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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Dec.17, 2018

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Dec.17, 2018

What a month we had! Diego came up with a cough and snotty nose. We spoke to our veterinarian who told us there was a strep equi infection spreading around and some of the horses  that had tested positive for the bacteria had no contact with other horses other than their herd mates. We are double fenced, so ours cannot even get close to wild horses or people out riding. Strep equi can cause infections ranging from mild to full blown strangles. Some horses are immune or have some immunity. Over a ten day period, we had to treat 5 horses and one burro with penicillin injections. We did not have the vet out, as he said it was not needed as long as the injections were working and no one was very sick. Everyone has recovered now. We had locked Rusty into the corral because he had the worst cough and we wanted him to rest away from the 5 mustangs he lives with. The day he was turned back out caused them to get excited and everyone was running & playing.

 



Poco has been very vocal every day.

We now have a very hungry juvenile road runner to feed. They mainly exist on reptiles, bugs, and small rodents and birds, but it apparently was not getting enough. There are few bugs now and no reptiles.I read they will eat 10% of their diet in seeds in winter, but this one is not interested in bird seed.

Buddy has been enjoying a mile of trotting (he sets the pace) with the electric scooter I bought, which is something I could never do on foot.

Buddy relaxing after his outing

Our weather has been mild, most nights staying above freezing, so no ice to deal with. Days have been in the 50s.

We’d like to thank our supporters and wish everyone Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Love,Cathy & the Gang

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