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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary May 2, 2016 Newsletter

We held our first hay funds drive since November.  A very generous donor matched $2500 in donations and we now have 13 tons of beautiful new cutting Bermuda hay and a few month’s of hay pellets & supplements. The shed is full and some is outside. Thank you all so much for your donations & for sharing.

Hay, May 1, 2016

Hay, May 1, 2016

In mid April, Rusty, a 15 year old mustang, had an impaction colic & had to be treated by our vet, who administered electrolytes, pain meds and mineral oil. I had to put him on antibiotics for a week because he had a low fever. I started doing “sand tests” on his manure and he was passing a reasonably large amount of coarse, black sand, which we don’t have here. We have another horse who came from the same area in S. California and he also came with black sand. I do periodic sand tests on everyone and had never seen Rusty pass more that tiny amounts of our tan sand. So, we surmise that Rusty had an accumulation in his colon since he came from Ca. 5 years ago and that it finally caused a problem. He had been rescued there and was very thin. Scrounging for food is often what causes horses to ingest large quantities of sand and dirt. He will be kept on psyllium on & off for the next few months. All of our equines get psyllium one week out of every month to try and avoid problems. We use feeders, but they love to toss the hay out.

Rusty

Rusty

 

Poco, whose deformed foot gets flushed weekly, came up with an infection which we treated by soaking and flushing daily for a week. It has cleared up, but we will now flush it 3 times a week, as there is no way to seal the crack and hole in this “foot”, which is really just hoof material, as he was born missing a coffin bone and does not have a true hoof on this leg.

Poco singing

Poco singing

 

 

 

Poco has been singing a lot!

Then, I went to feed lunch 4 days ago & Warrior, our 27 year old mustang with narcolepsy, had apparently just had a stroke. He was staggering, had a head tilt and nystagmus. I immediately got some dexamethasone into him & called our vet. He said that was all we could do. Miraculously, within 4 hours, he was back to normal.Warrior was captured at age 4 many years ago. He was seized from an abuser in 2012 in California. He ended up at an animal shelter and was going to be put down when we took him in. He also has a bad knee, but he still enjoys life and is one heck of a survivor.

Warrior

Warrior

Our old and disabled horses still enjoy life, and that is what counts

Our younger horses do, too.

Our vet was due out today to do a few dentals, recheck Rusty & discuss Poco’s foot maintainence, but he had an emergency & will come Thursday.

Our old Fugi camera was malfunctioning and we got a Canon PowerShot SX410IS for < $200. It is all automatic & is taking fantastic pictures. Sharing pics is so important for keeping people informed and aware of JERAS, what we do and updates.

apr 30 horse run

Thank you again to our supporters. We can only provide these 24 equines & two silly sheep with a safe and happy home because of you.

Don’t forget, share any of our Facebook posts and you have a chance to win Poco’s book. We have a fan page and a group page.

Join us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/JERAS/ and
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Love,

Cathy & The Gang

Poco & Cathy

Poco & Cathy

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Journey’s End Ranch April 2, 2016 Newsletter

Thanks to great reviews from our supporters, we received our 2016 Great NonProfits banner.Thank you!

March 10 was our 6th anniversary of becoming a 501C3.

April is our Spring Hay Drive and the first $2000 donated will be matched by a very generous friend & donor. $4000 will get us another 3 month’s worth of hay to feed our 26 sanctuary animals. We will also need a delivery of $1200 of hay pellets and supplements later this month. Your generosity enables us to provide a safe and happy home for 14 horses, 10 burros and 2 sheep.

hay delivery

hay delivery

The wild cottontails have decided to nest between the bottom bales of hay in the shed, instead of under the floor, so we will have to leave about 30 bales untouched for now, and feed it after nesting. I accidentally uncovered a nest of tiny babies, so I placed a pallet and piece of plywood leaning over them. Their Mama is fine with it and continues to care for them.

"Broken Ear', our favorite cottontail

“Broken Ear’, our favorite cottontail

Our weather has been beautiful and all the horses are shedding. On warmer days, a few of the mustangs want to be hosed off. We had one day of crazy 50mph winds, but escaped without anything important being damaged. This is Rusty, a 13 year old mustang.

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Diego is feeling and walking very well. He has also started to play with Red. As you know, Diego lived in isolation for 20 years. It has taken him 6 months to become bolder around other horses and to really enjoy their company. Red, a 22 year old mustang, arrived 1 and 1/2 years ago, latched onto Penny, and usually is not social with the other geldings. It is amazing how animals will help to heal one another.

Poco has been singing a lot. 

The hole in Rambeau‘s head has closed over. Whether or not he will grow a new horn, only time will tell.

Rambeau, now with one horn

Rambeau, now with one horn

We restarted our Facebook sharing contest. Anyone who shares any of our posts will have their name put in a hat each time they share, and 2 names are pulled every Saturday to receive Poco’s book. Thank you! You can also purchase books on our “Affiliates” page.

 Poco's book

Poco’s book

 

 

Please join us on Facebook, if you haven’t already. We post daily updates, pics and video.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/JERAS/  and

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Journeys-End-Ranch-Animal-Sanctuary/250656459004?fref=ts

Love,

Cathy & The Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary March 2, 2016 Newsletter

February was very warm, the horses are already shedding their winter coats.

Some of our mustangs enjoying a run

Some of our mustangs enjoying a run

Len Johnson, wild horse documentarian, has released his latest video in a new format.We get a % donated to us by Len and we were even featured in the video. The film is about our wild neighbors, the Cerbat wild horses.They live, undisturbed, in a 400 square mile area and thrive there. The BLM does not round them up because we have mountain lions, so Mother Nature does the management. Len paid us a visit last summer.
http://lenjohnsonproductions.typepad.com

Len Johnson visits JERAS July 2015

Len Johnson visits JERAS July 2015

Poor Rambeau got his horn caught in the fence panel a week ago and broke it off, at the skull. This leaves a hole in the skull, very disturbing. There is nothing you can do excpet prevent infection and wait for closure. We initially stopped the bleeding with wound powder, then did a few flushes with vetericyn. He also got penicillin injections for a week. It is dry and the hole is considerably smaller. He was subdued for about 2 days, then bounced back to his usual self. Sheep are amazingly stoic and strong.

Rambeau, now with one horn

Rambeau, now with one horn

Well, that Diego continues to be a challenge. I sedated him and trimmed his feet Feb 13. A huge amount of “false” sole and dead tissue was finally ready to come out. I also found an old abscess and pocket of blood in his worst foot (the one with pedal osteitis, degeneration of the coffin bone). I then booted him with new Easyboot Trails. Wow, the next day, he was zooming around & feeling great. On the 15th, he lost the boot on his better front hoof. I decided to just remove the other, but it took a week to be able to do that. He had been running around like a wild man and had refused to be caught so the other boot could be removed. I moved a 10 foot pipe gate from the burro area over to the shelter I built in Diego’s area. I got Diego closed in there, but there was no way to halter him as he kicks violently when approached. I had an idea and hollowed out a carrot so I could insert a syringe full of dormosedan into it. Perfect fit. Went back to Diego, removed needle from syringe, offered him the carrot through the panel and squirted the drug into his mouth when he grabbed the carrot. Was not sure it would work at all, as dormosedan gel is meant to go UNDER tongue & I was shooting the injectable liquid form onto tongue. I waited the usual 45 minutes, he was sedated, but still spinning and trying to kick. I tried to undo the boot from outside using a long pole & hoof pick taped to it, no way. Too wild. I then had to squeeze him into a 5 X 10 area with a long metal pipe, he was still too wild to reach boot and remove with pole. I then gave him a dose of injectable dormosedan (double dose is considered safe) and waited 20 minutes. He got very quiet, but was still threatening to kick. I had hoped I could halter him & do a bit of trimming, but no way. I was finally able to use the pole with hoof pick through the panel and, despite him jumping around, undo the keeper strap and 2 velcro closures, but not without him kicking once and luckily striking the bar of the corral panel and not my head. Boot is off. There is no way to handle him safely in the future unless he has a huge attitude change or we get the vet out, close him in, and let the vet sedate him heavily.

I could help him a lot more if he were not so unruly and dangerous. He kicked me badly in the chest a few months ago for merely walking by him as he was eating. So, we do what we can. I cannot jeopardize the others by putting myself at too much risk of serious injury. He is now barefoot, walking fairly well, acting perky and eating well. He was getting very unhappy being closed into the small corral at night, and is now free to roam with the others all the time.

Poco has been singing a lot and had a Valentine’s Day song for his friends.

I did some hoof trimming this month, but a lot of the animals are virtually “self-trimming” now, thanks to lots of movement over abrasive ground.

I saw my first baby cottontail yesterday, venturing out from under the floor in the hay shed. With a safe place to hide, unlimited hay to eat and water available, it’s bunny heaven here.

Help us get a @GreatNonprofits 2016 Top-Rated Award, write a review of your experience with us!
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Thank you!!

Our donations were down a bit this month, several people saying it’s “tax time”. We always appreciate your support.
http://www.jersanctuary.org/donate-2/what-your-donations-accomplish/

What your donations accomplish
Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary is housed on Cathy’s 24 acres at no cost to the sanctuary. Therefore, all donations go directly to the animals’ care, with the exception of some office supplies. Cathy does not get paid for the work she does, caring for the animals alone with very little outside help, despite serious health problems. Cathy does much of the vetting and the hoof trimming, too.
$20.00 will buy a new hoof rasp for the hoof trimming that Cathy does herself.
$30.00 will feed the numerous wild quail, doves, rabbits and ravens we feed for a month.
$40.00 will feed Rambeau & Stripey, the Barbados sheep, for a month.
$15 will buy a 50# sack of the hay pellets that Knickers and Warrior require, as they are old & missing teeth.
$15.00 also buys a 100# bale of hay. We use 2.5-3 bales a day to feed 10 burros and 14 horses.
$30.00 buys a bucket of the vitamin mineral supplement the equines get and will last 3 weeks.
$40.00 will supply a burro with hay for a month.
$80.00 buys enough hay to feed a horse for a month.
$148.00 will cover a ranch call when we need the vet to come (not very often, as good management is the best medicine).
$208.00 will cover the cost of a dental for one equine.

Thank you!
Love,
Cathy & The Gang

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