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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter August 4, 2014

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter August 4, 2014

We got a lot of rain (for us) in July, which tends to make hooves grow faster and also makes trimming them easier. I had not felt well enough to trim for a few months, so it was catch-up time. On top of that, the burros were due for their semiannual trims. They tend to wear their hooves fairly well and require less trimming than the horses. I trimmed hooves on 17 horses and burros. The burros are fun to trim, with their little feet. It felt good to get caught up, but we are still getting rain & I will need to start trimming some of the mustangs again this week. Lucky, the mustang with the joint damage,  has some strange hoof issues and my hoof expert friends on Facebook are coaching me by looking at pictures and making recommendations, which is greatly appreciated. The average cost of hoof trimming is now $50, so we save a lot of money since I am able to do it myself. I had to start learning 15 years ago, as I could not find a good farrier/trimmer. I have many books, magazines and DVD’s I was able to learn from, plus one on one coaching from Facebook friends is a huge help.

Burro hoof

Burro hoof

DSCF0348 Lucky



We had 128 bales of new cutting Bermuda hay delivered. We go through two bales a day, plus about 20 fifty pound sacks of hay pellets a month.


hay before it was stacked in the shed

hay before it was stacked in the shed


Last Saturday, the crew from Interstate Carports was here to install the shelter for the burros. It started pouring while they were up on the roof screwing down the roofing. I must say they are brave guys. It came out great & the burros love it. We are very grateful for the ASPCA grant which covered it.

Burro shelter


Despite pleas from wild horse advocates, the BLM recently caved in to Utah ranchers’ demands that more wild horses be removed from Federal public lands in Utah. Taxpayer subsidized “welfare” cattle outnumber wild horses by  about 50 to 1, yet ranchers blame horses for over-grazing. Two horses died in the first day. Most captured horses will not be adopted, but will spend the rest of their lives languishing in holding facilities- robbed of their freedom and their families. Many of those who are “adopted” through the BLM program will end up neglected, abused and sometimes shipped to slaughter. We obtained two of our mustangs and one burro directly from the BLM, but six of our other BLM mustangs and four of our burros had gone through the adoption program, only to end up abused, neglected, or unwanted over time, including being used for cruel “horse tripping”.

The only hope a lot of these unfortunate animals have is to find a safe sanctuary in which to live  at peace. We are grateful to everyone who supports our sanctuary and allows us to give a home to a total of 19 horses and burros and Rambeau, the sheep. Your donations are greatly appreciated!


We have a supporter who has offered to match funds on the first $1000 donated to hay funds starting today. Please consider helping! Your donation will be doubled!



Thank you!

Cathy & The Gang

Three of our rescued mustangs

Three of our rescued mustangs

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  1. Joy Ramos says:

    I just donated $50.00. Wish it could be more. I had the stupid dental emergency and still playing catch up. Love you Cathy!!

  2. Cathy says:

    Thank you so much Joy! Love you!

  3. Sheri & Mary-Ann says:

    Hi Cat!!
    I have made some purchases through Amazon Smile yesterday. JERAS is our pick to receive a donation from our purchases.
    I just did the math… and it comes out to only a tiny amount, but, every little bit helps!!
    We CAN NOT wait to get out there….. We are SO NOT looking forward to another New England winter….
    Give all your Keeps a kiss from us!
    Sheri & Mary-Ann

  4. Sheri & Mary-Ann says:

    Hi Cat!!

    We just made several purchases through AmazonSmile for our ‘herd’ here. At .5%, the donation shall be tiny, but, we know every little bit helps!
    We can’t wait until we can wave at each other from our door steps!! Not looking forward to another New England winter here….

    Love always, Sheri & Mary-Ann

  5. Janet Ortega says:

    Catherine, my shoer only charges $35. He out here from Ridgecrest, CA and is a very nice guy. If you are interested, email me and I will send you his name and phone number.

  6. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    TY, but I have done my own natural barefoot trims for 15 years.

  7. K – I love that hay. wish I could that down south. I enjoyed reading the newsletter. I pinned the pictures and the links on my Pinterest boards.

    How you feeling? Does the rain make you feel worse? Please keep hydrated with all you do Girl!

    ok… Rebecca

  8. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Hi, Rebecca! I love the rain and we’ve had very little lightening, which is really nice! All the hooves are soft and i’m back into a trimming

  9. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Hi, Rebecca! I love the rain and we’ve had very little lightening, which is really nice! All the hooves are soft and i’m back into a trimming

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