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post #1 of 26 Old 01-12-2014, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Welcome to our new Long Eared Friend!

Two months ago, someone called us and said they had a jack that needed a home. Not sure how they got our number!

The donkey they were offering had belonged to a 95 year old woman in the middle of a city. He was 14 years old, and was extremely overweight, mainly because he was on a lot at a busy intersection and people fed him junk constantly, like gumdrops and canned peaches!

His name is Ruth, after a donkey on Gunsmoke. We went to get him yesterday. The executor of the estate told us to bring lots of friends because the last time someone tried to trailer him, they needed 12 people to get him in.

When we arrived, I saw this handsome (if rotund) guy, wandering around on a lot full of junk. Oh, and by the way, he is intact. Hmmm.

He was not interested in me, since I had a rope and halter in my hand. We brought our jenny, Dusty, to help him along.

This is Dusty below.

Dusty the tree eater.jpg

We easily roped him and led him into the trailer, start to finish in 30 minutes.

We were so excited, we forgot to take pictures yesterday. Here he is, this morning, on his good side. The other side is where his neck falls over. I checked on him as soon as it was light, hence the pink pajama pants LOL.

Roo & me .jpg

He has such a cute face! He doesn't bray at all, just does the "windup."

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Welcome to Foxtail Ranch, Roo! Time for a weight-loss program!

Any advice is welcome from my HF friends.
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post #2 of 26 Old 01-12-2014, 06:19 PM
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No advise that you don't already know...which is they are air ferns.

Welcome Roo!!... from a fellow long eared owner and tell your mum that pink jammies and barn boots are pretty snazzy.
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post #3 of 26 Old 01-13-2014, 07:24 PM
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awwwwhhhh! He's cute! No advise other than GLED HIM ASAP! As for the fallen crest, I don't think there is any way to get rid of that :(

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post #4 of 26 Old 01-14-2014, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Fatcamp has begun! We took Roo on his first of many walks up the hill by our house. He was surprisingly spry and jaunty, if not a little pushy. He was soon walking like a gentleman though.
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post #5 of 26 Old 01-14-2014, 11:53 AM
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I read that once they have fat lumps & bumps they don't lose them. Do you think (know) if they can ever look leaner? My jenny came quite overweight to me about 3 months ago. I hardly feed her anything, but she's still "lumpy". I just got a book from the library on training donkeys, as they are all new to me. She can be quite stubborn, but does come when called.
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post #6 of 26 Old 01-14-2014, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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I understand that once the crest falls, it will always lay over. Our jenny was at least 50 lbs heavier when we got her, and we haven't been able to get her any leaner, but I was hoping that was because she was out with my herd of horses and even with a grazing muzzle, she gets too much feed with them.

Now that we have two donkeys, they have their own small pasture that will become a dry lot, I am sure, and I will be able to control their feed much better. I am offering hay and straw for them to munch on.
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post #7 of 26 Old 01-14-2014, 12:12 PM
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He is adorable! You did a good thing taking him in ;) Andddd I'm sure you guessed that I'll be wanting more pics 8)
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post #8 of 26 Old 01-14-2014, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Checked on the donkeys this morning.

They are enjoying the straw more than the hay. Did not expect that! I am feeding straw for lower calorie/higher roughage. I thought I would need to phase it in slowly, but the donkeys really yum it up.

Dusty does not like being confined away from her horses and her green grassy pasture. She does NOT like Fatcamp!

This is the face she gave me, after a good loud bellow:
Dusty What you Got?.jpg

How do you resist that face? Oh, this Fatcamp thing is REALLY HARD! Any ideas on how to resist the charms of my sweet little chubbies?

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post #9 of 26 Old 01-14-2014, 03:53 PM
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hi does anyone show there mule I mostly do trail .
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post #10 of 26 Old 01-14-2014, 04:46 PM
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tiffanyodonnell--My only suggest would be a blind fold ;) Poor Dusty, I bet fatcamp isn't any fun xD

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