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Journey’s End Ranch July 10, 2017 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch July 10, 2017 Newsletter

It’s hot! Our weather has been running 5-10 degrees above normal for weeks. We’ve had afternoons as high as 109 degrees.  Keeping the water tubs clean & refilled is taking more time than feeding chores. Some of the horses ask to be hosed off when they see me with the hose. They all have airy shelters for shade, but usually stand in the sun. The burros take more advantage of the shelters than the horses do.

Rusty enjoying a spraying

Our local ravens raised 3 young this year & two full grown fledglings managed to dive into horse water troughs. Luckily, I found them and the water level had allowed them to barely stand on the bottom.  I put them in the hay shed on top of the hay stack where they were able to dry off and rejoin the family. I have tried leaving floating boards in the tubs, but this year, the boards attracted hundreds of bees which actually seek water at the end of their life of 6 weeks and end up drowning themselves. A bee expert explained this to me. With bees swarming the tubs, the horses are afraid to drink, so the boards had to go. I am just thankful both ravens were OK  and I am sure they learned a lesson. After two incidents of saving the fledglings, the whole family began coming every time I was outside and would squawk at me. I like to think they regard me as their hero. LOL.

Raven up on hay drying off


Many thanks to our artist friends who did recent portraits of our horses.

Sue Steiner did a great one of Knickers which already sold and is donating  50% to us. Susan Monty did four paintings of the older mustangs and a % is always given to us. She offers prints and notecards.

Susan Monty’s portrait of Bayron & Warrior playing-https://www.facebook.com/susanmontyfineart/photos/a.195469093812939.59965.195184377174744/1824703707556128/?type=3&theater

Sue Steiner’s website- https://www.etsy.com/listing/541184097/desert-horse-9-x-12-on-gallery-wrapped

Despite the heat, the horses are still playful. Knickers and Poco are a bit subdued.

Thank you for your support!


Cathy & The Gang






Pretending to be stallions








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  1. jackie carroll says:

    Your horses and donkeys and mine must be related horses outside in the heat and donkeys in the barn. Miss Mable gets very hot when she is outside and cools off once in the barn for a while. Please take care in the heat. Love to you from the gang and me

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Jackie. One day at a time. I must drink 2 gallons of water a day. Love you!

  3. Kathryn Szydlowski says:

    Why does Poco have his eyes covered?

  4. As usual, a lovely newsletter!

  5. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you!

  6. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Kathryn, it is a fly mask and also protects against sun and wind.

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