonstrated how the speculum worked and let him try it. (She went through this explanation process with all the horses). Lucky was cooperative and relaxed, and quite willing to just hang out with Krystin when she was done working on him. He had a lovely soft eye throughout the process. He needed a bit of work on both molars and incisors, and overall had a healthy mouth with no impacts from previous incorrect tooth work.

Pony pony (Snowflake) had an interesting experience. I suspect that Pony has had minimal dental care over the years, and she is now in her mid 20s (at least). She was a bit fearful of this new procedure. Krystin coaxed her through it with patience and made allowances for pony's blindness. Kristen found lots of washboard texture in her molars, issues with the incisors, and wolf teeth. Happily, Pony appears to have plenty of tooth left at her age, and no damage from power tools, so with a bit more balancing she should be in great shape.

Ben had some issues with his mouth, the biggest being that his molars are worn almost to the gum line. He is missing 3 molars, and has some brittle teeth, likely from overheating with a power tool. Ben was relaxed and cooperative with Krystin and appreciated all her encouragement and explanations during the process. At this stage in his life, Ben is going to need supplemental hay pellets and pelleted grain, both soaked. He can still chew a bit, however, not enough to sustain himself. I use timothy hay pellets from Standlee Hay. I find these locally at For Pete's Sake in Middletown, MD. The Standlee website has a search feature for local dealers if you are not near MD. I may add just a smidge of alfalfa pellets, depending on how Ben does. I am a fan of pellets rather than cubes, as bits of baling twine and wire can (and do) hide in cubes from some manufacturers. For grain, Ben gets Dynamite Pelleted Grain Ration (PGR). I am not a fan of most commercial senior feeds, as they contain beet pulp, sugar, oils, preservatives, manufacturing by-products, etc. (This is a subject for another post)
Sadly, Poco's teeth were in fairly poor shape. His molars are down to the gumline and there are likely some other issues as well. Poco was not able to get past his trust issues, and Krystin and I agreed he was just too fragile physically today to risk tranquilizing him. Poco is only able to eat mashes at this point. He'll be getting the same combination of hay pellets and Dynamite PGR as Ben, as well as some additional supplements.
A side note here: the last dentist to work on Poco had an accident with the tranquilizer. Poco jerked his neck, and the needle went into his carotid artery, sending the drugs right to his brain. He immediately went into seizures, fell down, and stopped breathing. We were able to ressucitate him with some some radionic work and energy work (no vets were close enough to make it in time). While I work on getting his weight back up and boosting his overall strength, I will also be doing some EFT to help Poco (and myself) past the trauma of his near-death experience. If you choose to tranquilize, please make sure you or the practitioner know the correct technique.

Foster's teeth were in fairly good shape, and he allowed Krystin into his mouth without drugs, which is a huge change. Foster tried to squash the last dentist.

Some key things I learned today:
There is evidence that power tools can heat the tooth and make it brittle. I could actually hear a different tone when heated teeth were filed, over untouched teeth.
A horse only has about 4" of molar to work with in his lifetime. Aggressive floating causes the teeth to wear out prematurely.
You can float a horse's teeth correctly without opening the speculum to the widest setting the jaw allows.
Incisors must be floated, and must have a correct cutting surface. Old-time dentists knew this and did it. Somehow the knowledge was lost.
It is important to leave a cutting edge on the molars. This will not harm the cheek, as the horse pushes the cheek away from the edge during the chewing motion.
Bloodless tooth floating is possible.

Overall, todays experience was excellent. I was thrilled to see the horses connecting with Krystin and participating in the experience.

Until next post, be healthy and happy!
Carrie and the equine gang

Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Quercus Knoll blog updates

There have been several recent posts on my Oak Hill blog Quercus Knoll. I have posted the overall plans for the exercise runways, some helpful links about pasture seed, forages and herbs. I've also posted pics of the completed runway sections, the pastures and the woods corral.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

July horse hoof trims

Poco (above)

Ben (above)

Lucky (above)

Lucky (above)

Took the toes back into the white line again. Much improved, although hoof capsules are still a bit stretched forward. Soles are tough and frogs have expanded and toughened.

Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.

Bottom pasture before mowing

Looking pretty rough before mowing. The goats love these wildflowers and weeds. Great view!

Bottom runway & woods exercise area

Here is the completed portion of the bottom runway, and the exercise yard in the woods with plenty of granite to walk over.

The runway must cross our pea gravel driveway to access the woods. So that we can still use our driveway, and also get the occasional large truck through, we added a double gate. The posts are set into buried concrete building blocks, so that the posts can be easily lifted out of the way when a wider drive is needed.

Foster and Lucky enjoying their favorite spot under the maple at the top of the runway.

Top pasture

Here is the top pasture after mowing and before any fertilizer is added.

Monday, July 13, 2009


The pastures were bare soil and weeds when I moved in. As the soil is very rocky, I made the decision to overseed rather than plow everything under and stir up more rocks.

The first website I visited was to get more information about low sugar forages appropriate for the horses.

I also found a seed vendor with some excellent reference material. Seedland has basic horse pasture information at Seedland also put together some helpful charts of forage types at

Equilite sells mixed pasture herbs that can be added in low-traffic areas. The mix includes Melilot, Fenugreek, Fennel, Lemon Balm, Chicory, Queen Anne's Lace, Dandelion and Chamomile. As I already have some of these growing in the field, I'll overseed with the missing herbs some time later this year.
A future project is researching additional herbs that I could overseed to add variety to the goats' diet.
Until the next post, happy grazing!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Middle pasture July 10, 2009

This is the middle pasture on July 10, 2009, after mowing and before applying Dynamite Prescription Treatment and Dynamite CCF.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New blog for pastures & runways

Just for fun, I've started another blog documenting my experiments with pastures, runways, forage, fencing and paddock paradise principles. Click to link or go to my profile to see the Quercus Knoll blog.


Where we are in the journey...

Oak Hill has roughly 3 acres of cleared grazing land. We also have woods available for the goats and horses. Our land is hilly, moderately steep and rocky. The soil is high iron and clay. This aerial photo was taken years ago before the sheds and fencing were added. The land had been farmed then sat fallow for at least 20 years. When I purchased the property, the fields were either bare earth or covered with sparse weeds, as you can see in the photo. The property is outlined in red.

I have divided the grazing areas up into 3 pastures, surrounded by runways for the horses to exercise on. Runways and pasture fences are outlined in yellow. The barns and goat pens are in the black box on the right. Runways with gray spots are proposed and have the perimeter fence up only. I'm designing the runways following the principles of Jaime Jackson's Paddock Paradise.

Today I mowed the middle grazing area. Tomorrow I'll be applying the Dynamite Prescription Treatment for Soils & Crops and also the Dynamite CCF growth accelerator.

Monday, June 8, 2009

My yearly Dynamite program for my horses

I've had requests for an annual checklist of Dynamite products for my horses.

Jan - March:

  • regular yellow-label Dynamite vit/mineral
  • free choice 1-1, 2-1, NTM salt and Izmine
  • DynaPro
  • Stop all supplements in feed except DynaPro one day per week (free choices are still offered)

  • all supplements from Jan-March list
  • 1 tsp Excel at night
  • 10 days SOD at full dose

  • 1 tsp Excel at night
  • 28 days Herbal Tonic
  • free choice minerals
  • DynaPro


    same program as Jan-March plus 1 tsp Excel at night

  • 28 days Herbal Tonic
  • 1 tsp Excel at night
  • DynaPro
  • free choice minerals
  • Waiora Natural Cellular Defense


    same program as Jan-March

    My husband's horse is prone to ulcers and gets Miracle Clay when he is stressed

    My black-skinned Arabian with melanoma gets 1/4 dose of SOD daily year round (any dark horse that is prone to sun bleaching may benefit from this)

    The older horses get either Free & Easy OR MSM/Yucca/Ester C OR OxEMega/Superstress for joint support

    The pony gets Breeder Pac and Herbal Green when she tests for it

    We use other specialty items throughout the year. This is just a basic checklist for planning purposes.

    Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.

    These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Links on vaccines and germ theory

I found these links while doing research for a client. I encourage all people who share their lives with various critters to form their own conclusions about appropriate care for the animals. These links present a viewpoint not as commonly seen in the media and schools.

Germ Theory:

Started by Pasteur and Beauchamp, the basic premise is that germs/bacteria/viruses cause disease. Pasteur admitted on his death bed that he had it wrong. Beauchamp and others continued the research and drew some interesting conclusions which turn the conventional medical model on its ear.


There is much discussion about the pros and cons of vaccination. I have done a variety of internet searches, and found that links discussing adverse reactions and vaccinosis were a bit more difficult to find. Here are a couple I found interesting:

Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fainting goat kids are here!

The first kids were born early in the morning Saturday May 9. Mimosa had 2: a boy and a girl.

Carlotta will kids any day now, and Chryanthemum will kid in August. The video is posted below.

As cute as he is, I will be selling the buckling to a good home. The doeling may be polled. If she is, I will likely sell her as well, as polled goats (naturally without horns) are usually bred to horned goats for genetic reasons, and our only horned buck is her daddy.

Go to for more pics, background on their bloodlines, and sales information.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wow, where did the time go?!?

My last post was back in March.

Much has been going on here. The Fainting Goats are due to kid any day now. Carlotta and Mimosa are huge - waddling around like they swalled a couple of basketballs. Watch here or on for updates on the kids!

Here at Oak Hill we are also completely redoing our pastures. Dynamite just came out with a new growth accelerant called CCF. With this product, I may be able to produce enough pasture for all 5 horses and the goat herd on roughly 3.5 acres. The CCF has tripled (and more) yield in a variety of crops. We are refencing, reseeding, adding runways to follow the paddock paradise principles of Pete Ramey and preparing to apply the first round of CCF. I'll track the pasture growth and post progress reports.

This is hoof trimming week as well, so all the horses are getting their pedicures.

Oak Hill is on Facebook now. Look for the badge/link on the right side of this page. Come visit us! All the horses have their own page on Horsebook in my profile.

The spring garden is planted, and getting a round of Dynamite Prescription Treatment.

Until next time, be happy and healthy!


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Waterhole rituals - sitting with the horses

I've been sitting with the horses almost every day. Sometime I sit in the morning, near the water trough so they can stop by as they come in to drink. Tonight I sat out in the field to watch the sunset. Lucky and Foster wandered over and joined me. They napped, investigated me, watched the deer come out - a peaceful way to end the day. I've learned some things about the herd from this sitting and being.
Lucky is the most vigilant. He is very aware of activities in the distance, and watches while the others rest. He is the leader. He always has an eye on me when I am out with them. He has quickly become interested in joining me while I sit, and comes right over to snuffle my hair and clothes, nibble my hair, blow in my face. When Foster becomes too pesky with me, Lucky sometimes runs him off.
Foster, my husband's horse, is also very curious and joins me while I'm sitting. He does not keep his eyes on me all the time though. Foster has trouble just relaxing around me. He gets pushy, nibbles too hard, shoves at me, grabs my shoes.
Poco and Ben watch everything going on. They won't approach me while Foster or Lucky are nearby. I may need to do my sitting with them in another field, or while Foster and Lucky are in their corral.
And Pony, who is blind and has her own private corral, isn't part of these sessions. I will sit with her at other times.
This is all new territory for me, so I have no idea if the horses will progress at different rates, or if this is the normal herd dynamic and they are all learning at the same time. It's an interesting journey.

Until next time, be well and enjoy your horses...


Friday, February 27, 2009

Another piece of the Lucky puzzle

From the time I was a toddler, I dreamed of being friends with horses. Dreamed of a partnership - a horse that wanted to be ridden, wanted to learn and teach and explore.
I'm realizing that all horses are capable of such a partnership - they are just waiting for us to let go of agendas and force and listen.
So, while Lucky and I have recently accomplished much with our riding, even going without a bridle or halter, I am still sensing a separation, a skepticism, and a lack of trust between us.
I realized that parnership can't be coerced or bought. Treats don't produce partners.
A partner has the right to say no, to have ideas about the direction the learning will take.
So once again, I've backed away a bit from training to think things over and do some research.

I found a bunch of great information and more new teachers.
Stina Herberg's website on St Vincent in the Caribbean. Stina is working with a herd of rescued horses at liberty using Carolyn's principles. Stina has posted many amazing vidoes of her life with these horses.
A collaboration between Mark Rashid, Linda Kohanov, Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, Alexander Nevzorov and Carolyn Resnick, Anna Twinney, Kathy Pike, Kim McElroy, Liz Mittan Ryan and Stormy May. Excellent forum!

Which circles me back around to Lucky, and the other horses in the herd here. I've decided to go through the Waterhole Rituals with the herd, following the guidance of Carolyn Resnick. So, you can find me every day sitting in the pasture, just meditating/thinking/watching and letting the horses observe me. Nothing more until they decide to approach and become pests with their attention.
So far, I've learned that when they focus on something, if I focus on it, study it thoroughly and then sigh and relax, the horses also sigh and relax. I've also learned that Lucky watches me more than the others, rarely removing his attention from me. Poco, my oldest and dearest friend in the herd, also surprised me by watching me quite a bit, even though he's knows me 20 years. So, we'll see what happens next.

Until next time, be well and happy!
Carrie and the Oak Hill herd
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Monday, February 9, 2009

partnership with Lucky

A few weeks back I posted about my first rides with Lucky. While I was thrilled to be on him and starting our journey, something still felt "off". I sensed skepticism and mistrust from him, and felt like he was holding himself apart.
Because of these feelings, I continued my search for new ways to be with him. I have explored all sorts of "natural horsemanship" techniques over the years, and am a TTEAM Practitioner-in-training myself. All of these techniques still felt like the horse was dominated, albeit usually in a kind way. I still dreamed of the possibility of a true partnership with no demands, only mutual learning and guidance. I remember reading in The Tao of Equus and Riding Between The Worlds about working with horses without any dominance, just kind leadership. I read about a ranch where the horses chose each day which would be ridden, and would present themselves to be saddled.
Then I met Kim Walnes Watching her teach, having the opportunity to meet her equine partner Guideon, renewed my faith in a kinder, gentler partnership. And suddenly, all sorts of trainers and resources began appearing on my radar. Trainers that could work with stallions at liberty, with mares in heat present. A man riding a horse, doing airs above ground that were the horse's idea, with only a neck rope and a saddle.
So, today I decided to apply some Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to my relationship with Lucky. You can learn more about EFT at In a nutshell, EFT involves tapping on specific points on your body to clear emotional baggage and replace the baggage with positive programming on a cellular level. During the tapping statements are made. I use positive statements only, following the principles of Conscious Language
With EFT, you can surrogate tap for an animal. I trust the flow, and add the statements as they pop into my consciousness. Each of these statements was a round of tapping. Here is what we tapped today:
I am one with Lucky
Lucky is one with me
I understand Lucky’s emotions
I find Joy with Lucky
I find peace with Lucky
I am peace with Lucky
I have adventure with Lucky
I explore trails with Lucky in safety and joy
We move in harmony
Lucky and I are friends
I love and nurture all my horses
I cherish Poco and spend quality time with him (my note: Poco jumped in here, feeling left out)

Stopped and pictured myself riding down the trail happy and joyous on Lucky. Felt fear in myself. More tapping…

I face my fears with Lucky
I choose Trust
I choose trust with Lucky
I am courage with Lucky
I feel Lucky’s energy
I share Lucky’s energy
I feel Lucky’s excitement
I share Lucky’s excitement
I remember the fun of an energized horse
I enjoy a courageous energized horse (started feeling sad)
I love a courageous energized horse (lots of sadness)

At this point I realized the sadness was over Buck, my first horse. He was a very energetic and yet calm horse. He could poke along, or be like sitting on controlled dynamite. We did everything from trails, to riding in traffic, to open jumpers and hunt seat. He died young, of colic. I still had some unresolved sadness about the way I was taught to treat jumpers, and how patient he was over the treatment.

More tapping:
I choose forgiveness
I am forgiveness
Forgiveness is love

(felt a sudden release of the emotions)

At this point I ended the EFT session. I was surprised by where the tapping had taken me, when my goal was a closer relationship with Lucky.

So, later today, I took Poco and Ben out for a leisurely trail ride, then called Lucky. For the first time, he walked right up and was positive about me putting on the halter. With just the rope halter I mounted bareback. Just stood and scratched and rubbed and did TTouches on him. I explored where he liked to be scratched. Gave him hugs, rubbed behind his ears, fed him treats. I got one huge wave of sadness, when I rubbed my legs against his sides. He reached around to sniff my boots, and I got an impression about spurs. He licked and chewed and sighed, sniffed as much of my legs and boots as he could reach, nibbled on me, and stood quietly. This is the same horse who came off the racetrack, that bucked when ridden by a trainer, that danced and pranced and refused to stand the last time I rode him. After about 10 minutes, I picked up the reins. He turned and backed and leg yielded with the lightest of touches on the first try. After about 10 minutes, I felt we had done enough and slid off. Throughout the entire session, I had his full attention with a positive, curious attitude. I got a very clear impression that he wants a bigger challenge next time, and will try whatever I suggest. I'm quite excited to see where the journey leads next, and plan to use the EFT more to address any additional issues that arise.

So, the journey continues...

Until next time, be well and happy!

Carrie & Lucky

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What is in my first aid kit

Here are the contents of my first aid kit, for all my animals and the family also:
Dynamite Relax - oral spray for trauma
Dynamite Release - topical spray for pain, energy blocks
Yunan Pao powder - to control bleeding
Dynamite Liquid Trace Minerals - for bleeding orally and topically, and for some infections
Dynamite Solace - colloidal silver for infection and illness
Dynamite Miracle Clay - topical poultice and orally for toxin ingestion
Dynamite DynaPro - prebioticactivated charcoal - for toxin ingestionhoof trimmers
Dynamite Tea Tree Oil - topical for fungus, infections
sterile saline
various size syringes - for oral drenching as well as injections (I keep an extra large tipped one for giving clay orally)
Dynamite Wound Salve
Dynamite Wound Wash
Waiora Natural Cellular Defense - pH balancer, toxin remover
Waiora Agarigold - immune system balancer
homeopathic Arnica
topical Arnica
aloe vera gel
Dynamite Herbal Green - alkalizing and increases Vit K if an animal ingests a blood thinner

I also suggesting getting a basic homeopathic first aid kit, and Rescue Remedy.

There are other brands for some of these items besides Dynamite. However, as I really trust their product quality, I stick with their products where I can.


PS - Some conditions are true emergencies. None of the above suggestions should be substituted for proper medical care in an emergency. When in doubt, consult your vet or doctor.

Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Why I feed Dynamite Pelleted Grain Ration to my horses, goats and chickens...

Pelleted Grain Ration (PGR) is the cleanest feed you are going to find out there. Although there are not enough certified organic sources of grain around to use that exclusively, Dynamite does check the grains for pesticides and herbicides, nitrates, and other toxins. Just having a clean, chemical-free feed does amazing things for animals, because they are so susceptible to chemical toxins. Feed store employees may be spraying toxic pesticides on and around bags of feed to get rid of insects, and don't think it doesn't go right through the woven plastic bags! Even bleaches such as methyl mercury, and fumigants used in the storage bins and mills can have tremendous adverse effects on animals. Dynamite® uses only diatomaceous earth for pest control in their mills, and no chemical-fortified feeds or those with urea are produced on site, in order to avoid potential cross contamination. The whole milling process goes thru a visual inspection by 6 to 7 people; dust and broken grains are removed by a special vacuum process before pelleting begins, so you are assured of full value for your dollar. Dynamite's commitment to buy direct from local growers and to avoid GMO grains means unparalleled quality.

Regarding quality control and freshness, 90% of Dynamite ingredients are less than 30 days old, and many are less than 2 weeks old. This is a level of freshness unheard of in the feed industry. In over 30 years Dynamite has never had a positive aflotoxin test.

The last point to consider, is that the mix is always the same. The majority of manufacturers use "least cost" formulations: that is, they will use more of whatever grain is cheaper on the commodities market that week. You have Jim Zamzow's (Dynamite's founder) pledge: Dynamite will never use "least cost" The PGR formulas are the same always. Dynamite has total control over the PGR, start to finish, in their own mills (the only chemical free mill in the country, by the way!).

Dynamite will also never apologize for the cost of quality - an increasingly educated and sophisticated marketplace will gladly pay for optimum results! You always have the option to become Dynamite® Distributors, purchase at wholesale and earn money sharing the feed while providing their friends and their area with the best holistic grain ration in the world!

Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

About environmental toxins...

Having worked as an environmental regulator for 14 years, this is a topic dear to my heart. Even 20 years ago, this was not a major concern. Today, things are different.

You can go to to see a 9 minute video on the issue. Or just google on toxins or heavy metals.

Our animals are exposed to lead in the air from exhaust, pesticides and herbicides that blow in from neighboring farms, aluminum in galvanized stock tanks, ethoxyquin in black rubber buckets and feed tubs, mercury in the air and forage from energy production, and the list goes on. Any feed or hay produced these days, even organically, will have a toxin load from airborn fallout and rainwater.These toxins build up in the body over time, and are not easy to spot. This non-acute or non-lethal exposure affects all the body systems and is passed to offspring through mother's milk, as well as actually affecting the DNA.Possible symptoms include: allergies, agression/behavioral disorders, anemia, bone & joint disorders, cancer, diabetes, infertility, skin problems,thyroid problems, infections and birth defects. This exposure is why all my animals and my family get regular liver cleanses and also heavy metal cleanses. The liver does not recognize and filter out all the heavy metals.

Historically, chelation therapy was considered the best way to remove the metals. However, it was mainly used on people, is very expensive, and can be risky. There is now another approach available. Zeolites are a naturally occuring crystalline mineral found in rock deposits and formed by volcanic activity. Zeolites attract and bind toxic particles such as heavy metals, radioactive particles and certain other toxins. Zeolites have also been shown to help balance blood sugar levels, balance the body's pH and support healthy immune function. Several forms of zeolite are commercially available. I use the Waiora Natural Cellular Defense, because they have the cleanest, and thus most cost-effective product.I also use clay and herbs to cleanse the liver and digestive tract of my animals several times a year. There are many good products out there. I have been very happy with Dynamite's Miracle Clay and also their Herbal Tonic.I especially make sure to do a cleanse before breeding season starts, as I want my kids conceived from the cleanest genetic stock possible.

Please contact me if you have more questions about toxins and my experiences with detoxification.
You can see the Dynamite Miracle Clay and Herbal Tonic at
You can see the Waiora Natural Cellular Defense zeolite at

Be well,

Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Partnership with horses

Kim Walnes at suggested I watch the vidoes of Klaus Hempfling. Having done so, I have to say he has the kind of partnership with his horses that I strive for. Watching him ride bareback, with no bridle, or do upper level dressage on a loose rein, I feel reinspired. The link above takes you to several vidoes that are a sampling of his work and approach.

You can go to his website at for more information about his work and publications.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Jan 2009 trims finished

Photos of left front hooves after backing up the toes into the white line and floating the flares. You can still see white line at the toes. However, there is a mustang roll so the white line is not touching the ground.

Horse 1

Horse 2

Horse 3

Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Trimming hooves

Horse 1 - left front

Horse 1 - right front

Horse 2 - left front

Horse 2 - right front

Horse 3 - left front

Horse 3 - right front

Horse 4 - left hind, entire hoof capsule distorted toward the outside, hoof very upright

Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.