for Long Ears!
So......What Can You
Do With a Donkey??
ever heard “What are you gonna do with a donkey/mule?” We hear it all
of the time and feel it’s time to address this issue! Below you will
find some wonderful photos highlighting the unique and wonderful ways
that our long eared friends are worked, played with and enjoyed.
mules are remarkably versatile and hardy. They work as farm and pack
animals as well as saddle mounts, jumpers and draft animals. Treasured
for their intelligence and gentleness, they are sensitive and
generally love people. If a mule or donkey is ill-tempered, it's a
fair bet a human is to blame.
Think of a
mule or donkey and the stereotype that immediately comes to mind is
stubborn. In reality, they aren't so much obstinate as cautious.
Highly intelligent, donkeys and mules are quick learners. Their
legendary stubbornness is in fact a manifestation of their talent for
self-preservation. They stop and think things through, then come to
their own conclusions. It's when those conclusions differ from what
humans want them to do that we apply their infamous reputation.
naturally suspicious and are wary to do just any old thing for any old
body. Gain their trust, however, and you might be surprised at how
cooperative they can be.
Here are all of the things we and
our friends do with our long ears…
a donkey ● Hug a donkey ● Ride a donkey ● Listen to a donkey● Jump
with a donkey ● Pack with a donkey ● Livestock guardian donkey ● Dress
up a donkey ● Show your donkey ● Equine companion donkey ● Play with a
donkey ● Learn from a donkey ● Teach a donkey ● Confide in a donkey ●
Cry to a donkey ● Laugh with a donkey● Drive a donkey ● Walk a donkey
● Be in a parade with a donkey ● Get outsmarted by a donkey ●
Rehabilitate a donkey ● Share treats with a donkey ● Love a donkey
Learn From A Donkey
Oliver, adopted from TPDR by
Tammy and Bryan Marks, is at "Show and Tell" at their son's
Hug and Love Your Donkey
Dear Turning Pointe:
Some years ago I sent
pictures to Sharon & a note about our rescued baby donkey, Nester. (We
are still in your "Donkey Helpline"
Well, Nester is
all grown up now & has turned out to be one of the best donkeys ever. Our
granddaughter is 4 & has been riding Nes since she was 18 months old.
After a verrrry cold week, this Sunday was almost 70 degrees. Shane wanted
to ride & spent 2 1/2 hours on Nester (5 acres, no bridle, no
saddle). Nester took great care of her.
When the 2
yearlings (in an adjoining pasture) decide to race & play, Nester will
usually join the melee. This time, with Shane on his back, he continued
their journey in a slow walk. At the hay feeder, Shane would climb in the
feeder, then plop down on Nester's back or she would dismount & climb &
kick herself back on. During these games, Nester never moved a hoof. She
sang (very loudly) to him most of the time. Shane did not want us to
interfere with her ride so we watched from the barn. I took several
pictures & have included them.
I still appreciate the
time & advice Sharon gave to help us when Nes was that sick little baby.
He's a very popular guy in our area. Whenever possible, we take walks down
the road & the kids (parents too) will swarm around him. The farrier says
he's the best donkey to work on, our veterinarian feels the same. Nester
continues to wean our foals each year. He stays with them until they start
to get pushy then he returns to his 5 acres pen & our sweet mare Rosie.
Thanks so much for
taking the time to write to us! We truly love hearing that we have
made a difference in the lives of our long eared friends! Sharon
gave great advice to so many people over the years and we strive to
continue her legacy every day here at Turning Pointe! THANKS from
everyone at TPDR!
This is what it's all about--loving our long
Paco, adopted from TPDR, gets lots of
love and hugs!
Parade Your Donkey
the straw cowboy hat is Doris Swedblom, 2005 Border Days Grand
Marshall and with her is Kristi Kingma. Luc is pulling them along the
2005 Lippyluver Luc had the pleasure of
driving the Grand Marshall of Idaho's oldest rodeo celebration. Not
only was he in all three parades but he also held the spotlight for
three rodeo grand entries. Later in the year Luc was selected to
escort the Honorary Grand Marshall of Hells Canyon Mule Days in
Enterprise, Oregon, his new friend, The Tennessee Mule Artist, Bonnie
Luc is a large standard gelding who has been in parades in three
western states. He loves the show ring, he rides, drives and packs.
around the farm as a livestock guard donkey and in the woods skidding
firewood. He is the pasture leader and best friend to a 15 hand
American Mammoth Jackstock donkey gelding.
For Luc's many accomplishments, The American Donkey and Mule Society
has presented him with the Versatility Hall of Fame Award. His photo
and story has been featured on the front page of Happy Trails
With all of this you would think Luc came from some fancy background.
Nope, Luc came from Montana, not bad for a little 'ole desert donk!
Just goes to show what a donkey can do!
Dress Your Donkey Up!
Sue Snyder and "Spanky"
Haley and "Ponch"
Train Your Donkey!
Edin and "Classey"
"Classey" at church
Ride Your Donkey!
is saddled and ready to go!
Carol and "Hammer"
Pack With Your Donkey!
"Midnight" is ready to go
Play With Your Donkey!
"Corona" playing ball!
Drive Your Mule!
"Little Richard" and
Drive Your Donkey!
Henry pulling Tobias
Lehman's children in their cart!
Do you have a picture or story about your donkey to
share with us?
with your stories and photos -- we would love to include them on this
Best Friends Have Long Ears!
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