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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.
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.
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.
Poco has been singing a lot.
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!
We hope the new year will be peaceful & happy for everyone. Thank you for your support!
Cathy & the Gang