Horse talk for mature people over 40 - Page 119
   

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Talk

Horse talk for mature people over 40

This is a discussion on Horse talk for mature people over 40 within the Horse Talk forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

    Like Tree30525Likes

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        03-27-2012, 06:58 PM
      #1181
    Foal
    Great, thanks!!
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        03-27-2012, 11:14 PM
      #1182
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Susan Crumrine    
    With Grace: That is awesome! I bet that will be very rewarding.
    Country Woman: I am crossing my fingers for you. Can't wait to see your boots...
    Here is our finished product....


    The hard part will be getting them in, I can only leave them an hour or so...
    I love the donkey trailing behind
         
        03-28-2012, 12:41 AM
      #1183
    Super Moderator
    I love donkeys but really want a mule! Don't se many mules in the UK! In all my years with horses I can only remember seeing three mules and two of those were down the road and no one could do anything with them. They were only there for a month before they were sold.

    Ages ago a retired couple bought what had been three farm cottages and converted it into one beautiful house. Very old, low ceilings, beams through all the rooms, thatched roof and leaded windows. I met them through some mutual friends. One of the things they asked me was why when people rode past they always stared in the windows. I explained that they were not staring into the house but looking at their reflection on the windows to check their position.
    This couple went and bought a jenny donkey from the sales ring. She (the moke) had run on the New Forest all summer and was not in the best of condition and obviously pregnant. They asked me for advice after purchasing her.
    We wormed her, had her feet trimmed and was groomed. For a feral donkey she loved her new life and soon became really friendly.
    She grew bigger and I was worried about her foaling. She decided to foal on a cold wet February night. I was called and when I got there it was obvious there were problems. I called the vet who was out on another emergency. When things got really bad, I called another vet practise but they refused to come as I had already called the ones I use.
    The little mare died as I got the foal away from her. Big foal for a little mare.

    So, having got the colostrum away from the mare, we fed the foal, wrapped him in towels and I took him home, which was at my parents house.

    Somehow this foal ended up with the name Diddle Eye! He was bottle fed, travelled to work and home again in the back of my van with the dogs.

    That donkey was a real character. He was impossible to keep in any field, he would lie down and wriggle under any fence. He would spend every night in the pub where he was addicted to tobacco and would empty all the ash trays an steal anyone's cigarettes if they were left on a table. He was never dirty inside.
    He was a great source of amusement always acting the clown and more interested in people than other horses.

    When we had the Riding for the Disabled group on a Monday he would hand around with the children and when it was time for them to go he would lie down in the door of the arena so they couldn't leave and after moving him he would lie in front of their bus.
    The stables were all being rebuilt and the horses were tied up in the indoor arena. Diddle Eye did his usual wandering about the place and one very windy day he tried to push the heavy oak door open to come out the arena and got his head stuck between the door and the wall. When I found him he was unconscious. It took three of the builders to help me lift the door off the hinges and drag him clear. He came around and was affected by the lack of oxygen. For a couple of weeks he had very bad balance and was acting like he was drunk. He preferred to lean against a wall when walking. Gradually he improved and was back to his usual self.

    Problems began to arise with him when the horses started to get very possessive of him and would fight over who was his best friend.
    One of the residential schools for the disabled children started a petting zoo and Diddle Eye went to live with them. He had a wonderful time, still escaped on a regular basis and would leave the paddocks to go into the school to attend lessons, have lunch with the kids and generally annoy the adults!

    When they fenced a paddock for him with chain link below the rail, he just jumped out so his attendance at school was accepted.

    He lived a long and happy life there and was well into his early thirties when he was euthanised because his arthritis was so bad. The kids all loved him and he was an encouragement for them to attempt to do things they thought they couldn't.
         
        03-28-2012, 01:10 AM
      #1184
    Trained
    What an interesting story
    Thanks for sharing
         
        03-28-2012, 04:45 AM
      #1185
    Yearling
    Foxhunter,

    One of my favorite childhood horse books was called "summer Pony"...
    The horse in the story was called "mokey".
    I noticed that you refer to the jenny as a "moke"....first time I have heard the word since the book!
    Great story!
         
        03-28-2012, 06:46 AM
      #1186
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Susan Crumrine    
    Thanks Grace, they didn't give me too much trouble about coming in either...
    I am awfully worried about my donkey...I am going to order a mini grazing muzzle and hope it works on donkeys....
    And just because I love her so much....PUMKIN
    LOVE THE DONKEY!!!! I keep trying to talk our BO into getting one or letting me get one!!!!
         
        03-28-2012, 06:47 AM
      #1187
    Foal
    Grace....congrats on the classes!!!!
    With Grace likes this.
         
        03-28-2012, 06:47 AM
      #1188
    Yearling
    Mellow Mel:
    She is super friendly and prefers people over horses. She is smart and protective over the horses. I have never had a donkey before, and I love her to death!
         
        03-28-2012, 07:10 AM
      #1189
    Green Broke
    Love the donkey story-what a wonderful life.
    Congrats W/Grace, sounds like a wonderful plan.
    Susan-how nice to have a pasture for some turn-out-they look happy.
    CW-hope the boots arrive soon!
    With Grace likes this.
         
        03-28-2012, 07:12 AM
      #1190
    Yearling
    Caco: Yep I am glad now I have three and can rotate a little better! They really can chew that grass down in no time!
         

    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0