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Journey’s End Ranch Jan.3, 2016 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch Jan.3, 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year to all our friends!

December was fairly quiet. We did have some colder than normal weather, especially this past week, with night temperatures in the 20’s. There were a few mornings that required a sledgehammer to break the ice on the water troughs.

I winterized Stripey’s shelter and gave him a bed filled with pine shavings, but so far, he has only eaten a bit of the bedding and opts to sleep out on the ground. Because of his hormone related aggression, I have to tether him to the fence to safely work in his pen.The vet says his is too old to neuter and it would not change his behavior, anyway. He does like to get his head rubbed, as long as I am on the other side of the fence.

Stripey

Stripey

Diego was doing fairly well without wearing his boots, until the ground froze and made him sore again. He just had the boots back on for 4 days and feels better. Unfortunately, his feet never developed normally, probably from lack of trimming & movement as a youngster & years of subsequent neglect. All we can do is to try to keep him as functional and comfortable as we can. He has boney changes in the LF and chronic laminitis issues. Despite his problems, he seems fairly happy here, now that he has enough to eat, shelter and companions.

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Diego

I added a few walls to Poco & Chico’s shelter so they have protection against cold, north winds. We also ordered blankets for them, in case we get any severe weather, as Chico is old and Poco seems to feel the cold more due to his disability and because he is less active than the other burros.

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Poco has been singing a lot.

 

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Poco having lunch

We got a partial load of hay at a very good price, to try it out. It is very fine-stemmed and easier for the older animals to chew, so we will be getting a full load in the next week or so. Once again, our sincere thanks to everyone who helped with the hay drive in November.

Knickers, our Arabian stallion, Nina and  Esperanza all joined us 4 years ago this month. Knickers is now 34 years old and is still very active. Nina and Esperanza were rescued from the infamous Dennis Chavez feedlot in New Mexico, from where 500 equines a month are shipped to Mexico for slaughter. They were both pregnant and Florencia and Julio will both turn 4 this year. Time flies when we stay busy!

Knickers

Knickers Dec. 2015

 

 Esperanza and Nina upon arrival Jan. 2012

Esperanza and Nina upon arrival Jan. 2012

 

We hope the new year will be peaceful & happy for everyone. Thank you for your support!

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

 

Poco & Cathy

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Journey’s End Ranch December 2, 2015 Newsletter

We want to thank our supporters for a successful winter hay drive. We had a very happy Thanksgiving because of your generosity.

Diego no longer needs his hoof boots and is doing well barefoot. He is still on an anti-inflammatory medication, but we will be weaning him down this month. The medication not only has made his feet more comfortable, but has enabled him to move a lot and to loosen up muscles, tendons and ligaments which were tight from years of close confinement.

Diego, 20 year old Colonial Spanish horse.

Diego, 20 year old Colonial Spanish horse.

 

Early in November, I made the mistake of walking too close to Diego while he was eating, and I got kicked in the chest. I am taking a long time to heal and have not been able to do any hoof trimming because of it. Thankfully, I had the trimming pretty much caught up. Diego is extremely food protective and I now feed him through the fence and give him a wide berth while he is eating. His behavior is due to not being fed enough in his prior home. Most “bad behavior” can be traced to human shortcomings and is not the animal’s fault.

 

Poco has been doing a lot of singing lately.

We almost went from summer straight into winter and having to clear ice off the water troughs the past few mornings. The horses love the colder weather, the burros are not as thrilled.

Warrior has now been here 3 years. He can’t chew very well anymore and gets soaked hay pellets as most of his diet.

Warrior, 26 year old mustang

Warrior, 26 year old mustang

 

The wild birds and bunnies appreciate the seed we put out.

Cottontail & kangaroo rats

Cottontail & kangaroo rats

quail, doves & cottontails

quail, doves & rabbits

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You can help us provide a home for 26 equines and 2 sheep by shopping through our affiliates page. Please take a few minutes to check out our page. http://www.jersanctuary.org/available-merchandise/

FundSponge is a wonderful way to help.
FundSponge will pay us a whopping 4-7.5% on purchases, many stores. You can shop Amazon thru this site, too! http://fundsponge.com/groups/Journeys_End_Ranch_Animal_Sanctuary

Poco’s book is also a great gift to inspire children (and adults).

Poco's friend, Nathan

Poco’s friend, Nathan

 

Our friend and someone who has helped us a lot with contests and networking is now caring for 20 feral cats in Kentucky. She does TNR, provides shelter and feeds them daily. If you are a cat lover & want to help, you can join this event on Fb. https://www.facebook.com/events/310002009123571/

We are also helping another friend in a contest to win $1000 of merchandise for one of her rescued mustangs. It would cover the meds he needs for a lung condition. Tami has rescued multiple horses from starvation and shipping to slaughter, with her own funds. Three horses required hospitalization. Smokey is improving with Tami’s diligent care. He is 22 years old and was a mere 550# when she rescued him. Please vote for him. Thank you! http://www.horse.com/photo-contest-vote/NDQ4Y2UyMGYtNTBiNy00NGEyLTg5MGUtNGFhMGE3ZDRmZjJk0/

Thank you for your support!

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

Penny & Red enjoying a run

 

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter Nov. 2, 2015

It was a busy month here, with shorter (but cooler) days and the extra work of caring for Diego, the 20 year old, long neglected horse who arrived 2 months ago. He recovered from his colic episode, but was very sore-footed and was not recovering, despite a few hoof trims by a very talented barefoot trimmer, who suspected Diego had coffin bone damage in his left front foot and had suffered bouts of laminitis in the past. All 4 of his feet were horribly overgrown, with  very high heels and dished toes. Our veterinarian came out in late October. He took X rays which confirmed 2 degree coffin bone rotation and some inflammation of the coffin bone inside the foot, caused by chronic neglect and laminitis. He trimmed Diego’s feet a bit and removed some excess, impacted sole. We put Easyboots on Diego’s front feet and put him on a fairly safe anti-inflammatory drug. He also had bad teeth, with sharp edges and “hooks” which were digging into his gums. So, he got a dental, too. The only good news was that his gut full of sand (from being starved in the past) was gone, due to us giving him psyllium fiber for 5 weeks which mobilized it out of his intestines. We ordered some Easyboot “Clouds”, a brand new style boot for rehabbing horses’ feet. They are working even better than the regular boots and Diego is feeling, walking & eating much better just 6 days after the vet visit. He will require frequent trimming. He now has an area to himself and we are letting Bayron & Lucky visit him for an hour or two a day, as Diego lived alone for 20 years and is somewhat scared of being in with others, although he loves playing with them over the fence. We are very grateful that Diego has a caring person who had tried to help him long distance for a few years. She is helping a lot with his initial expenses. In the past, she had even paid for some of his feed only to find out the people were not bothering to give it to him. Several people on Facebook have spoken out about his sad past, too, as they watched him suffer over the years.

Diego gets to touch another horse for the first time in about 20 years.

Diego gets to touch another horse for the first time in about 20 years.

Diego in his Easyboot Cloud boots

Diego in his Easyboot Cloud boots

 

 

The Clouds are working well and Diego actually trotted a little this morning.

Amazing update! Nov. 7, Diego trotting & cantering today

 

Lucky got a dental, too.

Lucky gets a dental

Lucky gets a dental

 

I did some building on my own with materials we had and set up a 35 by 20 foot corral in the older horse area and also built a 10 by 10 foot shelter attached to it. The corral has gates on both ends. Right now, Bayron & Lucky have access to it and the shelter, but, should we need to separate any of the 3 other horses for treatment, we can also use it.

Shadecloth makes a safe, inexpensive wall on the shelter made of extended corral panels and metal roof.

Shadecloth makes a safe, inexpensive wall on the shelter made of extended corral panels and metal roof.

Diego has about a third of the big shelter to himself and loves it.

Diego loves the shed after having no shelter all his life

Diego loves the shed after having no shelter all his life

 

 

 

 

 

Poco has been singing for his lunch.

We have an ongoing contest on Facebook. Everyone who shares any of our posts gets their name put in the hat each time they share. At the end of the day, 2 names are pulled. At the end of the week, 2 names are pulled from the 14 and those people will receive Poco’s book.

 Poco's book

Poco’s book

Please look at our affiliates/merchandise page for holiday gift giving ideas and a way to help us. Thank you.

We are having our WINTER HAY drive and need $4000 by late November to buy another 13 tons of hay which will last about 100 days. We have a very generous donor who is matching the first $2000 raised. Some donors will be randomly picked to receive a Poco book and Shannon Story will donate another beautiful Poco tote bag, too. http://shannon-story.artistwebsites.com/featured/1-poco-the-brave-little-burro-shannon-story.html

We can only provide a home for 26 animals with the help of generous supporters. Thank you!

Love,
Cathy & the Gang

Poco likes selfies, but needs my help

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