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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter May 9, 2017

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter May 9, 2017

After the 2 wild wind storms last month, our one mustang shelter needed repair. The dirt it is on had not been properly leveled in the beginning, a few years ago. Since the person who had been paid to do the leveling work was not willing to help us, our friends Bill & Audrey came to help. None of us are “spring chickens” and two of us are “bionic” people with hardware and replaced parts, but we did a good job. Bill gets most of the credit. We removed the bolts that held the high side of the shed to its anchors, lifted that side a bit, dug out under the base plate about 5 inches, let the building back down, replaced bolts and hammered rebar, that also secures it, deeper into the ground. Bill had to remove the OSB interior wall to do the work & then replace it. Since the shed had been rocking in the wind, it was out of square and not quite plumb, so Bill dug  holes for 2 railroad ties, put them in cement and came back the next day to secure the shed to the ties with heavy, rigid steel straps. Unless we get a tornado, the shed won’t be moving in the future. Thank you, Bill & Audrey!

Shelter Repaired


We had a little scare with Mariah last week. I noticed Mariah leaving her hay & pawing the ground one morning. She has had a few gassy colics in the 13 years she has been here. I immediately cored a carrot & put 7 GasX in it. She ate that. I then went to soak some hay pellets to give her 8 oz. of Milk of Magnesia. By the time I did that, she had returned to eating. I gave her the MM anyway, just to be safe. She was fine & we were happy it did not escalate into a full blown colic. Catching things early can make a big difference. Mariah is a 14 year old mustang, captured at the age of 5 months and joined us 6 months later. She has joint abnormalities due to injuries sustained when being chased 12 miles as a baby and also imbalanced feeding while with the BLM. She enjoys life, but would never be “usable”.


We just got the second half of our hay order and had to put it on pallets and covered with a tarp. It came two days ago & today it is raining, but all is well. We wanted to stock up while this very clean, fine hay was available. Thank you K & M Hay!

12 tons of hay under tarp


The older horses have been acting like kids with daily play. They sure don’t let age or injuries slow them down.

Diego & Bayron


Poco & Chico have also been playing & Poco sings a lot. The trick is to be there with the video camera at the right time.

Evening play

I gave the burros some lilac trimmings & Poco was suspicious.


After 2 months on anti-fungals for Valley Fever, my lungs are considerably better. I still feel like the tin man in need of an oiling, but both Lyme and Valley Fever attacks joints, so I am probably stuck with it. I am just grateful to be able to breath again.

Thank you for your support.

Cathy & The Gang

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  1. Kathryn Szydlowski says:

    Heartening to watch the above videos. I am filled with admiration for what you are doing to save horses, donkeys and others. It takes a very special person/soul to devote their life to helping and to protecting animals. God Bless You (whatever that Higher Power might be)

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you so much! I do believe we receive blessings & strength from some Higher Power & I am grateful. Thank you for your support!

  3. As usual Cathy you put out a lovely newsletter – love to see the videos and all the animals. Loved Poco’s hesitant look at the lilac leaves!

  4. Cecile Caple says:

    Cannot wait to watch your videos! Congrats on the big roof repairs! Excellent! Didn’t even know you did a newsletter! Excellent photography! Glad to know you are feeling little better! Is there anything you can’t do??? Sending much love! Would be so stoked to come and visit one day, help with some work too! Grooming, feeding… etc. Haha Just excellent! So impressed! Even videos! Wow! So sad to know about the little mustang. So cruel, what they do, and most people have no idea. Thank you Ms. Ritlaw, for loving them so much!!!

  5. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you so much! Would love to meet you! We just replaced our video camera, so I am waiting to catch Poco in song.

  6. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    He is a suspicious little fella! Thank you.

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