Lily of the Valley (Lily) arrived first. The two donkeys were supposed to come together, but one refused to get in the trailer, so they brought the other by herself. Lily is 28 and is not well, though she is gentle and calm. She is on a special diet and medicines. As I was walking up with the camera Lily was rolling in the dirt, and then got up right underneath the electric fence. The jolt of electricity on her neck pushed her forward to get away. Donkey breakout!! She was quickly recovered by a laughing Desi, and put back in, none the worse for the wear. At least now she knows about the fence. Donkeys are smart and fast learners.
Amazing Grace is 12 and loves children. She’s a little overweight too, so no treats for her either! Both donkeys have to wear muzzles in the pasture so they don’t eat the grass. Too much sugar in the grass. Desi will soak their hay in water before feeding to reduce the sugar content and administer their medications. They will get lots of good care here, and tons of love and attention.
And then came Prudence!
Oh, my, isn’t she beautiful!
Prudence, a thoroughbred quarterhorse is 15. She was a jumper who got injured and can never jump again. She is Desiree’s fondest dream come true. A natural born cowgirl, horses are in her blood. She grew up tagging along almost since birth with her mother who worked at a stable. Later Desi worked at the same stable, imbibing everything she knows about working with these fine, intelligent, complex, endlessly interesting animals. Desi told us Prudence is a perfect starter horse for us non-horse people here. The rest of us have much to learn, but we will be good students.
The second donkey break out occurred when all three animals were turned out together. Prudence, interested in her new friends, started to approach them. The donkeys were afraid, and an escalating game of chase ensued, forcing the donkeys toward the low fence rail, and Grace jumped right over!
After Grace was returned to the paddock, Mike did some fence rail adjustments, adding a second rail above the first. Desi walked Prudence on lead, teaching her to not chase the donkeys! This will probably take some time.
Home, sweet home ladies!