A friend of mine has a birthday party for herself every year. What makes it unique is, she always has everyone bring presents for a horse charity/rescue/sanctuary etc, rather than bring presents for her.
We were the recipients this year. Really had a great time, lots of good food, & got a chance to visit with friends I hadn't seen in a long time & meet some nice people I hadn't known before. It's a shame we get so involved in life, that there's no time to relax & just enjoy "visiting" on a regular basis. Everyone brought goodies for the donkeys, fly spray, buckets, bag balm, even a neat poo rake. John tried it this morning & pronounced it really nice. Patti said she had one & loves it. Someone even brought a salt block, those suckers are HEAVY......!!!
We even took 2 donkeys as "objects of interest", since everyone else were horse people. I had decided that BlackJack & Quilla would be good candidates as show & tell "items". I went to round Quilla up in the morning, put a halter on him & started to lead him up to the pen area. Usually he's pretty good about leading, but for some reason, he just couldn't leave Tula's side. He jerked away from me, & took of running. Of course if one runs they all run, so it was like stampede of silly donkeys. It was hot & sunny & chasing them around wasn't really what I had planned for the morning. Unfortunately Quilla didn't get THAT memo. I followed them around for probably half an hour before John noticed & ask if I needed his help.........!!!! YES! Although it didn't make too much difference. Tula finally got tired of having to move & went in her pen. Once she was out of the way, Quilla went in one of the pens & we had him.
I had planned on washing him, since he's had fly spray on him & then rolled in the dirt. Makes for a rather filthy looking white donkey. Instead he got a "sitz" bath of sorts, I hit the worse looking places & hoped they thought the other spots were his. He does have some spots but his are gray, not dirty brown. Catching BlackJack was no problem...............time to load...........Quilla went in like a good boy, BlackJack decided he didn't want to. The last time we hauled BlackJack he hopped in like a trooper. It's almost like they are messing with my mind, & believe me some days there isn't much there to mess with........!!! (G) Finally used a butt strap on him, after he kicked back to show his displeasure. Of course then I showed my displeasure, so by the time he was loaded, we weren't speaking to each other.........!!! LOL
Patti had a nice pen set up with fresh water, & lots of wild food growing in the pen, so they had a great time. People went over, petted them & fed them timothy pellets we brought with us, so they had a fun afternoon too.
When it was time to leave, we loaded Quilla first, & he hopped right in. BlackJack, no hopping, not even any interest at anything except pulling back on the lead, & kicking to show his displeasure. BJ has never kicked before I really don't know what his problem was. I was hoping they'd show all the horsey people how well behaved donkeys can be.........well that went out the window I guess. He finally hopped in like it was his idea, but not before he had shown everyone what an "ass" he could be.
Got home a couple of hours after normal feeding time to a crowd of "anxious" donkeys & mules. This is the group, that on any given day, takes their own sweet time coming in to eat. Obviously we are operating under different standards depending on who is late...........!!!