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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary March 2, 2016 Newsletter

February was very warm, the horses are already shedding their winter coats.

Some of our mustangs enjoying a run

Some of our mustangs enjoying a run

Len Johnson, wild horse documentarian, has released his latest video in a new format.We get a % donated to us by Len and we were even featured in the video. The film is about our wild neighbors, the Cerbat wild horses.They live, undisturbed, in a 400 square mile area and thrive there. The BLM does not round them up because we have mountain lions, so Mother Nature does the management. Len paid us a visit last summer.

Len Johnson visits JERAS July 2015

Len Johnson visits JERAS July 2015

Poor Rambeau got his horn caught in the fence panel a week ago and broke it off, at the skull. This leaves a hole in the skull, very disturbing. There is nothing you can do excpet prevent infection and wait for closure. We initially stopped the bleeding with wound powder, then did a few flushes with vetericyn. He also got penicillin injections for a week. It is dry and the hole is considerably smaller. He was subdued for about 2 days, then bounced back to his usual self. Sheep are amazingly stoic and strong.

Rambeau, now with one horn

Rambeau, now with one horn

Well, that Diego continues to be a challenge. I sedated him and trimmed his feet Feb 13. A huge amount of “false” sole and dead tissue was finally ready to come out. I also found an old abscess and pocket of blood in his worst foot (the one with pedal osteitis, degeneration of the coffin bone). I then booted him with new Easyboot Trails. Wow, the next day, he was zooming around & feeling great. On the 15th, he lost the boot on his better front hoof. I decided to just remove the other, but it took a week to be able to do that. He had been running around like a wild man and had refused to be caught so the other boot could be removed. I moved a 10 foot pipe gate from the burro area over to the shelter I built in Diego’s area. I got Diego closed in there, but there was no way to halter him as he kicks violently when approached. I had an idea and hollowed out a carrot so I could insert a syringe full of dormosedan into it. Perfect fit. Went back to Diego, removed needle from syringe, offered him the carrot through the panel and squirted the drug into his mouth when he grabbed the carrot. Was not sure it would work at all, as dormosedan gel is meant to go UNDER tongue & I was shooting the injectable liquid form onto tongue. I waited the usual 45 minutes, he was sedated, but still spinning and trying to kick. I tried to undo the boot from outside using a long pole & hoof pick taped to it, no way. Too wild. I then had to squeeze him into a 5 X 10 area with a long metal pipe, he was still too wild to reach boot and remove with pole. I then gave him a dose of injectable dormosedan (double dose is considered safe) and waited 20 minutes. He got very quiet, but was still threatening to kick. I had hoped I could halter him & do a bit of trimming, but no way. I was finally able to use the pole with hoof pick through the panel and, despite him jumping around, undo the keeper strap and 2 velcro closures, but not without him kicking once and luckily striking the bar of the corral panel and not my head. Boot is off. There is no way to handle him safely in the future unless he has a huge attitude change or we get the vet out, close him in, and let the vet sedate him heavily.

I could help him a lot more if he were not so unruly and dangerous. He kicked me badly in the chest a few months ago for merely walking by him as he was eating. So, we do what we can. I cannot jeopardize the others by putting myself at too much risk of serious injury. He is now barefoot, walking fairly well, acting perky and eating well. He was getting very unhappy being closed into the small corral at night, and is now free to roam with the others all the time.

Poco has been singing a lot and had a Valentine’s Day song for his friends.

I did some hoof trimming this month, but a lot of the animals are virtually “self-trimming” now, thanks to lots of movement over abrasive ground.

I saw my first baby cottontail yesterday, venturing out from under the floor in the hay shed. With a safe place to hide, unlimited hay to eat and water available, it’s bunny heaven here.

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Our donations were down a bit this month, several people saying it’s “tax time”. We always appreciate your support.

What your donations accomplish
Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary is housed on Cathy’s 24 acres at no cost to the sanctuary. Therefore, all donations go directly to the animals’ care, with the exception of some office supplies. Cathy does not get paid for the work she does, caring for the animals alone with very little outside help, despite serious health problems. Cathy does much of the vetting and the hoof trimming, too.
$20.00 will buy a new hoof rasp for the hoof trimming that Cathy does herself.
$30.00 will feed the numerous wild quail, doves, rabbits and ravens we feed for a month.
$40.00 will feed Rambeau & Stripey, the Barbados sheep, for a month.
$15 will buy a 50# sack of the hay pellets that Knickers and Warrior require, as they are old & missing teeth.
$15.00 also buys a 100# bale of hay. We use 2.5-3 bales a day to feed 10 burros and 14 horses.
$30.00 buys a bucket of the vitamin mineral supplement the equines get and will last 3 weeks.
$40.00 will supply a burro with hay for a month.
$80.00 buys enough hay to feed a horse for a month.
$148.00 will cover a ranch call when we need the vet to come (not very often, as good management is the best medicine).
$208.00 will cover the cost of a dental for one equine.

Thank you!
Cathy & The Gang

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