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Separating and Weaning Mini-Donkeysn (a small rant)

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So, the BO where I keep my horse went last spring and bought 2 miniature donkeys. He sold the stud that he bought shortly after the mare had her baby (she was already bred when he bought her). She had this baby on July 4, 09. They have insisted on keeping the momma and baby in the same stall the whole time. The baby hasn't been cut yet. I walked in there Saturday morning to find the momma standing with her tail cocked to the side, with the baby trying to mount her. I immediately separated them. Left her in the regular stall and turned him out with Rosie in the paddock area with two stalls that are open for them to get into. He had been in there, with a lot of noise and a few complaints from the neighbors, until this evening. I was grooming Rosie, and noticed a little blood. She's coming into season. SO, once again, I'm moving donkeys. I put the little one in the inside stall, and moved his momma into the stall that opens into the paddock. The barn where I keep my horse is an older barn and has half a board missing in the door on the inside stall. As soon as I turned my back, the little rat stuck his head through the hole. Only he wasn't just sticking his head out. He would back up and ram himself into the hole, trying to bust the door down. So, for once, the little bitty light bulb in my head came on . It took me almost 2 hours and lots of baling twine, but I wove the twine to block the hole. He couldn't even get his little nose between the ropes.

Now this baby is supposed to get cut on the 22nd. The BO got them because his wife wants them, but she has asthma, and hardly sees them...unless I turn them out (with approval of course). I feed, water, and clean out the stalls. I just got a halter on this little sucker 8 days ago and started training him to lead. They're already talking about re-breeding her to the same stud!!!! When I asked why, it was because she WANTS another baby. He said that he was going to "get rid of one of them". He just doesn't know which one.

I guess one good thing has come out of all this. I have decided that I'm not going to breed Rosie. I just don't want to deal with the separating and weaning mess again. Even though I'm probably going to have to sometime within the next year or two. :roll:
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