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Journey’s End Ranch September 2, 2015 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch September 2, 2015 Newsletter

We have a new horse arriving today. Although we had felt we were at full capacity, we felt we had to take in this 20 year old, abandoned and neglected horse. We will post more information in a few days. Upon seeing this photo, we could not turn him down.

Diego, 20 year old  Colonial Spanish horse

Diego, 20 year old Colonial Spanish Horse

 

Diego upon arrival

Diego upon arrival

 

Front hoof

Diego-front hoof

Sept. 5 update. With the help of a sedative, I was able to trim Diego today. He has a long way to go and needs to get acclimated to having his feet handled. They were probably causing considerable pain in the condition they were in and have some infection, too.

LH. terribly high heels which will be lowered over time

LH. terribly high heels which will be lowered over time

Fronts

Fronts

Right Front

Right Front

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Sept. 21 update. Diego’s horribly neglected feet were really more than I am capable of dealing with, and we were blessed to have a professional barefoot hoof trimmer come out and trim him this morning. He suspects Diego has partial erosion f his LF coffin bone from years of lack of trimming. He did as much  trimming as he could and will be back in 3 days to do some more. Unfortunately, he is returning to school and moving out of state this week. We are happy that Diego will have a great “set up trim”, at least.When I went to do evening feeding, I found Diego down and dealing with colic. It was Sunday night and our great vet came out and had to work on Diego in the dark with his headlamp for light. Diego was sedated, had pain meds and was given mineral oil, water and electrolytes via naso-gastric tube. Unfortunately, this is the price he has to pay for years of improper care. He has a lot of sand in his intestines from inadequate feeding and eating dirt in the past. We will continue to give him psyllium fiber in an effort to get sand to pass out of his gut. He’s a very sweet old horse who deserves at least a few years of happiness and decent care.

Diego's hind feet with heels much lower.

Diego’s hind feet with heels much lower.

Jovita came up with an eyelid abscess, probably from roughhousing with her mother. We treated it for a few days and it healed well.

Jovita Aug. 18

Jovita Aug. 18

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Jovita Aug. 20

 

We installed a floor in the hay shed. Our friends attached OSB  on top of pallets and we have a safe, inexpensive floor.Now, loose hay and I will not be falling through the slats in the pallets.

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Then, we got about 13 tons of nice, new Bermuda hay. Thank you to everyone who donated and shared our hay drive.

Hooray, hay!

Hooray, hay!

 

We had been treating Poco’s deformed hoof for an infection in the cleft. The cleft is actually frog material and the infection was stubborn, despite weekly soaking & spraying. I then decided to try going with a dry treatment and made a powder out of activated charcoal, berberine and grapefruit seed extract powders. Within a day, the infection was dried up and Poco was feeling better and using his foot to bear more weight.

Poco's foot

Poco’s foot

 

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Poco & Chico playing last night

Poco says, “HELLO!”

The kangaroo rats show up nightly, and bring a few bunnies with them.

Cottontail & kangaroo rats

Cottontail & kangaroo rats

 

 

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Well, Diego should be arriving at any moment. Hope to see you again soon.

Love,

Cathy & The Gang

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