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post #21 of 26 Old 04-04-2014, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by SueC View Post
Hi FR, what an interesting thread!

We took on three donkeys two years ago, and two of them were obese. It's really hard slimming them down and they always insist they are starving to death! Here's our three not so long after we got them. It's a hyperlink, when you get to it press the LEFT ARROW to get to the two other donkey photos.


I started a slimming thread on this forum because I was so dismayed by the glacial progress of the weight loss. Even in grazing muzzles, they needed locking into a no-feed area at night as well...

About the lack of braying: Maybe it's something to do with being in a new area. Ours were really quiet when we got them. Two years later they are really noisy! Especially when they think they need sustenance. In the morning we have the 7am donkey alarm that tells us they think it's time for them to go on the pasture. It's got to the point where we talk to them, and they talk back - very cute. My husband is totally besotted with them.

...and for anyone who hasn't seen this internet classic:

Trumpet and Donkey - YouTube
Hi SueC!

Ruthless never brayed, just did the pre-bray panting. We know this because of his "fan club," a couple who were his neighbors in the city and come out to visit him weekly. They were really shocked the first time he brayed while they were here! I'm not sure what did it, but I am so glad he does bray now. His bray is deeper and warmer than the jenny's.

They really are a joy to have around. Here is a little video of them playing one night when it was windy and we were fixing fence (every equine-lovers favorite pastime!).


I hope that worked. its only my second attempt at video links.
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post #22 of 26 Old 04-05-2014, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Ashkat, thank you for the information! I will check with my vet next week to see if they got the vaccine at our last check up. I don't recall her saying they did at the time, so they may need it. I love them to pieces and the thought of losing a donkey,well... no way if I can prevent it.

I promised pictures! I was taking them alone, which is hard because they follow me, so its a constant effort to get them to stand away from me, at the right angle on the right side!

ruth 040414.jpg

roo 040414.jpg

Ruthless 040414.jpg

I know it still looks pretty bad, especially that last picture of his fallen crest. It is a huge improvement so far though. When Ruth first came to us, his fallen crest hung down to the bottom of his neck, and his mane did not stand up straight anywhere. Its hard to keep perspective, but he is coming along.

Their latest goofy thing is to run alongside the fence as I drive in. Of course I roll down my window and croon to them as I go. Roo just brays and brays when I come home now! He is really into his singing!
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post #23 of 26 Old 04-05-2014, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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SueC, I keep watching that "Trumpet & Donkey" video. I love it!!!! Thanks for that
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post #24 of 26 Old 04-05-2014, 11:38 AM
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Yes quite, it has me in stitches! Once we played it when our donkeys were just outside the window and our male joined right in! We noticed he brays immediately he hears a recorded bray of any description.
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post #25 of 26 Old 04-05-2014, 05:01 PM
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He's soo cute! 8D You lucky dog :>
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post #26 of 26 Old 04-06-2014, 01:20 AM
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Thanks for the information and sharing with me. Its amazing how much there is to know! Even with the fallen crest he is cute as a button. I just love donkeys.

There is one at my barn who has the run of the place and he has a little mini horse as a friend. When ever we ride out or come back in he runs up the fence in his pasture to greet us and hollers the whole time. We call it the parade, so I can imagine your guys doing the same thing!

Also he has the same name as my horse, Roo and Roux!
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