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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Nov. 10, 2016.

CONTEST to WIN $5,000. Thanks to all who are diligently voting, we are still in the lead to win $5,000 with 2 months of daily voting to go. That would buy 20 tons of hay or support the sanctuary entirely for 2 months. http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw

We are celebrating 2 years since Poco arrived. He’s such a sweet little guy and such an inspiration to so many of us. His book makes a great gift for holiday giving and all the proceeds go to feeding the animals who live here. http://www.jersanctuary.org/available-merchandise/

Raelyn and her Poco book

Raelyn and her Poco book

Our weather has finally cooled down after what felt like an endless summer. The horses & burros all had grown in winter coats and some of the horses were asking to be hosed off right up to late October.

We went to install a new OS into our I-Mac computer in mid October and the installation caused the computer to crash. Apple thought it was because of our slow internet (which is very costly, time-wise). I had to pull out the old laptop. Our phone provider was offering free installation of satellite internet and we just got that last Friday. Then on Monday, someone at the satellite company turned off our service for no reason. We are back on phone internet until Monday. When the satellite is reinstated, we will attempt to re-install the OS in the good computer. If that does not work,   we will have to ship it to Las Vegas to see if it can be repaired or the hard drive retrieved. The laptop was pretty worn out already, so we have not been able to post pictures to Facebook for two weeks and may be limping along for awhile longer. We have added a few videos to Youtube.

 

We got in about 12 tons of Bermuda hay. We use about 4.5 tons a month plus 1500# of hay pellets. We now have 3 horses who eat pellets as most, if not all, of their diet. Even doing dentals, some horses will get so old their teeth are worn to nubs and soaked pellets are a must. The downside is that pellets cost almost 3 times as much as hay (pound for pound). With all the effort to promote the contest, we have not had a fall hay drive, so donations are always very much appreciated and needed.

Yay, Hay !

Yay, Hay !

Today, we had our veterinarian out to sedate and trim Diego’s feet. He had come up lame & we suspected an abscess, but Diego is dangerous to handle due to 20 years of neglect and some well founded resentment towards humans. He kicked me in the chest last winter because I walked past him as he was eating. He was never handled much nor was he taught to allow his feet to be trimmed. Our vet discovered two abscesses and Diego behaved with the help of two sedatives and will be feeling much better now. On top of that, no on was injured in the process.

aug 18 horse diego

Diego loving his freedom & companions after 20 years alone in a small corral

In light of a terrible breeding/hoarding/neglect situation of more than 800 horses at a “sanctuary” in South Dakota, we urge people to be careful when donating to anyone. Most non profits have profiles on Guidestar and Great NonProfits, where you can view mission statements, financials and see reviews from the public. Generous people are the life blood of any non profit organization and they deserve to know that their donations are being used to help others, and not to cause more suffering.

Guidestar Profile and Reviews- http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/80-0456596/journeys-end-ranch-animal-sanctuary.aspx

So, please keep voting & please say a prayer we can get the good computer up and running. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. No matter how challenging life is, there is always something to be thankful for.

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch October 4, 2016 Newsletter

The Contest! We are still leading to win $5,000 in our category. This contest has been long & grueling and does not end until Jan. 5. Second place started to gain on us. We need about 800 votes a day to maintain our lead. Winning would buy 400 bales of hay, so please help by voting daily & sharing. Thank you!

Link to vote: http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw

Penny is doing well after her colic, treatment & subsequent passing of 50-100 pounds of sand she must have accumulated in her gut years ago while not being fed enough. She is still on psyllium, one week on & one week off and passes more sand than is normal, but not large amounts. One interesting thing that has happened is Red’s attitude towards me. Red arrived 2 years ago with a history of neglect, stomach ulcers and anxiety. He immediately bonded with Penny. He has not been very friendly to me and it was hard to even get my hands on him to give him a scratch. After he watched me nursing Penny for two weeks, he has decided to by my best buddy. He nickers to me, follows me and is very willing to be touched. Horses are amazing.

Penny & Red

Penny & Red

 

Poco had a visitor come all the way from Colorado to meet him! Thank you, Merri!

Poco getting brushed by his new friend

Poco getting brushed by his new friend

 

Old and disabled horses playing in the early morning

 

 

 

Some of the adorable ground squirrels who live here

The water lines in my slab started leaking & tearing up the floor is out of the question. I have done without running water for a few weeks, living out of buckets.   I am having plumber out to disconnect lines to house. I dug a 16 foot trench to re-route a new line into house where it will feed a nice, large stainless steel sink. That will be my running water for the future, but it will be a lot better than none at all. I have a big plastic tub in my bathtub & heat the water I put in it with a stock tank heater. Filling the toilet tank by hand is not bad, either. At any rate, I must get back to my plumbing. LOL.

Please continue voting & thank you to all our friends & supporters!

Link to vote: http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw

Love,

Cathy & the gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter September 3, 2016

August was a busy month. We had very hot weather, but we did get an inch or two of rain.

We are still leading to win $5000 in the contest and have until January to go. You can vote daily. Link to vote:  http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw
 $5K would support the sanctuary for 2 months or buy 400 bales of hay. Thank you for voting & sharing!

 

On August 7, Penny, our 26 year old mare, had a bout with colic. We were in the middle of our psyllium week (one week out of every month). Our vet came out to treat her and we discovered she had a lot of sand in her colon. Penny arrived in spring of 2012 and was about 100 pounds underweight & acted famished. Our vet also discovered she has a severe heart murmur from leaky valves. He did not think the prognosis was very good, and she was colicky for about 10 days, but she is a fighter. The mineral oil the vet gave her apparently really mobilized a large deposit of sand which was probably in her colon for years. Since arriving here, Penny has had all the hay she wants and does not act like a “vacuum cleaner” type horse that would be eating a lot of dirt. In the 5 days following treatment by our vet, she passed about 50-100 pounds of mostly black sand (our dirt & sand here is tan). We have her on herbs and supplements to help heal her gut. Red, our 22 year old mustang, is madly in love with Penny and was concerned about her. He was often seen standing with her with his head pressed against her abdomen. Horses can show amazing compassion. Penny is now doing well and we hope all the sand is gone. She has been on psyllium almost all month and we will continue with week on/week off for awhile.

Red concerned about Penny

Red concerned about Penny

 

Sand found in a mere # of manure

Sand found in a mere # of manure

Diego has been with us one year.  http://www.jersanctuary.org/horses-and-burros/diego/

After 20 years of isolation, he has learned how to be a horse. He is still very anxious about food, even though he always has hay available. He is quite active and loves having space after 20 years in a tiny corral.

aug 18 horse diego

Poco was quiet  for some time, but slightly cooler weather has him singing again. Knickers still runs in for his meals.

 

 

Warrior and Dakota have bonded. They are both mustangs and he is 27 and she is 25.

Dakota using Warrior's tail as a wig

Dakota using Warrior’s tail as a wig

 

I moved the roof from the old goat shelter down to the sheep and they have a new shelter. Rambeau was not happy when I dismantled his old shelter, but is adjusting.

Well, I dodged a few bullets this week! On Tuesday, I was installing a fence panel to use as roof for sheep shelter. You must flex them & pull them to the wall so they will bow and form a quonset hut type roof. I lost my grip and the metal panel sprung back and slammed me in the throat. There are 1/2 inch spikes every 6 inches on the panel ends & I was very lucky to get hit with my neck between the spikes. At noon, I went to look at a small lump on Dakota’s belly. I was in the “safe” zone, near her shoulder, when I bent over & she hit me in the face with a back hoof without warning. My sunglasses probably save my eye. I got away with a slight whiplash and a few bruises on my face. Thursday morning, I went to feed. I moved the feed cart which was parked by the shed door and 2 very big & aggressive rattlesnakes literally came leaping at me from under the cart. I have never seen rattlers act this way or be so fast. I grabbed my brush cutting tool and killed them both before they could bite me or escape under the shed. I hate killing anything, but had no choice in this situation.

Let’s hope September is a less exciting month!

Please keep voting & sharing. Thank you.

Link to vote: http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw

 

Love, Cathy & The Gang

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