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Saturday, June 06, 2020

Natural Remedies

Darlene Latshaw has been an equine and human massage therapist for 22 years

My practice is a bit different than most Equine Therapy practices.

Latshaw 1stAs a Licensed Massage Therapist, I work with horses and Equestrians.

A horse could be a phenomenal mover, but if the rider doesn’t address his or her strength and flexibility issues, the horse’s job becomes much more difficult.

My goal is to help horses and riders work in harmony by addressing both components of the partnership.

I’ve been a horse owner for 42 years.

Latshaw 2 rightI’ve spent a lifetime enjoying so many aspects of the horse world, and I try to bring that experience to my work.

As an Equine Vet Tech, I’ve worked with Olympic caliber Sports Medicine Professionals.

Larshaw 1I spent a number of years working in a tack shop where I developed an eye for proper saddle fit.

I’ve been a Massage Therapist for 22 years and have been blessed to work with some incredibly talented horses.

I’m trained in numerous therapeutic massage modalities, but specialize in Sports and Medical massage.

I’m also a Certified, nutrition based Health Coach and can assist clients in creating individualized wellness plans.

My Pennsylvania practice generally encompasses Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Berks and Lancaster Counties.

I can be reached at 610-960-1256 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ecovet Fly Spray Outperforms the Competition

To win the battle against flies and other pests, more and more horse owners are consistently reaching for Ecovet, a totally different type of fly spray.

eco vet 1A 2019 research study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology confirms Ecovet's standout success against flies: In head-to-head comparisons with other fly spray products, the researchers found that Ecovet is the most effective at inhibiting flies and Ecovet lasts the longest.

In fact, Ecovet was the only repellent in the study that inhibited flies for the full duration of the two-day trial.

The study compared a wide range of commercially available repellents, including those marketed as natural and those with synthetic pyrethroids as active ingredients. More:

Developed, tested, endorsed and owned by veterinarians, Ecovet does not contain toxic pesticides such as pyrethroids, and it is not an essential oil product, which can offer limited effectiveness.

eco vet 2Instead, Ecovet's formulation is 5 percent each of three food-grade fatty acids, 84 percent volatile silicone oil and 1 percent fragrance.

Ecovet founder Dr. Tim John, a veterinarian, explains how the fly spray works so well.

"After Ecovet is applied, the fatty acids evaporate and create a vapor barrier around the horse. This confuses and overwhelms an insect's normal directional ability — basically its 'GPS.' Thanks to this Ecovet barrier, the insect simply can't locate the horse as its next victim."

eco vet 3An additional benefit of Ecovet is that it helps prevent insect-related skin sensitivity by stopping insects from landing on the horse in the first place.

"If insects don't land, they don't bite. And if a horse isn't bitten, there's less chance for insect-related skin reactions or hypersensitivity, aka the dreaded sweet itch," notes Dr. John.

Ecovet not only repels but also kills flies, mosquitoes, ticks and no-see-ums.

Horse owners can find out why Ecovet is a real alternative to toxic pesticides at

Aarrgh! Can't find a bit that makes your horse happy

The Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle was developed after years of research.

bitless 1The design allows gentle, effective control with pressure that is distributed evenly around the horse's head.

Sometimes when you just can't find a bit that works, trying Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle could be the answer to your problems.

Going Bitless, no matter what discipline you are in (English or Western) even or a short period of time can be like hitting the refresh button on your computer.

bitless 2It is also great to have a Bitless Bridle on hand for situations such as being to ride after having your horse's dental work done, or on long trail rides where they can graze and drink without the nuisance of having a bit in their mouth.

And being able to take the bit away making sure your horse's bad behavior is not related to the bit you are using.

Older horses with severe tooth loss will be much more comfortable Bitless.

Going Bitless is great for lessons and therapeutic riding programs  where the rider has not yet developed the skills necessary to ride in a bit.

Transitioning to Bitless requires a surprisingly small amount of effort and time, sometimes even in the first ride.

bitless 3We suggest you start in a small, enclosed area lie a round pen or indoor arena.

The Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle is marketed all over the world and used in all disciplines.

Available in English and Western styles starting at $69.95, it''s easier than ever to go Bitless.

Made in the USA out of premium American materials.To order go to or call 877-942-4277.



Hay Pillows®- The Most Natural & Logical Slow Feed Solution

Heads down; the best slow feed choice....

hay pillow 3The Standard® and Mini Hay Pillow® are the only slow feed hay bags designed for use on the ground with a solid back; allowing your horse to eat in a natural grazing position, drastically reduces wasted hay and easily encourage movement with multiple locations.

They are available in 4 mesh sizes, easy fill, durable, effective and proudly made in the USA.

Why is feeding your horse from ground level best?

Hay pillow 2Thre is less strain on the skeletal system, optimum mastication, nasal passages drains effectively, relaxed emotional state, eliminates particles falling into eyes and does not impair peripheral vision.

Hanging and horse trailer manger bags are also available to accommodate all of your slow feed needs whether you’re at home or on the road.

These innovative slow feed solutions are popular for all of your barnyard buddies.

Slow fed free choice forage is beneficial for all herbivores including goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, camels, horses, donkeys and mules.

The website supports a natural lifestyle for happier, healthier herds by also offering enrichment toys, slow feed hay nets, grazing muzzles, safety and emergency ID tags and more.

Visit to learn more or call 888.489.0022 to take advantage of their expertise.

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Equine Colic Relief (ECR). ERC is an all-natural colic product

Finally a natural remedy that eases suffering, heartache, and saves lives gently and humanely of our equine friends.

equine colic 1Equine Colic Relief (ECR). ERC is an all-natural colic product, with a 14 year shelf life, that works to resolve a bout of colic in as little as 90-200 minutes.

Within minutes of administering, ECR starts restoring mobility to the intestine and horses were showing signs of obvious of relief and gut sound was returning.

ECR can go with you anywhere.

equine colic 2The formula helps dissipate gas in the bowel, assists gut rehydration, balances electrolytes, and softens any impacted or hardened fecal matter so the horse’s gut can do what it does best.

It moves and eliminates effortlessly just like nothing ever happened.

I personally have administered ECR to numerous different horses in my area.

Each horse responded in their own way.

Most of them were over the bouts of colic in 2 to 2 1/5 hours, recovering 100 percent without the assistance of a vet.

You Tube video: Equine Colic Relief Restores Life to Jake

Earth Song Ranch – Celebrating 21 Years in Business While Sharing a Half Century of Knowledge

From the cutest of minis to the top World Eventers, to the Champion at the Royal Dublin Horse Show, we have affordable natural products to help your horses, minis, mares, senior or top competitors.

EARTH SONG RIGHTEarth Song 3We are an essential web based business so will be here to serve you and your horses during these times of shut downs and uncertainty, you can safely shop from home.

Nutritional Evaluations also available.

Earth Song 2From all natural herbal blends for many horse disorders made fresh the day they ship; nosodes for prevention (Lymes, EPM & more), homeopathic remedies and offering the best of Horse Tech top health enhancing products, we are here to be of service with affordable natural options and products especially during these difficult times we all are facing together.

earth song We have the best pre/probiotic blends that we have done longer than anyone else to support your horses immune and digestive health with our Equine Zyme & Equine Zyme Plus with Colostrum.

earth song 4Be Well Stay Healthy and know we are all in this together.

Jessica and the Earth Song Ranch Gang

For more information, call: 951-514-9700, or go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

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