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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter Nov. 2, 2015

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter Nov. 2, 2015

It was a busy month here, with shorter (but cooler) days and the extra work of caring for Diego, the 20 year old, long neglected horse who arrived 2 months ago. He recovered from his colic episode, but was very sore-footed and was not recovering, despite a few hoof trims by a very talented barefoot trimmer, who suspected Diego had coffin bone damage in his left front foot and had suffered bouts of laminitis in the past. All 4 of his feet were horribly overgrown, with  very high heels and dished toes. Our veterinarian came out in late October. He took X rays which confirmed 2 degree coffin bone rotation and some inflammation of the coffin bone inside the foot, caused by chronic neglect and laminitis. He trimmed Diego’s feet a bit and removed some excess, impacted sole. We put Easyboots on Diego’s front feet and put him on a fairly safe anti-inflammatory drug. He also had bad teeth, with sharp edges and “hooks” which were digging into his gums. So, he got a dental, too. The only good news was that his gut full of sand (from being starved in the past) was gone, due to us giving him psyllium fiber for 5 weeks which mobilized it out of his intestines. We ordered some Easyboot “Clouds”, a brand new style boot for rehabbing horses’ feet. They are working even better than the regular boots and Diego is feeling, walking & eating much better just 6 days after the vet visit. He will require frequent trimming. He now has an area to himself and we are letting Bayron & Lucky visit him for an hour or two a day, as Diego lived alone for 20 years and is somewhat scared of being in with others, although he loves playing with them over the fence. We are very grateful that Diego has a caring person who had tried to help him long distance for a few years. She is helping a lot with his initial expenses. In the past, she had even paid for some of his feed only to find out the people were not bothering to give it to him. Several people on Facebook have spoken out about his sad past, too, as they watched him suffer over the years.

Diego gets to touch another horse for the first time in about 20 years.

Diego gets to touch another horse for the first time in about 20 years.

Diego in his Easyboot Cloud boots

Diego in his Easyboot Cloud boots

 

 

The Clouds are working well and Diego actually trotted a little this morning.

Amazing update! Nov. 7, Diego trotting & cantering today

 

Lucky got a dental, too.

Lucky gets a dental

Lucky gets a dental

 

I did some building on my own with materials we had and set up a 35 by 20 foot corral in the older horse area and also built a 10 by 10 foot shelter attached to it. The corral has gates on both ends. Right now, Bayron & Lucky have access to it and the shelter, but, should we need to separate any of the 3 other horses for treatment, we can also use it.

Shadecloth makes a safe, inexpensive wall on the shelter made of extended corral panels and metal roof.

Shadecloth makes a safe, inexpensive wall on the shelter made of extended corral panels and metal roof.

Diego has about a third of the big shelter to himself and loves it.

Diego loves the shed after having no shelter all his life

Diego loves the shed after having no shelter all his life

 

 

 

 

 

Poco has been singing for his lunch.

We have an ongoing contest on Facebook. Everyone who shares any of our posts gets their name put in the hat each time they share. At the end of the day, 2 names are pulled. At the end of the week, 2 names are pulled from the 14 and those people will receive Poco’s book.

 Poco's book

Poco’s book

Please look at our affiliates/merchandise page for holiday gift giving ideas and a way to help us. Thank you.

We are having our WINTER HAY drive and need $4000 by late November to buy another 13 tons of hay which will last about 100 days. We have a very generous donor who is matching the first $2000 raised. Some donors will be randomly picked to receive a Poco book and Shannon Story will donate another beautiful Poco tote bag, too. http://shannon-story.artistwebsites.com/featured/1-poco-the-brave-little-burro-shannon-story.html

We can only provide a home for 26 animals with the help of generous supporters. Thank you!

Love,
Cathy & the Gang

Poco likes selfies, but needs my help

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