My grandpa, who passed away a couple years ago, always had mules. He made his own wagons from scratch and went on trail rides with them. Here he is with my grandma, and his 3 grandkids. I am the little nugget sitting on top if the mule on the right.
And I had a Donkey that I got on my first birthday. My name is Shiloh, and I decided to name my donkey Shiloh too. Haha. Here we are on my first birthday when I got her.
My two mares I have may be pregnant from a red roan jack, so we might have a couple new long ears before too long.. :)
This is my Rosie.
Here is how I came to have her...
So the start of last year, my husband and I were invited to a Back Country Horseman meeting. We decided to join. Seeing as I can be more on the shy side, and like to hang back and see how things work before I just jump in, I didn't really do too many of the things they did last year. Went to a fun ride, a couple of trail work parties, one (and my very first!!) camp out with my mare. I was told I was going to ride drag, on the pack line. But when I got there the trail boss said he has a pack horse he wants me and Tatiana to pull. I was so nervous! Tati hadn't ponied anyone before. Let alone high line. :)
But she did great for her very first time, and it didn't hurt that my pack horse was very good to us too!
So, I decided I would try to look for my own donkey or mule. But I didn't want any one, I wanted one with years of trail/pack time and maybe an older one.
There was a man in the BCH who had to eventually have a neighbor come and care for his mule and saddle horse. So he told the guys in the club to see if he could sell the pair. I asked about the mule, but she was well out of my price range. She sounded like she could be just what I was looking for. Later this past Fall, one of the guys asked me if I was still interested in the mule. I said yes, but I couldn't afford her. He said, well she is free now to a good home, if you want to come meet her.
So we set up a time, and I came over. I had no idea what she looked like, how tall...
When I saw her, I laughed! It seems almost all my horses end up being white, or light colored! And she is 14 hands tall. My favorite horse height! And she doesn't like dogs! Plus!! (that dog in the picture almost got kicked a couple times, but Jim told her no, and she listened.) The guys said she hadn't been ridden in a long time. Seeing as I never had a mule, I told Jim, "Jump up on her and see what she does!" Jim loves and trains mules, so he's pretty familiar with them. And the group has know Rosie for a while, which made me feel more comfortable. JIm jumped up on Rosie, and she was fine. He rode her around a bit and even with that darn dog, She was great.
So away with me she went!
She was a tad over weight and sporting a granny fanny. ;)
Showing what a good girl she is.
At her new home!
Since being with us, I've taken Tati and Rosie to the stable to practice ponying, and once out in the trail. I've dropped Rosie's lead both times, and she always tried to join back up with us. It's like she and Tati have become a packing team already. I can *not* wait to take them packing this summer. I told the trail boss that he's going to get tired of seeing the three of us!!!
Wow ... so lovely!!!!!
I love all long ears soooo much, they are so special !!!
I have three donkeys, the female is a rescue donkey and she lives with me since about 5 years, the male is a nice little stallion :) and last April the new born, a little dark donkey :) ... I love them sooo much !!!!!
They are friends with my horse, too :)