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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter Nov.3, 2013

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter Nov.3, 2013

First, we are very excited to be in first place right now in a contest to win $500.00 from Shop For Your Cause.

PLEASE HELP US WIN $500. You can vote daily until the end of November.

Daily voting.
New contest and we could win $500.. that would feed the 21 horses and burros for 2 weeks. We are also home to 10 dogs, a pig & a sheep.LINK: Choose Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary, Arizona
October was another busy month. It was finally cool enough to catch up with extra outdoor chores and to get ready for our annual veterinary facility inspection in order to renew our Arizona Dept. of Agriculture Equine Rescue License. The Equine Rescue License is not mandatory, but we feel it gives added legitimacy to our sanctuary. We also have our veterinarian take care of any other animal needs at that time. This year, 5 dogs needed blood drawn for yearly thyroid tests to be sure they are on the correct dosage of thyroxine, 3 needed rabies vaccinations and Missy needed a nail trim with sedation. She becomes too upset if anyone tries to touch her feet. Since our animals all came from rescue situations, including shelters, we can never know what traumas they suffered in the past and why they may have emotional issues regarding certain situations.
He also looked at Lucky, the newest rescued mustang who has lameness issues. He diagnosed ringbone in both front feet and some hind end injuries. All we can do is to keep his feet properly trimmed, with a good “mustang roll” (bevel) to aid in breakover  as he walks and to take some strain off the joints.
Here was his LF hoof after I trimmed it the next day.


Lucky was found abandoned on the side of the road, ended up at a municipal shelter in California, and was going to be put down due to lameness and the fact he is “unusable”. He is a 14 year old mustang, captured in the wild in Nevada as a yearling and adopted out by BLM as a 2 year old. No one knows the abuse he suffered in the past 12 years, but he has permanent injuries, saddle scars and is fearful of both humans and other horses. He is very sweet once you halter him and he sees you are not trying to hurt him, but he is still very wary. We ran some electric fence to create an area of about 2/3 acre for him, where he has the other mustangs, the burros and the old stallion as companions on the other side of the fence. I will be building him his own small shelter this month, using corral panels with a roof added. He is walking better lately and enjoys playing with Scout, nipping and sparing with each other over the fence. Mariah also seems to have a crush on him and they nuzzle through the fence. We are very grateful to Lucky’s sponsor for allowing us the ability to give him a home where he can do some physical and emotional healing.


Our vet says Sienna probably has some OCD in her right elbow, as that foot really turns out. It is a form of DOD (developmental orthopedic disease). This can be caused by improper feeding of growing horses (imbalanced minerals, especially from feeding straight alfalfa) and working horses at too young an age. Unfortunately, the horses pay for mankind’s ignorance and mistakes. Sienna is fairly well trained, but is already unsound at just 8 years of age. She is, however, no longer limping and has been trotting and cantering lately. I will start riding her very lightly soon, just a little around the ranch, which will help develop muscle and keep her limber. She enjoys being handled and fussed over and even seems to like carrying a rider, as long as she is allowed to stay within her comfort zone. Quarter horses have been bred to be very tractable and she is calm and friendly.


Here is a new video taken today.

Julio is certainly learning to be a “boy” burro and spends lots of time with Sam and Pepito, giving his mother, Nina, a much needed rest.

Florencia is now a year and 5 months old and is quite the little princess…she is very self-assured and assertive with her herd mates.


Speaking of wild horses and burros, if you want to read a great book with lots of factual information regarding the horse and burro as native species to North America and their systematic destruction taking place at the hands of our government and special interests, please get a copy of Craig Downer’s wonderful book “The Wild Horse Conspiracy”  you might want a copy for yourself and one to donate to your local library. We must save the wild horses and burros before it is too late.

We took a chance and took in an 8 year old beagle, abandoned at a shelter by her owners who were divorcing. She had been there for weeks and did nothing but cry, the shelter said. She is obese and has some benign tumors and the shelter said her chance of being adopted was “slim”. I have ended up being allergic to about 6 dogs we saved in the past 2 years and we were forced to place them in adoptive homes with the help of other rescue groups. No one can figure out why I am OK with our 9 dogs and my immune system then becomes sensitized to a new dog. We know there are different proteins in the dander of different dogs. At any rate, the one “new” dog I am fine with is Rhonda, the senior beagle we adopted in April of 2012. She was about to be put to sleep at our local shelter and arrived with health and behavioral problems, but is all well now at the age of 11. Molly, the new beagle, arrived almost 4 weeks ago. We then discovered she had been “Frontlined” at the shelter. Since that pesticide stays on and in the dog for at least a month, she has lived outdoors with a heated dog house and has had 5 baths so far. Because of my chemical sensitivities, I had to wear my chemical respirator  to be around her, until yesterday, when I was able to tolerate her at least outdoors. I am hoping to move her into the house soon. After that, it may take weeks to see if I will be OK with her dander, or if it will set off brain allergies. She is a sweet, sweet girl and is losing weight and getting spunkier every day, with lots of long walks and a good diet and supplements. Please say a prayer she will be able to stay here as a permanent sanctuary resident. She gets along well with people and dogs and fits in perfectly.


As always, we are  very grateful to our donors, who are the lifeblood of Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary.


Cathy and the Gang

Cathy & Scout

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  1. Trish Ranstrom says:

    Great newsletter, glad to hear Molly is (so far) looking like she will be a keeper. I gather that is her barking in the background in the video, pretty funny how she never stopped barking in the burroplay video from the other day. Maybe she thinks she is supposed to be out there in the thick of it, playing with those burros.
    I hope her transition into the house works out, keep me posted. love to you and the gang

  2. cathy ritlaw says:

    Thanks, Trish! It will take up to a month to know if my immune system sees her as friend or foe, but I have been doing better lately on a new protocol for my gut issues and my brain seems to be in better shape, too. Molly sounds like a sea lion to me & makes me miss going to the…Thank you, hope you are doing OK! Love, Cathy

  3. jackie carroll says:

    Thank you once again for all you do for my 3 grandhorses and the rest of the gang. Molly looks like a sweet girl, and it seems that casanova Carson likes her as well. I am wondering if she will start a duet with Miss Barky Beagle once she gets used to the ranch!!!!!! Take care, love from the whole gang at Picked on Pony farm

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Hi, Jackie! Thank you! Carson likes all things…Molly does some barking, low pitched and reminds me of a sea lion.. not sure what kind of duet they might create..LOL.

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