Tuesday, November 06, 2018


When Rambo was here years ago, he was not very disciplined.  He was hard on the boys and chased the girls, so I found a foster home for him with gelding horses and Big Gus.  They appreciated his quirky nature and adopted him.  

Fast forward about 6 years and he's back...!!  I have a feeling if we were letting him out with the other donkeys he would still  be "hard on the boys and chasing the girls".......!!!  He's very vocal and very aggressive with the corral panels, Lynn has been putting in T-posts to keep hm from pushing them around and possibly knocking them over.  Donkeys are usually not fence challengers, so our fences and pens aren't very sturdy, at least by his standards.  

Rosie and Rambo seem to have quite a thing for each other.  Linda has been letting him out for an hour or so in the morning after hay is put out for everyone else, to give him a chance to run off some of his high energy.  We aren't brave enough to let him out with the herd yet.  He spends quite a bit of time by Rosie's pen, and she is more than willing to play the game. 


John said we should change her name to Violet.  When he was in the Air Force he worked in electronics on the aircraft, and they had a saying to remember the color bands on the  capacitors and resisters and he's never forgotten it.  "Bad boys rape our young girls, but Violet gives willingly"  The first letter of each word, designates a color.  Not very politically correct in this day and age, but very memorable to young men in the military, I guess.  Sounds like Rosie, if she could get out of the pen.......LOL 

Dr. Jeremy was out a couple of days ago to check out the 4 new ones, and see if Linda needed to do anything else for Boaz.  He's been getting better after a summer of his shoulder, chest and sheath being doctored daily and the cooler weather is helping, but he's still not healed.  Dr. Jeremy thinks he is healed enough to not doctor for a few days to see how he does, so that's what Linda is doing now.  

He also checked Bella's eyes.  One morning when everyone went out for morning chores this is what her eyes looked like.  They looked much better when Dr. Jeremy was here, and he told Linda to continue with what she was doing.  Actually Linda said this was after she had already been doctoring Bella a day or so. 

Linda said she is a joy to work with, she puts her head on Linda's shoulder to get antibiotic squeezed in her eye.   Her and Levi are really nice well behaved donkeys.

Dr. Jeremy also cut both of her areas of proud flesh off.  Linda took pictures of the surgery, but hasn't downloaded them yet.  Both areas were on a stem, rather than being close to the body, and we talked about using a goat castration ring to cut off the blood supply, so the proud flesh would eventually fall off.  Cutting them off will be quicker and hopefully we can keep them from growing back.  Proud flesh can really be hard to get rid of unfortunately.

Rambo had blood drawn to check his testosterone level.  We need to find out if he has been proud cut, or if he is just undisciplined.  Undisciplined would be a training problem, proud cut would entail hauling him to the clinic in Gilbert for corrective surgery of a partial gelding in his past.  I'm sure that type of surgery is not easy.

Years ago I was told that Big Gus had a heart murmur.  Dr. Jeremy checked his heart and said he has PDA, which I've never heard of.  It doesn't bother him, although it might if he worked hard.  As far as I know he has never been anything except a pet or companion.

Then he looked at their nasty feet.............good news.......!!  He didn't find any canker, the crumbly popcorn like stuff was probably overgrown sole, there's about an inch of old dead sole on Big Gus' front feet.  John and Lynn spread new gravel in his pen yesterday, Dr. Jeremy thought it might help to break up the sole, so it can fall off on itr's own.  Tyler is coming the 17th, but in the meantime, their feet are getting sprayed with bleach water every day to hold the thrush at bay.  Tyler will go in and trim their feet, but in the meantime we don't want them to get worse.  They don't smell like they did and Big Gus isn't limping and laying down like he was thank goodness.

Me, I'm still in a relationship with my brace and walker, still not helping with chores.  Not ready to take a chance on getting knocked down.

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