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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter May 14, 2020

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Greetings! First of all, we hope everyone is doing their best to stay safe during these very trying times dealing with Covid19. Being isolated here is a good thing now, but having to glove up and disinfect packages left at our gate by UPS and FedEx makes me feel I am back working as a veterinary surgical assistant. There is so much suffering because of this pandemic and first responders and health care workers are truly heroes, as are all the people who must work to provide us all with our basic needs. Thank you!

We had some very hot weather in April but it has cooled off a bit. The horses are shed out and are nice & shiny.

Our vet was out twice and brought his farrier on one trip, so he could sedate Diego & have the farrier trim his feet. After a lifetime of neglect & no real training, Diego can be hard to handle and sedation is best for all involved. He does not need a trim very often. Diego (below), still a bit tipsy.

Penny and Scout had dentals.

We also ran blood work on Buddy, who is on meds for both hypothyroidism and Addison’s disease (adrenal) now. Because of Covid19 and our vet being very booked up, I had done some dosage adjusting going by clinical signs while waiting for Buddy to be seen. Correct dosing of fludrocortisone can be a life & death matter, and we were very happy that all his values came back in the center of normal. He still enjoys his one mile trot every morning. He is about 10 years old and arrived in March of 2018, with numerous health and behavioral issues. He is still a nut, but he’s very happy.

We now have 3 horses & 2 burros on anti-inflammatory meds because of age, former injuries and orthopedic issues. Quality of life counts most, and we try to do what we can to help. All the horses & burros get turmeric and other other herbs and some get joint supplements.

Diego looks great, Penny does, too, but is a bit chubby. She is 30 and had times in her life when she was thin and neglected, so she is always trying to make up for that.

Diego (now 25)

Penny (below)

Dakota, a 29 year old mustang who came 4 years go, has late stage Valley Fever, which, at best, is manageable. She is on an anti-fungal remedy & herbs & joint supplements. Keeping weight on her is difficult, but adding the anti-inflammatory has made a big difference. She has a better appetite, is moving a lot, even cantering, and is giving her 3 herd mates a run for their money! She is gaining weight.

Poco has been singing, but I have been too slow to catch him on video.

Rambeau got his winter wool cut off. We must do him by hand. He will be cooler now. His front teeth are typical of old sheep, in fact, most 11-12 year old sheep are missing at least some of their incisors. He is always begging for his cookie, but his limit is one a day. He eats soft hay pellets, so stays in good shape.

Cuckoo Bird (the roadrunner) and his mate had been coming a lot for food, but now have not shown up in weeks. We assume they are raising young and catching all the lizards they need to survive.

We had a range bull get through our perimeter electric fence and then, somehow, get through 3 strands of electric wire and tape. He was in with our 4 oldest horses and the 2 mustangs went after him. He beat a hasty retreat! However, he broke a few plastic posts which had to be replaced. He then jumped through the perimeter fence again and ran off. Between 6000 volts and mustangs chasing him, we hope he won’t return.

We have 10 tons of hay pellets coming next week which will be enough for another 3 months. We are thankful to our supporters!

Please take care and protect yourselves from getting ill. These are very challenging times for all.


Cathy & the Gang

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  1. jackie carroll says:

    Glad the gang is doing okay. Hopefully the bull won’t come back after being chased by the Mustangs. I remember when Spirit chased a pair of coyotes for 2 miles and only stopped because there was a gate in the way!! Hope you are doing a little better and once again thank you for all the help you give me. Love you jackie and the gang

  2. Chris Mehling says:

    Glad you all are doing so well! Stay safe and healthy if you can.

  3. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Hi, Chris, Thank you! I have a lot of help, don’t do much physical labor anymore, but I am a good supervisor.. LOL

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Hi, Jackie! Thank you.That is funny about Spirit!

  5. Marcia J Hatt says:


  6. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Marcia. Hope you are doing well!

  7. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    TY! So funny!

  8. Ellen Goodman says:

    Thanks for the update and the great photo, Cathy. And thanks for all you do for the animals.

  9. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Ellen!

  10. Judy Torgerson says:

    I just love your newsletters Cathy. The updates on the horses are always so nice to read.And of course the little one. Rambo looks like such a neat fella. Love his teeth! Take care, be safe!

    Love, Judy

  11. Janet Ferguson says:

    I really enjoyed this newsletter, being “in a hurry to get nowhere special” I sometimes skip too much! The pics of the horses are beautiful. They are super-shiny, happy and well-kept looking! I am sure they all feel like they own the place and are satisfied customers! You did great on that dosing for Buddy and must feel proud of yourself — if not, you should! Sending good vibes to all the “kids” in your extended family – may there be a lizard in every pot for the whole Cuckoo Bird family!

  12. Catherine Ritlaw says:

    Thank you so much, Janet! LOL on the poor lizards… Cuckoo did show up for a drink the other day.

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