Doesn't life every where revolve around treats? How are you two feeling lately? Are both back to normal?
Hi Jean,Hopefully life everywhere revolves around treats. ;) After several months of injuries, sickness, etc. we're both almost back to normal - whatever that is, lol. Thanks for asking.
Photo 1 reminds me of Van Gogh's painting at http://tinyurl.com/abhyv9x
Hi greatblue,Oh, that painting is beautiful!
That is pretty green, green grass! Whee. Two questions: 1. Jean's question. ;)2. What is a donkey treat? Surely not chocolate or hummus. What makes a donkey smile?3. Make that 3 questions. How does your garden grow? I've got some salady things in, kales ready to go in, tomatoes and peppers bulking up under lights. A rogue arugula from last year called to me, took a bite, and thought of Farmgirl Susan! Delish! :)
Hey Cary,Yes, right now Donkeyland is our best looking field. I am loving the color green right now! Questions:1. See above. :)2. Ha, our daily donkey treats are actually 20% protein all natural range cubes, also called cattle cubes - but don't tell the donkeys that. They're grain based and have added minerals in them. They just get a handful each every day during the months the pasture isn't lush/nutritious, then less often during the rest of the year. And of course they LOVE organic carrots. :)3. The garden is loving the rain we've been having (and so am I!). What I have planted is doing well, though it's not much. I'm trying to play catch up - planted a 4'x8' bed of 3 kinds of beans and a few French Breakfast radishes yesterday. Finally got the garlic in the ground in March, still have 75% of my poor onion plants to plant. Slowly but surely. . .Thankfully I still have lots of kale and Swiss chard from last year, so we're enjoying big salads every night topped with plenty of chives - they're doing great this year. Thank goodness for perennials that come back each year without my having to do anything. ;)I have a flat of tomato and pepper plants and some basil plants (all purchased this year) ready to go in the ground but they're in the kitchen right now since we had a hard late frost this morning. I also need to catch up on my garden blogging!
Since I have (ONE) (very sweet to people) miniature donkey, and the main concern is "fatness" ..and we don't want laminitis, as soon as my fields get as green as yours are, she wears a grazing muzzle all day, which comes off when she comes into a dry paddock at night. I HATE THIS, and she must too. Yet I see your herd with plenty of green grass, and it appears they get some grain? too? I cant see any worrisome neck rolls on your donkeys. I am only surmising that they may get much more exercise than my Cleo, by running and playing with each other? (I had hoped my donkey would be happy in with my sheep, as I know where that has worked...NOT with this little equine. (I am trying to find another home for her with a mini donk or horse because I KNOW they are herd animals.
Yes, apparently the easiest 'bad' thing you can do for your donkeys is let them get fat - and it's so easy since they love treats. :) I'm sure it's even harder with a miniature donkey.Our donkeys do get lots of exercise, as we keep them on one of two large fields. They run around and play and they also just walk around grazing all day, even during the winter when they're mostly eating hay. See my reply to Cary above re their treats. We've never - knock on wool - had a problem with laminitis (I'm not even sure what that is.) All that said, at times our donkeys have been, ahem, less than slender!I started out with just one donkey, Dan, and he lived with the sheep for a few years until I brought home Dolores and Daphne for him. He did okay with the sheep, but he is much happier being with other donkeys. He was also raised with about 13 hounds so he loved being around dogs and used to play and snuggle with our stock dog, Lucky Buddy Bear, whenever he could. Now that he's one of seven donkeys he doesn't do that anymore. ;)
It's good to see the Missouri hills gettin' green... and HFJ looking so healthy. Ready for Spring!
Yes, the green is definitely a sight for sore eyes. Now hopefully this year it will keep raining and the fields will stay that way. :)
And of course it's good to have HFJ back to doing the heavy lifting. ;)
Love seeing the green grass! We have snow on the ground yet...ugh! Can't wait to see some of that green grass here!
Funny to see the donkeys running away when HFG is dragging the feeder but they come RIGHT back when it's full of treats! It's getting nice and green there, I hope you guys get normal rainfall this year for the pastures. :)
I've always loved watching your donkeys. The land and hills are just beautiful to go along with them. I've been away for awhile taking care of my mother, but looking forward to visiting again every few days to see how you, the donkeys and sheep are all doing.
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