Suzanne, Lynn and Linda took donkeys up to the McDowell Park in the Phoenix area for a 12 mile fun run with the donkeys. There was an endurance race for horse and riders going on at the same time. They said many of the horse people were interested in the donkeys and many brought their horses over to see the donkeys. Many times if a horse hasn't been around donkeys, the 1st time they see one, can be quite exciting, depending on how upset the horse is. We don't know why they react so much to donkeys. Linda said someone told them, the reason is, because donkeys have no smell. Not sure what that means, we thought it might be because of their ears.
They actually took 6 donkeys up and brought home 7.......!!! Monique asked them to do some training with Legend.
Legend is really a pretty boy, with his bracelets on all 4 legs. Fuzzy Focus took this picture of Legend. Thanks Evelyn.
He's really pretty easy to work with, seems more than willing to meet you half way.
This is 2 more new boys on the property. Lynn is going to be working with these 2 over the next few weeks. Cooper is on the right and Pablo is on the left. They have had some training, but their new mom is new to donkeys and needs a little help with being in charge. So before it's over she will probably also get some training..........LOL
Donkeys are pretty easy to work with IF, big if they think you know what your are doing and are the leader of the herd. If you don't come across as in charge, one of them will take over that position, which doesn't bode well for a happy long term relationship. So a little bit of brushing up on manners and "rules" and these boys will be just fine, especially if their mom takes the "head jenny"position.
Evelyn took a lot of pictures the day she was here. This is Gigi and I'm not sure if she is stating her opinion of having her picture taken or what............LOL Quite a few of the donkeys have learned how to get people's attention and sticking their tongue out is one of them.
Friday Suzanne, Linda and I are going to Phoenix for a meeting with the Arizona Dept of Agriculture. Most of the equine rescues in Arizona were notified of the meeting and last I heard about 30 of them are going to be there. It's suppose to be so the rescues can bring their ideas and questions to the attention of the AZDA and hopefully make some changes where needed.
I last went to one probably 6 or 7 years ago, don't remember any changes that came from it, but you never know. Doesn't hurt to go and see what is going on.