Yummy, yummy in my tummy!

Lucky for me, my human is all about keeping me and my little Pea Pod safe, sound and comfortable… both in and out of our stall. With virtually no ammonia in our stall thanks to Sweet PDZ, it is easy breathing.. all of the time!

Hi-Fiber-Front-View-copy1-178x300However, hay proves to be an ongoing risk to our respiratory health. With various levels of dust in every bale of hay (I mean, seriously, they can’t even be consistent with the DUST), sometimes it leaves me with the case of the sniffles and sometimes its an all out hack attack as I’m attempting to eat my dinner.

Well, Lucerne Farms forage products to the RESCUE! In addition to the 100% guaranteed analysis in every bale (wowzers, thats impressive!), the coating on the chopped, dehydrated hay means that it is 100% dust FREE!

Lately, I’ve been munching down on the Hi-Fiber… yummy, yummy in my tummy! A blend of timothy, oat hay, and alfalfa, as well as a teeny, tiny bit of molasses, this is not only an awesome snack but also an excellent grain complement.

Human mixes this stuff right in with my grain, which means (wait for it…), I get a FULL bucket for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am one lucky little lady! It also means that I take longer to eat my meals, with my momma tells me is healthy. There is a whole lot of science and what not behind WHY it is good for you… but all I know is that it is darn good!

Stay tuned!
Sweet Pea

Cut the Stench!

We all know the noxious smell of ammonia gas, but where does it come from? Excess protein and nitrogen in the horse’s diet is expelled from the body in the form of urea in the urine.  Bacteria feeds on nutrients in the urea-rich urine—creating ammonia. Sweet PDZ neutralizes the ammonia making it easier and healthier for your horse to breathe.

In addition to the Sweet PDZ, exposure to sunlight will dry the gas to be lighter than air to be carried out of the barn with good ventilation. So when the weather gets cold, put on a heavy jacket and keep the barn well ventilated to keep your horse happy and healthy throughout the winter season.

Oh Honey, Honey…

We all know that wounds to the lower limbs of horses can be difficult to manage. It seems that no matter how we wrap them, spray them, treat them, or hose them… SOMETHING manages to go wrong. Never fear, Sweet Pea here, to let you know about some new research and the growing interest in the use of honey in such cases.

Honey may soon be the treatment of choice for leg wounds. How SWEET is that?!

Honey may soon be the treatment of choice for leg wounds. How SWEET is that?!

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have been examining various different types of shop-bought honey to determine if they were free from bacterial contamination and suitable for use on equine wounds. They found that many honeys have antimicrobial properties, and so may be effective in the treatment of wound infections. However, they advise against the use of shop-bought honey on wounds, as contamination with potentially pathogenic microbes appears to be common.

Honoring Our Vets

This Veterans Day, I thought I would give you a chance to hear from some of the greats. Because as wonderful as I am, our Veterans deserve the most perfect of praise.

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Janson

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Janson

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” –Maya Angelou

“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” –Michel de Montaigne

 “The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.” –Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” –Cynthia Ozick

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” –John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.” –Steve Buyer

“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” –Mark Twain

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” –G.K. Chesterton

“I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.” –Gary Hart

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” –Jose Narosky

 “I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?'” –Eve Merriam

Still Using Barn Lime? Think Again…

Sweet Pea here! Reporting in on the sweet and the smelly!

Who better than me to talk about living conditions of the horse population then this spicy mare? Oh, that’s right… NO ONE. Sorry, sorry, just had to get that off my withers. Anyhow, today I want to clue you in on a very important fact. When it comes to cutting down the ammonia in your horse’s stall, lime just doesn’t cut it anymore. That’s so old school. Let me get you fully educated in the “new school” approach to odor control in the new millennium. The product of choice is, Sweet PDZ Horse Stall Refresher. I can hear you now, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, of course that’s what Sweet Pea is going to say.’ But, before you turn your ears over to the pretty  songbirds serenading you from the fence post, please hear me out.

Barn Lime (also referred to by some as, Ag Lime or Dairy Lime) has essentially zero, zilch, nada, ability to remove ammonia and odors. Barn lime is simply crushed up limestone, or Calcium Carbonate. That said, if you dump enough barn lime on a urine spot you may succeed in “covering up” the ammonia and odors, I’ll give you that; but the same is true if you use dirt or soil to cover up the urine smell! The fact is that the ammonia remains and will eventually fill the environment and your schnozzle once again. So, here you heard it, straight from the horse’s mouth: It’s a waste of your hard earned money.

Then we get to Hydrated Lime (Chemically known as, Calcium Hydroxide Ca(OH)2). Let’s just start this discussion with a big fat NO. Hydrated lime is very caustic, toxic and hazardous to handle and breathe. Just read the label and check out the skull and crossbones insignia on the bag. This should scream out at you – “DON’T USE THIS STUFF around me or my kinfolk.” It, too, has a very limited ability to essentially “cover-up” ammonia odor for a short period of time… and in the long run can actually increase ammonia. Why? Well, there’s a big, long scientific explanation that I just don’t understand. But here is the jist of it:

Ammonia evolution takes place in a “basic” (a high pH) environment. Hydrated lime’s composition is “basic”, therefore ultimately contributing to the evolution of ammonia. If you want to know more about the science behind ammonia “evolution” and the odor “revolution” it causes in your horse barn, go ask Google, or Bing, or Jeeves, just don’t ask me.mannapro_sweetpdz_product-resized-600.jpg

So, have I gotten your attention yet? Do you want to hear about Sweet PDZ and all the good it can do for you? First things first: Sweet PDZ is NOT Barn Lime/Ag Lime/Dairy Lime, or Hydrated lime. Do you get the picture? It’s not lime at all. It’s a natural Zeolite mineral. More specifically, a Clinoptilolite, which is one of the most special zeolite’s in the family. And a superior quality one to boot. (Trust me there are other zeolites out there, but none of them sizes up to Sweet PDZ in performance and history.)

Sweet PDZ is completely safe to use in horse stalls and all sorts of livestock pens and pet habitats. It’s also safe for you to handle with your bare hands, and beneficial to the environment (compost, gardens, fields) when you are through using it in your stalls. Sweet PDZ very effectively neutralizes and removes harmful levels of ammonia and dries wet spots where it is applied.

Take it from the expert who breathes nothing but sweet, fresh air; Sweet PDZ keeps your barn smelling sweet while protecting your precious ponies from the harmful effects of ammonia. And that my friends, is a SWEET deal.