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Cheyenne, 22 year old mustang

Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary March 19, 2019 Newsletter

Well, this newsletter has landed on my 65th birthday. After trudging through the 8 inches of snow we got a month ago, I had a lot of heart pain & difficulty breathing for a few weeks, so I am happy to be here. EKG only showed old damage. I was born with heart defects & Lyme & Valley Fever can do more damage. Last year, I discovered the benefits of hawthorn herb for cardiac issues, proven by much research. I also recently started using PQQ which has numerous health benefits and is extremely safe. Anyone with chronic illness or cognitive dysfunction might want to read the numerous articles published on PQQ. https://draxe.com/pqq-supplement/   No more heart pain, but I will be getting an echocardiogram soon.

The snow was pretty, though, and the horses enjoyed it.

Feb. 21st snow

We switched from hay to hay pellets a month ago, as most of the hay in this area is dusty and we had a few horses coughing on and off and I did not tolerate it, either. We are getting bulk pellets, no binders or additives. Sent out samples of bermuda & alfalfa to Equi-Analytical Lab (reasonable at $18 per sample) and results were great, low ESC & WSC  (sugars you want to avoid), balanced minerals & good protein levels. The horses get 3# of alfalfa a day and the rest in bermuda pellets. We had to cut back the bermuda a bit as they were getting a bit chubby. They are fed 3 X a day. They are costing $400 a ton, delivered. Just a bit more than hay costs. There is no dust, no waste and everyone seems happy.

 

1500# sacks of hay pellets

My neighbors who bought 6 acres from me really wanted the adjoining 6 acres (which I do not use for the sanctuary), so we are doing some trading. They feed the PM meal & set up buckets of pellets for me to feed in the morning. Eventually, they will own the other acreage. This makes it a lot easier for me and it’s a win-win.

We have great board members. Billie volunteers at the spay/neuter clinic, does TNR and transports dogs to rescue groups and new homes. Darcy documents wild horses near Las Vegas and helps gentle newly captured mustang babies. Joyce supports numerous animal welfare organizations. Bonnie, our VP, just took in a senior cat who was pretty much abandoned when her 101 year old neighbor had to go into a retirement home. Sassy lived outdoors or locked in a laundry room her entire life. Bonnie already has 2 rescued cats and an old dog rescued from a hoarder (he does not like cats). She does a lot of animal juggling and kept Sassy in the spare bedroom a few days. Then, she put the dog in the yard, her 2 cats on the porch and gave Sassy the run of the house all day. She said Sassy ran & ran, “played” the piano, climbed on the furniture and had a great time.

“Cuckoo Bird”, the young road runner, was coming by begging for food several times a day. He’d follow me to the house and wait for me to come out with it. Then, he started hanging out on my roof and cooing to me for several hours a day. He began offering me nesting materials and some of the food I had given him. Cute, but worrisome! I really did not want to be courted by a bird. Fortunately, the weather just warmed up, lizards are out and Cuckoo Bird seems to be catching his own meals. What a nut!

Cuckoo on the shed roof offering me nesting materials

He is cute, though

Our neighbors had some rabbits dig out months ago and one decided to move here. They said he was an outcast. I left one gate to our rabbit pen open one day (ours were confined in cages inside for a few hours) and sure, enough, Black Bunny ran right in. We lost a rabbit to a small Mohave rattler last year (not sure how he thought he was going to eat a 10# rabbit) so I am just about to complete 3 adjoining pens which will be snake proof  (1/4 inch mesh around outside and under the dirt floor). We already had the kennel panels, so only had to buy hardware cloth. The pens are attached to the shed that has an A/C. The buns will have misters to keep cool, but if that is not enough, I will cut holes into the shed and put crates inside for them to be able to go into.

Black Bunny

Bunny pens in progress

Poco has a song

 

 

Lucky, who arrived in 2013 and is now 20, has pretty severe ringbone, but still gets frisky.

His story started out sad, but he is happy here. http://www.jersanctuary.org/horses-and-burros/lucky/

Thank you to all our friends & supporters. We depend on you to continue providing a safe & happy home to 12 horses, 4 burros and some other various critters. Rambeau says “thank you”.

Rambeau with his “old sheep” teeth

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary February 18, 2019 Newsletter

Hi! This will be short because I fell & hit my head, tweaked my neck 2 days ago & now it is snowing here.

Feb. 18 snow

We lost Warrior last month. One day, he just could not walk anymore, despite medication & supplements. He truly lived up to his name & is sorely missed.

Warrior

In Memory of Warrior

Our nutty roadrunner comes daily for a meal and brought a friend yesterday.

 

We had some grading done right before we got an inch & a half of rain the other day. We filled in the big hole Bayron had dug while playing, buried some old moldy hay debris and made a trench to run water away from the hay shed.

We are going to be feeding pure hay pellets instead of hay, as the local hay tends to be very dusty and is not good for the animals’ lungs or mine. We had a lab analysis and both the Bermuda and alfalfa pellets tested very well, with low NSC/ESC (simple sugars). This is important to avoid issues with insulin resistance and laminitis.We just got 9 tons delivered. The price is slightly higher than bales, but there will be zero waste & it is easier for the tooth challenged old horses to eat & digest. This load cost $3500 and will hopefully last about 2 & 1/2 months. Your donations are appreciated!

1500# bags of hay pellets

Poco prefers pellets to hay and sings for his.

The old horses feel frisky despite their ages. Here are Penny (29), Dakota (28) and Red (25) taking a little canter.

Rambeau is always amusing.

Buddy just loves his daily scooter trips

Well, still snowing, work to do.
Thank you for your support!

Love,
Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch January 17, 2019 Newsletter

Our winter has been mild so far, with just a few nights in the 20s. We got more than 1 & 1/2 inches of rain this week with more on the way.

Buddy is really enjoying his daily “walk” with the electric scooter. He leads the way at a steady trot and we are going 1 & 1/2 miles. He then takes a long snooze.

The young roadrunner shows up almost daily for a meal. There really is not much natural food for them in this weather as they mainly eat reptiles and bugs.

We now have 10 horses and burros between the ages of 20 and 31. Lucky turns 20 this year and is a BLM mustang who was literally dumped on the side of a Ca. highway in 2013. He ended up at an animal shelter and was going to be put down because he is not usable due to fairly severe ringbone in his front feet. He does have saddle scars, so someone used him up and then dumped him. With proper nutrition and room to move 24/7, he does very well.

Diego turns 24 this year and also is doing well despite a history of chronic laminitis and a foot with pedal osteitis.

Here were the old horses playing Christmas eve.

Stripey, the old and dangerously aggressive Barbados ram, was getting very arthritic and losing weight. We started him on some grain and joint supplements and he is bouncing back. He arrived 4 years ago and was already 7. His previous owner stated he “plays rough.” He actually would batter you to death if given a chance. He must be tied up to clean his pen or trim his feet.

Stripey


Both sheep love their daily graham cracker. Rambeau is also old and has “old sheep” teeth.

Smiley Rambeau

I can no longer tolerate handling hay because of the Valley Fever/lung issues I have, so we will be switching to hay pellets. We already have some horses on these same pellets- no binders or additives. Our hay guy deals with the milling company and can bring us 10- 1500# bags every 2 months. We will store them in the hay shed as soon as the hay is used up, mid February. They are a bit more expensive than hay, but there will be no waste and they are more digestible.

It would not be a newsletter without a song from Poco. He is 16 this year.

Thank you for your support! We depend on your donations and sharing our news to continue providing a safe and happy home to 17 equines, 2 sheep, 2 rabbits and Buddy the dog.

Love,
Cathy & the Gang

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