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D O N K E Y S  &  H O R S E S

Used more as protectors, workers and mowers, we have donkeys and horses on the farm.

 
    DONKEYS

Our donkey family is composed of Junior, Voodoo and Joe.

Together, they form the greeting and alarming squad of our farm. Ever alert, our crew can spot a feed bucket well over a pasture away and will not hesitate to let us know they see us with food.

Since they are not exactly as fast as the horses, they let their voices do the "running" while bringing up the rear.

While not yet trained, they are fairly well mannered donkeys. Of course, food brings out the devil in them as they try to scheme how to get it out of our hands before we put it out for them.
 
 

 
JUNIOR

Our eldest donkey, Junior, is a gelded jack and the head of the donk squad.

He is quite laid back for a donkey. Without any training, Michelle is able to pick up his front feet and clean them without much fuss.

Now, his back feet are a different story - he doesn't like them being handled.

As he is aging, his coat is getting whiter and whiter. He used to be a cream and white with a bit of a rust tint around his back that most thought he was dirty when they saw him.
   
 

 
 
Voodoo & Recent Arrival
  VOODOO

She is our middle donkey. We got her from a friend that had a personality clash with her. For us, she has been sociable, yet distant. She doesn't fight or kick at us, but she keeps her distance most times.

Occasionally, Michelle will sit down in the pasture when the others are not around and let Voodoo sniff her, nuzzle her and the occasional nibbling on the hair. (Michelle doesn't really care for the last one.) That's the way Voodoo likes it, when she is in control of the contact.

She is a Jerusalem (aka cross) jenny.
 
 
  Then, recently, we got a surprise. Here is how Michelle describes it.

"Well as I went out to feed the animals this morning, I noticed that our little Jenny, Voodoo, wasn't coming up for feed.. Well after looking closer, THERE WAS A BABY at her side...

"So sometime during the early morning hours, Ms Voo has a pretty little girl.. We never thought she was pregnant, and then yesterday I looked at her and she looked "off". So I thought she might be a few months along.. Not ready to "Pop".


Well, she "popped" alright!
   
 

 
  JOE

The youngest of our three donkeys (born April 2008), Joe has a no care in the world attitude. We sometimes refer to him as Joe Cool or Cool Joe.

When the horses get after him for getting between them and the food, he just shakes his head and takes a slight step back.

When they look the other way, though, he's right back to eating the same thing, "their food."

When he sees something he wants, he just goes for it - never mind who is in the way. It's that way when we want him to move as well. If he doesn't see a need to move, he doesn't.

For a small donkey, he sure can seem like he's built like a concrete statue.
 

 
  HORSES

While not yet working horses, we are planning to get them trained at least in some form of cattle work to help local friends and neighbors.

Our crew of four horses is comprised of Easter, Winnie, Hippy and Zee.

Mainly pasture ornaments until we complete their training, they help act as predator prevention for the alpacas along with the donkeys.

Since we keep them and the donkeys in the back pasture and the alpacas in the front, this setup has appeared to deter would-be predators from attacking the alpacas, goats and chickens.

Although we have only seen a few stray dogs and one coyote so far, we think it is working.
   
 

 
    EASTER - The queen of the pasture, or so she thinks.

Easter was a rescue a couple of our friends took on a while back. Due to extenuating circumstances, our friends had to move out of state and couldn't take Easter with them, so she wound up with us.

She has a blue eye on her left, but has no issues that we have noticed.

She is a real sweetheart and is the only horse we know that likes - we mean REALLY likes - her rear scratched and brushed. While standing at the fence brushing her one day, she gradually moved so the brush would go down her back. Then, she did it again and again until we were brushing her butt.

The first time she turned her rear towards us to get brushed, we were still a bit unnerved that she might haul off and kick us, but she hasn't yet. She just really loves her hind quarters brushed.

Nowadays, when she comes up to get brushed, she instantly turns her rear to us as the first part to get out of the way. It's fun when we have horse knowledgeable people around because their first instinct is to quickly move out of range of those rear hooves.
 

 
  WINNIE

Our first horse on the farm, we got Winnie when she was 18 months old.

Very much like a teenage girl full of angst and needing constant attention, she thinks she is a prima donna. That was, until Easter came along and put her in her place. Now, instead of being top of the pack over the donkeys, she is second in line after Easter.

The older sister of Hippy, she and Hippy are like twins out in the pasture. They are hard to tell apart when they are standing next to each other unless their tails are visible; Hippy's is longer.

Up close, there is only one facial difference, Hippy has freckles on her blaze, where Winnie's is all white.

Winnie loves attention, whether it is just petting, or brushing, or walking around on a lead.

Winnie has a natural cutting instinct. She is always trying to drive the donkeys or her sisters this way or that.
   
 

 
    HIPPY - The curious girl.

This one is usually the first to find a hole in the fence or
way around a barrier we put up to keep the horses out of something.

She has a laid back attitude and doesn't usually run up to get food. Normally, she is the last to come up for food, just casually walking along - even after the donkeys in some cases.
 
 

 
  ZEE

The half-sister of Winnie and Hippy; different mare.

The smallest and youngest of the horse crew, Zee is quite a lively character. Every now and then, we see her out in the pasture running around and acting nutty.

She is a very fun loving horse. The only one of the horses that doesn't pick on the donkeys. She'll even share her food with them, if her bigger sister's don't shove all of them out of the way.

 
   
 

 
    COMANCHE

Comanche
is our newest member of the farm crew. We found him while Michelle was at a horse show. She heard a lady talking about having a 10 month old stallion that they couldn't keep because they were moving.

Being somewhat interested, Michelle - of course - inquired further and found he was an accident from their neighbor's stallion and their mare. The next day, Michelle went and looked at him and (the same recurring story again) fell in love. He then became part of the family on 28 March 2010.

He was named Comanche when he came to us and we just kept it.

He has really good manners for not having any official training. He came to us able to take a halter and will follow quite well, except for a few incidents of distraction.

Michelle will get him trained up right and he should make a well trained horse.

On 3 April 2010, he had his appointment with the vet and was gelded. There will be no accidental foals now."
 

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