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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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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter August 3, 2016

We have had very hot weather all month with afternoon temps usually over 100 degrees. We also got some good monsoonal rain this past week. Last night, I had to go feed in a lightening storm and there were quite a few close strikes, including one that hit our transformer on the power pole. Fortunately, Unisouce came out in an hour & we had power back before dark.

We are still winning in the contest to receive $5000 if we win our category. That would support the sanctuary for 2 months! Please vote and share daily. Thank you!

Link to vote-http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw

Our neighbors and hay supplier had a 25 year old BLM mustang mare since rescuing her about 8 years ago. They had used her for riding until she was kicked and injured a few months ago. We offered her a home so that they would have space to take in another rescue, as they help a lot of local horses in need by rehabbing and rehoming them. Dakota is gorgeous and very easy to handle. We have her on joint and other supplements and she is doing very well. Warrior has claimed her as his  and this has added a sparkle to his eye!

Dakota, 25 year old mustang mare

Dakota, 25 year old mustang mare

Dakota following Red (our 22 year old mustang)

Dakota following Red (our 22 year old mustang)

Poco was very quiet most of the month but has started singing for his lunch again since the weather cooled a bit.

 

We got another 13 tons of nice Bermuda grass hay.

Sunset August 2

I managed to do hoof trims on all 10 burros and 4 horses this past month.

Julio hoof

Julio hoof

We have had gorgeous sunsets with the monsoon.

sunset August 2

sunset August 2

On a personal note, I am seeing improvement in my health thanks to my friend, Jeannie, who posted an article to me. The article was about the herbal sweetener stevia & how it kills Lyme bacteria. WOW! Unlike many people with Lyme, I do not want to kill the bacteria. I have mutated Lyme, it is not “curable” and my immune system already kills too much. The released toxins set off my 6 autoimmune diseases. I have been using stevia (considered a safe herbal, no calorie sweetener) for twenty years! I immediately stopped using it about 3 weeks ago. Within days, I felt slightly better. I also doubled my dose of turmeric, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and blocks some of the immune activation I deal with. I am so grateful to Jeannie!

Please continue to vote, as winning the contest category would cover our winter hay & pellet supply. Link to vote-http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw

Thank you!

Cathy & The Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch December 2, 2015 Newsletter

We want to thank our supporters for a successful winter hay drive. We had a very happy Thanksgiving because of your generosity.

Diego no longer needs his hoof boots and is doing well barefoot. He is still on an anti-inflammatory medication, but we will be weaning him down this month. The medication not only has made his feet more comfortable, but has enabled him to move a lot and to loosen up muscles, tendons and ligaments which were tight from years of close confinement.

Diego, 20 year old Colonial Spanish horse.

Diego, 20 year old Colonial Spanish horse.

 

Early in November, I made the mistake of walking too close to Diego while he was eating, and I got kicked in the chest. I am taking a long time to heal and have not been able to do any hoof trimming because of it. Thankfully, I had the trimming pretty much caught up. Diego is extremely food protective and I now feed him through the fence and give him a wide berth while he is eating. His behavior is due to not being fed enough in his prior home. Most “bad behavior” can be traced to human shortcomings and is not the animal’s fault.

 

Poco has been doing a lot of singing lately.

We almost went from summer straight into winter and having to clear ice off the water troughs the past few mornings. The horses love the colder weather, the burros are not as thrilled.

Warrior has now been here 3 years. He can’t chew very well anymore and gets soaked hay pellets as most of his diet.

Warrior, 26 year old mustang

Warrior, 26 year old mustang

 

The wild birds and bunnies appreciate the seed we put out.

Cottontail & kangaroo rats

Cottontail & kangaroo rats

quail, doves & cottontails

quail, doves & rabbits

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You can help us provide a home for 26 equines and 2 sheep by shopping through our affiliates page. Please take a few minutes to check out our page. http://www.jersanctuary.org/available-merchandise/

Poco’s book is also a great gift to inspire children (and adults).

Poco's friend, Nathan

Poco’s friend, Nathan

 

Our friend and someone who has helped us a lot with contests and networking is now caring for 20 feral cats in Kentucky. She does TNR, provides shelter and feeds them daily. If you are a cat lover & want to help, you can join this event on Fb. https://www.facebook.com/events/310002009123571/

We are also helping another friend in a contest to win $1000 of merchandise for one of her rescued mustangs. It would cover the meds he needs for a lung condition. Tami has rescued multiple horses from starvation and shipping to slaughter, with her own funds. Three horses required hospitalization. Smokey is improving with Tami’s diligent care. He is 22 years old and was a mere 550# when she rescued him. Please vote for him. Thank you! http://www.horse.com/photo-contest-vote/NDQ4Y2UyMGYtNTBiNy00NGEyLTg5MGUtNGFhMGE3ZDRmZjJk0/

Thank you for your support!

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

Penny & Red enjoying a run

 

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