Wednesday, November 13, 2019

PAST TIME FOR AN UPDATE...............

I just checked out the date of the last update, it's been awhile.  Can't tell you what I've been doing, but I guess I've stayed busy at it.........!!!



 Suzanne, Lynn and Linda took donkeys up to the McDowell Park in the Phoenix area for a 12 mile fun run with the donkeys.  There was an endurance race for horse and riders going on at the same time.  They said many of the horse people were interested in the donkeys and many brought their horses over to see the donkeys.  Many times if a horse hasn't been around donkeys, the 1st time they see one, can be quite exciting, depending on how upset the horse is.  We don't know why they react so much to donkeys.  Linda said someone told them, the reason is, because donkeys have no smell.  Not sure what that means, we thought it might be because of their ears.  

They actually took 6 donkeys up and brought home 7.......!!!  Monique asked them to do some training with Legend. 




Legend is really a pretty boy, with his bracelets on all 4 legs. Fuzzy Focus took this picture of Legend.  Thanks Evelyn. 
 He's really pretty easy to work with, seems more than willing to meet you half way. 




This is 2 more new boys on the property.  Lynn is going to be working with these 2 over the next few weeks.  Cooper is on the right and Pablo is on the left.  They have had some training, but their new mom is new to donkeys and needs a little help with being in charge.  So before it's over she will probably also get some training..........LOL

Donkeys are pretty easy to work with IF, big if they think you know what your are doing and are the leader of the herd.  If you don't come across as in charge, one of them will take over that position, which doesn't bode well for a happy long term relationship.  So a little bit of brushing up on manners and "rules" and these boys will be just fine, especially if their mom takes the "head jenny"position. 




Evelyn took a lot of pictures the day she was here.  This is Gigi and I'm not sure if she is stating her opinion of having her picture taken or what............LOL  Quite a few of the donkeys have learned how to get people's attention and sticking their tongue out is one of them. 


This is a great picture of baby Link.  He's gone thru different stages over the last year of looking pretty gawky.  Right now he's looking pretty good, although he's got some LONG legs to grow into.  He's not even 2 years old yet, will probably grow until he is 5.  I think he's already taller than my head.  We have to be careful around him, he hasn't figured out exactly where his feet are at all times.  So we try to make sure our feet aren't anywhere near his feet..........LOL

Friday Suzanne, Linda and I are going to Phoenix for a meeting with the Arizona Dept of Agriculture.  Most of the equine rescues in Arizona were notified of the meeting and last I heard about 30 of them are going to be there.  It's suppose to be so the rescues can bring their ideas and questions to the attention of the AZDA and hopefully make some changes where needed.  

I last went to one probably 6 or 7 years ago, don't remember any changes that came from it, but you never know.  Doesn't hurt to go and see what is going on. 

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

FINALLY............BURROLAND IS OFFICALLY OPEN..........!!

Linda opened the gate about 2pm today.  The first couple of days are usually pretty slow and today was no exception.  I drove over with the golf cart and Lynn and Cheyenne actually followed me.  They went as far in as the 1st tree, heads went down and they started munching.  Besides the beans, we had wind yesterday that blew lots of leaves off the mesquite trees.  

Drove around looking for other donkeys, finally Legend followed me over there.  In fact he wasn't the least bit interested in snacking on beans, he pestered me for cookies.  I finally turned around and come back over here.........sure enough he followed me, he was bound and determined that if he was persistent enough, I would come forward with a cookie.  

In the meantime, a few more donkeys figured out what was going on.  It usually takes a couple of days for everyone to get the memo.  I'm sure tomorrow there will be more going over.  Lynn said he is up to running them back over here, I'm sure he'll find out when it's time to put everyone in their pens.  They will probably be pretty reluctant to leave all those beans and leaves.



First load


This morning around 7am our pea gravel finally got here.  Not only did the poor driver have mechanical trouble yesterday, he also had a blowout.

This morning didn't start out much better.  He drove past our road and ended up down Jorja's place.  She picks up poo for us, so I got the whole story this morning.  He saw her out by the road and I guess had figured out he had gone too far.  The problem was, he was hauling 26 tons of pea gravel in a double trailer arrangement.  In other words, you can't turn that thing around without a LOT of space.

Jorja tried to figure out a place big enough, but he finally decided to drop the back trailer where it was, and haul the 1st trailer of gravel in.  The full trailer slides into the empty first trailer, so then he only has one trailer to contend with for the trip back to the yard.

The unloading went smoothly, which I'm sure by now he appreciated........ LOL  





I'm surprised the donkeys haven't played "king of the mountain" on it by now, but so far they have left it alone.  Now the fun begins, putting it in the pens, not sure when that will happen, hopefully before the Open House Dec. 7th and 8th.





Cheyenne and Lynn were the first ones to find out Burroland was open.  Linda and I went around to some of the others to help them figure it out.  Legend followed me all the way over there, I walked in about 30 feet, figuring he would take the hint and start eating beans.  But "NO" all he wanted was me to give him a cookie.  I finally came back and left him over there, don't know if he ever figured it out or not.  He had never been to Burroland before, that's been a couple of hours ago, wonder if he's figured it out by now? 

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

BURROLAND IS STILL NOT OPEN FOR DONKEYS

Much to their disgust.  Lynn Linda and Suzanne ran their 26.2 miles marathon down Mt. Lemmon Saturday as planned.  And they all finished, which to  a (not going to do it EVER) non-runner is absolutely amazing.  I do have to say, when they got home Saturday afternoon, they looked pretty rough..........LOL  They also weren't moving very fast and they all disappeared into their RVs for the night.  

Next morning I was shocked, Suzanne was in the feed room doing her thing and Linda was moving around like normal putting donkeys in their pens.   Lynn didn't make the morning wake up call, he might have been awake, but he had the wrong shoes for that race and his feet looked like hamburger.  But he made it out for the afternoon feeding.

There are beans over in Burroland, but not a lot, the cows have been over there more than we thought.  So the hold up on them going to Burroland is waiting until Lynn's toes will allow him to chase reluctant donkeys back over here after only a couple of hours.  It usually takes a few days for them to get the hint, and Lynn is usually our star donkey chaser.  John has locked the perimeter gates, so the cows can't get in there anymore, when the time comes all we'll have to do is open the gate to Burroland.  The other day, John went over by the gate and Buddy came running, so they are watching the gate.  

Lynn Linda and Suzanne are doing a 12 mile race up in the Phoenix area this week-end with donkeys, hopefully they will all be up to speed.  



 This is Muzzy that is visiting here for the winter from Colorado.  He's another one with bracelets on his legs, like Legend.  They are both real nice boys and should make good racing donkeys. 






 This is Coquette at her new home in Colorado.  I would imagine she's wondering what happened to the weather........!!!  Looks like she's got a nice blanket to help her adjust to the cold.  OBTW she has had a name change.  She is now known as Avery, but she'll always be Coquette to me. 



Here she is out for a walk with her new best friend.  Coquette has to bond with someone, she and Penny were inseparable here, Penny could care less, but Coquette insisted on being wherever Penny was.  I'll have to wait until I talk to Linda to share her new friend's name.  I know it starts with a B, but for the life of me I can't remember what it is......!!

BRIGGS........

We're suppose to have 25 tons of small pea gravel delivered today, but so far the truck hasn't showed up.  He was suppose to be here between 1-3pm and it's past that.  It's coming from Phoenix, I guess people in Cochise county don't use small pea gravel, I called the office and they are looking for the truck.

He just called and said he's had mechanical issues, so I gave John the phone.  John is talking to him and they are talking about we start feeding at 7am, which leads me to believe we aren't getting our gravel tonight..............LOL

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A LITTLE MORE FREEDOM EACH DAY

We're still dealing with the mesquite bean problem.  The donkeys have been getting out for the afternoon for a few days and we all are doing "Poo 101" studies whenever we see poo.  Haven't been seeing a lot of beans in the poo, so as of today they are going out as soon as they finish breakfast.  If the that works for a couple of days, the next step will be going out overnight on the 10 acres.  Then a check of Burroland will get them over there in the afternoon, etc until we're back to the normal process of going out after they finish their hay morning and night.  

Burroland is still open for the cattle and I actually heard and saw a couple of cows over there a few day ago, so they are still moving around.  The last time I was over there a couple of weeks ago, I didn't see piles of beans under the trees like earlier this summer, although there are beans scattered everywhere.  We'll check it again before opening the gate. 

This week-end Suzanne, Lynn and Linda will be running a "people" marathon from up on Mt. Lemmon, that is 26 miles, down the mountain.  To be counted they will have to finish in less than 6 1/2 hours.  Better them than John and me.  They all like to run, but that is a long way, it's about a round trip from here to Benson and the thought of running it doesn't sound like a good time to me.  Only if someone was chasing me........LOL



 

This is Lewis and Clark, heading home with their new family.  Lynn and Linda brought them down from Colorado and while waiting for their family to show up they got to do a little racing with runners.  They haven't been worked with a lot and Lewis got away from his handler in Superior.  They both took off at Burros and Churros after a loose dog chased them.  They are really nice young donkeys and seem to really like people, so with some training they should be ready for anything.  

Legend is a new donkey that will be here for awhile for some training by Lynn and Linda.  He's a real pretty boy, light silver with bracelets on his legs.  I'll try to get a picture of him.  We've had quite a few tours the last few days, with the donkeys out of their pens.  He really watches the other donkeys to see how to act.  He walked right up to people out on the property like no big deal, to be petted after seeing the others do it.  So he's going to probably be pretty easy to work with.      

Last Saturday was my last race of this season.  This year hasn't been easy, nothing really bad, just little things happening, so I wouldn't finish a race, or even start a race a few times. 

The track had "Trunk and Treat" for the kids and tried to break a Guiness record for the longest Trunk or Treat parade of cars.  They were hoping to get over 400 cars, they had a lot of cars with a lot of candy, but I don't think they had enough to break the record.  

These dinosaurs chased this chicken up and down the track, which was really funny, I wish I had gotten a video.
 The little green thing standing by the chicken is a baby dinosaur.  




Our grandson drove this car Saturday night.  It's in the Outlaw Late Model Class and is painted like
the Lightening McQueen cartoon car.  Our great grandson is sitting in the window on the other side.





Even had a scarecrow roaming around.  We finally decided he was on the contractor stilts
they use when building houses.  He was tall enough I don't think he could even get in a house...!!

I managed to finish 2nd in the main event, which is my best finish this year.  Unfortunately the guy that was 7 points behind me before Saturday, finished in 1st and when the points were all counted we tied for end of the year points.  Since he had that win, even though I had more top 5 finishes, he got credited for 4th and I ended up in 5th for the year.   I'll still get a trophy and be acknowledged at the banquet, but I'd been in 4th for weeks, hated to lose it.  Oh! well on to next year. As we always say, once the banquet is over and the new season starts, people don't remember who finished where anyway.........!!  LOL



The new car is already to go...............!!  My 1st race of the 2020 season won't be until the 28th of March


New car at the track, for Friday practice



Casper by Fuzzy's Focus


Evelyn was out a few days ago to take pictures of the donkeys and will be here for the Open House the 7th and 8th of December.


Today when we were doing round up for evening feeding, one of the last ones in was Casper the little mini mule.  I noticed he came from the other side of the wash, which leads me to believe he was coming from Burroland.  As I said before they don't have access to Burroland yet.  But I have a feeling that isn't stopping Casper from going over there.  He just wiggles under the fence and goes where he wants to.  I guess there isn't enough beans over here to keep him occupied.  What a little brat he is, and what fun it is to try to outsmart him.  So far I think he's winning............LOL


Thursday, October 24, 2019

I THINK FALL IS FINALLY HERE FOR GOOD



Our days are still almost hot in the 80's, but our nights have been in the 30s for the last week or so.  Lowest has been 34*, so won't be long before we get some freezing.

The schedule for the next few weeks is filling in nicely.  Last Saturday John and I went with our friend Larry up to ET raceway at Apache Junction so he could race his Pro Stock Camaro on their dirt track.  Unfortunately something come loose in the rear end and he only ran about 4 laps.  We had a good time anyway watching racing on dirt.

Our truck is  heavier than Larry's so we met in the Walmart parking lot to change tow vehicles for the long trip.



John with the trailer still hooked up to Larry's pickup

While we were involved in racing business, Lynn, Linda and Suzanne were doing a fun race "Burros and Churros" in Tucson in conjunction with The Running Shop .  They hauled 19 donkeys in 3 trailers out of here just about daylight.  


Racers signing in to run with the donkeys
 


Link ready to run



Justin with a new friend just about his size.....







                                            Sugar and Jacque showing their runners how it's done............!!







Another good match for size, I think that is Bella, but I'm not sure.  Bella has never gone out for one of these fun days.  She has a problem with the muscle structure in both of her back legs, that makes her legs weak and makes it difficult for her to get up once she lays down.  She also wears out if she exerts energy and effort, or stands for a long time.  

But these fun runs are a good way to find out exactly what she is capable of doing.  I think she did one run, BUT, Linda said she really enjoyed being out with the people, so under the right circumstances she'll get to go out again.  

Sunday Suzanne, John and I took 5 donkeys to the Pima County Fairgrounds for a day of the donkeys being on display for a large RV group called, Family Motor Coach Association, or FMCA.  They had gotten in touch with me this summer and wanted to raise money for the rescue with a 50/50 drawing at this big annual event and asked if we could bring some donkeys out for the day.

They had us set up in a huge covered arena, it must have covered an acre of ground. It was right by where they had a picnic at noon, so a lot of people came over to see the donkeys. 



Suzanne talking with some of the people
 

Link the mammoth, Cheyenne the mini, and Loki Joe the black nosed small standard.  We also had Frijolita a roan standard and Muzzie a large standard.  Muzzie came down from Colorado for the winter with Lynn and Linda for pack burro racing training and Turbo, Link's older brother stayed up in Colorado for saddle training.  Linda showed us a picture of Turbo with snow all over his face.  I bet he wonders what the heck happened to the weather......!!!  LOL

 
Cheyenne, having a snack
We always enjoy taking the donkeys out in public, people are really drawn to them and always leave with a smile on their face.  

For over 35 years the people out here in the valley have held a Christmas Fair the first week-end in December.  They have food, music, people selling crafts, it's a lot of fun and hundreds of people come out from Tucson for the day to enjoy being in the country.

We participated for quite a few years until about 5 or 6 years ago, but it got to be quite a project for just the 2 of us.  We would have volunteers come out for the day, but all the "getting ready" we did.  I mentioned it to Linda and Suzanne and it looks like we're going to participate this year.  They are already busy with lots of neat ideas, volunteers dressed up as fairies and elves, Christmas music, even snowflakes hanging in the mesquite trees.  In the desert you have to improvise and have an imagination.....LOL    

Friday, October 18, 2019

GUESS WE ALL NEED EXERCISE............!!

Lynn and Linda got the charger for the electric fence last night, Lynn was going to charge it to get ready for today, and the instructions said it takes 3 days to charge it the 1st time.  

But Lynn doesn't want them to miss out on "OUT" time, so he has reinforced the electric fence line for today without the charger.  Stay tuned........ I have a feeling especially since they've already challenged the fence and found it lacking in the electricity department, they will just see his efforts to keep them in as an opportunity to show him, "it's not working"..............LOL  

John is doing a tour even as I type.  All of a sudden we're getting quite a few tours, probably because it is cooling off.  We are planning on participating in the Cascabel Fair this year for the first time in about 6-7 years.  This fair is always the 1st week-end in Dec and has been going for about 35 years.  Lot's of vendors, music, food, really a fun day in the country.   A lot of people come back every year.  Even though we aren't actually in Cascabel, they'll advertise we will be open for tours and we put a sign out by the road.  It's a good opportunity for people to get to meet the donkeys. 

Tomorrow Suzanne, Lynn and Linda will be going to the Burros and Churros Fun Run in Tucson, in conjunction with The Running Shop.  Last I heard about 60 people had signed up to run with the donkeys, and they are taking 18 donkeys, so some of them will go out 3 or 4 times.  The trail is less than 2 miles, so they won't actually be going very far.

UPDATE:  I had to go to town, came home and the donkeys were still in their pens.......WHEW!!!!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

BOY WE ARE HAVING FUN NOW.........!!!


Any idea of what is going on in these pictures?



Lots of donkeys all with their heads down.


 Different donkeys, different spot



 This is either Lewis or Clark, which are visiting until their new best friend gets thru with hunting season and picks them up



Hmmm.........more donkeys, heads down



 Same scenario



Jasper sticking his tongue out at me. 


We've been raking mesquite beans the last few days and dumping them out to the road, so the cars can crush them hopefully into powder.  Just raking the 10 acres, leaving Burroland to the cows, which actually have been going into Burroland, we hear them over there.  There's plenty of beans over there for them to eat unfortunately. 

We got a pretty large area raked today and Lynn had enough corral panels to fence all of it except one area on the west side of the west pens.  He had some electric fence, but left the charger in Colorado.  He thought because so many of the donkeys had dealt with it in Co. that they would respect it electrified or not.  

Opened gates and out they came, with their heads down.  BUT, they couldn't just stand in one place and eat beans, because most of the beans had been raked up, so they had to move around.  

We gave them about an hour and 45 minutes, went out at 4pm for round-up and found out their respect for electric fence without a charger was pretty much non-existent and they were everywhere........!!!  LOL

Some of them were pretty sure they didn't want to go back in the pens, some of them were very cooperative.  Of course there are 5 of us, so it didn't take very long to get them in their pens.  

Lynn and Linda headed for Tractor Supply tonight to get a charger..........LOL  



Wednesday, October 16, 2019

UPDATE BURROCROSS RACE

Eleven of our donkeys raced.  I'm using the term "ours" loosely.  Some of them are Lynn and Linda's.  Sugar and Jacque belong to our friend Georgette.  Lewis is visiting while his person finishes up a hunting trip, and Muzzy is spending the winter here, training for racing, while Turbo spends the winter in Colorado learning to be a saddle donkey as a trade.  And although Justin has been here for years along with Cheyenne and Lynne, they actually belong to Courtney that trims donkey feet for us.  They came here to lose weight and just never left........!!!  Buddy, Levi and Frijolita are actually ours.........!!! LOL 

Leddy won a trophy for Crowd Favorite, Muzzy won best condition I don't know if that was a decision made by the vets or not.  Actually one of the vets said Leddy was too thin, which shocked the heck out of all of us.  Poor Leddy has been on a diet for the last 3 years and is still a little plump by donkey standards.  All we could figure out is that vet has never worked with donkeys and is going by horse standards. 

All of our donkeys vetted good before and after the race and all finished the race. Team Muzzy (Lynn) finished 6th in the long race of 12 miles and Team Jacque (Linda) finished 12th.


Lots of the runners were dressed for the occasion



Team Muzzy (Lynn) getting with the program



Team Jacque (Linda) at the start of the race



Justin's teammate made him a special hat

 
This is team Frijolita (Suzanne) and my favorite picture taken during the race



You never know what you will see, this was a cute team



Everyone said the trails went thru some really pretty country



 Leddy's teammate picking up his "Crowd Favorite" award, with from the left Brad Wann from Colorado, the MC, Lynn, Monique who was in charge of the planning and did an outstanding job, and Linda
 



Buddy Brat had his 24th birthday the 15th of Oct.  This is him and BlackJack in 2001 playing tug of war with a dog rope when he was 6 years old.  Buddy has ran in a few races and really likes to run.  I don't know if Linda tells his teammates how old he is before or after the race, but they are usually very surprised to find out he isn't a spring chicken.  He can be a handful, the first time we took him out was to a parade, I walked him and wondered what I had gotten myself into.  He was bound and determined to get to the front of the parade, and I was equally determined that he wasn't.  I had to keep turning him in circles and he kept trying to bolt.  We managed to stay with our group, but I sure was glad when it was over.  I think he was just getting warmed up.......!!! LOL

This week-end we will be taking 3-5 donkeys to display at the Pima Fairgrounds for a big RV show they are having.  One of the planners called this summer and asked if we'd come out.  We like to take the donkeys out in public, so many people haven't been around donkeys and it's a great opportunity to let people interact with them, and see what wonderful animals they are.  We'll be out there Sunday, if anyone locally would like to come out and say Hi..........!!





Sunday, October 13, 2019

THE RACE WAS A ROUSING SUCCESS.........!!

A good time was had by 100s if not thousands of participants and spectators, not to mention all the donkeys big and small that were there.  I'm a little slow in getting caught up, some of the people have already posted pictures on the BurroCross Facebook page, thank you Stacie and Michele from Lucky A Rescue.  There's a really good video of the start, but I haven't figured out how to download it yet.  

 Stacie is one of the Colorado racers that drove down for the event.  There were quite a few Colorado racers that came down and actually the winner of the 12 mile long race was Team Yukon with Bob Sweeney from Colorado.  They are both ultra runners and usually finish good.  



Almost time for the race to start


 
Patience.......!!!!



They are off and running



Out of town headed for the trails



We heard that the scenery was beautiful

 


Someone asked Stacie if she and Milo were getting a speeding ticket



Team Leddy waiting for the race to start.  Quite a few people and donkeys "dressed" for the occasion

Our good friend Leigh Anne, with Team Frijolita.  Suzanne and Frijolita completed the long course, 12 miles.  Thanks for sharing the picture Leigh Anne.  Leigh Anne had a donkey on top of her hat, that was quite a hit with everyone.




Pepsi's new mom sent a picture of Pepsi and one of his new buddies.  I guess he has figured out he isn't in Arizona anymore.  He's actually pretty well insulated from the snow and cold judging from the amount of snow on him.  

Suzanne, Lynn, Linda and the donkeys are still in Superior.  There is a lot of behind the scene for something like this.  They went up last week to mark the trails and help out where they could.  After the races the trails have to be unmarked, so that's what Lynn was doing today.  They are suppose to come home tomorrow morning. 

John and I left for Superior yesterday morning at 4am and left after the awards were handed out, got home last night about 9pm and the donkeys let us know that they weren't happy.  It's amazing how quiet they get once they get their hay........!!!  LOL