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post #1 of 8 Old 12-05-2010, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Two New Rescues plus an update

So at the ranch we got in two new rescues on Thursday. we got a 21 year old mare, breed unknown, and a 20+ year old Donkey. They came from the counties fire chief. He got prostate cancer and has been hospitalized for the past month and he had his sister taking care of his animals. His fire-buddies noticed that they weren't properly being taking care of, and since the fire chief is slowly dieing, they brought them to the rescue. The chief has had the mare for 17 years and she's not techinally abused but she is really really obese, might be due to the fact that she has been on straight alpha her whole life. The donkey he has had few years. She is a true rescue. He first rescued her from a couple of 'Mexican Cowboys' who literally beat the **** out of her every single day. she was thin when the fire chief took her in and she was put on alpha straight away, bad move. But they are now settling in and getting weaned off of alpha. The more donkey though, I just want to cry whenever I'm around her. You can't get within 20 feet of her without her trotting away. Since she's been here I've been haltering and gentling grooming her everyday and it each day it takes less and less time to catch her. So meet the new girls!

Meeting the neighboring horses

Once she slims down she is going to be stunning

Silly faces

Hiding from me

She so pretty

Her back is horrible. The vet is coming out to look at her soon

Finally caught her

Me and her, she wasn't very happy

In other news. I'm heading back to Alabama for a whole month! I'm leaving Thursday and coming back on Jan. 6. I'm so excited! I'm going to be working with my Paw Paw and cousin and at a small racetrack in Florida. I'm even going to ride at least twice while I'm there. I'm also going to be visiting my old mare and I'm going to go to Georgia for a couple of days to visit old friends. In Georgia we're going to go on an all day trail ride and then camp out in the woods then ride back to the stable, talk about exciting. So I'll probably have a butt load of photos to share.
Also I've made my first payment on my new filly and I should be bringing her home in March of next year. I measured her yesterday and she's already 15hh and she;s only a year and half!! Heres a photo of her from yesterday.

So thats my news I hope everyone has a save and fun holiday!

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-06-2010, 12:03 AM
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poor donkey his back is so swayed :( but atleast hes in a good home now
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-06-2010, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I hope she looks a lot better when I get back from my trip.

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post #4 of 8 Old 12-06-2010, 12:35 PM
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Nice looking mare. Poor donkey : ( What is your new filly? She's very pretty!

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post #5 of 8 Old 12-06-2010, 12:53 PM
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Ill take the mare! In a heartbeat! Shes lovely!

That poor donk. Our donks were never abused but had that aloof/standoffish attitude.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-06-2010, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Shut Up Joe: She is a draft cross, not quit sure of her actual breed.

corinowalk: Yeah I've noticed that about the other donkey's we've had in. I wonder why that is.

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post #7 of 8 Old 12-06-2010, 10:12 PM
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That mare will be pretty when she's in shape for sure. As for the donkey -- how odd. I wonder if that's just a sway back or something else. Let us know what the vet says.

Donkeys are very loyal animals. You need to develop a relationship and consistency with them. With you going away for a month that wouldn't happen even with a donkey without her sad history. If you let donkeys tag along with you everywhere you go, but just kind of ignore them -- on a long leash basically -- as soon as they start to get comfortable with their new environment they will get curious about you. They have to see a person as their secure and constant place in order to really be friendly. If you can manage that, she'll follow you everywhere, even when you don't want her to.
Good luck with the poor lady..
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-06-2010, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah the mare is going to stunning! Yeah I hope once i get back we can start working on a relationship cause for some reason I'm just really really drawn to her.
My boss called me today and said that she walked up to her today, which is huge, but wouldn't let her touch her. So she's starting to settle in which is good.

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