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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Feb.1, 2015 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Feb.1, 2015 Newsletter

We had snow on the ground for 4 days after getting 7 inches of snow on New Year’s. Pulling the hay cart through it was difficult, but at least it did not last long. Our weather then returned to our usual mild conditions. We did just get an inch of rain, always welcomed in the desert. Hopefully, a lot of grass and edible plants will come up soon and the burros can go back to some grazing on our extra 12 acres.

We are also thankful to our friends, Bill & Calvin, who came over and added supports to the shelters and hay shed in December. Even with the wind and snow load, everything here stayed secure.

I managed to do hoof trims on the 14 horses and burros who needed some minor trimming. Farriers here charge $50 for a trim and we save money and get the “natural barefoot” hoof trim that most farriers don’t know how to do. I am always grateful for the natural trim experts who have written books and articles and for the advice I get from professional trimmers on Facebook. Warrior and Lucky are moving well, despite having joint problems from past misuse. Little Chico, Poco’s friend, was good about his trim, though he did try to kick me 3 times before letting me handle his back feet. He sure is spunky for his diminutive size and advanced age.

Poco is happy to announce that 92 of his books have gone to new homes. We appreciate photos from his young friends, too.

Thank you, Raelyn!

Thank you, Raelyn!

You can order your own copy at our “merchandise” page.


Thank you, Bella!

Our veterinarian was out January 20 to geld Bayron. Despite weeks of trying to desensitize him and help him with his fear, Bayron continues to be terrified of people touching him. His former caretaker said he was always fearful, but that he returned with severe issues after being sent to a “trainer” for a month several years ago. We can only imagine the abuse he must have suffered. We had to squeeze him into the end of the corral and our vet was extremely patient and gentle. Bayron required a tranquilizer, sedative and anesthesia, given in steps, to finally put him down on the ground so he could be gelded. Even so, soon after the surgery, he was struggling to get up on his feet, instead of staying down awhile like most horses do. Our vet has worked with horses for more than 50 years and was not expecting such a fearful horse. In a month or so, when it is OK to let him join others, our friends have offered to bring their stock trailer over. We can run him into it and move him that way. Of our 23 equines, we only have one other who is virtually “untouchable”. Cheyenne arrived in summer 2012 and is now 18. She has a visible dent in her windpipe and we suspect she was once “choked down” with a lariat. Sometimes, animals have suffered such severe mental trauma that they just will not recover. In the case of equines, they need to be given a  natural environment and the company of others so they can at least find some happiness and peace.



Between Bayron’s surgery, the delivery of 256 bales of hay and more than a ton of pellets and other feed, we spent $5400 this month. Donations are always needed and greatly appreciated!

13 tons of hay

13 tons of hay

We are always proud to say that our animals are happy. Giving them proper care, feeding and space creates animals who learn to enjoy life, even after abuse, neglect and injuries.



Thank you for your support!
Cathy & the Gang


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  1. jackie carroll says:

    Will always be with you

  2. Cathy says:

    Thank you Jackie. I value your friendship and we love you!

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