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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter March 16, 2018

Winter arrived late here, with colder weather, windy days and some rain in the past month. Nevertheless, the horses are already starting to shed out. We have had some beautiful skies, too.

sunrise March 14

A representative from Farnam had offered free fly masks to horse rescues. We requested 6 and received a lot more than that! I think we are set for life, now. They are greatly appreciated!

The Sanctuary just celebrated 8 years since becoming a 501C3 Non Profit. Time flies when you stay busy. We owe our existence to the wonderful people who support us and also to several organizations who have given grants over the years.

Dakota, the old mustang mare we suspected of having Valley Fever, is doing very well after a month on Jernigan‘s Yeast Ease, Pomifitrin and Neuro Antitox.She is more active, breathing well and has gained weight. I myself have also improved using Yeast Ease, so, we can only conclude it helps treat the Valley Fever fungus. 10 years ago, we made the discovery that Jernigan Neuro AntiTox seems to detox rattlesnake venom. We have treated a horse, burro, rabbit, sheep and 5 dogs who were bitten. They already had swelling, so these were not “dry bites”. All recovered quickly and did not require the vet. One dog was bitten by a very toxic Mohave Rattler. I myself have taken Neuro Antitox for 10 years as it detoxes Lyme toxins (mostly ammonia). I did some research & discovered that Valley Fever produces ammonia in the lungs and probably other organs. How or why it seems to work with snake bites is a mystery, but the proof is in the pudding, as they say.

Patty survives snakebite, we credit Jernigan remedy

We are now an affiliate and anyone ordering and using our coupon code “Ritlaw 1”  gets free shipping & the sanctuary will get 25% of the sale.

Everyone is frisky with the cool weather.



Poco still sings up a storm.

Windy, 16 year old mustang used in cruel “horse tripping” before joining us 8 years ago.


Tomorrow, my pet rats will be one year old. It’s a milestone as life expectancy is about 3 years. Monday, I turn 64, and I plan to play the Beatles’ song, “When I’m 64” to celebrate.

my personal pet rats, Nevada, Socks & Daisy


Thank you for your support. Wishing everyone a Happy Easter and Spring Solstice.


Cathy & the Gang



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Journey’s End Ranch Feb. 15, 2018 Newsletter

First of all, we are very grateful to all the donors who helped us achieve $5000 in matching funds during December & January. THANK YOU!  We got an $1100 feed delivery of hay pellets, supplements and bird seed  Tuesday and have 256 bales of Bermuda hay coming this weekend.

Our winter had been unusually dry until this week. We still haven’t gotten much rain, just enough to settle the dust & make for pretty skies. This rainbow appeared the morning after my dear lifelong friend passed away Feb. 13. Please say a prayer for her family & friends. She will be sorely missed.

Rainbow Feb. 13

Rene’, a 16 year old mustang, had developed a cough from hay dust. The hay grown & baled in the desert Southwest tends to be dusty, which is better than moldy, but it can cause problems. We closed her into the corral with her friend Windy for about 10 days in order to give her soaked hay and anti-inflammatory herbs. She is now OK.

Rene'(roan) and Windy (dun)

I gave Poco a hoof trim. I have to trim his 3 good feet with him standing on them, which is tricky, but I am learning. I use a little saw and pruning shears. Then I slip the rasp underneath to smooth things out. Holding a foot up is too difficult because he ends up trying to balance on just 2 good feet.

Poco hoof.   Poco has the most amazing whiskers!

Poco whiskers



The quail, doves, sparrows and blackbirds have been very numerous.

Bunnies and squirrels also show up for a little birdseed.

Harris antelope ground squirrel


We had a huge problem with bees swarming the hay pellets. They are pure hay, no molasses. The vets believe we lost Knickers because his anaphylactic reaction to the bee sting in July had caused him nerve damage in his lower spine. He was a bit wobbly for a few weeks, then had a fatal colic. The spinal nerves can affect the gut. I had been searching for a deterrent that was also palatable and safe to add to the pellets. I finally found someone on a forum mention peppermint. I mixed up a bit of peppermint oil in a spay bottle of water and it works!  The horses and burros don’t mind it. The bees come in, take a whiff and leave. I deeply regret not finding this info sooner.

My grandmother  was born on this day in 1901. She and my grandfather had a huge impact on my early life. They were both compassionate and courageous people.”Pop” even ran out into NYC traffic to rescue an injured  pigeon I had pointed out to him. He was a decorated veteran of WWI. He had worked in a livery stable from an early age when his father had died leaving a wife and children in a time when there were no social safety nets. He spoke with sadness of all the horses he saw killed during the war.

“Nanny”, my maternal grandmother


Charles Ott, WWI


Thank you again for helping us reach our donation goal. Thank you to our benefactor who matched the donations! We feel very blessed to be able to provide a safe home for 4 burros, 13 horses, the 2 sheep,  bunnies and wildlife.


Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary January 15, 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

We still have until the end of this month to get matching funds on donations up to a total of $5000. Thanks to our generous supporters, we have received $3555 which will be matched. It would be wonderful to make it to the full $5000.

Susan Monty gave me a wonderful Christmas gift- a beautiful book of original portraits of some of the animals here.

Susan Monty art

You can see her work and make purchases here: and here:

Poco was really feeling frisky one day.

The horses spend a lot of time moving about and playing.

We have had an incredibly mild winter. We only had a bit of ice on the water troughs on a few mornings. We got about a half inch of rain last week. We feel very blessed after seeing the deep freeze, fires, floods and mudslides around the country.

Dec. 16 horse play

Christmas eve sunset

Mid January but no snow on the Cerbats yet

We just got a $1000 feed delivery today & will be spending about $3500 on hay in a few weeks, so your support is greatly appreciated!

Cathy & the Gang

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