Rosarita and Consuela
This is the 2 girls we went to play with yesterday. A month or so ago, they were feral and were captured by the state of Arizona. Julianne ended up with these two , which were part of the 17 total, Equine Voices raised money to "get out of jail" so to speak. At the time we hauled 7 to a foster home, and someone else hauled these 2 for Julianne.
She had been having trouble working with them and asked if we could help. So we loaded up our "toys", Patti met us by the highway and off we went for an adventure.
Got to Julianne's scoped out the layout and decided we wouldn't need all the corral panels John had taken down and hauled in the stock trailer. We did need one to make the squeeze, but the others just came along for the ride. Poor John, he's so good to do what I ask, even if it makes more work for him.
We set up the squeeze, and started working them to see which one we could get into the squeeze. Rosarita has learned to hide behind Conseula, like she is in the picture above, but she actually went in first.
Other than being so scared she couldn't hardly stand she did just fine. We rubbed on her and told her what a good girl she was and she finally relaxed a little.
This wasn't all for play we had a purpose, to worm them and get a fly mask on them.
First time Julianne had touched Rosarita
Sorry, not what I had planned today...!!!
Consuela was a little more difficult, she went in the squeeze pretty good. But we found out real quick she is a biter, she lunged at John's arm mouth wide open, which really got his attention..........and ours too. YIKES......!!! I think she will be OK, when she settles down and figures out no one is going to hurt her. Rosarita is a fear kicker, somewhat like Penny was. Penny settled down and hasn't kicked since the 1st week she was here, and I think Rosarita will too.
Biting is not fun, they are so quick, so you have to really be alert. The jennies aren't as vicious as the jacks are, but they could certainly hurt you bad if they got hold of you. That behavior is not allowed without repercussions, so John and I yelled and acted like we were going to kill her for 2 or 3 seconds and then continued to scratch and rub on her. They understand being fair and know the difference between right and wrong, it shouldn't take long for her to realize no one is going to hurt her
WE WON......THANK GOODNESS FOR THE SQUEEZE
We also managed to worm both of them. Sneaked up on them, next time might not be so easy.....!!! LOL
We had Julianne and her friend Isabel, put Rosarita back in the squeeze and they did just fine. The donkeys are usually very good about going in the squeeze, I have no idea why. They are basically trapped, but for some reason they don't panic or try to escape. Sure makes life a lot easier when you have to work with one that would rather be doing something else, and wouldn't mind if you completely disappeared off the face of the earth and are willing to help you on your way if kicking and biting will help.
IT REALLY MESSES THINGS UP WHEN THEY BOTH TRY TO GO IN THE SQUEEZE
NEXT TIME I WILL WEAR A HEADBAND, I COULDN'T KEEP THE SWEAT OUT OF MY EYES, WHICH MEANS I COULDN'T SEE MOST OF THE TIME.
JULIANNE SERVED LEMON/ICE TEA, WHICH WAS REALLY APPRECIATED.
THANKS FOR THE PICTURES PATTI...!!!