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Journey’s End Ranch July 3, 2015 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch July 3, 2015 Newsletter

First, we want to wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July, especially to those who have served our country. Thank you!

Len Johnson came to pay us a visit in June. Len is a huge wild horse advocate and has done a series of DVDs featuring the Cerbat wild horses, who live close to us in the Cerbat Mountains. These beautiful animals live wild and free, without the interference of man. Len came by to interview me and to meet the JERAS gang. He is working on a new DVD and it was an honor and a pleasure to meet him. He then included us in his blog. http://lenjohnsonproductions.blogspot.com/2015/06/women-of-cerbats.html?spref=fb

Women of the Cerbats

“I am feeling energized by my recent trip to the Cerbat mountains of northwest Arizona. I got some great shots of wild horses and connected with some people who keep the soul of that special place alive. Catherine Ritlaw is a tireless savior of wild horses and burros that have no place left to go. She takes in the wounded, abused and crippled and rehabilitates them. She feeds them. She makes no money and does it on donations. Her Jeras animal sanctuary is located at the base of the Cerbat Mountains, offering a superb view of the highest peaks.

She had a covered face while I was there. She wears a respirator while people are near. She has auto-immune diseases that knock her down, but not out. She is a survivor and what my dad called a gutsy go-getter.”

Len’s kind words are greatly appreciated!

Len’s DVDs are very reasonably priced and beautifully done. Here is a short version of one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJquuyK4s2E.

You can buy them here. http://lenjohnsonproductions.typepad.com

Poco’s deformed hoof had been growing at about an inch a month, about 4 times as fast as normal burro hooves. Our vet had hoped we could limit sawing it off to once a year, but the growth rate made me realize I had to do it sooner. I sawed off about 3 inches only to find he had an infection deep inside. It was not visible and we had no idea he had a problem because he limps on that leg all the time. We soaked him in Oxine/citric acid and he felt better almost immediately. He had gotten a bit subdued, but the heat is making everyone weary, so we missed that clue. We had to sedate him for the first trimming, but he then decided he loves graham crackers and has gotten very tame. We cut off a few more inches and there is no apparent infection. We have continued to soak his foot weekly and now we know we will need to keep it fairly short in order to keep the holes open. Poco’s “hoof” is not really a hoof, it is hoof material growing around the P2 bone, since he was born missing P3 (coffin bone). Poco also did not mind using the hammock which helped support him while I trimmed his normal hooves.

Poco in his hammock sling.

Poco in his hammock sling.

the saw that worked best and hoof that was removed

the saw that worked best and hoof that was removed


The holes we uncovered


Poco likes graham crackers!


sweet little Poco


Poco also has more books! http://www.jersanctuary.org/available-merchandise/

He loves getting pictures from his new friends, too.

Poco's friend, Nathan

Poco’s friend, Nathan


We received a call from a woman who is having to move into town and needed to place  her pet ram, another Barbados, like Rambeau. Stripey is about 7 years old. Both sheep really hit it off, to the extent that Stripey will charge me if I go near Rambeau. I now carry a spray bottle of vinegar and water to protect myself, but I don’t mind, as long as they are happy.



Rambeau & Stripey eating some acacia and cottonwood clippings

Rambeau & Stripey eating some acacia and cottonwood clippings

Normally, Barbados sheep shed there winter coats, but I had to shear Rambeau a second time because he grows some real wool.

We are getting some hot weather and also afternoon storms. It’s not the most pleasant weather to have to work in, but we are getting beautiful skies.

"cotton candy" thunderheads at sunset

“cotton candy” thunderheads at sunset



Scrubbing water tubs and filling them daily takes as much time as feeding chores. We also have many rabbits, birds and other wildlife who come for a drink. Some of the horses enjoy being hosed off. Chico got a good scrubbing and I think we removed sand and dirt he’s been carrying around for years.

Chico got a bath

Chico got a bath

Scout amusing himself

Scout amusing himself

Windy (13) and Mariah (12) mustang mares

Windy (13) and Mariah (12) mustang mares

Lastly, we will need another $4000 load of hay in early August to get our 25 animals through another 3 months. We have a very generous donor who has offered to match funds on $2000 in donations. Therefore, your donation will not only help buy hay, it will be doubled. You can donate through our Paypal buttons or by sending a check. http://www.jersanctuary.org/donate-2/

 As always, we will randomly pick some donors to receive notecards and Poco books.

Thank you! We can only exist and provide a home for these animals  because of you!


Cathy & the Gang


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  1. jackie carroll says:

    Just popping in to say we all love you and thank you for all you do. Please take care.

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jackie!

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