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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Jan. 9, 2017By
Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Jan. 9, 2017
A lot has happened in the past month.
The contest ended, we were first in our group heading & 6th place overall. Unfortunately, our friend who had entered me (and the rest of us) did not know that voting only plays a part in the awards of prize money. One $50K winner & 6- $5K winners will be picked out of the top 30 vote-getters by Eagle Rare Life. Winners will be notified on Feb. 20. So, THANK YOU for voting and fingers crossed here!
We had a scare with Knickers, who was stung by a bee and had a bad allergic reaction. It had happened before in the summer. His face swelled, he got hives all over, had trouble breathing, and, this time, went down. I was lucky to see it and I immediately injected him with a steroid that pulled him through. He has now been here 5 years after being seized & will turn 35 in June. We have never had bees in winter, but nothing seems normal anymore.
Warrior, now 28, had a third stroke and I was also lucky to see it and give him an injection to reduce the brain inflammation quickly. He was falling against the shelter and I thought we would be having to euthanize him, but he was back to normal in 2 hours. Warrior came to us > 4 years ago after also being seized from an abuser. He has narcolepsy & a bad knee, but enjoys life, loves to eat his hay pellets and plays with the other geldings.
Mariah, our first BLM mustang who came in 2004, injured her fetlock somehow. She already has joint damage from being run 12 miles by helicopter as a baby, as per BLM records. After a few days of being very lame, I put her on Previcox for 4 days and she was once again back to normal.
Esperanza & Nina arrived 5 years ago, both pregnant. Their “babies” are now 4 and 4 & 1/2 years old and remain bonded with their Moms. Both had been rescued from the infamous Chavez feedlot in New Mexico which ships about 500 equines a month to Mexican slaughter houses.
We had a huge thrill when Ginger Kathrens and Anni Williams, from the Cloud Foundation, came to visit Poco in mid December. They spent a few hours and got to meet all the animals & hear their histories. Ginger’s documentaries about Cloud, the stallion, and the other Pryor Mountain mustangs have brought world wide awareness to our wild horse situation over the past 20 + years. It was an honor to meet them both. Poco and the burros loved them.
That darn Noel! I have had ongoing issues with a packrat who insists on chewing into my laundry closet & wreaking havoc. He chewed all the wires in my washer. No deterrents worked. I had trapped him 4 times in the past year, took him a few miles away & he came back. I caught him on Christmas when he fell into my washer as it was filling with water (he must have been on rafter over my head). I put him in a cage. I had to get my clothes washer wires repaired, cleaned out the laundry closet, moved machines back in, fixed the door & thought it was rodent proof. Then, turned “Noel” out of the cage. He then chewed through the wood door, moved back in….so, I set the Havahart trap, caught him and he is now back in his cozy 2 X 4 foot cage. I added sheet metal to laundry room door, but I think he is going to stay caged, as he was quite content there the first time. If you move packrats, you must take them ~5 miles and then (they say) survival rate is not great. They live solitary lives in the wild, so being alone is not an issue.
…A few ppl have expressed concern over a caged rat. Well, life expectancy is 2 years & I have been trapping him for a year. I googled moving him far away & the picture is not a pretty one:
“At the other end of the adventure, however, it may be a different story. Wildlife, rodents in particular, are very territorial. They set up scent posts to mark the boundary of their territory and woe be the animal that invades it.
Jumping mice, those peace-loving sweet little rodents of our sandy deserts go into a tizzy when a stranger steps over the line in the sand. Males particularly will leap at the invader, tearing away with powerful back feet, armed with needle-sharp claws. Not a pretty sight…
Therefore, you can imagine what happens when a big, bushy-tailed pack rat is suddenly dumped into another pack rat’s domain. All hell probably breaks loose, which may be a way of speeding up Darwin’s Natural Selection. A citified pack rat may have better battling skills than its country bumpkin cousin, or it may be the other way around.”
Noel is acting happy in his cage, gathering things ( I have given him a bunch of shiny objects, including Christmas bows & ornaments, which he loves), and he is safe. I will not condemn him to being eaten or ripped apart, nor can I afford to keep repairing the damage he does here if he is free.
We have gotten > 4 inches of rain in the past 2 weeks, but were lucky to get 13 tons of hay delivered, stored and under cover yesterday, before this new storm moved in last night.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Thank you for your support!
Cathy & the Gang