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post #31 of 34 Old 02-23-2020, 07:32 PM
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I really don't know what ideas some of you have about Australia, but I often get asked about spiders, so I posted this recently: https://www.horseforum.com/other-pet...atives-812615/

And that's where all of you can stick good spider stories too, because I am sure you have them!

Yes, @AtokaGhosthorse , she's a working line kelpie, with a little dash of BC in her. It's not certain whether she just threw back the colour or it was a recent BC, because kelpies were developed from BCs and other sheepdogs, and the dingo. So sometimes, you do get this colour in a kelpie, although most are black and tan.

Returning somewhat to the donkey programme, I have a little clip of a day when I let all the horses and donkeys into the garden together to do some mowing. I have to supervise that kind of thing because Ben will otherwise eat my avocado tree, Sparkle my daisies, and all the donkeys seem to like lavender and rosemary, so I have to make sure they don't get overzealous with those.

The hedge Sunsmart is eating is tagasaste (tree lucerne), which we grow as animal fodder, shelter and a green firebreak (it's very lush), plus it flowers mid-winter when the bees would normally be digging into their honey reserves - that way they can get an early start to building up their populations for the summer. So yes, it's OK for him to be chewing away at it.


But as you can see, horses and donkeys buddy up nicely and share space well together.
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post #32 of 34 Old 02-27-2020, 08:26 AM
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Just about every advertisement to adopt a BLM animal says "adopt a wild horse or burro," yet it seems no one ever really takes consideration of the burros nearly as much as the horses. I'm finding it incredibly difficult to find online accounts of people adopting burros. That doesn't come without good reason... Anything a burro can do, a horse can do better, is what I bet most people think. After all, horses tend to be taller, more compliant, more versatile, easier to train, and less noisy.

But burros must have some sort of usefulness, even if it does take a bit more patience to train them. Given their height, they're probably not going to be much use ridden, but they can surely pack, pull a cart, pony alongside a buddy-sour horse on the trails, give more level-headed pasture companionship to a nervous horse than another horse could provide, or defend smaller livestock from predators.

The only thing I found in my online searches was this, which I got a good laugh from: Pack Burro Racing

Has anyone/would anyone ever consider taking home a burro?
Have adopted two in the past,great to have in the pasture,planing to adopt two more this spring
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post #33 of 34 Old 04-05-2020, 10:13 AM
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Facebook has some very useful groups that deal with donkeys. Training donkeys for all sorts of jobs seems to be a big hobby and you will get lots of advice.
Just make a search.
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post #34 of 34 Old 04-08-2020, 05:28 PM
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Yes, @AtokaGhosthorse , she's a working line kelpie, with a little dash of BC in her. It's not certain whether she just threw back the colour or it was a recent BC, because kelpies were developed from BCs and other sheepdogs, and the dingo. So sometimes, you do get this colour in a kelpie, although most are black and tan.
Kelpies have actually recently been proven to not have Dingo DNA in their background.

https://www.sheepcentral.com/study-f...-kelpie-video/

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/20...o-dna/11250106
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