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post #21 of 38 Old 11-10-2013, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Had Franklin out driving today. We found a better bit, but we are definitely going to look into getting a bit that is mini-sized with a better mouthpiece. I measured him, and he is 9.1 hands and took all of his other measurements for getting a harness. He is better in the cart than he is ground driving. He actually very much enjoyed the little trek we went on once we got going. He is a bit rusty, so I hope to get his ground work better with some driving time intermingled.

Anyone know a good online source for mini tack?
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post #22 of 38 Old 11-10-2013, 07:53 PM
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YEAH for Franklin!!!!!!!

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post #23 of 38 Old 11-11-2013, 12:09 AM
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That is so cute.
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post #24 of 38 Old 11-11-2013, 05:29 PM
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That is awesome!! I want a mini donkey who drives!!

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post #25 of 38 Old 11-11-2013, 10:29 PM
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He is too cute!

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post #26 of 38 Old 11-13-2013, 12:32 AM
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That is so cool! I am soo wanting a mini donkey to hook up to a cart! That is fantastic!
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post #27 of 38 Old 11-16-2013, 06:07 PM
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I love Franklin!

I have a mini Donk named Dusty. She is really sweet and fun. We have a racing cart and started making our own harness. I look forward to working with her. I drove her once at my friends, who have all the gear and know how. She was great!

I am so glad you and Franklin are clicking. I just love donkey attitude, don't you?
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post #28 of 38 Old 11-16-2013, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Franklin is getting along much better with his paddock mates. Although our old Morgan isn't particularly fond of him, but she hates everyone. She might hate him slightly less than everyone else, if that counts. But him and Takala, who is 10 months old, have hit it off. I don't think he really likes her, but Takala is persistent. She takes every moment to sniff and nibble and prod him and he lays his ears flat back. He made the mistake of walking away from her the first time, so now she'll follow him around. But he came to the conclusion that the best way to get her out of his space is to bite her legs. No one has been short enough to nip her knees before, so it surprises her a little bit.

The three of them really are quite the show, and you'd think they'd kill each other by now what with all the gestures they throw at each other. But they somehow get along, all share space, without bumping or bruising. No Donkeys, Morgans, or Curlies have been harmed in the making of this movie.
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post #29 of 38 Old 11-17-2013, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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First of all thank-you everyone for the kind words and encouragement! (Some how I keep forgetting to mention this!) Having a donkey is definitely good fun, and driving is even more so. Good to hear others are giving their little guys (and gals) jobs, I certainly think they enjoy getting out and doing something. Franklin does for sure. He's a work in progress, but I think Franklin is an impulse buy that I won't regret.

It has been rainy and unpleasant this weekend, so the trio has been getting some extra 'bonding' time. Franklin hasn't stepped foot outdoors, which is probably a good thing, as I was worried they would chase him out and he'd get drenched. The horses don't mind standing in the rain eating, and spent most of their day that way. Franklin chilled inside, so I gave them hay in the barn so they had a choice to get drenched or not. With the weather like it has been I sometimes wonder what he'd have to go through if he were still at his last owner's tied out to a brush hog and standing in a chicken coop for shelter. Makes me feel good that I can offer one donkey in the world a bit of luxury for a change.

We also managed to get our hands on a pony bit! It is 4 1/2 inches, exactly what I measured him for. It's a loose ring snaffle, not ideal, but far cry from what he had before. For the $8 we spent on it, you'd think it wouldn't have been a hard choice to get him the right bit. But I put it on the second headstall that came with him, that made out of seat belts, (which I admire, it is a pretty decent bridle), and fitted it. It worked well, and he was fairly agreeable. I didn't test drive, but he carried it well. I think it will work.

Now, our next steps would be making improvements on his cart and harness. Even though he isn't long-strided in any way, his cart needs a single tree that will move with him comfortably. I've added padding to his harness from another of our harnesses, but I hope to tailor some to his harness. Shouldn't be particularly difficult to stitch up. Health-wise, I would really love to get his teeth floated. Worst part is, we had ALL of our horse's teeth floated only a few weeks ago. Our vet was a far trek away, so it would be difficult and inconvenient to get her out for one animal. The local vet is not cheap, and kind of a pain. He does a good job, but we got seven horses floated in the time it took for our local vet to do one, and the quality of job was great but the prices were the same for seven vs. one. He isn't in discomfort, so that will be set aside, and for now our short-term health goal is to get a good round of wormer through him.

I have to say, I'm really loving this little guy. Makes me wonder why I didn't get a donkey sooner!
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post #30 of 38 Old 12-03-2013, 07:14 PM
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Aww he looks like Harry, the mini at the farm I live on ;o
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