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Journey’s End Ranch October 2, 2015 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch October 2, 2015 Newsletter

September was a busy month at the sanctuary. Our weather remained hot with days in the high 90’s. That made it necessary to dump, scrub and refill all the water tubs daily, as everyone was drinking a lot and the heat and sun make the algae grow quickly. Some of the horses line up while I am filling tubs because they want to be hosed off.

cooling off

cooling off

Diego, the 20 year old horse who arrived September 2, has proven to be a challenge, as he is in worse shape than we expected. He lived for 20 years in a 35 foot pen with no shelter, insufficient feed and, apparently, little hoof care. He also has not had physical contact with other horses since he was a baby, which is very sad, indeed. I trimmed his terribly overgrown hooves as best I could on Sept. 5, with the help of a sedative, because his feet and joints hurt too much for him to stand still and cooperate. Several weeks later, we were fortunate to get a very good, professional barefoot hoof trimmer to come out twice. This trimmer was trained by a local man who actually invented a fantastic hoof boot and has his company’s production facility locally. Unfortunately, he no longer trims for others. The trimmer who came to do Diego and Knickers was leaving his position at the boot company and was about to move out of state to return to college. It was a huge blessing to have him come and work on Diego, because there are no local trimmers we will use, which is why I do the trimming myself. Diego, however, was beyond my capabilities. He did the hoof adjustments in two trips, as to make it less stressful on Diego’s legs and body.

He said Diego’s body would be sore as he adjusted to the new hoof angles, but we knew it was unavoidable. Diego is slowly improving. I just finished repairing some corral panels and will be able to move him over by the other old horses within a week. He needs a slow and safe introduction, since he has not has physical contact with others in 20 years. This way, he can nuzzle the others and still be safely contained. He will also be fed in his corral so he has ample time to eat all he wants and get his special supplements. The rest of the time, he will share several acres with Bayron and Lucky, our two most mellow and agreeable geldings.

Diego enjoying some space

Diego enjoying some space

Then, Diego had a bout with colic, on a Sunday night. Our veterinarian came out immediately and had to wear his headlamp to treat Diego in the dark. Diego’s gut was shutting down, his pulse was very high, and our vet said he would have been in dire shape had we postponed the visit. After getting a sedative, pain killer and electrolytes and mineral oil via stomach tube, he began to feel better. Our vet confirmed what my sand tests had told me, Diego has a gut full of sand. This can happen, usually when horses are underfed and fed off the ground, especially if fed alfalfa. Alfalfa leaves can mix with the dirt and hungry horses end up eating dirt in unsafe quantities. We already had been giving him the usual remedy (psyllium) for 2 weeks, so we will continue with on and off psyllium, as advised. Warrior also arrived with a gut full of sand 3 years ago, and nothing we have done has removed it. These horses tend to be unthrifty and can be ticking time bombs, as the sand settles to low spots and can eventually wear through the intestinal lining, causing a fatal peritonitis. So, we do what we can and hope for the best. Between the stress of close confinement, living alone and poor feeding, he likely has ulcers. He is now getting his hay soaked, which makes it easier to chew and digest, hay pellets and about 7-8 supplements and herbs which support and heal the gut.

Diego also is in need of dental care, a he has sharp edges and “hooks” which make chewing less than comfortable. We will give him a short time to recover from all he has been through and then get our vet out to do the dental.

Since Diego is in a temporary area with no shelter, I put up a few tarps and shade cloth and he really likes it. It’s hard to imagine he lived for 20 years with no shelter, in a town that averages 10-15 degrees hotter than where we are. He spends almost all day there and wanders around his 1/4 acre yard after sunset.

Diego really craves the shade

Diego really craves the shade


I finally figured out how to trim Poco’s good back hoof. He really can’t hold it up, because he can’t put all that weight on his deformed hoof for more than a few seconds. So, I am leaving his good foot on the ground, but scooping dirt out from under his hoof wall & using goat hoof shears and my rasp from underneath. He is really an angel about things, as long as he knows he will get a few pieces of graham cracker.

Poco & Chico playing

Poco & Chico playing


Dinner for Poco & Chico

All of our horses, burros and the sheep have already begun to grow winter coats and we are all looking forward to cooler weather.

We have an event on Facebook to get more people to sign up for Welzoo for us. Thanks to a very hard working friend, Judy, the event has brought us up to 60 Welzoo supporters, who will earn $21 a year for us each, merely by making Welzoo their home page on our behalf. Because we have done so well, Welzoo will also feature us, hopefully introducing this sanctuary to many people. Here is the event. https://www.facebook.com/events/394799564063078/ or, just go here and sign up by clicking here:


Each day your turn on your computer, we will get 6 cents, which adds up!


Scout feeling frisky

Scout feeling frisky


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Thank you for your support.


Cathy & the Gang


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  1. Bridgette says:

    “The Greatness of a nation and its Moral progress can be Judged by the way its Animals are treated ” Mahatma Ghandi

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Agree, Bridgette!

  3. jackie carroll says:

    The gang and I are still with you and will always be. Love you

  4. Cathy says:

    thank you Jackie! Sending lots of love to you and Picked On Pony Farm! <3

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