Journey’s End Ranch August 2, 2015 Newsletter
We were very pleased to learn that Len Johnson featured our sanctuary at the very end of his new documentary. This is a wonderful film about Len’s return trip to see the Cerbat wild horses, our neighbors. The Cerbat horses are not “managed” by man and live in harmony with nature, with mountain lion predation helping to keep their population stable. Len’s film is available for download and/or watching on your computer.
“Last of the Spanish Mustangs 2-Return to the Cerbats” http://www.lenjproductions.com
Poco’s hoof infection is gone but he is still getting a weekly soaking & bit of a trim. He has become very easy to work with and loves getting brushed, TTouch and a few pieces of graham crackers. He and I decided to take a few selfies.
Poco was featured in the newspaper again. We really appreciate the coverage and the story generated quite a few orders for Poco’s book and a few donations.
We want to than everyone who helped us have a successful summer hay drive. Thank you for sharing on Facebook and many thanks to our donors. A very generous supporter matched funds so we were able to raise the $4000 needed for another 13 tons of hay which will feed the 23 equines and 2 sheep for 3 months. Our friends are coming this week to clean out the hay shed, shake out the pallets and rake out the shed. We are putting sheets of OSB down on the pallets and the new load of hay will go on that. I have repeatedly gotten hurt when boards on the pallets have given way under my feet, so the OSB will make walking in the shed much safer. We will get a semi load of new Bermuda hay in about a week. Thank you!
Three of our mustangs are celebrating anniversaries this summer. Scout arrived in 2008, Rusty came in 2011 and Cheyenne joined us in 2012. All have physical or behavioral issues but they enjoy their lives here.
Stripey, our new sheep, became very possessive and protective of Rambeau and began attacking me and was downright dangerous. I consulted a few sheep experts and all said that rams have been known to kill people and to send him to market or euthanize. Our vet said that castrating such an old sheep may kill him and, should he survive the surgery, might not improve his behavior. So, I built Stripey his own pen which adjoins Rambeau’s pen. I used 3 pallets, some shade cloth and metal roofing scraps to build him a fast and free house. If I need to go into his pen, I throw a rope over his head and tether him. As always, we try to accommodate the special needs of animals we take in.
We have an abundance of rabbits this summer. In the evening, a few show up to eat seed with the kangaroo rats.
Our weather has been hot and we have some humidity, due to summer rain storms. I am trimming at least a few horses or burros every week which is not fun in this heat and I look forward to cooler weather in a month or two. However, we have beautiful weather 8-9 months out of the year, so I won’t complain much.
Thank you for your support.
Cathy & the Gang
Journey’s End Ranch July 3, 2015 Newsletter
First, we want to wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July, especially to those who have served our country. Thank you!
Len Johnson came to pay us a visit in June. Len is a huge wild horse advocate and has done a series of DVDs featuring the Cerbat wild horses, who live close to us in the Cerbat Mountains. These beautiful animals live wild and free, without the interference of man. Len came by to interview me and to meet the JERAS gang. He is working on a new DVD and it was an honor and a pleasure to meet him. He then included us in his blog. http://lenjohnsonproductions.blogspot.com/2015/06/women-of-cerbats.html?spref=fb
Women of the Cerbats
“I am feeling energized by my recent trip to the Cerbat mountains of northwest Arizona. I got some great shots of wild horses and connected with some people who keep the soul of that special place alive. Catherine Ritlaw is a tireless savior of wild horses and burros that have no place left to go. She takes in the wounded, abused and crippled and rehabilitates them. She feeds them. She makes no money and does it on donations. Her Jeras animal sanctuary is located at the base of the Cerbat Mountains, offering a superb view of the highest peaks.
She had a covered face while I was there. She wears a respirator while people are near. She has auto-immune diseases that knock her down, but not out. She is a survivor and what my dad called a gutsy go-getter.”
Len’s kind words are greatly appreciated!
Len’s DVDs are very reasonably priced and beautifully done. Here is a short version of one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJquuyK4s2E.
You can buy them here. http://www.lenjproductions.com
Poco’s deformed hoof had been growing at about an inch a month, about 4 times as fast as normal burro hooves. Our vet had hoped we could limit sawing it off to once a year, but the growth rate made me realize I had to do it sooner. I sawed off about 3 inches only to find he had an infection deep inside. It was not visible and we had no idea he had a problem because he limps on that leg all the time. We soaked him in Oxine/citric acid and he felt better almost immediately. He had gotten a bit subdued, but the heat is making everyone weary, so we missed that clue. We had to sedate him for the first trimming, but he then decided he loves graham crackers and has gotten very tame. We cut off a few more inches and there is no apparent infection. We have continued to soak his foot weekly and now we know we will need to keep it fairly short in order to keep the holes open. Poco’s “hoof” is not really a hoof, it is hoof material growing around the P2 bone, since he was born missing P3 (coffin bone). Poco also did not mind using the hammock which helped support him while I trimmed his normal hooves.
Poco also has more books! http://www.jersanctuary.org/available-merchandise/
He loves getting pictures from his new friends, too.
We received a call from a woman who is having to move into town and needed to place her pet ram, another Barbados, like Rambeau. Stripey is about 7 years old. Both sheep really hit it off, to the extent that Stripey will charge me if I go near Rambeau. I now carry a spray bottle of vinegar and water to protect myself, but I don’t mind, as long as they are happy.
Normally, Barbados sheep shed there winter coats, but I had to shear Rambeau a second time because he grows some real wool.
We are getting some hot weather and also afternoon storms. It’s not the most pleasant weather to have to work in, but we are getting beautiful skies.
Scrubbing water tubs and filling them daily takes as much time as feeding chores. We also have many rabbits, birds and other wildlife who come for a drink. Some of the horses enjoy being hosed off. Chico got a good scrubbing and I think we removed sand and dirt he’s been carrying around for years.
Lastly, we will need another $4000 load of hay in early August to get our 25 animals through another 3 months. We have a very generous donor who has offered to match funds on $2000 in donations. Therefore, your donation will not only help buy hay, it will be doubled. You can donate through our Paypal buttons or by sending a check. http://www.jersanctuary.org/donate-2/
As always, we will randomly pick some donors to receive notecards and Poco books.
Thank you! We can only exist and provide a home for these animals because of you!
Cathy & the Gang
It is an honor to be included in Len Johnson’s Blog. Len is the creator/producer of the wonderful “Last of the Spanish Mustangs” DVD’s. These films are about the wild Cerbat mustangs which are our neighbors. Len paid us a visit recently. http://www.lenjproductions.com
Monday, June 8, 2015
Women of the Cerbats
I am feeling energized by my recent trip to the Cerbat mountains of northwest Arizona. I got some great shots of wild horses and connected with some people who keep the soul of that special place alive.
Catherine Ritlaw is a tireless savior of wild horses and burros that have no place left to go. She takes in the wounded, abused and crippled and rehabilitates them. She feeds them. She makes no money and does it on donations. Her Jeras animal sanctuary is located at the base of the Cerbat Mountains, offering a superb view of the highest peaks.
She had a covered face while I was there. She wears a respirator while people are near. She has auto-immune diseases that knock her down, but not out. She is a survivor and what my dad called a gutsy go-getter.