Tuesday, December 02, 2008

We're busy getting ready for the Open House this Saturday & Sunday. The last few days have been sunny & warm, hope it stays that way. Last year was cold, windy & rainy. Needless to say it wasn't much fun for anyone.

We asked for help, from the volunteers out at Kartchner Caverns & have 3 couples that will come out. John & I could do it by ourselves, but it's a lot nicer to have others that can show groups around too.

Everyone seems to be in fine fettle & ready to perform their little tricks to get the people to feed them timothy pellets. Once they figure out that it's "show time" quite a few of them have their methods of getting people's attention. Max the horse plays a tune on his gate with his lips. Most of the donkeys just stick their heads thru the corral panels & stretch as far as they can with mouths open. Not the prettiest sight in the world, but the people seem to enjoy it. Two years ago Tula actually touched a woman's hand, which was quite special. She immediately took off (Tula not the woman) but we hoped it might be a break thru. I don't think so, she will probably spend the whole day in the far corner of her pen watching all the action which is her normal behavior.

We were going to try to put Gus & Chili in the same pen, but have about decided it probably wouldn't be a good idea. They are both competitive, especially when there is food involved. In such a situation they might start lunging at people's hands, with teeth nipping. Not good, especially with folks that aren't use to equines. So John is going to enlarge Chili's pen for the 2 days & they can each be in a pen by themselves, which should work out OK.


Anonymous said...

Nice blog - love the donkey stories -needs more pictures of the critters though! :)

Tish said...

Wish I had more time to take pictures......... Right now I'm suppose to be out picking up poo. (G) But I'll try. Do you like the old pictures I use when I haven't had time to catch someone doing something they shouldn't?