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Journey’s End Ranch June 10, 2017 Newsletter

Well, our really good news is that we finally have useable internet speeds after a year of struggling. One Frontier tech decided to replace our “card” up at the utility box 3 miles away. That appears to have been the issue all along. It won’t bring back the computer we lost when the crawling internet crashed the hard drive, but at least I am not wasting 3-4 hours a day sitting here watching the wheels spin anymore.

Knickers is 35 years old today! He is the amazing survivor of 10 years of severe neglect & joined us in January 2012.

Knickers June 8, 2017

The weather has turned hot, most days in the 90s now. Rambeau grows winter wool. Stripey does not. I found someone who shears sheep, but they take them down to almost bare skin & I did not want him getting sunburned. So, once again, I did him with dog clippers.  He does not come out pretty, but the wool is gone & he has a normal hair coat now and is comfortable. Sheep shears run >$200  and I can’t see spending that much for a once a year shearing.

We have a pair of Western kingbirds nesting in one of the cottonwoods. They are very attractive birds.

Western kingbirds

The dove who had raised a baby in her nest in the sheep shelter came back & laid 2 more eggs. She had been sitting on them this week. Sadly, we had horrible wind yesterday & this morning, she & the eggs were gone.

the eggs which were blown away


We don’t usually have a fly problem due to the arid conditions here. However, when range cattle are in the area, they bring face flies with them. Poco & Chico had to learn to wear fly masks and 3 of the horses with sensitive eyes are wearing them. too. I remove and wash the masks every night.


Our old video camera was pretty much shot. I found an old, but unused one that was identical. It is a discontinued model. We already had accessories and I know how to use it, so our board member, Joyce, bought it for us. The first one lasted > 6 years, so we hope this one will have a long life, too.

Poco has been singing a lot.


The first day I put a fly mask on Rusty, we had a stampede. Everyone went to look at Rusty, he may have felt threatened or maybe he felt special with the mask on. At any rate, he began chasing the other mustangs for about 15 minutes.

Cheyenne has been here 5 years and we sure are glad her halter finally fell off last year, as she is untouchable. She is 19 now. She loves Scout and is not sociable with the others. After years of being passed from owner to owner and being badly abused at some point, it is good to be able to give her a peaceful, happy home.

Cheyenne June 2017

Rene’, Windy & Mariah, mustang mares

We are using about 500 gallons a day of water to keep all the troughs  clean & filled with fresh water. Some of the horses enjoy being hosed off while I am watering.

Rusty cooling off


I have 3 new personal pets. Three years without dogs has been extremely difficult for me. I am now sensitized to many animals but I took a chance on three sweet little rat sisters, raised by a local girl who is in 4H. They live in a big outdoor cage, but I cut a 3 inch hole in my house to run a PVC pipe into a sealed  glass tank in my bedroom. They can come in to cool off and “visit”. I wear a mask when I handle & play with them every day, and, so far, so good. They are like little dogs, very affectionate & interactive. I love them.


My 1974 Ford truck broke down last week on my monthly trip to town. I meet my friend there as she does my grocery shopping for me. The starter burned up. I had to get towed home as my mechanic works on it at the ranch & I had $300 worth of food and I had to get home asap. I had to ride in my truck, up on the trailer, as I can’t ride in other vehicles with such severe chemical sensitivities. Every bump we hit was tossing me around and it was like riding a bronc for 17 miles..LOL. Never a dull moment…

Thank you to all our friends and supporters. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. Stay cool!

Love, Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter May 9, 2017

After the 2 wild wind storms last month, our one mustang shelter needed repair. The dirt it is on had not been properly leveled in the beginning, a few years ago. Since the person who had been paid to do the leveling work was not willing to help us, our friends Bill & Audrey came to help. None of us are “spring chickens” and two of us are “bionic” people with hardware and replaced parts, but we did a good job. Bill gets most of the credit. We removed the bolts that held the high side of the shed to its anchors, lifted that side a bit, dug out under the base plate about 5 inches, let the building back down, replaced bolts and hammered rebar, that also secures it, deeper into the ground. Bill had to remove the OSB interior wall to do the work & then replace it. Since the shed had been rocking in the wind, it was out of square and not quite plumb, so Bill dug  holes for 2 railroad ties, put them in cement and came back the next day to secure the shed to the ties with heavy, rigid steel straps. Unless we get a tornado, the shed won’t be moving in the future. Thank you, Bill & Audrey!

Shelter Repaired


We had a little scare with Mariah last week. I noticed Mariah leaving her hay & pawing the ground one morning. She has had a few gassy colics in the 13 years she has been here. I immediately cored a carrot & put 7 GasX in it. She ate that. I then went to soak some hay pellets to give her 8 oz. of Milk of Magnesia. By the time I did that, she had returned to eating. I gave her the MM anyway, just to be safe. She was fine & we were happy it did not escalate into a full blown colic. Catching things early can make a big difference. Mariah is a 14 year old mustang, captured at the age of 5 months and joined us 6 months later. She has joint abnormalities due to injuries sustained when being chased 12 miles as a baby and also imbalanced feeding while with the BLM. She enjoys life, but would never be “usable”.


We just got the second half of our hay order and had to put it on pallets and covered with a tarp. It came two days ago & today it is raining, but all is well. We wanted to stock up while this very clean, fine hay was available. Thank you K & M Hay!

12 tons of hay under tarp


The older horses have been acting like kids with daily play. They sure don’t let age or injuries slow them down.

Diego & Bayron


Poco & Chico have also been playing & Poco sings a lot. The trick is to be there with the video camera at the right time.

Evening play

I gave the burros some lilac trimmings & Poco was suspicious.


After 2 months on anti-fungals for Valley Fever, my lungs are considerably better. I still feel like the tin man in need of an oiling, but both Lyme and Valley Fever attacks joints, so I am probably stuck with it. I am just grateful to be able to breath again.

Thank you for your support.

Cathy & The Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter April 9, 2017

We had some crazy weather this past month, with a few severe wind storms and a dust storm.


The horses have been playful in the cool weather.

Poco has been singing up a storm.

Poco came up very lame on his “bad” foot 2 weeks ago. I had a hard time figuring out if it was an issue with his deformed foot or a sprained fetlock joint. We gave him an anti-inflammatory for a few days with no improvement, which indicated it was not his joint. Then a soft spot appeared at the hairline above his foot. Abscess! That explained the severe pain. Despite regular flushing with a disinfectant, the crack in his deformed foot sometimes allows bacteria to enter and cause an infection. We soaked him in epsom salt and iodine a few days and it broke open at the hairline. After draining & flushing for a few days, he healed up and was once again using that leg. He is such a trooper.

Abscess right before it opened up

Our Vice President, Bonnie, adopted one of the dogs rescued from a local hoarding situation. After the place was shut down, someone had adopted him 2 months ago, then dumped him at our local shelter. He had already endured at least 7 years of living neglected and outdoors with the hoarder who had > 250 dogs & cats. He is 9 years old and just now learning how to live in a home, get daily walks and good care. She has named him Toby.


We have a few gopher snakes cruising around. Since they compete with rattlers, we are glad to have them.

gopher snake

Our contest winnings covered a semi load of beautiful new hay. We got half delivered yesterday and the other half will be here in a few weeks.
Thank you for your votes!

Hooray! New hay!

On a personal note- I had barely been able to breathe or walk for months. I already take 3 meds for reactive airway disease and Lyme arthritis is something I just live with. Mold exposures make my legs wobbly.I thought I was just getting much worse. Thankfully, I did some research and discovered the weird rash I had in Dec. was a very distinctive Valley Fever rash. Valley Fever is a fungal infection caused by spores found in the desert soil. It affects the lungs, joints and any other organs and can be fatal. I started taking an anti-fungal and nebulizing a few different anti-microbial substances that I tolerate. I had some immediate improvement, but then started going downhill again in a few weeks. I then suspected a secondary bacterial pneumonia. I started Keflex and had immediate improvement. So, I had been walking around with double pneumonia for months. With my severe chemical sensitivities, I cannot go in to the hospital for tests or scans, so I am on my own. I also must be careful with any drugs, because my liver cannot detoxify many of them well. Another interesting thing is that the chronic heart pain I have had for 4 years went away. I read that Keflex is used for bacterial endocarditis, so I probably had an infection in my heart, too. At any rate, I am optimistic now, though still very ill. It goes to show we must never give up & must always keep looking for answers.

Thank you for your support.

Cathy & The Gang

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