Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter August 4, 2014
We got a lot of rain (for us) in July, which tends to make hooves grow faster and also makes trimming them easier. I had not felt well enough to trim for a few months, so it was catch-up time. On top of that, the burros were due for their semiannual trims. They tend to wear their hooves fairly well and require less trimming than the horses. I trimmed hooves on 17 horses and burros. The burros are fun to trim, with their little feet. It felt good to get caught up, but we are still getting rain & I will need to start trimming some of the mustangs again this week. Lucky, the mustang with the joint damage, has some strange hoof issues and my hoof expert friends on Facebook are coaching me by looking at pictures and making recommendations, which is greatly appreciated. The average cost of hoof trimming is now $50, so we save a lot of money since I am able to do it myself. I had to start learning 15 years ago, as I could not find a good farrier/trimmer. I have many books, magazines and DVD’s I was able to learn from, plus one on one coaching from Facebook friends is a huge help.
We had 128 bales of new cutting Bermuda hay delivered. We go through two bales a day, plus about 20 fifty pound sacks of hay pellets a month.
Last Saturday, the crew from Interstate Carports was here to install the shelter for the burros. It started pouring while they were up on the roof screwing down the roofing. I must say they are brave guys. It came out great & the burros love it. We are very grateful for the ASPCA grant which covered it.
Despite pleas from wild horse advocates, the BLM recently caved in to Utah ranchers’ demands that more wild horses be removed from Federal public lands in Utah. Taxpayer subsidized “welfare” cattle outnumber wild horses by about 50 to 1, yet ranchers blame horses for over-grazing. Two horses died in the first day. Most captured horses will not be adopted, but will spend the rest of their lives languishing in holding facilities- robbed of their freedom and their families. Many of those who are “adopted” through the BLM program will end up neglected, abused and sometimes shipped to slaughter. We obtained two of our mustangs and one burro directly from the BLM, but six of our other BLM mustangs and four of our burros had gone through the adoption program, only to end up abused, neglected, or unwanted over time, including being used for cruel “horse tripping”.
The only hope a lot of these unfortunate animals have is to find a safe sanctuary in which to live at peace. We are grateful to everyone who supports our sanctuary and allows us to give a home to a total of 19 horses and burros and Rambeau, the sheep. Your donations are greatly appreciated!
We have a supporter who has offered to match funds on the first $1000 donated to hay funds starting today. Please consider helping! Your donation will be doubled!
Cathy & The Gang
We want to thank everyone who kept voting through the month of June in the Shop For Your Cause contest. We won $1000, which will buy a month’s worth of hay for the horses and burros. My friend, Judy, tirelessly ran our voting campaign on Facebook and it really paid off. Thank you, Judy! Our supporters are wonderful! .
Our friend and superb artist, Susan Monty, just finished a new painting using our Windy, mustang mare, as the model. Susan has used our animals in a lot of her paintings and she donates to rescues and advocates for animals. You can buy paintings, prints and notecards at her Etsy site- https://www.etsy.com/shop/SusanMontyFineArt?page=1
The new hay crop will be available soon and we hope the price for grass hay will be coming down a bit.We use 3 tons a month for the 18 equines who eat hay. Knickers can only eat soaked pellets, with his 32 year old teeth.
Lucky(16) and Warrior(25), the two mustangs with permanent joint injuries, are looking and feeling well.
We received a $2000 grant from ASPCA to install a shelter for the burros. We have the building permit and the shed company anticipates installation before the end of July. The burros will love it! It will be the same as the mustang shelter. Much thanks to ASPCA! .
Our friend,Christine, who runs a horse rescue 3 hours east of us, is also an equine dental tech. She will be coming soon to check horse and burro teeth and do dentals on those who need them.
Rambeau got a haircut, thanks to our friend Annie, who has sheep shears. He feels much cooler now.
It is horribly painful to share this next news. For years, we had 8- 10 dogs at our animal rescue. I ended up finding out I am severely allergic to dogs and had been “masked” to my allergies, but the dander had been causing severe inflammation, probably for years. I already have many conditions caused by 42 years of Lyme disease which went undiagnosed for 29 years. It’s hard to sort out what is what. A veterinarian/researcher at Cambridge University found the dog dander protein that causes these life threatening reactions and the mechanism by which they occur. Her paper was just published a year ago. Dander sets off “TLR4′s” in certain people. She has told me that she is working with drug companies to develop a TLR4 blocker drug and might have something in about 5 years. These toll like receptors are involved in many inflammatory diseases- IBD, asthma, brain allergies, chemical sensitivities, and more. In May of 2014, my reactions escalated and were life threatening. We had to part with the 8 dogs we had, some were not placeable due to age, behavior and health issues. It was the worst thing I have dealt with in my 60 years. I am beyond heartbroken and devastated, but there are 19 equines and a sheep depending on me, so life must go on. Another small local sanctuary took anyone they could and we thank them. We are continuing to support them. I will continue to help save dogs by networking to my thousands of contacts and by assisting in “pulling” them from shelters we are affiliated with and helping to find transportation to their new homes. Since the dogs have been gone, we have an explosion of wildlife coming to eat the wild bird seed- many more doves, quail, songbirds and both desert cottontails and jackrabbits. One dove actually comes and looks in my kitchen window early in the morning, asking me where breakfast is. The coyotes who come for a drink now trot boldly past the house. Whether we like it or not, life goes on. All I can do is dedicate the rest of my life to doing as much good as I can in their honor. I must try to be the courageous being that Carson was. I miss them all so very, very much.
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