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Journey’s End Ranch June 10, 2017 Newsletter

Well, our really good news is that we finally have useable internet speeds after a year of struggling. One Frontier tech decided to replace our “card” up at the utility box 3 miles away. That appears to have been the issue all along. It won’t bring back the computer we lost when the crawling internet crashed the hard drive, but at least I am not wasting 3-4 hours a day sitting here watching the wheels spin anymore.

Knickers is 35 years old today! He is the amazing survivor of 10 years of severe neglect & joined us in January 2012.

Knickers June 8, 2017

The weather has turned hot, most days in the 90s now. Rambeau grows winter wool. Stripey does not. I found someone who shears sheep, but they take them down to almost bare skin & I did not want him getting sunburned. So, once again, I did him with dog clippers.  He does not come out pretty, but the wool is gone & he has a normal hair coat now and is comfortable. Sheep shears run >$200  and I can’t see spending that much for a once a year shearing.

We have a pair of Western kingbirds nesting in one of the cottonwoods. They are very attractive birds.

Western kingbirds

The dove who had raised a baby in her nest in the sheep shelter came back & laid 2 more eggs. She had been sitting on them this week. Sadly, we had horrible wind yesterday & this morning, she & the eggs were gone.

the eggs which were blown away

 

We don’t usually have a fly problem due to the arid conditions here. However, when range cattle are in the area, they bring face flies with them. Poco & Chico had to learn to wear fly masks and 3 of the horses with sensitive eyes are wearing them. too. I remove and wash the masks every night.

Poco

Our old video camera was pretty much shot. I found an old, but unused one that was identical. It is a discontinued model. We already had accessories and I know how to use it, so our board member, Joyce, bought it for us. The first one lasted > 6 years, so we hope this one will have a long life, too.

Poco has been singing a lot.

 

The first day I put a fly mask on Rusty, we had a stampede. Everyone went to look at Rusty, he may have felt threatened or maybe he felt special with the mask on. At any rate, he began chasing the other mustangs for about 15 minutes.

Cheyenne has been here 5 years and we sure are glad her halter finally fell off last year, as she is untouchable. She is 19 now. She loves Scout and is not sociable with the others. After years of being passed from owner to owner and being badly abused at some point, it is good to be able to give her a peaceful, happy home.

Cheyenne June 2017

Rene’, Windy & Mariah, mustang mares

We are using about 500 gallons a day of water to keep all the troughs  clean & filled with fresh water. Some of the horses enjoy being hosed off while I am watering.

Rusty cooling off

 

I have 3 new personal pets. Three years without dogs has been extremely difficult for me. I am now sensitized to many animals but I took a chance on three sweet little rat sisters, raised by a local girl who is in 4H. They live in a big outdoor cage, but I cut a 3 inch hole in my house to run a PVC pipe into a sealed  glass tank in my bedroom. They can come in to cool off and “visit”. I wear a mask when I handle & play with them every day, and, so far, so good. They are like little dogs, very affectionate & interactive. I love them.

 

My 1974 Ford truck broke down last week on my monthly trip to town. I meet my friend there as she does my grocery shopping for me. The starter burned up. I had to get towed home as my mechanic works on it at the ranch & I had $300 worth of food and I had to get home asap. I had to ride in my truck, up on the trailer, as I can’t ride in other vehicles with such severe chemical sensitivities. Every bump we hit was tossing me around and it was like riding a bronc for 17 miles..LOL. Never a dull moment…

Thank you to all our friends and supporters. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. Stay cool!

Love, Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch August 2, 2015 Newsletter

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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” http://lenjohnsonproductions.typepad.com

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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.

http://www.havasunews.com/news/book-on-poco-the-burro-s-life-treatment-for-deformity/article_0f077ba0-2797-11e5-ae3b-cbb40adbd548.html

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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!

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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.

Scout

Scout

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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.

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Stripey's house

Stripey’s house

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

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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.

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Feb.1, 2015 Newsletter

We had snow on the ground for 4 days after getting 7 inches of snow on New Year’s. Pulling the hay cart through it was difficult, but at least it did not last long. Our weather then returned to our usual mild conditions. We did just get an inch of rain, always welcomed in the desert. Hopefully, a lot of grass and edible plants will come up soon and the burros can go back to some grazing on our extra 12 acres.

We are also thankful to our friends, Bill & Calvin, who came over and added supports to the shelters and hay shed in December. Even with the wind and snow load, everything here stayed secure.

I managed to do hoof trims on the 14 horses and burros who needed some minor trimming. Farriers here charge $50 for a trim and we save money and get the “natural barefoot” hoof trim that most farriers don’t know how to do. I am always grateful for the natural trim experts who have written books and articles and for the advice I get from professional trimmers on Facebook. Warrior and Lucky are moving well, despite having joint problems from past misuse. Little Chico, Poco’s friend, was good about his trim, though he did try to kick me 3 times before letting me handle his back feet. He sure is spunky for his diminutive size and advanced age.

Poco is happy to announce that 92 of his books have gone to new homes. We appreciate photos from his young friends, too.

Thank you, Raelyn!

Thank you, Raelyn!

You can order your own copy at our “merchandise” page.

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Thank you, Bella!

Our veterinarian was out January 20 to geld Bayron. Despite weeks of trying to desensitize him and help him with his fear, Bayron continues to be terrified of people touching him. His former caretaker said he was always fearful, but that he returned with severe issues after being sent to a “trainer” for a month several years ago. We can only imagine the abuse he must have suffered. We had to squeeze him into the end of the corral and our vet was extremely patient and gentle. Bayron required a tranquilizer, sedative and anesthesia, given in steps, to finally put him down on the ground so he could be gelded. Even so, soon after the surgery, he was struggling to get up on his feet, instead of staying down awhile like most horses do. Our vet has worked with horses for more than 50 years and was not expecting such a fearful horse. In a month or so, when it is OK to let him join others, our friends have offered to bring their stock trailer over. We can run him into it and move him that way. Of our 23 equines, we only have one other who is virtually “untouchable”. Cheyenne arrived in summer 2012 and is now 18. She has a visible dent in her windpipe and we suspect she was once “choked down” with a lariat. Sometimes, animals have suffered such severe mental trauma that they just will not recover. In the case of equines, they need to be given a  natural environment and the company of others so they can at least find some happiness and peace.

Bayron

Bayron

Between Bayron’s surgery, the delivery of 256 bales of hay and more than a ton of pellets and other feed, we spent $5400 this month. Donations are always needed and greatly appreciated!

13 tons of hay

13 tons of hay

We are always proud to say that our animals are happy. Giving them proper care, feeding and space creates animals who learn to enjoy life, even after abuse, neglect and injuries.

 

 

Thank you for your support!
Love,
Cathy & the Gang

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