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Journey’s End Ranch January 17, 2019 Newsletter

Our winter has been mild so far, with just a few nights in the 20s. We got more than 1 & 1/2 inches of rain this week with more on the way.

Buddy is really enjoying his daily “walk” with the electric scooter. He leads the way at a steady trot and we are going 1 & 1/2 miles. He then takes a long snooze.

The young roadrunner shows up almost daily for a meal. There really is not much natural food for them in this weather as they mainly eat reptiles and bugs.

We now have 10 horses and burros between the ages of 20 and 31. Lucky turns 20 this year and is a BLM mustang who was literally dumped on the side of a Ca. highway in 2013. He ended up at an animal shelter and was going to be put down because he is not usable due to fairly severe ringbone in his front feet. He does have saddle scars, so someone used him up and then dumped him. With proper nutrition and room to move 24/7, he does very well.

Diego turns 24 this year and also is doing well despite a history of chronic laminitis and a foot with pedal osteitis.

Here were the old horses playing Christmas eve.

Stripey, the old and dangerously aggressive Barbados ram, was getting very arthritic and losing weight. We started him on some grain and joint supplements and he is bouncing back. He arrived 4 years ago and was already 7. His previous owner stated he “plays rough.” He actually would batter you to death if given a chance. He must be tied up to clean his pen or trim his feet.


Both sheep love their daily graham cracker. Rambeau is also old and has “old sheep” teeth.

Smiley Rambeau

I can no longer tolerate handling hay because of the Valley Fever/lung issues I have, so we will be switching to hay pellets. We already have some horses on these same pellets- no binders or additives. Our hay guy deals with the milling company and can bring us 10- 1500# bags every 2 months. We will store them in the hay shed as soon as the hay is used up, mid February. They are a bit more expensive than hay, but there will be no waste and they are more digestible.

It would not be a newsletter without a song from Poco. He is 16 this year.

Thank you for your support! We depend on your donations and sharing our news to continue providing a safe and happy home to 17 equines, 2 sheep, 2 rabbits and Buddy the dog.

Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch December 14, 2017 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch December 14, 2017 Newsletter

Happy Holiday Season!

Please remember to visit our affiliates page to look at merchandise you might want to give. Poco also has a new order of his book available.

Poco’s book

A very generous supporter has offered to match donations made in December and January, up to $5000. Feed and supplements run almost $2000 a month for the 17 equines, some with special needs such as hay pellets, which cost twice as much as hay.

I really wrenched my knee a few weeks ago and my new neighbors, Sheri and Mary Ann have been doing a lot of the feeding which has been a godsend. The horses and burros are now comfortable with them. Poco, Chico  and Diego get brushed a lot. Diego, who does not particularly like people, is in love with Mary Ann and stands by the fence waiting for her sometimes. They also bring treats such as apple slices. Windy, our very abused mustang who arrived 8 years ago, has even let them pet her. When Windy first came, it took me 2  1/2  years to be able to touch her. We are glad she has done a lot of emotional healing in her years with us.


We had another local person’s dog make the mistake of wandering through Poco’s area. He was nipping at Chico and Poco came to the rescue. Poco charged him, on his 3 good legs, teeth bared and bellowing. The dog ran away pronto. His owner has vowed to keep him home in the future. Despite his pretty severe handicap, Poco proves that enthusiasm and a good attitude can overcome most challenges.

The older horses are also playing a lot with the cool weather

We try to give our horses and burros what they want and need- space, companions, good nutrition and clean water. Keeping horses confined in stalls and small pens is not what they require, though it may make humans happy. We are also blessed with a temperate climate. Despite everyone having shelters, they rarely use them.

This is Diego, who spent 20 years alone in a small pen. He had chronic laminitis and has pedal osteitis in one foot, with coffin bone rotation. He is now 22 and look at him go!

Scooter, the rescued bunny, was acting lonely and looking longingly at the wild rabbits. We decided to take in another male domestic rabbit and they are getting along well, with a fence between them to avoid possible fighting. “Blackie” is a 5 month old Satin breed rabbit.

The 3 rats are my personal pets, but I wanted to share the big cage I built for them with my Christmas $ from my Dad. They love it, with 30 square feet of floor space.

Rattie condo

Our nation’s wild horses are at huge risk now. The BLM Advisory Board even suggested sending thousands to slaughter. We are glad we are able to provide a permanent, safe home to 12 formerly wild horses and burros, plus a burro born here to her BLM mother, 3 domestic horses and a mini donkey. We are also happy that our local wild horses are not “managed” due to the fact mountain lions keep the numbers in balance.

Cathy Deleree took this fantastic photo of wild Cerbat horses dueling. Cathy also creates beautiful folk art and donates a portion to us if you purchase through our affiliates page.


Please consider supporting us during this period when your donation will be doubled. Thank you to those who keep us up and running!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Cathy & The Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch August 2, 2015 Newsletter

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”

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.


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!


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.





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.


Stripey's house

Stripey’s house


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



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.


Cathy & the Gang

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