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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary May 2, 2016 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary May 2, 2016 Newsletter

We held our first hay funds drive since November.  A very generous donor matched $2500 in donations and we now have 13 tons of beautiful new cutting Bermuda hay and a few month’s of hay pellets & supplements. The shed is full and some is outside. Thank you all so much for your donations & for sharing.

Hay, May 1, 2016

Hay, May 1, 2016

In mid April, Rusty, a 15 year old mustang, had an impaction colic & had to be treated by our vet, who administered electrolytes, pain meds and mineral oil. I had to put him on antibiotics for a week because he had a low fever. I started doing “sand tests” on his manure and he was passing a reasonably large amount of coarse, black sand, which we don’t have here. We have another horse who came from the same area in S. California and he also came with black sand. I do periodic sand tests on everyone and had never seen Rusty pass more that tiny amounts of our tan sand. So, we surmise that Rusty had an accumulation in his colon since he came from Ca. 5 years ago and that it finally caused a problem. He had been rescued there and was very thin. Scrounging for food is often what causes horses to ingest large quantities of sand and dirt. He will be kept on psyllium on & off for the next few months. All of our equines get psyllium one week out of every month to try and avoid problems. We use feeders, but they love to toss the hay out.

Rusty

Rusty

 

Poco, whose deformed foot gets flushed weekly, came up with an infection which we treated by soaking and flushing daily for a week. It has cleared up, but we will now flush it 3 times a week, as there is no way to seal the crack and hole in this “foot”, which is really just hoof material, as he was born missing a coffin bone and does not have a true hoof on this leg.

Poco singing

Poco singing

 

 

 

Poco has been singing a lot!

Then, I went to feed lunch 4 days ago & Warrior, our 27 year old mustang with narcolepsy, had apparently just had a stroke. He was staggering, had a head tilt and nystagmus. I immediately got some dexamethasone into him & called our vet. He said that was all we could do. Miraculously, within 4 hours, he was back to normal.Warrior was captured at age 4 many years ago. He was seized from an abuser in 2012 in California. He ended up at an animal shelter and was going to be put down when we took him in. He also has a bad knee, but he still enjoys life and is one heck of a survivor.

Warrior

Warrior

Our old and disabled horses still enjoy life, and that is what counts

Our younger horses do, too.

Our vet was due out today to do a few dentals, recheck Rusty & discuss Poco’s foot maintainence, but he had an emergency & will come Thursday.

Our old Fugi camera was malfunctioning and we got a Canon PowerShot SX410IS for < $200. It is all automatic & is taking fantastic pictures. Sharing pics is so important for keeping people informed and aware of JERAS, what we do and updates.

apr 30 horse run

Thank you again to our supporters. We can only provide these 24 equines & two silly sheep with a safe and happy home because of you.

Don’t forget, share any of our Facebook posts and you have a chance to win Poco’s book. We have a fan page and a group page.

Join us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/JERAS/ and
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Journeys-End-Ranch-Animal-Sanctuary/250656459004?fref=ts

Love,

Cathy & The Gang

Poco & Cathy

Poco & Cathy

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Comments

  1. jackie carroll says:

    You are one heck of a lady. You care about your ‘kids’ and give them love, dignity and respect. I am here for all of you and the whole gang at Picked on Pony farm love you to pieces

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    TY Jackie, your friendship & support means so much!! What a month!

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