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It is with some sadness but mostly with profound gratitude that I write this. My declining health and limited outside help forced me to make the tough decision to reduce our population. My Dad died in November, leaving provisions for me to place animals in new, permanent homes with enough funding to support them for years. Funding is essential, but finding the perfect, permanent homes is a huge part of the equation and the most important. After careful consideration, we asked Equine WellBeing Rescue, Inc. to take Poco & Chico and asked Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge to take the 6 older horses who have some health and soundness issues. Both organizations are in Az.

Chico & Poco were picked up by Christine & Lary who run Equine WellBeing last Saturday. The burros made the 6 hour trip to Snowflake & are thriving with all the care & attention they are getting. Poco has a video posted of their arrival. He got out, took a look around and let out with a very loud song. Christine is now running Poco’s Facebook page for him. We are so very, very grateful!

Poco has a scratching tree!
Poco & Chico

Red, Dakota, Diego & Penny went to Healing Hearts Sunday. Lucky & Bayron will join them in a few weeks. They are getting lots of love & pampering. Again, we are so very grateful.

Diego & Penny in their fancy fly masks!
Penny getting braids. Dakota & Red in background

So, that will leave us with the 6 mustangs and two jennies, Rambeau the sheep & Buddy the dog.

Our 6 mustangs, ages 16-23
Serena who arrived pregnant in 2004 (wild BLM capture) and her daughter, Jovita

Cuckoo Bird showed up for lunch today…life goes on.

Thank you for your support. Please be sure to “like” Equine WellBeing Rescue, Inc.

https://www.facebook.com/EquineWellBeingRescue/

and Healing Hearts on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/HealingHeartsAZ/

Love,

Cathy & The Gang

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Greetings! First of all, we hope everyone is doing their best to stay safe during these very trying times dealing with Covid19. Being isolated here is a good thing now, but having to glove up and disinfect packages left at our gate by UPS and FedEx makes me feel I am back working as a veterinary surgical assistant. There is so much suffering because of this pandemic and first responders and health care workers are truly heroes, as are all the people who must work to provide us all with our basic needs. Thank you!

We had some very hot weather in April but it has cooled off a bit. The horses are shed out and are nice & shiny.

Our vet was out twice and brought his farrier on one trip, so he could sedate Diego & have the farrier trim his feet. After a lifetime of neglect & no real training, Diego can be hard to handle and sedation is best for all involved. He does not need a trim very often. Diego (below), still a bit tipsy.

Penny and Scout had dentals.

We also ran blood work on Buddy, who is on meds for both hypothyroidism and Addison’s disease (adrenal) now. Because of Covid19 and our vet being very booked up, I had done some dosage adjusting going by clinical signs while waiting for Buddy to be seen. Correct dosing of fludrocortisone can be a life & death matter, and we were very happy that all his values came back in the center of normal. He still enjoys his one mile trot every morning. He is about 10 years old and arrived in March of 2018, with numerous health and behavioral issues. He is still a nut, but he’s very happy.

We now have 3 horses & 2 burros on anti-inflammatory meds because of age, former injuries and orthopedic issues. Quality of life counts most, and we try to do what we can to help. All the horses & burros get turmeric and other other herbs and some get joint supplements.

Diego looks great, Penny does, too, but is a bit chubby. She is 30 and had times in her life when she was thin and neglected, so she is always trying to make up for that.

Diego (now 25)

Penny (below)

Dakota, a 29 year old mustang who came 4 years go, has late stage Valley Fever, which, at best, is manageable. She is on an anti-fungal remedy & herbs & joint supplements. Keeping weight on her is difficult, but adding the anti-inflammatory has made a big difference. She has a better appetite, is moving a lot, even cantering, and is giving her 3 herd mates a run for their money! She is gaining weight.

Poco has been singing, but I have been too slow to catch him on video.


Rambeau got his winter wool cut off. We must do him by hand. He will be cooler now. His front teeth are typical of old sheep, in fact, most 11-12 year old sheep are missing at least some of their incisors. He is always begging for his cookie, but his limit is one a day. He eats soft hay pellets, so stays in good shape.

Cuckoo Bird (the roadrunner) and his mate had been coming a lot for food, but now have not shown up in weeks. We assume they are raising young and catching all the lizards they need to survive.

We had a range bull get through our perimeter electric fence and then, somehow, get through 3 strands of electric wire and tape. He was in with our 4 oldest horses and the 2 mustangs went after him. He beat a hasty retreat! However, he broke a few plastic posts which had to be replaced. He then jumped through the perimeter fence again and ran off. Between 6000 volts and mustangs chasing him, we hope he won’t return.

We have 10 tons of hay pellets coming next week which will be enough for another 3 months. We are thankful to our supporters!

Please take care and protect yourselves from getting ill. These are very challenging times for all.

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

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Happy New Year!

We have had a very mild winter so far. That’s nice now but wondering how hot next summer will be.

Windy & Rene’ have now been with us 10 years. They were saved just in time to prevent them from going back into “horse tripping” or, more probably, to slaughter. They are now 18 years old.

http://www.jersanctuary.org/horses-and-burros/windy-and-rene/

Windy & Rene’, mustangs

We decided to install electric mesh fence around Poco & Chico’s area to keep predators or stray dogs out, since Poco is disabled and Chico is very tiny and old. Poco really attacked a loose dog 2 years ago, but he would be no match against a pack. Burros are naturally inclined to chase & attack predators, so many farmers and ranchers use them out with their sheep or cattle as protection. This makes more sense than the killing of predators, which science has proven to be futile, as they will just reproduce more with larger litters. It’s always best to work with Nature, and not against her.

Poco had a different song today.

“Cuckoo Bird” roadrunner has been bringing his wife for breakfast. They are so silly

Now that the snakes are hibernating, the kangaroo rats are back. They are actually related to gophers.They are very cute & entertaining and have little fear of humans. I have even petted one now & then.

The horses are enjoying the cool weather and a lot of playing goes on. This is Red, a 26 year old mustang and Diego, a 25 year old colonial Spanish horse who lived alone for his first 20 years and had no social skills when he arrived in 2015. Our main objective is to have happy animals. We provide a natural environment, proper nutrition, space, shelter, clean water and, most importantly, the companionship of others of their kind. Many horses are kept cooped up, isolated and fed processed, unnatural diets. This is still considered “normal” by some people, but it’s not for us. Despite age, injuries and some chronic conditions, our animals are active and happy.

One of my pet goldfish, who lives in a 100 gal tub with 3 others, developed a fungus on its dorsal fin. I started soaking their food pellets with a few drops of Jernigan Pomifitrin (anti fungal herbs) and it was gone in 10 days.

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I have been going through old family photos and found this one of my grandfather, Charles Ott. He served as a Sgt. in the campaign against Pancho Villa in 1916 in Texas/Mexico and then in Europe in WWI. Upon returning, he met my grandmother & they then shared more than 40 happy years until his death in 1960. He was an animal lover & very compassionate, and I still miss him. Here he was in the 1920s with their German Shepherd, Dolf.

Wishing everyone a happy new year. Thank you to our supporters. Without you, we would not continue to exist and provide a safe home to 16 equines, 5 rabbits, a dog, a sheep and dozens of wild critters.

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

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