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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Nov. 12, 2017

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Nov. 12, 2017

The weather here is finally cooler and the horses are frisky.

Poco sings a lot but I don’t often catch him in time.

Jo and Serena try to sing, but mostly grumble.

 

 

Warrior, despite his age, narcolepsy, bad knee and 3 strokes, continues to amaze us. Here he was, riled up and “protecting” his 2 mares from the geldings on the other side of the fence.

Warrior pretending to be a stallion

28 year old Warrior

Scooter, the bunny, is the funniest, most active little guy.

 

We just got in 3 months of hay and 6 weeks of pellets and supplements, which cost $4300.00 We are having a funds drive to replenish the bank account and your help is greatly appreciated.

You can also help by buying your holiday gifts (or anything else) through our links-

Merchandise/Affiliates/Book

We just received this from people using our Amazon Smile page to shop at Amazon. This email is to notify you that Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary (EIN: 80-0456596) has been issued a $59.79 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between July 1 and September 30, 2017. Shop via our link 
 and Amazon will donate to Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary. 

Please help us continue to provide a safe & happy home to 13 horses, 4 burros and 2 sheep.

Wishing everyone a very Blessed Thanksgiving. We are grateful to our friends and supporters.

Love,
Cathy & the Gang

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October 11 th

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Journey’s End Ranch Oct.11, 2017 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch October 11, 2017 Newsletter

Our weather has finally cooled off and everyone is grateful.

Red, a 23 year old mustang, arrived 3 years ago. He had been cooped up in a small pen for 4 years and this was his first day turned out in 2014.

We took in a 3 year old New Zealand rabbit who needed a home because the owners are moving. He had lived in a 2 X 2 foot hutch and is very happy now with a cage 4 times as big and also a pen on the ground to play in for at least 3 hours a day. We have renamed him “Scooter.” He had also been eating a grain based horse pellet for a few months because someone had given a bag of it to his owner and said it was rabbit food. He’s lucky to have survived, as rabbits need a hay-based pellet or hay.

I came up from feeding a few days ago to find a ring-necked dove with a broken wing near my door. The injury appears to be in the “wrist” joint and the prognosis for wing injuries healing well enough for birds to be released is poor. I taped it against the dove’s body and hope maybe the joint will fuse or that the wing will at least not be dragging after 2 weeks of the tape. They are actually domesticated doves that are feral. We can give it an outdoor enclosure if it needs to stay in captivity.

injured dove

 

We  had a rather strange shrike pecking at the windows and following me around for a week. They are pretty birds, but a predator who eat other small birds.

 

The horses and burros are all well  and have grown winter coats already.

Scout & Cheyenne mutual grooming

Our 9 year old laptop gave out. We had gotten $300 from my insurance due to the newer computer getting hit by lightening, so we put it towards a new Mac Book Air laptop.

We had a beautiful sunrise today, but it was due to smoke drifting this way from the devastating fires in California. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people and animals affected.

sunrise Oct. 11

Thank you for your support!

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

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September 11 th

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Journey’s End Ranch Sept 11, 2017 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch Sept 11, 2017  Newsletter

 

We had another heartbreaking month. Knickers, the 35 year old Arabian stallion, had never fully recovered from his bee sting reaction last month. His hind end was a bit weak and wobbly if he trotted or cantered. He had a fatal colic early morning Aug. 26. Our vet came out to euthanize him and said he probably twisted part of his intestine. He also had some spinal issues. We feel the anaphylactic reaction to the bee may have set other things into motion. Our vet said the most common cause of death in old horses is colic. He was such an inspiration and a huge presence and is sorely missed.He was 35 years old and had survived horrific neglect from 2001-2011.

 

Knicky a few months ago.

Knickers. May 2017, about to turn 35

Rain. Our usual summer rainfall is 3 inches. We have had an endless monsoon season and have gotten 9 inches, more than we usually get in a year.

Nine days ago, our transformer was hit by lightening. The storm was just coming in and I was about to turn off the computer when there was a large “crack” and my hands were thrown off the keyboard. Our 10 month old I-mac and modem were fried. Our Apple coverage does not cover “external forces”. Our insurance has a $1K deductible, so we will get $300 towards the computer. I am now back on 8 year old laptop. Will see if a local repair shop can fix it, as Apple insists on them being hand delivered & I cannot go to Las Vegas, 120 miles away. A few days later, I discovered my well had also been hit. The “pump saver” did its job, but the cost to replace was $765 which is covered by insurance. The circuit breakers and surge protector were no match for the lightening bolt that hit. The power company was out at 2 AM to fix the transformer.

Compared to the devastation faced by hurricane and fire victims around the country, we are still very blessed here.

On a lighter note, Dakota, the 26 year old mustang mare, decided to jump through the fence wire and go live with Warrior and Penny, who live separated because they can only eat pellets. Warrior is thrilled. He is 28 and somewhat crippled, but lives up to his name. The other four geldings are a bit miffed, but such is life.

Dakota using Warrior’s tail as a wig

Poco had a song yesterday and Chico was being a brat.

Diego has been here two years now. He has come a long way from the neglected horse who had lived isolated in a small pen with no shelter for 20 years. If you give them what they need- good nutrition, space, shelter and friends, horses can do an amazing job of healing themselves physically and mentally.

Diego yesterday

We have had some gorgeous skies with all the wet weather.

Sunrise today


Sunset clouds

A year ago, we got a small grant to go towards a small vehicle we could use for dragging manure. We found this “Go-4” a few months ago. It is the kind of vehicle meter maids use. It works well and is fun to use.

Go-4

Our thoughts go out to the hurricane and fire victims this summer and to my hometown, New York, on this 16th anniversary of 9-11.

Thank you for your support.
Love,
Cathy & the Gang

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