Another day with the donks! ... well Saturday was at least. I wanted to get Venus up and moving again (I prefer to drive JJ) and I took JJ along with a halter and lead. I figured worst case I I can always just drop the lead if something doesn't work out. He would find the nearest patch of grass or follow Venus. He kept wanting to be up by her side so I went back to the barn and grabbed his bring and ground drove him from the cart next to her. Again, worst case I'd just drop the reins. Then I took them into the round pen and we did a little tandem ground driving. JJ out front works out much better for me! He is a much better listener!
How did I get so lucky with these two??
It looks like the lines were on the ground from this angle, but they weren't. Either way neither of them care about ropes and stuff around their legs.
Idk how many people keep up with this or if it belongs in another section at the point, but anyways time for another update!.
What is cuter then a donkey?
They didn't shed out very well this summer and I couldn't stand to watch them sit in the sun with all that hair on any more. Thank God my friend held them for me! I'm impressed at how well behaved they were. I was ready to go in for a wrestling, cornering, twitching match... not that I wanted that to happen but apparently that was the case the last time they were clipped.
So onto somethings amazing! We have been doing camp this week for kids with disabilities (for anyone who doesn't know I work at a therapeutic riding barn). Of course I get the roughest kid. He is 11, autistic, in diapers, non-verbal and probably functions on the level of a 2 year old. Well I was hard pressed to find activities for them because he isn't into art or scavenger hunts like the others. So I bring the donkeys in and hook them up. Wouldn't you know it he sat in the cart for OVER AN HOUR while I drove one after the other!! The second day my plan is the same. We were working on our riding goals while we were in the cart. One of his main goals is signing "more walk" with no assistance. He has the more part down and will do walk if I touch (not move) his forearms. Well anyway this is what I got on the second day!!
Yes, after the teeth grinding and grunting he says "More Walk!" Holy cow, I almost fell out of the cart when I heard him say it the first time. So I guess I can say my donkeys got a kid who is 100% non verbal to talk!Ugh, just when I thought I couldn't love them anymore!
Thanks for reading!
(this was a few days ago with the fuzzies on!)
Hiya it looks like thay are going well.
Its an awesome thing when you have a pair that interact to geather and love each other.
And then its the added mix of the owner driver when all interact your on a role.
It takes time and can not be rushed but when you have them conected in multipuls it awesome and its a great learning curve for the donkeys ponys or horses which ever you have.
I miss tammy as she was a key ingrediant to tricky and me as she was vanessas.
I started to pair them up in the paddock when thay were turned out.
And slowley played and got them eating ect to geather so thay became an insepreble pair.
Well you could say thay ended up as a pair like me and vanessa was.
Thay were so good that I could drive them on voice alone in walk trot and canter and also turning as well thay knew there left and right as well.
But all I have is fond happy memorys now of tammy working with tricky.
I think like you have said there I was gifted and blessed to have such a beautiful pair of ponys like your pair of donkeys.
Youll have to couple them up to geather and harness both of there draft and youll probley notice the difference in power.
Keep us in the loop on how your doing ok thay look awesome I love looking at there pictures.
JJ had quite the day today! One of the OTs at the barn used him as part of her lesson. He stood like a statue when a little girl with spastic CP was weight baring on him. With the help of the therapist she was able to stand with her feet on the ground and brush him. Purposeful movement is difficult for her, but she was having a blast!
Then I drove him on the road again today. He care more about the puddles then he does about the car whizzing by (because you know nobody slows down!!), buses and even a guy towing a boat. I was able to talk to the woman who was friend with the woman who owned them previously, apparently all she did was drive them on the road because her property wasn't all the great for driving them. She also did parades with them! Hello new chapter of our adventure!
I have a few pictures but I need a computer to upload them. Posted via Mobile Device
Oh, I also forgot to mention we had our first scare. We were coming down the road and a dog flew out at us. I said whoa, jumped out of the cart and made it to his head with my whip ready to beat this dog like it was second nature. Turns out the dog was a mutt pointer. He got within 20 feet stopped and pointed at us. Lucky dog... he probably would still be whining over the whip marks I was prepared to leave on him!
Chillin' on a dirt road long island style... aka its a drive way leading off the high tension wire field.