Friday, October 30, 2015


This is the view this morning, out my kitchen door, doesn't exactly look like the sunny southwest, does it?  LOL  This isn't really expected this time of year.  According to the experts, the monsoon was over the 15th of September.  So I guess this is an early winter rain, which usually hits between Christmas and New Year.  

I know one thing it isn't appreciated by the donkeys.  I have never been able to figure out why a highly intelligent animal such as a donkey will leave a perfectly good shelter to stand out in the rain and look absolutely miserable.  A few of them, prefer to be in the shelter, BUT, if the gate is opened, they will go out like it is a requirement for them to do so. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Time Marches On.........!!

It seems like there is always something going on around here, it certainly helps to stay flexible.  LOL  Every morning when I doctor with my excellent vet tech, John I never know what I'm going to run into.  Right now I have 3 of them with what I assume is bacterial infections on their legs, or shoulders or in Rosie's case, whatever she has had on her belly all summer long.  It seems to less weepy when I use the homemade salve or is it because it is getting cooler?  Who knows.  Quilla's legs absolutely got ahead of me for some reason.  The problem with using a salve is unless you cover it with bandages or something, it ends up with dirt caked on the sores.  This morning I ended up "diapering" both front knees and wrapping the rest of his lower legs separately.  If anyone knows of a workable way to wrap a knee and leg together I'd like to know how..........!!!  

Coquette has it on her legs and shoulders, but she's actually doing pretty good with just socks on her legs.  I tried socks on Quilla, but he has sores on his knees, that stick to the socks, which rips the scabs off when it does try to heal..........SIGH!  So far hers is just on the canon bone "ie" shin bone.  They are all improving, if I can just keep Quilla sores from sticking to something. Next summer I am going to be ready with nitrofurazone at the 1st sign of skin problems.  

Heard from Reba and Rusty's foster mom.  She said they  really enjoy having them with their mule Ruthie.  They make a little herd, although she says the 2 girls won't answer Rusty when he gets lost, but they will answer each other.  Poor Rusty, he thinks he's a ladies man............guess not..........!!!   LOL  She said Rusty has excellent hearing, anytime he hears the barn door, he comes running from wherever he is and does a western type slide stop in his stall, just in case she might have something for him to eat....!!  Her parents live in a little house on the property and the mules all go down to visit every morning at 8am.  Her mother isn't very mobile and really enjoys seeing them.  It sounds like they are enjoying all the extra attention, we didn't have time for here.  Reba still isn't real friendly, but she was never anything but a pack mule to be used.  But Kris said if they are paying attention to Rusty and Ruthie, next thing they know Reba is standing real close, so maybe she will decide that letting people into her space has it's rewards.  

Also talked to Sarah about Wister and Ruger.  They have fit in very well, although they still aren't thrilled with the little 4 year old girl.  I guess it's OK if one of the parents are holding her, but when she's on the ground they still aren't sure.  She said Wister is the dominant one, even if he is the youngest, which surprised me.  They went into this home as fosters because the family planned on getting some goats which is going to happen in a couple of weeks.  The donkeys are to be protectors of the goats, which means no chasing, no picking up by the neck and no stomping them.  If any of those things happen, I would imagine they will be coming back real quick.  I have my fingers crossed, because it would be an excellent long term home for them.

My good friend Patti came out this afternoon for a visit.  She makes it out about once a year, but we always have a good time, when she does.  

Thursday, October 22, 2015


Every summer the same donkeys have skin problems.  I'm sure it has something to do with poor immune systems.  Not all the sores are the same, some are big dried scabs on their legs and shoulders, generally.  Some are oozy serum wounds, that grow as the serum drips down the leg.  Some don't bother the hair, others make the hair fall out in patches.  And right now I have 3 of them with dried black hairless areas on their lower legs.  I've always thought the stable flies caused the sores, but am beginning to wonder if the sore starts and the flies follow.  I know stable flies are vicious whether it's before or after. 

It would be great if you could take them to a vet and they say, it's this or that and here's what will fix it.  Of course that doesn't happen.  Since there are so many different looking situations, they generally have to do a biopsy or scraping for analysis and a lot of times it comes back without a definitive answer.  So they throw something at it, if it works great, if not, we'll try something else..........Very frustrating.  Sun does seem to make it worse, that's just my theory.

Years ago we had to take a donkey to a vet in Tucson, no local vet available for a skin condition.  The vet gave me a homemade remedy of nitrofurazone and DMSO. Nitrofurazone has been out of favor the last few years, because of it's reputation as a cancer causing substance. And DMSO has been used for years by people with arthritis without the backing of the FDA. 

In this case the two were mixed together, using the DMSO as a carrier to help the nitrofurazone be readily absorb into the skin. 

The vet that came out earlier this summer for Boaz's legs that had sloughed off most of the skin, did a biopsy, and it came back as bacteria infection.  She gave me a salve that looked suspiciously like what I used years ago.  So I asked her if it was nitrofurazone and DMSO and she said yes, with a couple of other things added.  I don't know what the other stuff was, but I am trying these two things as of this morning to see if it works. 

Other than skin problems, everyone else seems to be doing great.  Although I'm afraid my fly masks aren't going to make it to the end of fly season at the rate the "fur" kids are tearing them up.  It's bad enough when the geldings get to playing, of course the fly masks are the 1st thing to get grabbed.  But now Saddik, the dog likes to join in the fun.  He thinks of Pancho as his personal friend and takes his mask off almost every day.

The mesquite beans aren't all gone, but almost......!!!  They are back to having access to Burroland all the time except at feeding time.  There's a lot of desert grass over there they really like, but it's getting pretty depleted too.  They have been on starvation rations for weeks and haven't really cared, it was almost more effort to get them to come in for feeding, than it was worth.  But the last few days they've been a lot more interested in hay, and some of them are running the pens when John lets them out, to see if anyone left anything to eat.  For the most part no one is leaving anything and John has upped everyone by 1/2 a pound of hay.   He's not going to be in any hurry to get them back up to normal.  As long as they don't start getting frantic, which I don't think they will, he'll just slowly start adding hay. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015


This video is really interesting, shows a lot of what goes on in the rest of the world and the need for education.  In many parts of the world donkeys are still a valuable addition to a poor family. 

This symposium started a few years ago, and is a gathering of donkey experts from all over the country for a 3 day conference.  Donkeys are finally getting some of the respect they deserve, which is a good thing.  

Jake kicked John yesterday, very close to a place we won't talk about...........LOL  What really got John was, he had just given Jake a carrot, and Jake spun around and kicked.  One of the girls is "entertaining" and I would imagine Jake saw John as a threat.  Must be a guy thing............!!!!  John didn't appreciate my reaction I don't think, but it seemed pretty funny to me.......!! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

HEH..........HEH.............HEH........!! CADDYSHACK TIME........!!!

John and Doug have been having lots of fun lately.  The donkeys of course resent having their time over in Burroland, curtailed and I've mentioned this a little bit.  The minis have figured out how to go under the floating fence over the big wash and go do their thing in the forbidden forest..........LOL

John has fixed it, Doug has fixed it, they both have fixed it and every morning some or all are over there.  It's somewhat like the old movie CaddyShack, when they destroyed a golf course to kill a gopher and the end of the movie was the gopher looking over the top of his burrow, chattering as I recall.  It's been decades since I saw it, so can't be sure of all the details.  But that is what this battle of wills is turning into.  At least the big donkeys haven't figured it out yet.....!! This morning the tractor was involved.  I haven't been out to see what they did, but I'm sure it will be effective.............MAYBE.........LOL

Last night when John came in from letting everyone out, he was sporting a mangled finger.  It seems when he gave Rosie her animal cracker, she got his finger by mistake and held on.  When he screamed (If you've never had an equine clamp down on a finger, you don't know what you're missing)  it scared her and she tried to run..........with half his finger clamped in her teeth.  John said he was running with her, hoping she wouldn't bite down more.  Thanks goodness they were still in the pen, so she couldn't go far.  She has always had to be watched, she opens her mouth wide and will lunge for a treat, if you don't tell her "easy" and get her attention.  If you just stick it in front of her mouth all bets are off and you are on your own, as John found out.  The finger isn't broken, although it is still swollen and  missing some of the skin.  Education can sometimes be painful, I'm afraid...........LOL

We are going to be race car poor, before this racing season is over.  After last Saturday's destruction, it's been pretty much a lot of people concentrating on getting me another car for next year.  I went in on Craigslist being nosy and found a car up in Phoenix.  It's just a street car that had been backed into, had very little damage to a door and door post, but the insurance company totaled it.  Peppy little car, with a little more horsepower and a good price, so we brought it home.  Told our son what we got and let's just say he wasn't overly impressed.  He wants to REALLY upgrade since we have to start all over anyway.  So I told him to find a good one at a "cheap" price.  Low and behold a friend of his ran across an ad for an actual already race car..............up in Phoenix, of course.  So John and I are heading back up to Phoenix tomorrow to see if it's as advertised.  If so, guess we'll bring it home too, why not........the more the merrier..........!!!  We could probably sell the 1st one to another racer, it would make a good race car, but we also might just keep it, in case we need it in the future.  That old, bird in the hand is worth two in the bush thing.  It's not always easy to find a replacement race car, especially if you would like to have it in a hurry, so having a project sitting around, is a good idea. 

Monday, October 12, 2015


If you would like to get involved in helping save equine from being sold for a one way trip to Mexico, here is a group that is trying to help.  As most of you know almost all rescues are over extended as usual.  But that doesn't stop people trying to help find homes and safe places for animals thru no fault of their own have fallen on hard times.

If you would like to get involved here is some links to a group that is trying to make a difference.

Sunday, October 11, 2015


My last night for points in racing did not go well.  Actually that is an understatement.  I only ran 3 laps in the main event before one of the other racers decided to door slam my car.

 This is the damage from him leaning on me. 

This is the damage after I lost control, hit the wall, lost my steering, went back down across the track into the infield.  I might add without hitting anyone or getting hit again.  Slid to a stop and the firemen came over and said "you're on fire, get out".  

Let me say I envy drivers that can get in their car and get all their gear on and organized in nothing flat, or take it off.  I don't happen to be one of them, John usually "dresses" me and makes sure everything is as it should be.  Of course he isn't in the middle of the track, so I start fumbling and bumbling around.  By the time I managed to get everything unhooked, one of the firemen came up with a little bitty fire extinguisher, and put out the fire.  I'm still not out of the car and because of my fire suit pants, probably not going to get out before the races are fireman grabbed under my arms and another one reached in and grabbed my feet, and out I came.  I have no idea what John was thinking, he said he was just glad they got me out.  But I have a feeling it looked like dragging a body out........LOL  The rest of the night so many people came up to ask if I was OK, never thought so many people would care about a crazy old woman.  That was rather nice, considering my car is totaled..!  That was the last point race, and the guy responsible for the damage was 2 points behind me for 5th place.....!!!  hmmmm, I wonder......????   No, surely he wouldn't do it on purpose, would he?  

Of course by the time we got home early this morning, Doug was asleep.  But this morning we heard about how the evening went.  

A few days ago, while we were gone Doug found the gate to Burroland off the post on the back side two days in a row.  We blame Frijolita, she is our gate challenger, although the rest of them seemed to appreciate her efforts and went with her.  We have been limiting their time in Burroland to cut down on their access to mesquite beans.  Guess they decided to take matters into their own "hooves".  

John fixed it and I guess he did a good job.  Doug said when he came out to round them up for evening feeding, everyone was easy to get in, except Lynn and Cheyenne were missing.  Of course he panicked, said he looked all over the 10 acres and they weren't anywhere.  Amy and Morgan came to help feed and clean pens and so the 3 of them started looking.  Amy started yelling she found them.........over in Burroland, headed towards the closed gate to finally come in for supper.  This morning those two were back over on Burroland again.  But, they goofed up, Doug was watching when they came to the fence and tried to get back in from where they had went out.  Heh! heh!  Busted.....!!!  Our land is not exactly flat, there is a lot of difference in the topography and the fence in some areas isn't low enough to stop a determined mini I guess.  That particular spot won't be usable in the future though.  

The flies are really bad right now, I guess they are trying to complete their life cycle before it gets cold.  I don't think they have to be so frantic, it usually doesn't get to freezing around here until late November. 

Thursday, October 08, 2015

HE'S NO LAP DOG.......!!!

We've tried to explain this fact of life to Saddik, but so far he doesn't seem to understand the problem.  He really is a nice young dog, whoever dumped him, probably did him a favor, they obviously didn't appreciate him.  He's still taking medication for Valley Fever, the last blood test still had high numbers.  He'll be tested about every 3 months, hopefully next time the numbers will be lower.  

It was 44 degrees here this morning, John is finally giving up on his shorts in the morning.  He puts them on later, but for morning chores he's putting on his usual winter wear AKA sweats.  

Yesterday we had to go to town for the day.  Doug was going to let them into Burroland about 1pm, so they could gorge themselves on whatever there is to eat over there.  He said he went out about 1 and was surprised to not see any donkeys standing by the gate.  Usually they just stand there waiting for someone to fix the problem.  When he got over the wash he saw why no one was waiting.  Somehow they had gotten the gate off the back hinges, enough to give them room to squeeze thru and not need to wait for one of the stupid people to do their job.........!!!  LOL  My first thought was Frijolita, she is our little gate manipulator. 

I guess they were having a good time over here, because when it was time for afternoon round-up, it didn't go smoothly.  In fact Cisco never did come in.  After everyone was fed and he still hadn't showed up, I asked John if he had seen him.  John said he had seen him 2 or 3 times, happily munching away on stuff, so we didn't have to worry about him being down somewhere.  Usually whoever doesn't come in during the round-up will come waltzing in  before we're thru feeding.  After it got dark, John went out to see if possibly Cisco had come across and went in his pen.  No he hadn't but when John was coming back to the house, he saw him coming across the wash.  I'd loved to be able to channel their minds to see what goes on in there.......!!!!  

This morning after chores here comes a County truck thru the gate, hmmmm....... I'd just as soon they stay in their office and play video games, rather than be out trying to justify their jobs.  John was in the hay barn weighing hay and that's where the truck went.  When he left I went out to see what was going on.  John said the permit we got for the hay barn was still open in their files..........REALLY.....???  That was in 2006, guess they ran out of video games.  Or some big boss came thru and saw the back log.  

The BLM does the same thing on their mustang/burro adoptions.  We got a jenny from a family, they had for 4 or 5 years.  We adopted her to a retired vet in California and a couple of years later the BLM got in touch with the original owner saying they wanted to see the donkey to make sure she was being taken care of properly.  ?????????  Where was all that interest and concern, for all those years?  So we had a flurry of phone calls and paperwork going around and around, so their files would look tidy.  They wanted a vet to verify the burro was taken care of, no problem the retired vet's sister is also a vet.  

Now if the BLM spent as much time and effort with the 50,000 mustangs and burros they have in holding pens, with no shade and no room to move around.  Or if they had as much concern for the mustangs and burros that are killed and injured during the round-ups they insist are necessary.  Better quit before I really get mad..........!!!!  

Friday, October 02, 2015


 He went out like he had been doing it all his life, no drama, no silliness.  Pancho followed him around for awhile and Jake completely ignored him.  Saddik, the dog tried to get him to play and Jake wasn't interested.   This is Selena looking him over.  For some reason the camera angle makes her look larger than he is.  Not true.  He's not carrying as much weight, but is taller than any of the others. 

He's very mellow and is just out there doing his thing.  They didn't get to go over to Burroland today for 2 reasons.  Generally when we have a "newbie" out for the 1st time, we keep everyone on this side.  We never know how long it will take to get the idea across that it's time to go back into the pen to be fed.   Sometimes they watch what is happening with the others going in the pens and follow us in.  At other times, not so much.  The 1st day Tula was out years ago, it took John and I about 3 hours to round her up.  The next day over an hour and over the next couple of days she finally decided we weren't going to take no for an answer and decided to go along with the program.  He knows what animal crackers are and insists that they be part of the interaction between him and humans, so it shouldn't be a problem..............hopefully. 

 The other reason is we will be feeding early tonight.  Our grandson is going to be running a go cart on the dirt go cart track, so we're going to go out and see what's happening.  It's much easier to round up on 10 acres than 30 acres........!!!  

We've decided to keep him here instead of Amy keeping him. She's pretty busy in too many directions to really be able to monitor him on a regular basis.  There's usually someone here or they'll be back in a little while.  I don't expect any crisis, but if there is one I'd rather he be here.  With equine you just never know what they will do to get themselves hurt.  Thank goodness donkeys are not as reactive as horses and have lots of common sense...........usually......!!!  LOL