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Journey’s End Ranch July 10, 2017 Newsletter

It’s hot! Our weather has been running 5-10 degrees above normal for weeks. We’ve had afternoons as high as 109 degrees.  Keeping the water tubs clean & refilled is taking more time than feeding chores. Some of the horses ask to be hosed off when they see me with the hose. They all have airy shelters for shade, but usually stand in the sun. The burros take more advantage of the shelters than the horses do.

Rusty enjoying a spraying

Our local ravens raised 3 young this year & two full grown fledglings managed to dive into horse water troughs. Luckily, I found them and the water level had allowed them to barely stand on the bottom.  I put them in the hay shed on top of the hay stack where they were able to dry off and rejoin the family. I have tried leaving floating boards in the tubs, but this year, the boards attracted hundreds of bees which actually seek water at the end of their life of 6 weeks and end up drowning themselves. A bee expert explained this to me. With bees swarming the tubs, the horses are afraid to drink, so the boards had to go. I am just thankful both ravens were OK  and I am sure they learned a lesson. After two incidents of saving the fledglings, the whole family began coming every time I was outside and would squawk at me. I like to think they regard me as their hero. LOL.

Raven up on hay drying off

Ravens

Many thanks to our artist friends who did recent portraits of our horses.

Sue Steiner did a great one of Knickers which already sold and is donating  50% to us. Susan Monty did four paintings of the older mustangs and a % is always given to us. She offers prints and notecards.

Susan Monty’s portrait of Bayron & Warrior playing-https://www.facebook.com/susanmontyfineart/photos/a.195469093812939.59965.195184377174744/1824703707556128/?type=3&theater

Sue Steiner’s website- https://www.etsy.com/listing/541184097/desert-horse-9-x-12-on-gallery-wrapped

Despite the heat, the horses are still playful. Knickers and Poco are a bit subdued.

Thank you for your support!

Love,

Cathy & The Gang

 

 

 

 

 

Pretending to be stallions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey’s End Ranch June 10, 2017 Newsletter

Well, our really good news is that we finally have useable internet speeds after a year of struggling. One Frontier tech decided to replace our “card” up at the utility box 3 miles away. That appears to have been the issue all along. It won’t bring back the computer we lost when the crawling internet crashed the hard drive, but at least I am not wasting 3-4 hours a day sitting here watching the wheels spin anymore.

Knickers is 35 years old today! He is the amazing survivor of 10 years of severe neglect & joined us in January 2012.

Knickers June 8, 2017

The weather has turned hot, most days in the 90s now. Rambeau grows winter wool. Stripey does not. I found someone who shears sheep, but they take them down to almost bare skin & I did not want him getting sunburned. So, once again, I did him with dog clippers.  He does not come out pretty, but the wool is gone & he has a normal hair coat now and is comfortable. Sheep shears run >$200  and I can’t see spending that much for a once a year shearing.

We have a pair of Western kingbirds nesting in one of the cottonwoods. They are very attractive birds.

Western kingbirds

The dove who had raised a baby in her nest in the sheep shelter came back & laid 2 more eggs. She had been sitting on them this week. Sadly, we had horrible wind yesterday & this morning, she & the eggs were gone.

the eggs which were blown away

 

We don’t usually have a fly problem due to the arid conditions here. However, when range cattle are in the area, they bring face flies with them. Poco & Chico had to learn to wear fly masks and 3 of the horses with sensitive eyes are wearing them. too. I remove and wash the masks every night.

Poco

Our old video camera was pretty much shot. I found an old, but unused one that was identical. It is a discontinued model. We already had accessories and I know how to use it, so our board member, Joyce, bought it for us. The first one lasted > 6 years, so we hope this one will have a long life, too.

Poco has been singing a lot.

 

The first day I put a fly mask on Rusty, we had a stampede. Everyone went to look at Rusty, he may have felt threatened or maybe he felt special with the mask on. At any rate, he began chasing the other mustangs for about 15 minutes.

Cheyenne has been here 5 years and we sure are glad her halter finally fell off last year, as she is untouchable. She is 19 now. She loves Scout and is not sociable with the others. After years of being passed from owner to owner and being badly abused at some point, it is good to be able to give her a peaceful, happy home.

Cheyenne June 2017

Rene’, Windy & Mariah, mustang mares

We are using about 500 gallons a day of water to keep all the troughs  clean & filled with fresh water. Some of the horses enjoy being hosed off while I am watering.

Rusty cooling off

 

I have 3 new personal pets. Three years without dogs has been extremely difficult for me. I am now sensitized to many animals but I took a chance on three sweet little rat sisters, raised by a local girl who is in 4H. They live in a big outdoor cage, but I cut a 3 inch hole in my house to run a PVC pipe into a sealed  glass tank in my bedroom. They can come in to cool off and “visit”. I wear a mask when I handle & play with them every day, and, so far, so good. They are like little dogs, very affectionate & interactive. I love them.

 

My 1974 Ford truck broke down last week on my monthly trip to town. I meet my friend there as she does my grocery shopping for me. The starter burned up. I had to get towed home as my mechanic works on it at the ranch & I had $300 worth of food and I had to get home asap. I had to ride in my truck, up on the trailer, as I can’t ride in other vehicles with such severe chemical sensitivities. Every bump we hit was tossing me around and it was like riding a bronc for 17 miles..LOL. Never a dull moment…

Thank you to all our friends and supporters. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. Stay cool!

Love, Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter May 9, 2017

After the 2 wild wind storms last month, our one mustang shelter needed repair. The dirt it is on had not been properly leveled in the beginning, a few years ago. Since the person who had been paid to do the leveling work was not willing to help us, our friends Bill & Audrey came to help. None of us are “spring chickens” and two of us are “bionic” people with hardware and replaced parts, but we did a good job. Bill gets most of the credit. We removed the bolts that held the high side of the shed to its anchors, lifted that side a bit, dug out under the base plate about 5 inches, let the building back down, replaced bolts and hammered rebar, that also secures it, deeper into the ground. Bill had to remove the OSB interior wall to do the work & then replace it. Since the shed had been rocking in the wind, it was out of square and not quite plumb, so Bill dug  holes for 2 railroad ties, put them in cement and came back the next day to secure the shed to the ties with heavy, rigid steel straps. Unless we get a tornado, the shed won’t be moving in the future. Thank you, Bill & Audrey!

Shelter Repaired

 

We had a little scare with Mariah last week. I noticed Mariah leaving her hay & pawing the ground one morning. She has had a few gassy colics in the 13 years she has been here. I immediately cored a carrot & put 7 GasX in it. She ate that. I then went to soak some hay pellets to give her 8 oz. of Milk of Magnesia. By the time I did that, she had returned to eating. I gave her the MM anyway, just to be safe. She was fine & we were happy it did not escalate into a full blown colic. Catching things early can make a big difference. Mariah is a 14 year old mustang, captured at the age of 5 months and joined us 6 months later. She has joint abnormalities due to injuries sustained when being chased 12 miles as a baby and also imbalanced feeding while with the BLM. She enjoys life, but would never be “usable”.

Mariah

We just got the second half of our hay order and had to put it on pallets and covered with a tarp. It came two days ago & today it is raining, but all is well. We wanted to stock up while this very clean, fine hay was available. Thank you K & M Hay!

12 tons of hay under tarp

 

The older horses have been acting like kids with daily play. They sure don’t let age or injuries slow them down.

Diego & Bayron

 

Poco & Chico have also been playing & Poco sings a lot. The trick is to be there with the video camera at the right time.

Evening play

I gave the burros some lilac trimmings & Poco was suspicious.

Poco

After 2 months on anti-fungals for Valley Fever, my lungs are considerably better. I still feel like the tin man in need of an oiling, but both Lyme and Valley Fever attacks joints, so I am probably stuck with it. I am just grateful to be able to breath again.

Thank you for your support.

Love,
Cathy & The Gang

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