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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter March 9, 2017
Great news! We won the Eagle Rare Life prize for my entry in the Survivor category & will receive $5,000. Thank you for voting over the 6 month period. The votes got us into the top 30, from which 7 winners were chosen by Eagle Rare. They decided winners by which stories they found the most inspiring. We are very grateful! The funds will go towards purchasing hay and hay pellets.
Local papers also covered the story.
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We also just received our 2017 banner from Great Nonprofits. We needed new reviews and, thanks to our supporters, got the number required very quickly.
One of our board members had a nice story on Facebook. Thank you, Darcy!
We decided to place 6 of our burros with a wonderful national burro rescue/sanctuary organization, to lessen my work load. My health issues are a daily challenge, and they will get further training and handling before being offered to adoptive homes. The organization (Peaceful Valley) microchips all animals and retains legal ownership, thus insuring a safe future. The 6 arrived safely in Texas in mid February. We sent them with enough funds to feed them for a year. We have a contract with a wild horse sanctuary for some of our other horses and burros, leaving them property and life insurance when the time comes. So, we now have 15 horses, 4 burros and 2 sheep. Poco and his buddy Chico are here and also our 2 original jennies who have been here for 13 years. It was a hard decision to make, but we feel the best for all involved, especially the 2 burros born here in 2012, who have very long lives ahead of them.
Poco has been singing a lot.
All the animals have been very playful.
All of the horses and burros are shedding like crazy, very early, but the weather has been warm. I have some electric fence repair to do, as our winds are hard on the fencing.
Once again, thank you for your support and your votes!
Cathy and the Gang
February 9 th
Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Feb. 9, 2017
The past month was fairly uneventful, thank goodness. Our weather was mild, except for a bit of snow on Jan. 24. I started repairing some of the electric fence that has succumbed to our frequent high winds. Our original fenced acreage is done with Horse Guard brand, and is 11 years old and still in great shape. The acreage where the old & disabled horses are was done in 2012 & I used less expensive, easier to install materials and have learned my lesson. It has not faired well. Fortunately, buying & installing T posts is the major expense when fencing, and T posts last many years. I am just having to replace insulators and electric tape and wire.
We returned the internet satellite system which hardly worked and are back on the old, slow DSL. We are stuck with the constraints our phone company imposes, and they admit the transmission capability out here is inferior. It takes about 3 hours to load a one minute video to Youtube. However, we managed a few.
Poco and burro play . .
We are hoping & praying to receive good news later this month regarding the contest we were in. Thank you again for all the voting support. Winning $5000 would be a real blessing.
I ordered an electric pruning saw in an attempt to find an easier way to cut off Poco’s deformed foot every few months. It barely made a dent, so I had to saw by hand as usual. We got a refund on the saw.
Thank you for your support.
Cathy & the Gang
January 9 th
Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Jan. 9, 2017
A lot has happened in the past month.
The contest ended, we were first in our group heading & 6th place overall. Unfortunately, our friend who had entered me (and the rest of us) did not know that voting only plays a part in the awards of prize money. One $50K winner & 6- $5K winners will be picked out of the top 30 vote-getters by Eagle Rare Life. Winners will be notified on Feb. 20. So, THANK YOU for voting and fingers crossed here!
We had a scare with Knickers, who was stung by a bee and had a bad allergic reaction. It had happened before in the summer. His face swelled, he got hives all over, had trouble breathing, and, this time, went down. I was lucky to see it and I immediately injected him with a steroid that pulled him through. He has now been here 5 years after being seized & will turn 35 in June. We have never had bees in winter, but nothing seems normal anymore.
Warrior, now 28, had a third stroke and I was also lucky to see it and give him an injection to reduce the brain inflammation quickly. He was falling against the shelter and I thought we would be having to euthanize him, but he was back to normal in 2 hours. Warrior came to us > 4 years ago after also being seized from an abuser. He has narcolepsy & a bad knee, but enjoys life, loves to eat his hay pellets and plays with the other geldings.
Mariah, our first BLM mustang who came in 2004, injured her fetlock somehow. She already has joint damage from being run 12 miles by helicopter as a baby, as per BLM records. After a few days of being very lame, I put her on Previcox for 4 days and she was once again back to normal.
Esperanza & Nina arrived 5 years ago, both pregnant. Their “babies” are now 4 and 4 & 1/2 years old and remain bonded with their Moms. Both had been rescued from the infamous Chavez feedlot in New Mexico which ships about 500 equines a month to Mexican slaughter houses.
We had a huge thrill when Ginger Kathrens and Anni Williams, from the Cloud Foundation, came to visit Poco in mid December. They spent a few hours and got to meet all the animals & hear their histories. Ginger’s documentaries about Cloud, the stallion, and the other Pryor Mountain mustangs have brought world wide awareness to our wild horse situation over the past 20 + years. It was an honor to meet them both. Poco and the burros loved them.
That darn Noel! I have had ongoing issues with a packrat who insists on chewing into my laundry closet & wreaking havoc. He chewed all the wires in my washer. No deterrents worked. I had trapped him 4 times in the past year, took him a few miles away & he came back. I caught him on Christmas when he fell into my washer as it was filling with water (he must have been on rafter over my head). I put him in a cage. I had to get my clothes washer wires repaired, cleaned out the laundry closet, moved machines back in, fixed the door & thought it was rodent proof. Then, turned “Noel” out of the cage. He then chewed through the wood door, moved back in….so, I set the Havahart trap, caught him and he is now back in his cozy 2 X 4 foot cage. I added sheet metal to laundry room door, but I think he is going to stay caged, as he was quite content there the first time. If you move packrats, you must take them ~5 miles and then (they say) survival rate is not great. They live solitary lives in the wild, so being alone is not an issue.
…A few ppl have expressed concern over a caged rat. Well, life expectancy is 2 years & I have been trapping him for a year. I googled moving him far away & the picture is not a pretty one:
“At the other end of the adventure, however, it may be a different story. Wildlife, rodents in particular, are very territorial. They set up scent posts to mark the boundary of their territory and woe be the animal that invades it.
Jumping mice, those peace-loving sweet little rodents of our sandy deserts go into a tizzy when a stranger steps over the line in the sand. Males particularly will leap at the invader, tearing away with powerful back feet, armed with needle-sharp claws. Not a pretty sight…
Therefore, you can imagine what happens when a big, bushy-tailed pack rat is suddenly dumped into another pack rat’s domain. All hell probably breaks loose, which may be a way of speeding up Darwin’s Natural Selection. A citified pack rat may have better battling skills than its country bumpkin cousin, or it may be the other way around.”
Noel is acting happy in his cage, gathering things ( I have given him a bunch of shiny objects, including Christmas bows & ornaments, which he loves), and he is safe. I will not condemn him to being eaten or ripped apart, nor can I afford to keep repairing the damage he does here if he is free.
We have gotten > 4 inches of rain in the past 2 weeks, but were lucky to get 13 tons of hay delivered, stored and under cover yesterday, before this new storm moved in last night.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Thank you for your support!
Cathy & the Gang