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February 1, 2016 Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter

We had a fairly mild January, with a little rain. February arrived today bringing snow flurries. Poco is not thrilled with the little bit of snow & is spending a lot of time in his shed with Chico.

Poco & Chico

Poco & Chico

Poco & Chico got blankets, but Chico was very spooky about trying his on and Poco seemed a bit embarrassed about his. The weather has not been cold enough to warrant wearing them,  but we have them just in case.

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We waited for drier weather to get the bulk of our hay delivered and are in good shape through April, thanks to our generous supporters.

Hay in the shed and under a tarp, too

Hay in the shed and under a tarp, too

I got a pair of rabbits (as personal pets). They are sweet sisters, 4 months old. Their names are Ebony & Ivory. I can’t trust my immune system/allergies to have them indoors, but they have a 10 X 20 foot pen, with lots of shelter, dig proof & shade cloth over the top. Today, the wild bunnies all looked puffed up and cold, but Ebony & Ivory were out frolicking in the snow flurries.

Ebony & Ivory

Ebony & Ivory

We ordered a new Easyboot style for Diego who was wearing out the Clouds. He will never be sound with the degenerative condition in his foot, but he is very enthusiastic about life. He loves eating, wandering about & playing with the other horses.

Diego

All of the other horses and burros are fine. We now have 5 horses between the ages of 21 and 34, and firmly believe in the advantages of “natural horse keeping.” Proper diet without processed, unnatural ingredients, room to move about 24/7, and companionship help to keep them happy and as healthy as possible. http://www.jersanctuary.org/natural-and-organic-care/horse-health/

Seven of the mustangs

Seven of the mustangs

 

We received $108. from Smith’s Community rewards for the last quarter. If you shop at Smiths, Fred Myer or Krogers, you can help us by merely signing up and each time you shop, we get rewarded. http://www.jersanctuary.org/2014/01/shop-smiths-can-help-us/

Finally, our county is on the warpath against our wild burros, blaming them for habitat damage and causing accidents on the road which actually runs through designated burro habitat as per 1971 Wild Free Roaming Hoses and Burros Act. They actually suggested that hunting may be an option to control numbers! We have thousands of privately owned cattle running loose on our public lands here, and research shows them to be much more detrimental to the environment than equines who actually evolved here for millions of years. Our friend, Terry, who was the one who found Poco in 2014, made this great educational video re: wild burros.

Many thanks to our friends and supporters!

Love,

Cathy & The Gang

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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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