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Journey’s End Ranch August 2, 2015 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch August 2, 2015 Newsletter

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We were very pleased to learn that Len Johnson featured our sanctuary at the very end of his new documentary. This is a wonderful film about Len’s return trip to see the Cerbat wild horses, our neighbors. The Cerbat horses are not “managed” by man and live in harmony with nature, with mountain lion predation helping to keep their population stable. Len’s film is available for download and/or watching on your computer.
“Last of the Spanish Mustangs 2-Return to the Cerbats” http://lenjohnsonproductions.typepad.com

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Poco’s hoof infection is gone but he is still getting a weekly soaking & bit of a trim. He has become very easy to work with and loves getting brushed, TTouch and a few pieces of graham crackers. He and I decided to take a few selfies.

Poco & Cathy

Poco & Cathy

Poco was featured in the newspaper again. We really appreciate the coverage and the story generated quite a few orders for Poco’s book and a few donations.

http://www.havasunews.com/news/book-on-poco-the-burro-s-life-treatment-for-deformity/article_0f077ba0-2797-11e5-ae3b-cbb40adbd548.html

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We want to than everyone who helped us have a successful summer hay drive. Thank you for sharing on Facebook and many thanks to our donors. A very generous supporter matched funds so we were able to raise the $4000 needed for another 13 tons of hay which will feed the 23 equines and 2 sheep for 3 months. Our friends are coming this week to clean out the hay shed, shake out the pallets and rake out the shed. We are putting sheets of OSB down on the pallets and the new load of hay will go on that. I have repeatedly gotten hurt when boards on the pallets have given way under my feet, so the OSB will make walking in the shed much safer. We will get a semi load of new Bermuda hay in about a week. Thank you!

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Three of our mustangs are celebrating anniversaries this summer. Scout arrived in 2008, Rusty came in 2011 and Cheyenne joined us in 2012. All have physical or behavioral issues but they enjoy their lives here.

Scout

Scout

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Stripey, our new sheep, became very possessive and protective of Rambeau and began attacking me and was downright dangerous. I consulted a few sheep experts and all said that rams have been known to kill people and to send him to market or euthanize. Our vet said that castrating such an old sheep may kill him and, should he survive the surgery, might not improve his behavior. So, I built Stripey his own pen which adjoins Rambeau’s pen.  I used 3 pallets, some shade cloth and metal roofing scraps to build him a fast and free house. If I need to go into his pen, I throw a rope over his head and tether him. As always, we try to accommodate the special needs of animals we take in.

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Stripey's house

Stripey’s house

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We have an abundance of rabbits this summer. In the evening, a few show up to eat seed with the kangaroo rats.

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Our weather has been hot and we have some humidity, due to summer rain storms. I am trimming at least a few horses or burros every week which is not fun in this heat and I look forward to cooler weather in a month or two. However, we have beautiful weather 8-9 months out of the year, so I won’t complain much.

Thank you for your support.

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

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