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Journey’s End Ranch December 14, 2017 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch December 14, 2017 Newsletter

Happy Holiday Season!

Please remember to visit our affiliates page to look at merchandise you might want to give. Poco also has a new order of his book available.

Poco’s book

A very generous supporter has offered to match donations made in December and January, up to $5000. Feed and supplements run almost $2000 a month for the 17 equines, some with special needs such as hay pellets, which cost twice as much as hay.

I really wrenched my knee a few weeks ago and my new neighbors, Sheri and Mary Ann have been doing a lot of the feeding which has been a godsend. The horses and burros are now comfortable with them. Poco, Chico  and Diego get brushed a lot. Diego, who does not particularly like people, is in love with Mary Ann and stands by the fence waiting for her sometimes. They also bring treats such as apple slices. Windy, our very abused mustang who arrived 8 years ago, has even let them pet her. When Windy first came, it took me 2  1/2  years to be able to touch her. We are glad she has done a lot of emotional healing in her years with us.


We had another local person’s dog make the mistake of wandering through Poco’s area. He was nipping at Chico and Poco came to the rescue. Poco charged him, on his 3 good legs, teeth bared and bellowing. The dog ran away pronto. His owner has vowed to keep him home in the future. Despite his pretty severe handicap, Poco proves that enthusiasm and a good attitude can overcome most challenges.

The older horses are also playing a lot with the cool weather

We try to give our horses and burros what they want and need- space, companions, good nutrition and clean water. Keeping horses confined in stalls and small pens is not what they require, though it may make humans happy. We are also blessed with a temperate climate. Despite everyone having shelters, they rarely use them.

This is Diego, who spent 20 years alone in a small pen. He had chronic laminitis and has pedal osteitis in one foot, with coffin bone rotation. He is now 22 and look at him go!

Scooter, the rescued bunny, was acting lonely and looking longingly at the wild rabbits. We decided to take in another male domestic rabbit and they are getting along well, with a fence between them to avoid possible fighting. “Blackie” is a 5 month old Satin breed rabbit.

The 3 rats are my personal pets, but I wanted to share the big cage I built for them with my Christmas $ from my Dad. They love it, with 30 square feet of floor space.

Rattie condo

Our nation’s wild horses are at huge risk now. The BLM Advisory Board even suggested sending thousands to slaughter. We are glad we are able to provide a permanent, safe home to 12 formerly wild horses and burros, plus a burro born here to her BLM mother, 3 domestic horses and a mini donkey. We are also happy that our local wild horses are not “managed” due to the fact mountain lions keep the numbers in balance.

Cathy Deleree took this fantastic photo of wild Cerbat horses dueling. Cathy also creates beautiful folk art and donates a portion to us if you purchase through our affiliates page.


Please consider supporting us during this period when your donation will be doubled. Thank you to those who keep us up and running!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Cathy & The Gang

Categories : News


  1. Chris Mehling says:

    Thanks for the wonderful newsletter and all the good you do for your furry charges!
    Happy Christmas Cathy!

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you & thank you for your support! Merry Christmas!

  3. jackie carroll says:

    I can understand how you felt with Windy as it took me 2 years to get close to Miss Mable due to her terrible abuse. Hope your knee is better. I an so proud of Poco I bet that dog doesn’t come back!!!!! Have a happy Ghristmas and love to you and your gang from the gang here and me xxxx

  4. Catherine Ritlaw says:

    Thank you Jackie & Chris!

  5. Hi, Cathy,

    I remember that last month’s newsletter showed your rabbit, “Scooter”, all alone, and, I have read that rabbits need companionship. I am so glad to read that you got a black rabbit to keep him company. I do not know a lot about rabbits, but perhaps, after they get used to each other, you could remove the fence separating them?

    Happy Holidays to someone with a big heart for all animals!

  6. Kathryn Szydlowski says:

    Merry Christmas to Cathy and The Gang. Sorry to hear of your
    accident but happy that you have wonderful new neighbors !!!
    I am so beguiled by Poco and enjoy reading and re reading my book about him. All the best to you, Kathryn, Ollie and Marco

  7. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Hi, Diane. Even neutered males may fight and we don’t want to take the risk, especially since our vet does not treat rabbits. I will see about letting them have play time while I watch and have my net ready, just in case.

  8. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Kathryn! All it takes is one misstep to injure me because of Lyme arthritis, but I am improving. Merry Christmas to you & so glad you like Poco, he is such a little character & a sweetie!

  9. Chris O’Donnell says:

    Thanks for all the animals you help!

  10. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you! Merry Christmas!

  11. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Kathryn! All it takes is one misstep to injure me because of Lyme arthritis, but I am improving. Merry Christmas to you & so glad you like Poco, he is such a little character & a sweetie!

  12. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you!!

  13. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you and have a wonderful Christmas!

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