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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.

Stripey


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.

Love,
Cathy & the Gang

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October 18 th

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Oct. 18, 2018

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Oct. 18, 2018

We want to thank everyone who helped with our matching funds hay drive by sharing & donating. We received  or will receive approximately $4000 between mid August and the end of September, which will be matched. Donations made through Facebook Birthday fundraisers and the Fb donate button are slow to come in, but they will be included. We also do not get the donor names on most of the Fb donations, as Fb issues a receipt, but THANK YOU to all!

We received a phone call from Cerbat Dental Group  http://www.lowrydentistry.com/   in Kingman saying they have chosen us as their “Charity of the Month” and will send us a donation. It was a surprise & is greatly appreciated. They found us through our website.

Our weather turned from summer to winter overnight. We have gone into the 40s at night and 60s to low 70s in the afternoons. The rabbits are thrilled and my personal pet rats have a heat mat at night. Every species has different temperature tolerances. I am very happy not to have to be watering so much. The horses and burros are enjoying the coolness.

mustangs

Buddy has a heated bed and wears a coat at night. As much as I don’t like medicating anyone, I decided to try him on low dose elavil for his fear and anxiety. It has made a big difference and our vet agreed it was worth a try. Hopefully, he can wean off it over time, but for now, it is enabling us to do behavior modification. Now that he is not terrified of being leashed, we are taking a morning walk. He really looks forward to it. I use a 26 foot Flexi which gives him the space he needs to feel relaxed. Between a chronically swollen right foot and some “foot drop” with my left foot from Valley Fever and spinal arthritis, walking can be difficult for me. However, as they say, “use it or lose it!”  Forcing myself to walk this extra 1/2 to 1 mile a day seems to be helping me.

Buddy on a walk

I used my own funds to get a small shed and build a platform to use as a big house for Buddy. So far, he prefers his quonset shelter. There is no way to know what happened in his past, but he sure does not want to be confined. I left the doors off for now. If he becomes comfortable with it, I can add a dog door, window and then a small A/C that I already have next summer.

 

Buddy not thrilled

 

Poco arrived 4 years ago this month. Time has really gone by quickly. He is such a sweet guy and an inspiration to everyone who learns of his story. I gave up on trying to trim his feet by lifting them, as it is too hard on both of us because he cannot stand well on 2 good feet and his deformed foot. So, now, I let him stand and I use pruning shears/hoof shears to cut off his excess hoof wall while he stands. I have to almost lie on the ground to do so and I use a hoof pick to dig the dirt out from under the part of the hoof I want to nip off. He is very trustworthy, so it works. Years ago, my carpenter friend used to say, “first, you have to be smarter than the wood.”  I find this to be good advice in almost all situations. Or, as the Buddhists say, “everything is workable.”

Poco telling Chico who is boss

Poco

We have a pair of roadrunners who visit and then a juvenile started showing up alone, and seemed to be begging for food. We put out bird seed for the birds and a little dog food for the ravens, but roadrunners mostly eat lizards, snakes and carrion. This young bird was waiting on my doorstep one morning.  I got a bit of raw chicken and he gobbled it up. He had another piece that evening. It seems to be what he needed to “recharge” as I saw him foraging a day later.

Roadrunner

 

I moved onto this acreage 16 years ago this month, arriving with 2 horses, 2 goats, 4 dogs, a pig, 5 guinea pigs and a rabbit. Two weeks after moving in, my 13 year old basenji became separated from the group on a walk and I never found him. It was the most heartbreaking, tragic event in my entire life. It was then I vowed to devote the rest of my life to helping as many animals as I could. We became a Non Profit in fall of 2009. October is a hard month for me still, but life goes on.

my beloved Rafiki

 

Thank you for your support.

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Feb. 15, 2018 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch Feb. 15, 2018 Newsletter

First of all, we are very grateful to all the donors who helped us achieve $5000 in matching funds during December & January. THANK YOU!  We got an $1100 feed delivery of hay pellets, supplements and bird seed  Tuesday and have 256 bales of Bermuda hay coming this weekend.

Our winter had been unusually dry until this week. We still haven’t gotten much rain, just enough to settle the dust & make for pretty skies. This rainbow appeared the morning after my dear lifelong friend passed away Feb. 13. Please say a prayer for her family & friends. She will be sorely missed.

Rainbow Feb. 13

Rene’, a 16 year old mustang, had developed a cough from hay dust. The hay grown & baled in the desert Southwest tends to be dusty, which is better than moldy, but it can cause problems. We closed her into the corral with her friend Windy for about 10 days in order to give her soaked hay and anti-inflammatory herbs. She is now OK.

Rene'(roan) and Windy (dun)

I gave Poco a hoof trim. I have to trim his 3 good feet with him standing on them, which is tricky, but I am learning. I use a little saw and pruning shears. Then I slip the rasp underneath to smooth things out. Holding a foot up is too difficult because he ends up trying to balance on just 2 good feet.

Poco hoof.   Poco has the most amazing whiskers!

Poco whiskers

 

 

The quail, doves, sparrows and blackbirds have been very numerous.

Bunnies and squirrels also show up for a little birdseed.

Harris antelope ground squirrel

 

We had a huge problem with bees swarming the hay pellets. They are pure hay, no molasses. The vets believe we lost Knickers because his anaphylactic reaction to the bee sting in July had caused him nerve damage in his lower spine. He was a bit wobbly for a few weeks, then had a fatal colic. The spinal nerves can affect the gut. I had been searching for a deterrent that was also palatable and safe to add to the pellets. I finally found someone on a forum mention peppermint. I mixed up a bit of peppermint oil in a spay bottle of water and it works!  The horses and burros don’t mind it. The bees come in, take a whiff and leave. I deeply regret not finding this info sooner.

My grandmother  was born on this day in 1901. She and my grandfather had a huge impact on my early life. They were both compassionate and courageous people.”Pop” even ran out into NYC traffic to rescue an injured  pigeon I had pointed out to him. He was a decorated veteran of WWI. He had worked in a livery stable from an early age when his father had died leaving a wife and children in a time when there were no social safety nets. He spoke with sadness of all the horses he saw killed during the war.

“Nanny”, my maternal grandmother

 

Charles Ott, WWI

 

Thank you again for helping us reach our donation goal. Thank you to our benefactor who matched the donations! We feel very blessed to be able to provide a safe home for 4 burros, 13 horses, the 2 sheep,  bunnies and wildlife.

Love

Cathy & the Gang

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