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Journey’s End Ranch Feb. 15, 2018 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch Feb. 15, 2018 Newsletter

First of all, we are very grateful to all the donors who helped us achieve $5000 in matching funds during December & January. THANK YOU!  We got an $1100 feed delivery of hay pellets, supplements and bird seed  Tuesday and have 256 bales of Bermuda hay coming this weekend.

Our winter had been unusually dry until this week. We still haven’t gotten much rain, just enough to settle the dust & make for pretty skies. This rainbow appeared the morning after my dear lifelong friend passed away Feb. 13. Please say a prayer for her family & friends. She will be sorely missed.

Rainbow Feb. 13

Rene’, a 16 year old mustang, had developed a cough from hay dust. The hay grown & baled in the desert Southwest tends to be dusty, which is better than moldy, but it can cause problems. We closed her into the corral with her friend Windy for about 10 days in order to give her soaked hay and anti-inflammatory herbs. She is now OK.

Rene'(roan) and Windy (dun)

I gave Poco a hoof trim. I have to trim his 3 good feet with him standing on them, which is tricky, but I am learning. I use a little saw and pruning shears. Then I slip the rasp underneath to smooth things out. Holding a foot up is too difficult because he ends up trying to balance on just 2 good feet.

Poco hoof.   Poco has the most amazing whiskers!

Poco whiskers



The quail, doves, sparrows and blackbirds have been very numerous.

Bunnies and squirrels also show up for a little birdseed.

Harris antelope ground squirrel


We had a huge problem with bees swarming the hay pellets. They are pure hay, no molasses. The vets believe we lost Knickers because his anaphylactic reaction to the bee sting in July had caused him nerve damage in his lower spine. He was a bit wobbly for a few weeks, then had a fatal colic. The spinal nerves can affect the gut. I had been searching for a deterrent that was also palatable and safe to add to the pellets. I finally found someone on a forum mention peppermint. I mixed up a bit of peppermint oil in a spay bottle of water and it works!  The horses and burros don’t mind it. The bees come in, take a whiff and leave. I deeply regret not finding this info sooner.

My grandmother  was born on this day in 1901. She and my grandfather had a huge impact on my early life. They were both compassionate and courageous people.”Pop” even ran out into NYC traffic to rescue an injured  pigeon I had pointed out to him. He was a decorated veteran of WWI. He had worked in a livery stable from an early age when his father had died leaving a wife and children in a time when there were no social safety nets. He spoke with sadness of all the horses he saw killed during the war.

“Nanny”, my maternal grandmother


Charles Ott, WWI


Thank you again for helping us reach our donation goal. Thank you to our benefactor who matched the donations! We feel very blessed to be able to provide a safe home for 4 burros, 13 horses, the 2 sheep,  bunnies and wildlife.


Cathy & the Gang

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  1. Madelaine says:

    Hi Cathy, Bless you for doing such a wonderful job. I think of you often and”the good old days”. in CT. Love you, Madelaine

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Love you, too! I have wonderful memories, too, so fortunate to have met you & the kids!

  3. Lynne Ritzler says:

    You deserve it all. I wish you were able to take in all the mustangs. They would live amazing lives.
    No matter what, not too many people have the kind of life that impacts other living things as greatly as yours. Bravo to you!

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