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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter October 28, 2014

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter October 28, 2014

Red has been here a month. He is the 20 year old mustang we took in after his owner passed away. At first he claimed Penny, the old mare, and was very protective of her, but things have settled down and he is getting along well with the other two mustang geldings. Here he was taking a run with Penny. Penny is out front.

Penny & Red enjoying a run

Penny & Red enjoying a run

Knickers, our 32 year old Arabian stallion, is feeling very frisky with the cooler weather. He still likes to gallop in to his three meals a day of soaked hay pellets and supplements. He calmly and stealthily walks around behind his shelter, then gallops to his feed tub as he rounds the corner and sees me putting the feed in. I trimmed his hooves last month and they are in the best form ever since he arrived almost 3 years ago. He is so active that he is wearing his hooves quite well in this abrasive soil we have. He is dangerous to handle because of past abuse, so the less often I have to trim his feet, the happier we both are. He is however, quite lovable if I am offering him a scratch or a graham cracker.




The burros get to roam the 12 perimeter acres of the ranch all day long and spend the nights in their 3 acre enclosure. They really enjoy having room to roam. They are very pleased with the new shelter they have, thanks to an ASPCA grant.


Some of our burros

I have a degree in Veterinary Technology and also completed a 2 year Equine Science program at the same college in NY. I was a veterinary technician for years. However, I have learned so much more on my own since then. One thing I now know is that “traditional” ways of doing things are often detrimental to animals’ health and well-being. Keeping equines cooped up in stalls and small paddocks is unhealthy and causes them mental stress. Shoeing does more harm than good. Feeding processed feeds which are high in sugar and contain corn, soy and other genetically modified and overly processed ingredients is unhealthy. Over-vaccinating harms immune systems. Our equines do very well here, living in natural conditions and fed a more natural diet, despite that most arrived with permanent injuries. They get minimal vaccinations. I do the hoof trimming myself. I began trimming 15 years ago, with some of the country’s best natural hoof care professionals as my mentors, through reading their books, articles and consulting via phone and the internet. They are fed grass hay with a vitamin/mineral supplement and have access to both salt blocks and loose salt. The older ones get joint supplements and turmeric, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and good for the immune system. They have access to plenty of clean water. Most of all, they have SPACE and the companionship of other horses and burros. We really have no problems with illness or injuries. Once in awhile, someone will get boisterous and may leave a bite mark on another animal, but that is part of natural behavior and establishing pecking orders. The burros also love to play rough. Our philosophy is to create as natural an environment as possible and to allow our horses and burros to live as Nature intended. They are very content, happy and healthy.

Our vet was out this month to do the yearly premise inspection for our Arizona Equine Rescue License renewal. While he as here, he did a dental on 25 year old Warrior. Warrior does not have much grinding surface left on his molars and is on a diet of soaked pellets, coconut meal and all the hay he wants. He was seized from an abusive owner by California authorities two years ago. He ended up in a county animal shelter and was going to be put to sleep, because he has a bad knee and no one wanted an old, crippled mustang. Warrior still enjoys life and is quite a character.



We are now using Mail Chimp as our email service and are sending this newsletter a bit early as a test run. We will hopefully have some exciting news regarding a new burro coming any day now, pending his capture. He has an old injury and has grown a very deformed hoof which makes it hard for him to keep up with his wild herd and puts him at risk of being killed by predators. Please send prayers and positive thoughts his way and we will send out more news as soon as we have any. We are also awaiting the arrival of two formerly wild burros which were at risk of being sold as pack animals to Guatemala.

Thank you to our wonderful supporters for allowing us to provide a safe and loving home to these animals.

Cathy & the Gang.

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  1. jackie carroll says:

    I totally agree with you on health and care of horses. I have my gang which were all abused, as you know, They have 7 acres plus of free roaming, a barn WITHOUT stalls as my Mustang is claustrophobic and also has to have a night light because due to past treatment as a baby he is afraid of the dark. I have them on natural supplements, free hay and small amounts of grain. The farrier is out here monthly, no shoes on horses and I wouldn’t dare suggest shoes on the donkeys!!!!!!! We spend our days doing what would be natural to them if they lived in the wild and at the times they would do them in the wild. They are the ‘team leaders’ in the barn, and I am just the caretaker giving them the love, respect and dignity they deserve like you do.

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Jackie.

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