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Journey’s End Ranch October 11, 2017 Newsletter

Our weather has finally cooled off and everyone is grateful.

Red, a 23 year old mustang, arrived 3 years ago. He had been cooped up in a small pen for 4 years and this was his first day turned out in 2014.

We took in a 3 year old New Zealand rabbit who needed a home because the owners are moving. He had lived in a 2 X 2 foot hutch and is very happy now with a cage 4 times as big and also a pen on the ground to play in for at least 3 hours a day. We have renamed him “Scooter.” He had also been eating a grain based horse pellet for a few months because someone had given a bag of it to his owner and said it was rabbit food. He’s lucky to have survived, as rabbits need a hay-based pellet or hay.

I came up from feeding a few days ago to find a ring-necked dove with a broken wing near my door. The injury appears to be in the “wrist” joint and the prognosis for wing injuries healing well enough for birds to be released is poor. I taped it against the dove’s body and hope maybe the joint will fuse or that the wing will at least not be dragging after 2 weeks of the tape. They are actually domesticated doves that are feral. We can give it an outdoor enclosure if it needs to stay in captivity.

injured dove

 

We  had a rather strange shrike pecking at the windows and following me around for a week. They are pretty birds, but a predator who eat other small birds.

 

The horses and burros are all well  and have grown winter coats already.

Scout & Cheyenne mutual grooming

Our 9 year old laptop gave out. We had gotten $300 from my insurance due to the newer computer getting hit by lightening, so we put it towards a new Mac Book Air laptop.

We had a beautiful sunrise today, but it was due to smoke drifting this way from the devastating fires in California. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people and animals affected.

sunrise Oct. 11

Thank you for your support!

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Sept 11, 2017  Newsletter

 

We had another heartbreaking month. Knickers, the 35 year old Arabian stallion, had never fully recovered from his bee sting reaction last month. His hind end was a bit weak and wobbly if he trotted or cantered. He had a fatal colic early morning Aug. 26. Our vet came out to euthanize him and said he probably twisted part of his intestine. He also had some spinal issues. We feel the anaphylactic reaction to the bee may have set other things into motion. Our vet said the most common cause of death in old horses is colic. He was such an inspiration and a huge presence and is sorely missed.He was 35 years old and had survived horrific neglect from 2001-2011.

 

Knicky a few months ago.

Knickers. May 2017, about to turn 35

Rain. Our usual summer rainfall is 3 inches. We have had an endless monsoon season and have gotten 9 inches, more than we usually get in a year.

Nine days ago, our transformer was hit by lightening. The storm was just coming in and I was about to turn off the computer when there was a large “crack” and my hands were thrown off the keyboard. Our 10 month old I-mac and modem were fried. Our Apple coverage does not cover “external forces”. Our insurance has a $1K deductible, so we will get $300 towards the computer. I am now back on 8 year old laptop. Will see if a local repair shop can fix it, as Apple insists on them being hand delivered & I cannot go to Las Vegas, 120 miles away. A few days later, I discovered my well had also been hit. The “pump saver” did its job, but the cost to replace was $765 which is covered by insurance. The circuit breakers and surge protector were no match for the lightening bolt that hit. The power company was out at 2 AM to fix the transformer.

Compared to the devastation faced by hurricane and fire victims around the country, we are still very blessed here.

On a lighter note, Dakota, the 26 year old mustang mare, decided to jump through the fence wire and go live with Warrior and Penny, who live separated because they can only eat pellets. Warrior is thrilled. He is 28 and somewhat crippled, but lives up to his name. The other four geldings are a bit miffed, but such is life.

Dakota using Warrior’s tail as a wig

Poco had a song yesterday and Chico was being a brat.

Diego has been here two years now. He has come a long way from the neglected horse who had lived isolated in a small pen with no shelter for 20 years. If you give them what they need- good nutrition, space, shelter and friends, horses can do an amazing job of healing themselves physically and mentally.

Diego yesterday

We have had some gorgeous skies with all the wet weather.

Sunrise today


Sunset clouds

A year ago, we got a small grant to go towards a small vehicle we could use for dragging manure. We found this “Go-4” a few months ago. It is the kind of vehicle meter maids use. It works well and is fun to use.

Go-4

Our thoughts go out to the hurricane and fire victims this summer and to my hometown, New York, on this 16th anniversary of 9-11.

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

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter August 10, 2017

This will be brief because I am still in shock after losing our Mariah this week. She was our first mustang adopted in 2004, at age 11 months. She had been through a lot (see  http://www.jersanctuary.org/horses-and-burros/mariah/  ) – rounded up in a 12 mile helicopter chase at age 5 months, lost her mama in the roundup. Then fed an imbalanced diet with BLM, shipped to three different facilities in a few short months, before begging me to take her home at age 11 months. She ended up with damaged joints & developmental orthopedic disease, but survived and became quite the feisty little mare here. We will have another page dedicated to her soon, as she was the reason I decided to try and save some mustangs . At any rate, she went from her normal active self to being very stiff 3 weeks ago. There was no apparent injury, her feet & legs appeared to be fine, her muscles hurt all over. Hoping she may just have taken a fall, we started her on an anti-inflammatory drug which did not do much to help. A week ago, all the mustangs took off running, as they often do. Instead of being in the lead, she was lagging behind in a limping trot. They all calmed down and I went to give them hay. She then “tied up” and was unable to walk & was in a lot of pain. The next day, she was hobbling about with very stiff muscles. She had the signs of “exertional myopathy” which can have a myriad of causes. http://www.merckvetmanual.com/musculoskeletal-system/myopathies-in-horses/exertional-myopathies-in-horses  

Mariah

At any rate, she did not pull out of it and separating her or confining her were not options as she was high strung, had separation anxiety and needed to remain with her family, her herd. We did separate her along with her best friend, Windy, for 3 days, but all the horses were very unhappy with that and even broke a corral panel trying to reunite. Five days after tying up, she was still miserable, in pain and hobbling. Her eyes were no longer bright, her spirit was broken. The only humane thing was to let her go peacefully. She is buried here. It is a tremendous loss, but I try to find comfort knowing she had 13 good years.

Rain! We had about 2 inches of monsoonal rain in the 3rd week of July & then got 3 inches in one day on July 25.  Three inches is the average total summer rain for this area. We had a river run under the 13 tons of tarped hay & ended up having to move it into the almost empty hay shed. The burro shelter flooded & we had a very nice (and reasonable) backhoe man do some grading last week to prevent that in the future. We also had a few crazy wind storms.

Knickers was stung by a bee (he is very allergic)  for the third time in 3 years and was staggering & full of hives. I managed, once again, to inject him with steroids which helped. Last summer, he was down & in respiratory distress when I found him & gave him an injection. Thank goodness for steroids. Our vet is 20 miles away and is kind enough to let us keep some on hand. We have bees here who swarm any water containers, sometimes by the hundreds.

Knickers. May 2017, about to turn 35

While our vet was here, we also were going to have him sedate and trim Diego‘s front feet a bit, as it requires heavy sedation. Diego was neglected for 20 years, was never trained and can be dangerous. He just does not know better. Well, three of us were unable to catch him, even when he was confined in a small area. He was flying around and came close to running us over, so, we decided his feet must be OK since he is sound, even with pedal osteitis and some coffin bone rotation in one foot. That evening, he was very affectionate with me and wanted petting, but I was not carrying a halter.

Our vet did do a dental on Chico, the aged mini donkey. He needed two extractions and has been on some pain meds and wet pellets for 3 days. He is doing well. Poco has been singing and he and Chico have been playing, despite the heat.

Chico & Poco

 

The older horses are still playing a lot, too.

This summer heat and humidity has been brutal, but maybe the end is in sight. I seem to always be dumping, scrubbing & refilling water tubs.

Thank you for your support.

 

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

 

 

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