January 21 st


Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Jan. 21, 2020

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Happy New Year!

We have had a very mild winter so far. That’s nice now but wondering how hot next summer will be.

Windy & Rene’ have now been with us 10 years. They were saved just in time to prevent them from going back into “horse tripping” or, more probably, to slaughter. They are now 18 years old.


Windy & Rene’, mustangs

We decided to install electric mesh fence around Poco & Chico’s area to keep predators or stray dogs out, since Poco is disabled and Chico is very tiny and old. Poco really attacked a loose dog 2 years ago, but he would be no match against a pack. Burros are naturally inclined to chase & attack predators, so many farmers and ranchers use them out with their sheep or cattle as protection. This makes more sense than the killing of predators, which science has proven to be futile, as they will just reproduce more with larger litters. It’s always best to work with Nature, and not against her.

Poco had a different song today.

“Cuckoo Bird” roadrunner has been bringing his wife for breakfast. They are so silly

Now that the snakes are hibernating, the kangaroo rats are back. They are actually related to gophers.They are very cute & entertaining and have little fear of humans. I have even petted one now & then.

The horses are enjoying the cool weather and a lot of playing goes on. This is Red, a 26 year old mustang and Diego, a 25 year old colonial Spanish horse who lived alone for his first 20 years and had no social skills when he arrived in 2015. Our main objective is to have happy animals. We provide a natural environment, proper nutrition, space, shelter, clean water and, most importantly, the companionship of others of their kind. Many horses are kept cooped up, isolated and fed processed, unnatural diets. This is still considered “normal” by some people, but it’s not for us. Despite age, injuries and some chronic conditions, our animals are active and happy.

One of my pet goldfish, who lives in a 100 gal tub with 3 others, developed a fungus on its dorsal fin. I started soaking their food pellets with a few drops of Jernigan Pomifitrin (anti fungal herbs) and it was gone in 10 days.

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I have been going through old family photos and found this one of my grandfather, Charles Ott. He served as a Sgt. in the campaign against Pancho Villa in 1916 in Texas/Mexico and then in Europe in WWI. Upon returning, he met my grandmother & they then shared more than 40 happy years until his death in 1960. He was an animal lover & very compassionate, and I still miss him. Here he was in the 1920s with their German Shepherd, Dolf.

Wishing everyone a happy new year. Thank you to our supporters. Without you, we would not continue to exist and provide a safe home to 16 equines, 5 rabbits, a dog, a sheep and dozens of wild critters.


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 mine. Have now got a recipe for donkey feed from the Donkey Sanctuary and going to see if I can get it replicated out here if I can will let you know. Love you from the gang and me

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jackie. Everything I have read said donks just need grass hay & some vitamin/mineral supplements & salt. They don’t require grains which are actually bad for them. I’d be interested to see what they are feeding. apparently they also feed barley straw… our Bemuda pellets have very low sugar NSC/WSC and not excessive protein.

    “If horses eat a large volume of straw, this lignin fiber accumulates in the digestive system and it can plug (impact) the digestive system. This results in severe colic and even death if not properly treated. Horses that are well- fed normally do not eat large volumes of straw bedding.”

    I would not feed horses or donkeys straw

  3. Judy Torgerson says:

    I always love reading your newsletter Cathy!. It’s fun, and very informative! And love the videos too. That roadrunner is just fun to watch.

    Love, Judy

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    TY Judy! The roadrunners are very entertaining!

  5. Lynne Ritzler says:

    Happy New Year to all!
    Keep up the good work! Your magical potions seem to be very healing!

  6. kathryn szydlowski says:

    wonderful videos. always enjoy them and learn from them as well.

    special hello and kisses to poco ;0)

  7. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Lynne & Kathryn.

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