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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter Nov. 2, 2015

It was a busy month here, with shorter (but cooler) days and the extra work of caring for Diego, the 20 year old, long neglected horse who arrived 2 months ago. He recovered from his colic episode, but was very sore-footed and was not recovering, despite a few hoof trims by a very talented barefoot trimmer, who suspected Diego had coffin bone damage in his left front foot and had suffered bouts of laminitis in the past. All 4 of his feet were horribly overgrown, with  very high heels and dished toes. Our veterinarian came out in late October. He took X rays which confirmed 2 degree coffin bone rotation and some inflammation of the coffin bone inside the foot, caused by chronic neglect and laminitis. He trimmed Diego’s feet a bit and removed some excess, impacted sole. We put Easyboots on Diego’s front feet and put him on a fairly safe anti-inflammatory drug. He also had bad teeth, with sharp edges and “hooks” which were digging into his gums. So, he got a dental, too. The only good news was that his gut full of sand (from being starved in the past) was gone, due to us giving him psyllium fiber for 5 weeks which mobilized it out of his intestines. We ordered some Easyboot “Clouds”, a brand new style boot for rehabbing horses’ feet. They are working even better than the regular boots and Diego is feeling, walking & eating much better just 6 days after the vet visit. He will require frequent trimming. He now has an area to himself and we are letting Bayron & Lucky visit him for an hour or two a day, as Diego lived alone for 20 years and is somewhat scared of being in with others, although he loves playing with them over the fence. We are very grateful that Diego has a caring person who had tried to help him long distance for a few years. She is helping a lot with his initial expenses. In the past, she had even paid for some of his feed only to find out the people were not bothering to give it to him. Several people on Facebook have spoken out about his sad past, too, as they watched him suffer over the years.

Diego gets to touch another horse for the first time in about 20 years.

Diego gets to touch another horse for the first time in about 20 years.

Diego in his Easyboot Cloud boots

Diego in his Easyboot Cloud boots

 

 

The Clouds are working well and Diego actually trotted a little this morning.

Amazing update! Nov. 7, Diego trotting & cantering today

 

Lucky got a dental, too.

Lucky gets a dental

Lucky gets a dental

 

I did some building on my own with materials we had and set up a 35 by 20 foot corral in the older horse area and also built a 10 by 10 foot shelter attached to it. The corral has gates on both ends. Right now, Bayron & Lucky have access to it and the shelter, but, should we need to separate any of the 3 other horses for treatment, we can also use it.

Shadecloth makes a safe, inexpensive wall on the shelter made of extended corral panels and metal roof.

Shadecloth makes a safe, inexpensive wall on the shelter made of extended corral panels and metal roof.

Diego has about a third of the big shelter to himself and loves it.

Diego loves the shed after having no shelter all his life

Diego loves the shed after having no shelter all his life

 

 

 

 

 

Poco has been singing for his lunch.

We have an ongoing contest on Facebook. Everyone who shares any of our posts gets their name put in the hat each time they share. At the end of the day, 2 names are pulled. At the end of the week, 2 names are pulled from the 14 and those people will receive Poco’s book.

 Poco's book

Poco’s book

Please look at our affiliates/merchandise page for holiday gift giving ideas and a way to help us. Thank you.

We are having our WINTER HAY drive and need $4000 by late November to buy another 13 tons of hay which will last about 100 days. We have a very generous donor who is matching the first $2000 raised. Some donors will be randomly picked to receive a Poco book and Shannon Story will donate another beautiful Poco tote bag, too. http://shannon-story.artistwebsites.com/featured/1-poco-the-brave-little-burro-shannon-story.html

We can only provide a home for 26 animals with the help of generous supporters. Thank you!

Love,
Cathy & the Gang

Poco likes selfies, but needs my help

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Journey’s End Ranch August 2, 2015 Newsletter

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We were very pleased to learn that Len Johnson featured our sanctuary at the very end of his new documentary. This is a wonderful film about Len’s return trip to see the Cerbat wild horses, our neighbors. The Cerbat horses are not “managed” by man and live in harmony with nature, with mountain lion predation helping to keep their population stable. Len’s film is available for download and/or watching on your computer.
“Last of the Spanish Mustangs 2-Return to the Cerbats” http://lenjohnsonproductions.typepad.com

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Poco’s hoof infection is gone but he is still getting a weekly soaking & bit of a trim. He has become very easy to work with and loves getting brushed, TTouch and a few pieces of graham crackers. He and I decided to take a few selfies.

Poco & Cathy

Poco & Cathy

Poco was featured in the newspaper again. We really appreciate the coverage and the story generated quite a few orders for Poco’s book and a few donations.

http://www.havasunews.com/news/book-on-poco-the-burro-s-life-treatment-for-deformity/article_0f077ba0-2797-11e5-ae3b-cbb40adbd548.html

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We want to than everyone who helped us have a successful summer hay drive. Thank you for sharing on Facebook and many thanks to our donors. A very generous supporter matched funds so we were able to raise the $4000 needed for another 13 tons of hay which will feed the 23 equines and 2 sheep for 3 months. Our friends are coming this week to clean out the hay shed, shake out the pallets and rake out the shed. We are putting sheets of OSB down on the pallets and the new load of hay will go on that. I have repeatedly gotten hurt when boards on the pallets have given way under my feet, so the OSB will make walking in the shed much safer. We will get a semi load of new Bermuda hay in about a week. Thank you!

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Three of our mustangs are celebrating anniversaries this summer. Scout arrived in 2008, Rusty came in 2011 and Cheyenne joined us in 2012. All have physical or behavioral issues but they enjoy their lives here.

Scout

Scout

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Stripey, our new sheep, became very possessive and protective of Rambeau and began attacking me and was downright dangerous. I consulted a few sheep experts and all said that rams have been known to kill people and to send him to market or euthanize. Our vet said that castrating such an old sheep may kill him and, should he survive the surgery, might not improve his behavior. So, I built Stripey his own pen which adjoins Rambeau’s pen.  I used 3 pallets, some shade cloth and metal roofing scraps to build him a fast and free house. If I need to go into his pen, I throw a rope over his head and tether him. As always, we try to accommodate the special needs of animals we take in.

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Stripey's house

Stripey’s house

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We have an abundance of rabbits this summer. In the evening, a few show up to eat seed with the kangaroo rats.

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Our weather has been hot and we have some humidity, due to summer rain storms. I am trimming at least a few horses or burros every week which is not fun in this heat and I look forward to cooler weather in a month or two. However, we have beautiful weather 8-9 months out of the year, so I won’t complain much.

Thank you for your support.

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter June 5, 2015

We had a pleasant month with nice weather. I did a lot of hoof trimming and am caught up except for addressing Poco. I got an inexpensive hammock and plan to get him into the little pen I made, tie him and see if I can put the hammock under his belly as a sling. He needs his good back hoof trimmed and also needs some of the deformed hoof sawed off. He cannot pick up his good foot for me, so I am hoping that supporting him with the hammock hung from the corral panels and under his belly will do the trick. If that does not work for us, we’ll have to have the vet out to sedate him and have the strong vet tech hold up his hind end, because I sure can’t.

Poco also started rubbing his eyes. I suspected he has allergies, so I put him on some extra supplements- quercetin and luteolin. Within 2 days, he stopped rubbing them. Because of my own health challenges, I have vast knowledge of natural ways to help address a myriad of conditions and am available for consultation. All I ask is that you consider donating to the sanctuary if I help you in some way.

Poco also has a crush on Florencia, who turns three this month. It’s hard to believe that time has passed so swiftly since we took in the two pregnant jennies in January of 2012.

Florencia, now 3 years old

Florencia, now 3 years old

Shannon Story does digital artwork and used Poco’s picture to create two new versions. You can get prints, posters, pillows and tote bags and Shannon will donate 100% of the profits to us. http://shannon-story.artistwebsites.com/art/all/poco/all This is one of them.

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I have taken lots of videos this month. Bayron & Lucky spend hours every day playing. Please visit our Youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/wetarez

 

We enjoyed a visit from the film maker Len Johnson on June 3. Len has done several “Last of the Spanish Mustangs” DVD’s and may include us in his new production. He is a knowledgeable wild horse advocate. We highly recommend his very reasonable priced DVDs. They feature the Cerbat wild horses who are our neighbors and who thrive without man’s intervention.It was a honor to meet him and to discuss wild horses. Here is a short Youtube version of one of his DVDs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJquuyK4s2E

Len Johnson, filmmaker, meets the JERAS burros

Len Johnson, filmmaker, meets the JERAS burros

 

Here is a magnificent Cerbat horse photographed by Cathy Deleree, the artist.

Here is a magnificent Cerbat horse photographed by Cathy Deleree, the artist.

Cathy also supports us. Please check out her website. https://www.etsy.com/shop/CathyDeLeRee?section_id=10999675&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

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A few of our mustangs

Mariah being silly. She arrived as a yearling in 2004.She has injuries sustained  during her capture

Mariah being silly. She arrived as a yearling in 2004.She has injuries sustained during her capture

We have an abundance of wild bunnies again. Between the hay, bird seed and pans of water we have out, they are in rabbit heaven.

Desert cottontail youngster

Desert cottontail youngster

We are now in our sixth year and provide a home for 13 horses, 10 burros and a sheep. We can only do this because of our generous supporters and friends who share our Facebook pages and website.  Please check out our affiliates page and see if there are things you might like to buy and help us in the process. If you shop at Smiths, Kroger’s or Fred Myer. you can link your card to us and we get a % of your every purchase. http://www.jersanctuary.org/available-merchandise/

Thank you!

Love,

Cathy & The Gang

 

 

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