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Journey’s End Ranch January 17, 2019 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch January 17, 2019 Newsletter

Our winter has been mild so far, with just a few nights in the 20s. We got more than 1 & 1/2 inches of rain this week with more on the way.

Buddy is really enjoying his daily “walk” with the electric scooter. He leads the way at a steady trot and we are going 1 & 1/2 miles. He then takes a long snooze.

The young roadrunner shows up almost daily for a meal. There really is not much natural food for them in this weather as they mainly eat reptiles and bugs.

We now have 10 horses and burros between the ages of 20 and 31. Lucky turns 20 this year and is a BLM mustang who was literally dumped on the side of a Ca. highway in 2013. He ended up at an animal shelter and was going to be put down because he is not usable due to fairly severe ringbone in his front feet. He does have saddle scars, so someone used him up and then dumped him. With proper nutrition and room to move 24/7, he does very well.

Diego turns 24 this year and also is doing well despite a history of chronic laminitis and a foot with pedal osteitis.

Here were the old horses playing Christmas eve.

Stripey, the old and dangerously aggressive Barbados ram, was getting very arthritic and losing weight. We started him on some grain and joint supplements and he is bouncing back. He arrived 4 years ago and was already 7. His previous owner stated he “plays rough.” He actually would batter you to death if given a chance. He must be tied up to clean his pen or trim his feet.


Both sheep love their daily graham cracker. Rambeau is also old and has “old sheep” teeth.

Smiley Rambeau

I can no longer tolerate handling hay because of the Valley Fever/lung issues I have, so we will be switching to hay pellets. We already have some horses on these same pellets- no binders or additives. Our hay guy deals with the milling company and can bring us 10- 1500# bags every 2 months. We will store them in the hay shed as soon as the hay is used up, mid February. They are a bit more expensive than hay, but there will be no waste and they are more digestible.

It would not be a newsletter without a song from Poco. He is 16 this year.

Thank you for your support! We depend on your donations and sharing our news to continue providing a safe and happy home to 17 equines, 2 sheep, 2 rabbits and Buddy the dog.

Cathy & the Gang

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  1. Jackie carroll says:

    Just a note to say ‘thank you’ for all you do for your gang and alsways there for me when I need help. Love you

  2. Judith Hughes says:

    You do such a great job with your fourlegged family. Really enjoyed this newsletter with ALL the videos. Always LOVE Poco’s greetings. Best wishes this New Year.

  3. Judith Hughes says:

    Apparently my comment got deleted, so I will try again.

    YOU do such a great job with your fourlegged family. Really enjoyed this newsletter with all the videos. Always love Poco’s greetings. Best wishes this New Year.

  4. Martine Michelle says:

    A big THANK YOU for loving & caring for all the ‘critters’!
    Smiles & hugs from Toronto, Canada.

  5. Judy Torgerson says:

    Another lovely newsletter, Cathy – I do enjoy them very much!

  6. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jackie, Martine and Judy!!!

  7. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jackie!

  8. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you!

  9. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Judith!

  10. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Judith!

  11. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you!

  12. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Martine & Greg!

  13. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Judy!

  14. Katrin Winterer says:

    Hi Cathy,
    Looks like all your creature “family” are doing well under your loving care.

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