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November 16 th


Sanctuary news/JERAS today, Nov. 15, 2011

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After morning sanctuary chores and exercising the dogs, I got Rusty out. I groomed him, tacked up and decided to try a ride around our 25 acres, instead of in the paddock. He really is responding well to the Bitless Bridle, but he was very spirited and I had to hold him back as we travelled through the sagebrush. A rabbit jumped out and Rusty stopped suddenly, but did not leap away. After about 15 minutes, he was getting too nervous, so I took him back to his 2 acre paddock and we rode a bit with Kola and the burros watching us. He was very calm there. He needs time to gain his confidence, so we will take it slowly. He is by no means “lazy” as one previous owner claimed. He must have had painful hooves for years, because now that he is trimmed properly and the infections are cleared up, he moves right out. One of our favorite hoof care sites is Pete Ramey’s- Infected hooves are painful hooves and many people do not seem to understand that, or perhaps they just do not care. Rusty seems happy to have his soaking boots put on and I really believe he appreciates the hoof care he has received since arriving at the sanctuary 3 months ago. I am pleased with the results from using the Oxine and citric acid for soaking.

Rusty, a sanctuary mustang


Pepito is doing great and is very smart. He has figured out the feeding schedule and manages to claim a feeder before the other burros do. He seems very content and the girls love him.



Jovita & Serena

Tonight, I am learning how to burn DVD’s on my Mac laptop. I made 2, one would play and one would not, so I am redoing it.

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October 15 th


JERAS Diary Oct. 15

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After  morning chores and walking a mile with the dogs, I soaked and trimmed Raven’s feet and managed to cajole Mariah into being caught and had to cut a big wind knot out of her mane. I can’t use Show Sheen anymore because they added perfume to it, so there was nothing else I could do because it was too tangled to comb out without Show Sheen. I trimmed her front feet, too.


Here is video from yesterday and this morning     Bear & snake     Dogs
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October 14 th


JERAS Diary Oct. 14. first ride, another rattler

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This morning, after all the feeding chores, taking a walk with the dogs, picking up the yards and going through a few emails, I decided it was time to try Flash out. He has gained all the weight he needed and his hoof infections are almost totally cured and his hooves are in much healthier shape after about 6 trims. Some riding will help him grow better, healthier feet more quickly, as movement is necessary to rehabilitate hooves.

I am still in a lot of Lyme Herx and every joint and muscle hurts, so I said a prayer for him to behave. I brought him out to groom him and tack him up. I gave him a few hay cubes with calming flower essences sprayed on them, just for good luck. He was very quiet through it all. I used the very lightweight old Wintec dressage saddle, with a thick Kodel pad and padded girth. I donned my Troxel helmet and new protective riding vest. It is pretty heavy and thick and  hot on a day like today, but it beats broken ribs or having my spinal hardware possibly snap if I landed hard enough from a fall. I used our Bitless Bridle, which I got > 10 years ago and just love.

I took Flash back to his 2 acre paddock, locking nosy Kola into the small pen to keep her out of the way. I took a pail to use as a mounting block. He stood perfectly still and was not at all bothered when I mounted. I had been told his “steering” needed work and that he was a bit barn sour, both turned out to be true. He really needs schooling “on the rail” to teach him to travel in a straight line and he needs work on his turning, but I found him to be very willing and quick to catch on to rein and leg aids. The people who owned him from 2008- early 2011 said he was “lazy” and reluctant to go faster than a walk. That is no longer true. He trotted out willingly for me. He arrived here with hoof infections and overgrown feet which were also very distorted from years of improper trimming. It is no wonder he did not want to move- his feet probably hurt for years. After about 20 minutes, we called it a day, but not before Jovita decided to trot after us as we traversed the paddock. She was very curious about it all.



This afternoon, it’s back to the hay funds drive, emails, Facebook, paperwork…

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Phew! Just fed the dogs at 3 PM in their respective eating areas and Bear started carrying on, then Liza, then I heard the rattlesnake.  Unsure of which yard it was in, I scrambled to get dogs in the house and the small pen and then found it. #5 for this year, the 4th one in the yard and close to the house.

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