Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Annual Wellness Calendar For My Horses, Dogs, Goats & Cats

Here are the annual wellness programs for my own horses, dogs, cats and goats.  All items marked with an asterisk* are from Dynamite Specialty Products and can be found on the website 

My horses

Jan - March
prebiotic* as needed
Stop all supplements in feed except the prebiotic one day per week (free choices are still offered)

all supplements from Jan-March list
start 1 tsp diatomaceous earth/bentonite clay/digestive aid mix* at night (continue until first hard frost)

28 days herbal detoxification blend* (stop all other supplements except diatomaceous earth/bentonite/digestive aid blend and prebiotic) 
After detoxification, resume April program

same program as April

28 days herbal detoxification blend* (stop all other supplements except diatomaceous earth/bentonite/digestive aid blend and prebiotic) 
after detoxification, restart January program without diatomaceous earth mix

same program as Jan-March

Individual horses may need additional supplements at various times.  During parasite season, horses get the 7-day parasite cleanse as needed.​  Contact me for the 7-day recipe.

My goats

Their calendar has no months listed, as each farm (mine included) cycles around the breeding and kidding, which varies each year

Year-Round Basics - for bucks, does, kids
free choice calcium phosphorus mixes* in 1:1 and 2:1 ratios, natural trace mineral salt* or Redmond salt and naturally-chelated trace mineral blend with fulvic acids*
free choice amino acid-chelated vitamin/mineral mix* for browsers and grazers OR free choice amino acid-chelated vitamin/mineral mix* for horses (higher selenium and copper)

1 month before breeding season
herbal detoxifier blend* for 14 days at 1 tsp/40 lbs bodyweight, twice daily in feed

During breeding season
The year-round basics, plus 1 pinch amino acid-chelated vitamin/mineral mix* for horses topdressed for bucks and does

During pregnancy and lactation
The year-round basics, plus 1 pinch amino acid-chelated vitamin/mineral mix* for horses topdressed for the does only
diatomaceous earth/bentonite/digestive aid blend* and/or garlic and/or fresh pine and/or pumpkin seeds and/or Land Of Havilah Herbal Dewormer as needed for parasites

After weaning and before next pre-breeding cycle
Year-round basics for all goats
herbal detoxifier* blend for 14 days at 1 tsp/40 lbs bodyweight, twice daily in feed

My Dogs

This or this daily topdressed amino acid-chelated vitamin/mineral mix*
Good quality grain-free chemical-free canola-free dog food (ask me about my favorite)
prebiotic* as needed

May and October
herbal detoxifier blend* for 28 days (stop other supplements

June, July, August, September
7 day parasite cleanse (stop other supplements). Ask me for the recipe.

My Cats

Good quality grain-free chemical-free dry cat food (would use wet if indoors)
I may add a pinch of diatomaceous earth/bentonite/digestive aid blend* or montmorrillonite clay* if the cats muscle test for it.

*All Dynamite products may be ordered from 
or contact your Dynamite distributor

Copyright ©2016, 2017 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.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Joan Ranquet & animal communication

In the last few months, I have blogged about a new level of communication between myself and my horse herd.
All my life I dreamed of having the kind of relationship with horses that is portrayed in the Walter Farley Black Stallion series, or in The Man From Snowy River movie.  Now I'm actually building that.  Fun!
Recently, I started having more confidence in the messages I've been getting from the horses for a while. The more confidence I develop, the more clear and frequent the messages are becoming.  I had still sometimes failed to hear what they were saying, or struggled to hear clearly.  And I was only hearing the horses and goats, not my other animals (or so I thought).

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Farrier, equine podiatrists, barefoot trimmer resources

I've been asked by clients to put together a list of trimmers in the areas I serve, as well as post online resources and a discussion of how I trim my own horses.

I have researched many different trimming methods over the past few years.  I have cherry picked from each method the techniques that most helped my own horses and muscle tested well for them.  You will notice that my list includes different approaches to trimming, and even approaches that contradict each other.  Again, I have taken what resonated for me and my herd.  I encourage you to make your own informed choices based on muscle testing, function and results.  Here is a collection of websites that I found educational:

Barefoot For Soundness
Jaime Jackson
Pete Ramey
American Association Of Natural Hoofcare Practitioners
The Horse's Hoof
ABC Hoofcare
Penzance Equine

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A new riding lesson from Lucky - turning

Lucky enjoying some TTouch on his back before we ride.

You may remember that Lucky suggested that he should give me riding lessons.  Our first session set the groundrules (no tack at all) and also established that Lucky feels I have a lot to learn.  We covered staying balanced and centered while moving and stopping in our first lesson.

After that lesson, Lucky asked for several days of bodywork only and no riding.   He wanted some changes in his back and pelvis, and some adjustments to his hoof trims.   I got out my helmet each time, in the hope that he would choose to offer another riding lesson.

Ready to ride.  When he is ready for me, he stands calmly at the mounting block, with relaxed breathing and often licking and chewing.  I do not get on until I have clear permission.
And after several days he did!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Salt for horses

One of the key supplements for horses.
And so often misused, underused, overused, or used in ways the horses cannot utilize.
So, let's learn about salt.

First, when folks say salt, the mineral that is really being referred to is sodium.  Salt is sodium chloride NaCl. Sodium is very reactive, and never found in nature by itself as Na.  When salt is eaten, the body splits the sodium and chloride apart.  For you science-minded folks, here is a sodium link for more details.

Horse first aid kit

A first aid kit for horses can be a real lifesaver.  Generally, I divide first aid supplies into 2 categories - those that are for critical life-saving intervention where seconds count, and those that you have time to go to the store and purchase (although they should be kept on hand if possible)

Your horse can die within seconds or minutes from just a few things. Severe blood loss, shock, snake bite, allergic reaction, heart failure or poisoning.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Preride check, or what to do BEFORE you ride

Before I ever get on my horses, I go through this routine.  It is fast, sometimes as fast as 15 minutes.  It tells me how my horse is doing physically and emotionally and lays the foundation for a comfortable ride for both of us.

Step 1: Lay out equipment
Besides getting out my grooming tools, I get out a leather or nylon halter and leadrope, TTEAM wand, 2 different neck ropes or cordeos (one stiff and one soft braid), a hackamore bridle or rope halter with side rings, a bitted open-face bridle (french link or double-jointed snaffle only), a saddle with pad (if I might use one) and possibly TTEAM bodywraps (if bodywraps could be on the agenda for the day).  I lay these all out in the corner of the square pen, for later use (See Step 10)

Step 2: The Greeting
I greet my horse.  I move to the edge of my horse's personal space.  I wait politely to be recognized.  Then I offer the back of my hand.  If my horse does not come to me (usually, they do) I slowly walk to them, still offering my hand.  After the horse greets me with a hand sniff, I invite the horse out of the corral and into the square pen.  I do this at liberty.  My horse has the right to say "no" and choose to remain in the corral, skipping the day's session, or at least postponing it until later.

Step 3: Clear polarity

I clear my polarity and then my horse's.

Step 4: Bladder meridian
I sweep the bladder meridian on both sides 3 times.

Next Step:  Energy Blocks
This is not numbered or in bold.  I feel for energy blocks.  This is impossible to teach in videos or by verbal description.  Skip this step until you can have a lesson with me or attend a clinic with Kelley Mills or Regan Golob.

Step 5: Check K27 points
I check my own K27 points and then my horse's.  I make note of any soreness in either of us, and work the point if necessary to clear the pain.  I may use my favorite flower essence blend spray spray on the point.

Step 6: Check the bladder meridian tail points
I check the points on either side of the tail.  The tail should lift easily, and in alignment with the spine.  I may use my favorite flower essence blend spray here too.

Step 7: Back and neck check
I do the bum tuck/back up/belly lift/neck telescope exercise once.  If it's perfect, I stop at 1.  If there is a block or lack of movement, I do it at least 3 times, and may add my favorite flower essence blend spray topically at the blockage. I seek out and clear all energy and body blocks until I get a full released bascule (engagement or roundness) from tail to nose.  If I cannot get a bascule, I do not get on.

      For this bum tuck or butt tuck, you are looking for the hip angle to increase as the pelvis tucks under. Additionally, you are looking for spinal straightness as you sight from the base of the tail to the withers.  If the butt tucks off to one side, increase the pressure on the side the hips moved away from, to bring the hips back to center.

     For the back lift, you are looking for the back to lift.  Additionally, you are looking for spinal straightness as you sight from the base of the tail to the withers.  If the back lifts off to one side, increase the pressure on the side the back curved away from, to bring the back into alignment.  It is very important that you maintain the pelvic tuck during this move.  If the pelvis flattens back out or tips forward, go back to the bum tuck, and make sure you are using your thumbs to hold that tuck in place while lifting the back.  If the horse cocks a leg or ducks down, there are bigger issues going on and you should call your health practitioner before proceeding.

     For the belly lift, you are looking for the back and withers to lift.  If the horse fails to lift, there are bigger issues going on and you should call your health practitioner before proceeding.

     For the neck telescope, you are looking for the base of the neck to lift, the muscles at the top of the neck to engage, and then for the neck to telescope forward and down.  Additionally, you are looking for spinal straightness from the poll to the withers.  If the neck curves off to one side, increase the pressure on the side the neck curved away from, to bring the neck into alignment.  If the neck will not telescope, there are bigger issues going on and you should call your health practitioner before proceeding.

Step 8: Address any issues
If any issues showed up in the steps above, I work through the reflex points and bodywork until everything is cleared.  I skip asking to ride if anything remains an issue.

Step 9:  Equipment choices
By this step, I've gotten a pretty good feel for where my horse is that day.  I sense the mood.  My horse senses mine.  We often have had a bit of a conversation.  I have some sense what may be on the agenda. I offer the halter, bridles, and or saddle as appropriate and let my horse tell me the choice for the day.
I offer the mounting block to get a decision about riding.

Always, the horse has the choice.

And off we go!

Copyright (c) 2015 Carrie Eastman
Video copyright (c) 2015 C. Hair Animal Services

Credits:  The body exercises above were first shown to me by Regan Golob and Kelley Mills (Willow Creek Animal Rehab in Washington state, USA).  Please see Regan's DVD "Where Have All The Horsemen Gone" for the original version of these exercises and check out the classes that they both offer.

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.

Friday, November 13, 2015

What's in a name?

Words have power.  Names have extra power.  The meaning of a name reflects on, and influences, the owner of that name.

In many cultures, children are given a temporary name at birth.  Later, an adult name is chosen, usually in combination with a sacred ceremony.  That adult name either reflects the qualities the young adult already shows, or sets the expectation of who the young adult will grow to become.

When it comes to the animals I share my life with, I do my best to listen for their true name.  Some will offer it up.  Some stay quiet and ask me to choose.

There are some names I avoid.  Buck or Slowpoke or Tripod for a horse would be good examples.
When you hear the name that fits with that soul, it just clicks into place.  There is a knowing.  Goose bumps.  Tears.  Joy.  Peace. 
And sometimes amusement or even doubt.
Really?  You want to be called what???

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The best riding instructor ever!!!

I'm taking riding lessons again.

With a new twist.

My instructor is a horse.

Lucky has decided to take me under his hoof and teach me the fine art of equitation from a horse's point of view.

And he had a condition on the agreement.  No tack.  Not even a cordeo.

Well, how can a lady refuse an offer like that??  I'm in!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

How to get started with liberty horse play

I've had some folks ask me how I learned to work with my horses at liberty.  Below are resources to check out and my own process of learning this new path.
Each person and horse will do this a bit differently.  The core principle is universal and simple - the horse is allowed to say no.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Updated - Goat nutrition at Oak Hill

My last post on the full Oak Hill program was a couple years back.  I've learned more since then about what works best for my herd on my land.  This feels like a good time to update my readers on the tweaks to the program here at Oak Hill.

First some background and basics.  The 6 basic building blocks of any goat’s diet are fats, carbohydrates, proteins, water, vitamins, minerals. There are many excellent books and online articles, including peer-reviewed studies, dealing with the basics of goat diet. So let’s focus on the less-basic, less-mainstream bits of information that will be useful for your goats. Please keep in mind I am feeding for a long, healthy life, healthy kids, minimal medical/chemical intervention and cost-effective feed use, not necessarily the fastest growth.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

What herd do YOU run with?

written by Carrie Eastman, Tabby M., Bodhi (equine) and Salty (equine)

In the past, my blog posts have usually been written by me (though I suspect a guiding hand or hoof behind many of them).
Recently, I shared an experience with Jeep, a member of the herd here at Oak Hill.  Jeep took an active role in presenting the lesson and insisting that I share it with others.
Today's post is yet another new experience for me - a group writing effort between myself, a new friend, and 2 of our horses.  (I use the term "our" loosely, as really they are companions and teachers and friends not possessions.  Our and possessives are just a simpler way to express who belongs to which herd)


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Exploring teamwork with Jeep and Lucky, the horses

Lucky (left) and Jeep
Well, as you may have gathered from my posts, I have been exploring working with horses as thinking, conscious feeling beings with opinions of their own, and the right to say no.
This has been an interesting journey, that started with childhood dreams after watching The Black Stallion, and grew when I had my first experiences actually "hearing" the horses, and having them listen to me.

I've been pretty busy these last couple months with goat shows and clinics and my mom's 80th birthday.  Tonight was my first chance in a while to just hang out with the horses and catch up on some hoof trimming.

I usually trim with the horses loose in the square pen ( we don't do round pens, which is a story for another day).  I worked on Lucky's front hooves while Jeep his roommate hung out in the same pen to watch and also spend time with his person Cody.  Jeep was very curious about what I was doing, hanging over my shoulder and watching closely.

When I was done trimming, I just stood with Lucky and asked what he felt like doing.  I got a very clear sense that he wanted to play a bit at liberty, and wanted Jeep to join us.  I checked in with Cody, and he was getting that same sense from Jeep.  OKaaayyyyy, I think we can do this.  Hmm...

I asked Lucky to pick a direction and walk, using body language and picturing what I was asking for. Lucky pushed Jeep ahead of him and started circling, then passed Jeep and Jeep followed along.  Just a couple circles and clearly Lucky wanted to do something more.  He picked up a jog.  I agreed and added my body language for jogging and off we went, Lucky leading and Jeep following.  What happened next was the truly fun part.  When I stopped circling and asked for a stop, Jeep rushed over to me and touched me with his nose, then Lucky came over.  This had clearly turned into a version of musical chairs, with the game being which horse would see the stop cue first and get back over to touch me.

We did several rounds of this, with Jeep beating Lucky every time.  He even anticipated a couple times (or maybe I gave a cue I wasn't aware of)  When I had the sense they were done, I just sat down on my heels and they both came over to hang out.  Jeep was very curious and nuzzled me and wanted to share breath.

[side note:  sharing breath is almost a meditation.  Nose to nose, we breath together, me in and the horse out, then the other way around, sharing breath.  It is an act of trust, and really forms a connection]

Tonight was the first time I got a clear sense that one horse wanted to work with me with another horse, and it was pretty amazing.  I'm really excited to see what the 3 of us come up with next.

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, October 26, 2015

CAE, CL and Johnes in goats

Ever since my holistic book The Energetic Goat came out I've been flooded with questions about the top three tested goat diseases - CAE, CL and Johnes. So I put together a resource for the holistic owner.  If you know of additional information, please comment and I will edit the blog post.

This information has a definite holistic eastern bias, as conventional western medicine says that all 3 diseases are untreatable, incurable, and often grounds for kill-culling the infected goat.

I am NOT claiming to have treatments or cures for any of these diseases.  I AM sharing resources and leaving you to draw your own conclusions about whether or not they are treatable or curable.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Are you being rude to your horse? Energy fields and etiquette

Every living being has an area of personal space around them.  This space can actually be measured and photographed using a technique called Kirlean photography.  Another term for this space is aura, or auric field.

In my experience, horses and other prey animals have a much larger personal space or aura than we people do.  People CAN have a large aura, it's just that many folks make choices that keep them small.

Monday, October 19, 2015

To Soy Or Not To Soy

Soy and soybeans.

That is a pretty controversial topic these days, both for human consumption and for your animals.

Add in how common genetically modifiied (GMO) soy has become, and it's partner glyphosate, and you really stir the pot.

I personally do still use soy for my horses and goats.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Heirloom & heritage plants and animals

How many of you are familiar with heirloom plants and heritage animals?  How about landrace animals?

A heritage livestock breed is a breed that was traditionally raised by farmers before agriculture went large-scale.  These heritage breeds may or may not also be very old breeds.  Some date back just to the early 1900s, some back centuries.  Heritage breeds are typically adapted to local climates and to small and medium scale farming.  Heritage breeds tend to be more able to fend for themselves.  While the genetics within a heritage breed may sometimes be narrowed down by the process of developing the breed, the sheer variety of heritage breeds creates a lot of genetic diversity within a species.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Oak Hill fall musings & planning for 2016

Boy, it's been ages since I updated folks on doings at Oak Hill.

You may (or may not) have figured out that a variety of species share Oak Hill with us.  In residence are horses, fainting goats, muscovy ducks, buckeye chickens, dogs, cats, fish and turtles.

As time passes we continue to change or add buildings, fence systems, shelters, feeding programs and all the many details that go into running a small homestead.

Fall is my time for assessing the past season and planning for the next.

We realized that we need to really get back to doing regular soil tests and focus on building the best soils possible, making that the top priority.  The pastures are decent, sure.  We can do better.  The healthier the pastures, the healthier the animals are.  And good pastures save money on hay and supplements.  We had been doing pasture rotation.  This fall and early winter we will be doing soil tests, fertilizing with Dynamite Humizyme (only available by special order - you won't find this on the website), and also spreading the manure that has been composting all season.  (In the past we have just had the manure hauled next door to fertilize the hay we buy).  I'm also planning to experiment with a light application of Redmond salt to make the minerals more available, and possibly applying commercial-grade zeolite powder to neutralize environmental toxins (time to add "locate bulk zeolite" to my planner).  In 2016 the plan is to continue pasture rotation and the runways for the horses, while adding high-intensity high-density stocking and rotation using the goats within the horse pastures (watch for future posts on high-intensity high-density grazing).

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Energetic Goat

Whoot!!!  It's here!  I finally wrote my first book.

My dad always wanted me to write books.  I don't think he thought my topic would be practical applied kinesiology for goats.  Hopefully he's chuckling...

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Emotional Freedom Technique for animals & people

Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is a major tool in my toolbox for myself and my animals.

To quote Garry Craig, "EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques (sometimes called Tapping) and, in essence, it is an emotional version of acupuncture, except we don't use needles.  Instead, we stimulate certain meridian points on the body by tapping on them with our fingertips.  This has shown repeatedly to reduce the conventional therapy process from months or years down to minutes, hours or a few sessions."

To put it another way, I use EFT to clear emotional baggage from animals and people.  It is fast, simple, and easy to learn.  For the equestrian, it can even be done one-handed while riding your horse if issues come up. You can do surrogate EFT, tapping away the emotional issues of your animals on your own body, or you tap directly on your animal.  You can tap yourself.

Garry feels that EFT is a tool that should be available to everyone at no cost and his website is packed with free manuals, videos, a blog, and more!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Here are some other common sense & natural goat blogs...

I got curious the other day about what other resources are out there in the blogging world for us goat folks. These are several of the best ones I found, with a bit of information about each of them.  Please let me know how you like them.  And also please tell me if you know of others.

Homestead Revival - Journey Back To The Farm
This is the brainchild of Kate Myers and Amy (no last name listed).  Their blog covers all sorts of homestead topics, including some good posts on goat care.  This post about natural goat care resources in particular caught my eye.

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Has my blog gone steampunk???
Please visit this link for instructions to build your own hieronymous machine, pictured above
Nope!  Though it's an appealing idea...

This is a hieronymous machine.  A hier what?  It's a machine used in the practice of radionics.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mercury retrograde and the moon

Ever have one of those days when you just get very introspective, and are processing so much, and really have little to say?  Hah!  Apparently today is my day.  :-)

I had 3 great blog topics picked out.  And none feel right to share today.  So, let's talk about not talking.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Conscious Horsemanship, and goatmanship, and dogmanship, and peopleship

I'm a fan of observing interactions.  Watching the dance of cause and effect.  A few years back I became aware of something profound, that changed how I interact with animals and people.  I realized that when it comes to horse training, that mystical relationship I longed for in The Black Stallion by Walter Farley really could happen.  And then I realized, that same relationship can exist with my other animals and with the people in my life.  Mutual respect, the right to say "no", learning each other's language, explaining more clearly instead of shouting louder - all of these part of a balanced give-and-take partnership.  I also noticed that many of the very popular training methods in both the dog and the horse world were not actually mutually respectful.  When I watched the actual body language and watched the results, it became very clear that while the words used were kind and respectful, the actions most certainly were not.  And the animals were unhappy.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Got glyphosate? Metals? Other chemicals? What to do about toxins for yourself & your animals

(Thank you to and Dunhill & McGrouther Group for the image)

Having worked in the environmental field for 18 years, I've watched pollution levels change and the type of risks shift. Even 20 years ago, toxins were not such a major concern. Today, things are different. Our animals and ourselves are exposed to:
  • lead from old paint
  • pesticides and herbicides that blow in from neighboring farms
  • herbicides like glyphosate deliberately applied to the crops to kill weeds
  • glyphosate used to dry out grain crops
  • aluminum and other metals in galvanized stock tanks
  • mercury from industry, especially mercury released from the soil in forest fires
  • ethoxyquin and other chemicals in black rubber buckets and feed tubs
  • lead and mold inhibitors from garden hoses
  • chemicals in fly sprays, vaccines, and dewormers
  • BPA and other plastic additives
  • preservatives and metals in vaccines
  • bromide in soda and flour
  • fluoride in drinking water
  • radioactive fallout from Japan

Any food, feed or hay produced these days, even organically, will have a toxin load from airborn fallout and rainwater.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Jackson Galaxy's Catification - I love this approach!

You may have seen Jackson Galaxy on TV.  If you haven't, check him out.  It's a treat!

One section of his website is devoted to his concept of Catification.  Catification is all about creating space for your cat to climb, perch, hide and just generally be able to be a cat in your household.  His Catification page has lots of reader-submitted Catification ideas.

I'm pretty excited about applying those ideas in our house for Sinh, as we live in a Topsider post and beam home with lots of exposed overhead beams, great for high perches.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Simple common-sense steps to your own perfect health

How many of us focus our time and attention on getting our animals healthy, and ignore our own health?

I still remember the day my holistic veterinarian looked me in the eye and said "Carrie, when are you going to do some homeopathy for yourself?  If you don't take care of yourself, who will take care of your animals?"

I know I'm not alone.  I see this over and over with my clients, and now and then I slide back into that rut myself.

So, keeping in mind our full lives and full plates, here are some simple basics to get your started, or possibly give you some new approaches.  I encourage you to tackle each of these one at a time.  Remember, it takes roughly 66 days to form a new habit.  Also remember, no one likes instant health.  You can feel mighty sick if you tackle too much too fast.

Applied kinesiology for all animals and people - getting practical answers about wellness

I recently published The Energetic Goat.  This book is a practical guide to applied kinesiology, contact reflex analysis and dowsing for goat health.

I often get asked, can I use this book for my cat?  My dog?  My horse?  Myself?  The short answer is, YES!  You can use this book for any of your animals or yourself!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Meow! Purrrrrfectly practical primer on cats.

Cats are a topic near and dear to my heart.  When I first moved out on my own, the first new species I added to my household was a pair of barn cats.  Ambercat and Sabrina blessed me with lessons in cat care, cat feeding, cat behavior and just general feline fun.
Later, my neighbor's cats moved in with all their kittens.  24 spay and neuters later (phew) and I had quite the mousing crew in my barn.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bringing Home Your New Goat - How To Prepare

Preparing For Your New Goats
by Carrie Eastman

Congratulations!  You bought a goat, or 3, or more!  Are you prepared?  Before you bring your goat or goats home,  a bit of planning can save a lot of expense, stress and heartache.  Everything mentioned in this article should be done BEFORE you ever load that goat up.

First, read.  Read, read read.  And keep learning.  I have posted some key resources on my website.  I encourage you to get at least 2 books to begin with.  Just pick 2 that appeal to you, and get started. I also suggest this article that I wrote for a newsletter.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tax time and pastures

You might be wondering at the title.  What does tax season have to do with pastures?
Well, for me, tax season also means looking back at all the expenses and income for the past year and looking for ways to improve the bottom line while keeping my animals healthy.

Hay is one of the biggest expenses at Oak Hill, and was even bigger this past year.  Therefore making the best use of our pastures for feed and exercise will improve our bottom line this coming year.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Kidding Supplies - updated 2015

Goat Kidding Kit
by Carrie Eastman

With kidding season approaching, time to check the kidding kit.
Kidding is a time when emergency supplies mean the difference between life and death for both mom and kids, so I make sure to have these items ready.

Thermometer.  Kids must be at least 100 degrees F before nursing.

Ketone test strips.  Available at any pharmacy in diabetic supplies.  Best to have these during the pregnancy.

Homeopathic remedies, all 30C potency:
Cimicifuga - dilates cervix, for lack of progress at any stage of labor
Pulsatilla - turns kid if positioned incorrectly, no effect if kid is correct. 2 doses maximum, if it's going to work will work within a half hour.
Arnica - helps with swelling, bruising, sore muscles after
Carbo vegetabilis - given to the kids for blue babies and difficult births
Sepia - given to does that reject kids
colocythus - to doe to encourage labor