Disclaimer: Our First Friday Fave for this month is a supplement. Therefore, we want to lead with a quick disclaimer that we are not veterinarians or equine nutritionist. The recommendations made below are solely based on our experience, observations, and why we like the chosen supplement. Check with your veterinarian or equine nutritionist for your horses individual needs. We have cited our sources where appropriate.
Our second "First Friday Favorites" segment recommendation is A Little Pet Vet’s Illuminated Hoof Pick. We are not sponsored for our First Friday Favorites. They are purely things we are loving and recommending to our clients. I (Flannery) get laughed at for my instance on actually having a favorite hoof pick that I always want to be put back “in its place,” but it’s my favorite for good reason!!! This hoof pick has stiff bristles, comfortable hand grip, a sturdy pick, and, of course the big highlight, a bright, easy to activate LED light on the end that is positioned well to illuminate the area of the hoof you are trying to pick out. These picks are in demand around our facility and are especially useful for morning and/or evening checks when you might have to check on horses in areas of low light. This is my go to hoof pick that is always close at hand. It can be found at Schneider’s Saddlery (click here) or other tack retailers.
We chose the Unite States Pony Clubs Manuals of Horsemanship for our very first "First Friday Favorites" segment. The video above gives a quick overview of why we love the United States Pony Clubs Manuals of Horsemanship. We are not sponsored for our First Friday Favorites. They are purely things we are loving and recommending to our clients. As we know many "horse people" don't always have access to the quickest internet, we've also outlined why we love these manuals and some items they cover. All the manuals are easily bought through major book retailers.
Why we love them:
We've been steadily working around the property and one of the ongoing tasks has been tree trimming, cleaning up huge downed branches, and processing downed or dead trees. These big piles may look like debris piles awaiting burn permits to be allowed again, but we don't agree! These are raw materials waiting to be used! Instead of burning these natural resources and adding to air pollution, every part of our trees gets reused on the property. We will posting more in-depth discussions and videos of some of the topics below in the future, but, for now, here are some great uses for all those tree trimmings.
Wood that is good for cooking fires and bonfires is chopped and set aside to age. Wood that is good for various building projects will be milled into usable lumber and also set aside to season. Large logs and stumps are also being set aside to make seating and tables for various relaxing and leisure areas throughout the farm.
Larger branches and trunks will be used for erosion prevention, habitat mitigation, water harvesting, and groundwater recharge measures. They are used for making headcut repairs on eroded areas providing both stabilization and velocity dissipation via being placed in steps. They are also placed in small channels cut for them following natural contours on the property in order to slow sheet flow runoff, assist in retaining water on the property, and increase infiltration into the soil. Branches are cut and placed into drainages to create ponding in the drainages. See renderings below.
Smaller branches are going to be lashed together to form trellises for the gardens. Smaller branches are also lashed together to create a more natural looking and aesthetically pleasing screen around things like groundwater wells, rain harvesting cisterns, etc. Everything that is left over is sent through the chipper and made into mulch to be used around the farm or added to compost piles.
While these piles may currently look like big messes of debris, it will all have its own "second life" purposes here on the farm!