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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Feb.1, 2015 Newsletter

We had snow on the ground for 4 days after getting 7 inches of snow on New Year’s. Pulling the hay cart through it was difficult, but at least it did not last long. Our weather then returned to our usual mild conditions. We did just get an inch of rain, always welcomed in the desert. Hopefully, a lot of grass and edible plants will come up soon and the burros can go back to some grazing on our extra 12 acres.

We are also thankful to our friends, Bill & Calvin, who came over and added supports to the shelters and hay shed in December. Even with the wind and snow load, everything here stayed secure.

I managed to do hoof trims on the 14 horses and burros who needed some minor trimming. Farriers here charge $50 for a trim and we save money and get the “natural barefoot” hoof trim that most farriers don’t know how to do. I am always grateful for the natural trim experts who have written books and articles and for the advice I get from professional trimmers on Facebook. Warrior and Lucky are moving well, despite having joint problems from past misuse. Little Chico, Poco’s friend, was good about his trim, though he did try to kick me 3 times before letting me handle his back feet. He sure is spunky for his diminutive size and advanced age.

Poco is happy to announce that 92 of his books have gone to new homes. We appreciate photos from his young friends, too.

Thank you, Raelyn!

Thank you, Raelyn!

You can order your own copy at our “merchandise” page.

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Thank you, Bella!

Our veterinarian was out January 20 to geld Bayron. Despite weeks of trying to desensitize him and help him with his fear, Bayron continues to be terrified of people touching him. His former caretaker said he was always fearful, but that he returned with severe issues after being sent to a “trainer” for a month several years ago. We can only imagine the abuse he must have suffered. We had to squeeze him into the end of the corral and our vet was extremely patient and gentle. Bayron required a tranquilizer, sedative and anesthesia, given in steps, to finally put him down on the ground so he could be gelded. Even so, soon after the surgery, he was struggling to get up on his feet, instead of staying down awhile like most horses do. Our vet has worked with horses for more than 50 years and was not expecting such a fearful horse. In a month or so, when it is OK to let him join others, our friends have offered to bring their stock trailer over. We can run him into it and move him that way. Of our 23 equines, we only have one other who is virtually “untouchable”. Cheyenne arrived in summer 2012 and is now 18. She has a visible dent in her windpipe and we suspect she was once “choked down” with a lariat. Sometimes, animals have suffered such severe mental trauma that they just will not recover. In the case of equines, they need to be given a  natural environment and the company of others so they can at least find some happiness and peace.

Bayron

Bayron

Between Bayron’s surgery, the delivery of 256 bales of hay and more than a ton of pellets and other feed, we spent $5400 this month. Donations are always needed and greatly appreciated!

13 tons of hay

13 tons of hay

We are always proud to say that our animals are happy. Giving them proper care, feeding and space creates animals who learn to enjoy life, even after abuse, neglect and injuries.

 

 

Thank you for your support!
Love,
Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Jan. 1, 2015 Newsletter

Happy New Year to all our friends & supporters! Wishing you happiness & peace in the coming year.

We have quite a bit of news from the past month. Poco’s book was published and we got 100 copies printed, more than half of which are already in the hands of Poco’s friends & admirers. Everyone likes it so far. If you want to order it, please go here:

http://www.jersanctuary.org/available-merchandise/

Because Poco is somewhat afraid of other burros, we were blessed that our VP found someone needing to place an aged mini donkey.  “Chico” is half Poco’s size and they are getting along great.

Chico & Poco

Chico & Poco

In mid December 2014, we were contacted by a local woman who had just fed her horse the last flake of hay they had. Her husband, a veteran, has been seriously ill and they were very short on funds. She had called several county agencies trying to surrender her little stallion, but was told that authorities only get involved in abuse & neglect cases. It turns out she lived not too far from JERAS, so I ran her over some feed and took a few photos of Bayron, a small mustang/pony cross who is very afraid of being handled. He is 8 years old. I sent out a plea and the photos to about 50 Az. rescues, but no one was able or willing to take a stallion. Every town has the “I pick up unwanted horses” man (kill buyer) and we sure did not want him ending up in a Mexican slaughterhouse. In the spirit of the Christmas season, we agreed to take him in, since Poco’s pen is now vacant (Poco has moved over by the burro herd). Our friends were kind enough to transport him. Bayron wants to connect with people, but apparently had bad experiences with a trainer in the past. In his first 2 weeks here, he is calmer & allowing me to rub him with a short pole and touch him a bit. We have discovered Bayron has DSLD, a progressive genetic condition which cause the fetlocks to “drop” and eventually can cripple a horse. He has been started on supplements and herbs which can help with inflammation and help slow the progress of the disease. He will never be “usable”, so will be gelded and can then join the herd.

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Bayron enjoying his 1/4 acre paddock

Bayron enjoying his 1/4 acre paddock

 

Christmas was peaceful and on Dec. 30 and 31, we got snow.  We got about 6 inches. As long as the water lines stay unfrozen, we will be happy. Everyone is getting extra hay to help them stay warm and they are enjoying the snow.

Dec. 31, 2014

Dec. 31, 2014

Weather back to normal!

Jan. 3. Snow almost gone.

Jan. 3. Snow almost gone.

 Susan Monty did a gorgeous portrait of Carson as a gift to me. She has captured his essence and I am very grateful. He was my “dog of a lifetime” and my soulmate. Susan is also a JERAS  supporter. Please visit her artwork at https://www.etsy.com/shop/SusanMontyFineArt

Carson by Susan Monty

Carson by Susan Monty

 

Jan. 11- mustangs having fun

 


We want to thank all our friends and supporters for giving us another year to provide sanctuary for these animals. Happy New Year to you all!

 

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

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