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November 17 th


Warrior Arrives & A Surprise from Carson

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Warrior Arrives & A Surprise from Carson

On Wednesday,  Christine Griffin and her husband, Larry, brought Warrior, the 23 year old rescued mustang, to us. They were on their way to their property in Eastern Az. They had been keeping him since he was rescued from the San Bernardino Animal Shelter where he was facing being put down. Animal Control had taken him away from an abusive owner. JERAS received an email about him a month ago and we tried hard to find him a home through networking. No one wanted an old, arthritic horse. We could not see him being put down after all he has been through and offered him a home. While at Christine’s, he had his teeth done, which was badly needed. She is a Certified Equine Dental Tech and does great work. A Facebook friend suggested the name “Warrior”, as he is a real survivor. Since he arrived here, I have trimmed his hooves, which have some real pathology, but will improve over time with frequent, correct trimming. He is getting all the fine bermuda hay he can eat and soaked hay pellets and soaked alfalfa cubes, plus vitamins, minerals, joint supplements and PowerStance. All the horses & burros love the donated PowerStance.

Warrior is very wary of people, but once he is haltered, is very well behaved. He has arthritis, lumps & bumps, is underweight and even has a torn nostril. We will never know what abuse and neglect he endured, but he is safe now. I did some TTouch with him today and he closed his eyes & started sighing…I plan to put him with the old Arabs (Big Rusty and Penny) and to bring Rene’ over so that Warrior will have a mustang mare as a companion. Rene’ is a bit of an outcast with the other mustangs, so this plan should work well.


Last Sunday, Carson went into what appeared to be an Addison’s crisis. He hates strangers and taking him to the vet is not possible, so we deal with Carson’s health needs at home. I gave him increased prednisolone and he began to bounce back, but then a big lump came up on his throat. I spoke to our vet and the possibilities seemed to be a tumor or enflamed lymph node. I feared it was a cancer, and decided to put him on LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone), which is an immune modulating therapy, safe & cheap. LDN treats many cancers and autoimmune diseases. I had considered trying it in the past, as Carson has 3 autoimmune diseases, but was afraid to tamper with his immune system. After one dose, he seemed happier & perkier. A few days passed, and then this morning, I awoke to a pleasant, albeit messy surprise. Apparently he had a lymph node abscess, and it broke open over night. What a relief! Carson is very lovable towards me, as long as I am not trying to treat him. If he feels threatened, he will bite. So, I tied him to the fence, ran the hose from the shower head & out the bathroom window to Carson so I could warm water hose his neck and flush the hole as best I could. Then I sprayed it with Vetericyn and started him on Keflex. Tonight, there is no more drainage and he feels very well and we are most thankful that he appears to have more time left on this earth with us. His ornery attitude also saves us a lot on vet bills we don’t have to deal with!


Carson and his adoring fans

We have not yet gotten the grant we won, and we have a few regular donors who have been unable to help us for a few months, so any help is very greatly appreciated. Warrior’s feed alone will be costing at least $150 a month as long as he is eating pelleted hay and requiring extra food to gain weight. Besides donations, you can help us by buying goods & services through our affiliates. Please see our webpage for everything from wine, to music lessons, T shirts, magazines, supplements and animal supplies.

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November 16 th


Sanctuary News from JERAS, Nov.16, 2011

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Since arriving at the sanctuary in June 2010, Carson has always had low tolerance for the cold. His bare skin (and he is about 50% bare due to acanthosis nigricans) has always been cold to the touch. Since his liver enzymes were a bit elevated according to last month’s blood work, I decided to add another supplement to improve his well-being. He has been on 200 mg. of Swanson CoQ10 for a month and I just realized that his skin is now very warm to the touch and he is actually lying on the bare concrete floor a lot, instead of always seeking a warm bed. I myself take at least 400 mg. a day to combat the heart damage done by 40 years of Lyme disease.

I googled and found this article:

Coenzyme Q10 Remarkably Improves Circulation


Carson is also very playful lately, running and wrestling with the girls.

Carson, Nov. 2, 2011

The sun is out and I am doing dog laundry and am then off to clean horses’ hooves and trim Kola. This morning, she and Rusty were running and bucking before breakfast. The 3 burros gave them a wide berth.

Kola soon after arriving at the sanctuary in 2006

Last night, I made a second try at burning the DVD that did not turn out right, and was successful in producing one that would playback. Now I can send sanctuary video clips to my Dad in Colorado. When I get a chance, I will make a JERAS video that will introduce Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary and tell about the animals. It might be a good way to meet more supporters.

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September 24 th


JERAS Daily Diary Sept. 23

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Had a migraine all night. Did the usual AM chores, plus continued helping to network 2 mustangs in Pa. that were about to ship to slaughter unless at least $1200 was raised to buy them and allow them to go to a rescue in Florida. A bunch of us were up late last night working on donations for that. As of today, things look good. Thank you, Carol Poole for coordinating and staying up half the night.

It is still in the 90’s here- very hot for late Sept. I cut a hole in the fence and allowed most of the dogs out into the new play area. That was fun for them. I then drove two T- posts into the ground and installed a 4 foot wide gate between the old and new yards.

I had stashed some rawhide in the laundry closet this AM and Patty went and tore the door apart in her attempt to get at it. She is punishing me for confining her while her knee injury heals.





Patty at the scene of the crime

That will be a new job for tomorrow.

I hosed the horses at lunchtime, fed all the outside animals, and made a mud hole for Wilbur.

Got  back to computer work, ate a late lunch, no nap…….Carson was fine at 3 PM meal, very excited…at 6 PM he started to crash again………gave him a shot of dexate…….do not know why he is going into these adrenal crises..I had increased his meds and he had been okay for the past few days. I can’t take him to the vet, he hates strangers, will attack…and the stress would kill him anyway.

So, it is 7 PM, I am watching him, still have to vacuum, do my dishes, do dog dishes, shower,  read hundreds of emails, check on the Fb mustang rescue effort, pray that Carson makes it and I have another migraine….

Please send good thoughts to Carson…

Carson May 2010 and January 2011


video from today





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