Tuesday, September 29, 2020


Suzanne called from Colorado last Thursday to tell us Quilla was walking like he was drunk.  All of his vitals were good he was eating and drinking, so my first thought was he had a stroke.  She said they had already thought that too.  They sent a video of him walking and another one the following morning which showed no change in walking ability. 

With equine the first 24-48 hours give you a good idea of whether they will survive and have quality of life with a stroke.  Doc Howard came out to give Quilla a  dignified death, rather than living in a situation that would have the same ending, after days, weeks or months of deterioration.  We have faced this decision many times and have thought more than once we probably should have  made the decision sooner.  There comes a time when I think you hold on for your sake, not the animal that relies on you to make the best decision for them. 

The earliest pictures I have of Quilla were in February 2008, I assume that is about when he came here.  He had been in the same home for 9 years and the woman was proud of the fact that she had never had a vet or had his teeth done, and judging from the way his feet looked when he came in, a farrier wasn't used either.  She had gotten him as a companion for her horse and had no use for him when horse died.  He had been overfed, was obese and his feet was so long the walls had collapsed and he was walking on them.  


This is Quilla after he got here, with his savior Georgette.  Georgette had been after us for a couple of years to "save" him from a woman she knew because of his lack of care, before we finally agreed to take him.

Quilla and Pepsi playing with a jolly ball, February 2008

We got his feet trimmed, put him on a diet and doctored him legs every summer.  He always attracted flies and they had chewed on his lower legs so much, the hair follicles had given up trying to produce hair and his lower front legs were bald.  When he started going out in public for parades, we always kept his legs wrapped, so people wouldn't asked what was wrong with his legs.  

When he came here he was scared to death of kids, didn't want anything to do with them.  Once he found out they would pet and shower him with attention he became quite a kid magnet.  People were drawn to him I've always thought it was his eyes, they were so expressive.  He always used his ears to communicate, I never saw his ears perked upright.  They were always sideways, moving around to express his feelings.

I guess this was his opinion of Linda kissing his face and taking pictures on Valentine's day.

Years ago he was diagnosed with Cushing's disease, which is quite common for older equine.  He has been on daily medication for years and in the past couple of years has become quite uncooperative about taking the little daily capsule, no matter what type of goodie we hid it in.  It had become a battle of wills to get the capsule down him, Linda usually won, but not without a struggle.  I'm sure she won't miss that, but I know she will miss him.  

He has been going to Colorado for the summer for the last 3 years, his legs don't have to be doctored hardly at all because of the cooler weather and less flies.  Last year he went down in the trailer coming home in the last 50 miles of the 600 mile trip.  They always do it in two days, so the donkeys don't get stressed.  This year we debated him going, I'm so glad he got to go again.  He had Sugar as a girlfriend, in fact I think they said he had a couple of girlfriends, but Sugar was special.  He also got to strut his stuff  earlier in the summer and Linda happened to get it on video. 

This was right after they got up there probably in June sometime.  This is the best I've seen him move in years.  Sounds like Lynn was egging him on and he was really strutting his stuff.  

He got to see the Rio Grande this summer, was quite a surprise for a little desert donkey that had probably spent his whole life in the dry desert of Arizona.

Suzanne took this picture the day before Doc Howard came out. 

RIP Quilla



Wednesday, September 23, 2020


 He had been doing real good, and a few days ago he stripped the bark off the little cat claw tree in the dog pen, but didn't bother the mesquite.  Yesterday the mesquite got stripped and girdled, so I said he couldn't go in the dog pen again without chicken wire or something around the 2 remaining mesquite trees.  This morning John put a little fence around the trees rather than wrapping chicken wire around the tree trunks and as soon as Casper ran out of things to do in there, which didn't take long, he just walked thru the fence.  I haven't heard what is next, but Casper is back in his pen........!! LOL

We're getting ready for the big race in Tombstone the 10th of October and just received a bunch of soft fuzzy donkeys.  While Suzanne, Lynn and Linda are racing, John and I will have a table set up to promote the rescue and have some information about donkeys, for people that might want to come out to interact with the donkeys or maybe just learn a little more about donkeys.


Some of them have bandanas and some of them have a hoodie with our logo on them.  They sure are soft and fuzzy I would imagine kids will love them. 

In the spring at one of the meetings to discuss the race and all the things going on that day in Tombstone, there was talk about a kissing booth if people wanted to "Kiss an Ass" and one of the guys at the meeting said he'd build a booth.  Need to find out is that is still a go, we'll have to figure out who to take.  It will have to be a donkey that isn't racing.  

This is the first time Koshare' was ever asked to run and he did it at liberty, without a halter and lead rope.  He looks like he might be a good runner.  He got blamed a few nights ago for opening the gate and letting everyone out for fun and frolic.  Suzanne and I agree that isn't his MO, I can't even remember how many things he has torn up or destroyed, but he's never opened a gate that we know of.  

Some of you might remember Pepsi, who went up to Colorado last summer and found his forever home.  His family still shares stories and pictures of him.  

Not exactly sure what this was, there were quite a few children and Linda said he was also involved in "farm yoga".  We've seen that on TV, people do yoga with goats running around them, guess a little donkey wouldn't be much different......LOL  

Here is a picture of Lynn and Muzzy, they finished 9th in the race last week-end out of 70 teams.  Not sure if this was at the start or the finish, but it looks like they are really running.


Monday, September 21, 2020


I think they had more fun in Colorado than John and I had here, and actually were probably busier.  They all went to a race in Federick, CO with 6 donkeys.  Our highest finisher was Cochise with a 6th place finish.  
This picture was taken before he left for Colorado this summer and shows his "roping" ear.  Sometimes the rope catches their  ear, damages the cartilage and causes a floppy ear.  In the pictures from this summer, it looks like his ear is standing up more than it was. Even if it is, it probably won't ever be as strong as the other one.  Makes it a little easier to pick him out of the "herd" when we watch videos of the races............sometimes.  Usually it's such a gaggle of burros, people, lead ropes and mayhem, you can't tell what's going on, it's a mixture of color and motion.  

This was a race this summer when he and Amber Wann made it to the top of Mosquito Pass, which is over 13,000 feet.  

This video was the Frederick race last week-end.  Cochise, Muzzy, Misty, Jacque, Loki and Leo are in that mess somewhere.   The only one John and I have been able to find is Muzzy.  That's only because we were told Lynn was wearing black and they were close to the front on the start.  Muzzy and Lynn finished 9th, which is pretty good, 70 teams of burros/person started the race. 

Cochise had been a roping donkey and his feet look like they were never taken care of and have grown in ways that would lead you to believe running wouldn't be his thing.  But he loves to run and is such a happy little guy, he's really gotten into this racing business.
Our week-end in Arizona wasn't quite as exciting.  With Suzanne gone to Colorado it's just John and I doing chores and it is really hard to get the donkeys to understand that it's going to take longer for their "meals" to be served.  Or in the case of us going racing Saturday night, Their evening feeding occurred at 2pm rather that the normal 5pm.  
They were very excited to get fed at 2pm, and I'm glad we weren't here at 5pm when they didn't get fed.  I would imagine they had forgotten being fed early.  John had given them extra barley straw to munch on and most of them did eat it, but I'm sure it isn't the same, as far as they are concerned.  
Our races are usually on an asphalt 3/8s mile circle track.  Our car count has been going down, so that we're lucky to have 6 cars in the field.  Someone got the brilliant idea to run a chicane race to add excitement.  That means they put barriers on the track for us to not hit while we race.  They had one a year or so ago and I wasn't impressed, although I did finish the race, which is better than I did Saturday night........LOL
We actually started 10 cars, and they started us side by side, which means you are contending with with the barriers, while trying to not squash the guy next to you.  Also hoping he will be kind and gentle, until we can get away from each other.  The guy I was starting beside has totaled 2 of my cars over the years, so I was on my own as far as kind and gentle........LOL
The first barrier was between the 4th turn and the flagman in the middle of the front straightaway and that's as far as I got.  They had put a tire painted white on the track to protect their barriers. I knew it was there we ran around for 2 or 3 laps before the race started so we would know where they were.  But I didn't miss it.........can you imagine how high you can go in the air, when you run over a large tire........LOL  Pretty high, the guy behind me said he saw the complete underneath of my car and thought I was going to roll over the hood frontwards.  Glad I didn't do that.  Came down, car was moving forward, I actually thought I had escaped retribution, until I turned the steering wheel and the spindle, that is a really important part of the suspension, wasn't doing it's job, so I wobbled into the infield. So far John thinks that's all that's broke, so I was really lucky. 

It was a pretty rough race, 10 cars started, 4 cars finished and 2 of the cars that didn't finished looked pretty tore up.  We only have 2 more races this season, I doubt it anyone is going to put a lot of effort into fixing their cars.  I'll probably drop to 4th for end of the year, the 3 guys in front of me all finished 1,2,3 so there wouldn't be much incentive to fix up a car that doesn't have a chance of finishing well. 

We've been told the Hornets will not be racing at that track next year, hopefully the dirt track will open up again, or I guess I'll be retiring although I'm not ready to do that yet.  

Friday, September 18, 2020


Although we have hit 100* the last couple of days the nights are really cool and we've been able to open the windows at night.  Great sleeping weather......!! 

 Suzanne loaded Koshare' up a couple of days ago and headed for Colorado to help bring all the donkeys home from their summer vacation.  Koshare' has too strong a relationship with his momma and sister, Kachina and Anazazi.  Hopefully when he gets back, he will have discovered other donkeys and the pleasures of running with a person.  It will only be a few days, but Suzanne said he's adjusting nicely, I guess the old saying "out of sight, out of mind" might be true in his case.  They put him in with Link the 1st night and they got along just fine.  Haven't heard anything else, they are going to a race this week-end.  Hopefully they'll share pictures or videos.

 This morning Wendy and Gary came out to help with chores.  They are such good self starters.  They will be running in their first race in Tombstone October 10th and are suppose to run Leroy and Jackson.  This is a picture of Wendy and Jackson this morning. 

 They went out before helping with chores and the boys weren't the least bit interested in running.  They were more interested in trying to sneak mesquite beans along the road.  Gary is a runner and hopefully will have a chance to work with Lynn and Linda when they get back to see if the boys will run.  If not they'll have to find another donkey for him.  Wendy said she is satisfied to just walk.  That would be about my speed too........LOL

We also have an 11 year old girl that just recently moved to the neighborhood that is coming every morning to help.  She's really good help, unfortunately she is starting back to school next week, but still wants to come after school.  So far she's help feed, picked up poo, helped weigh hay and drove the golf cart.  Pretty much takes care of everything she'll need to know.

We're still letting the donkeys go over to Burro Barracks, half one day and the other half the next day.  They really look forward to us coming in with a halter and get all excited.  You'd think we were taking them somewhere special, I guess they enjoy the change of scenery, there isn't much left in the barracks to eat.  They took care of that the first couple of days.  They do enjoy being able to scratch on some of the limbs though and getting to roll in the soft dirt.

Kachina and Anazazi are gate crashers.  That means they like to RUSH thru the gate when you open it, as you're trying to hang onto the lead rope.  I don't like that type of behavior.  So tonight we had them, Big Gus and Bunny to contend with.  Lynn built 4 small pens in the shelter over there, so we put 3 of them in the pens and instead of taking the 2 girls at the same time, only took Kachina by herself.  Oh! my talk about squalling and bawling from Ana, you would have thought the world was coming to an end.  We also double led, actually both of them.  They started out thinking they were going to be in charge, but we managed to get our point across that they were going to behave like ladies.  They both did very well after the rules were understood.  They'll learn, it might take a couple of times before they figure out being led out of a gate isn't a timed event.

Bunny was a good girl, no problem, Big Gus.......!!!!  Big Gus has no filter when it comes to behavior and he was sure we were going to leave him there I guess.  He pawed and stuck his big head thru the corral panels and moaned and groaned and in general was about as obnoxious as he could be.  I thought we might have to double lead him, but once I took him out of the little pen and let him know I wasn't happy with his behavior he settled down and was a good boy......for him......!! Our expectations for him having manners and going along with what you want him to do, are pretty low.  LOL

These are a couple of pictures Linda shared from Colorado. 

Sunrise,  the snow is an added touch.  Looks cold, doesn't it?






Thursday, September 10, 2020


 We've had quite a few false starts but the last few days had highs in the 90s and this morning it was downright chilly.  It's about 1:30 pm and it hasn't made it to 90* yet.  Probably will gain a couple of degrees, but it sure is a lot nicer than most of the summer was.  

We even got a afternoon thunderstorm a couple of days ago.  John said we got 0.63 inches which is the most at one time for this summer.  The wash actually trickled a little bit.  This is the 2 summer the wash hasn't ran, Suzanne hasn't had a chance to see it run bank to bank yet.  Unfortunately she probably won't get a chance to see it this year, it's getting late in the monsoon.  The "experts" say the monsoon ends Sept 15th.  


Colorado got their first snow a couple of days ago.  Stacey took this picture of Miss Nell, she looks like she's begging Stacey to "fix" it.  I doubt that she had ever seen snow before, she's lived most of her life almost to the Mexican border south of us.  

Linda shared a video of almost the whole herd enjoying the cooler weather up there.  I say most, I don't see Quilla, if it was feeding time he was probably eating, he gets fed by himself, so he misses out on the group videos sometimes. 

The gang enjoying the change in the weather

 The herd here has figured out the routine for going over to the Burro Barracks.  Although they haven't quite figured out that they only get to go every other day, unless something happens and no one gets to go.  So when it's time to get out the halters and leads, EVERYBODY gets excited.  We try to explain that if you went yesterday you aren't going today, but they don't seem to understand. 

The only one that doesn't have to wait is Casper the little white mini mule.  He gets to go into the dog pen every day, because he's the only one going in.  He's eaten everything edible, not interested in the straw in the dog house after the first couple of days, so he just stands around in the shade.  He gets excited like the others when he sees us getting out the leads, even though there's nothing going on in the pen.  

Here's a picture of Macho's leg I took this morning.  It probably doesn't look much different, than the last picture I shared, but I notice a difference.  Now that I look at it, it actually looks worse.  But that grey area is breaking down, that is actually proud flesh, which is what I'm trying to get rid of. 


This morning John came in and said his plans for tomorrow had changed.  I asked why and went out to take a picture of what Koshare', Kachina, and Ana had been up to in Kachina's pen.  At night they are all out together in the pens on the east side.  

You will notice the roof is sagging.  The reason the roof is sagging is you might also notice the upright post on the right is no longer one piece.  Actually the one on the left isn't very much better, they'll have it chewed in pieces very soon.  So instead of bringing in some gravel to fill in the low spots the rain brought to his attention he will be putting in a pipe as an upright instead of the tasty wooden ones.  

Lynn has replaced quite a few of the uprights in the pens in the last couple of years.  I have no doubt eventually all of the wooden ones will have to be replaced.  This year the boards that make the walls in the shelters have suffered because of them being in the pens so much this summer.  John is talking about replacing the wood that needs to be replace with metal.  Years ago that's what they did in Rosie, the beaver's pen, her shelter is all metal.  But the metal isn't as pretty and I'm sure it's hotter than the wood.  But the metal isn't tasty so it's a trade off........LOL

Last night just as we went to bed, coyotes started howling and it sounded like they were just west of the house or even right below the pens on the west side.  We usually don't see or hear coyotes on the property, they don't like to be around the donkeys and when the donkeys are loose on the property, I guess the coyotes just find someplace else that's more coyote friendly.  

John yelled a couple of times and we didn't hear anymore from them.  They must have been really close . 




Sunday, September 06, 2020


It's 1:30pm and 105 degrees even as I type....  It's just miserable because we still have the humidity the weather people are so excited to tell us about.  A company that makes jellies and different items from prickly pear said this year the crop is only about 20% of what it usually is.  

 I know our prickly pear on the property, the ones that have bothered to bloom and set fruit, have rather scrawny fruit.  John watches the temperature in Colorado where Lynn and Linda are and their low this week is suppose to be 18 degrees.........!! I hope it cools off here before they come back, not sure they will be ready for the shock of our nighttime temperatures being higher than their daytime temperatures in Colorado.  

 The Arizona donkeys have started putting on their winter coats, hopefully it will cool off soon.  Not sure what the Colorado donkeys will think if it's still oppressively hot when they get here.  

Linda shared this video of Link and I think Jacque someplace in Colorado out for the fun at liberty.

Link and Jacque.............I think. Too many of the donkeys are grey and if you don't see them day to day it's not easy to tell them apart.  

The donkeys are still staying in their pens, except for every other day half go over to the Burro Barracks for fun and frolic.  It's working out really well, they've learned the operation and seem excited to do something different than just stand in the pens. 

Big Gus had not been able to go over to the barracks after the first day.  The fence between us and the neighbor wasn't adequate for keeping his big head on this side of the fence.  There is an abundance of mesquite beans on the other side, so he was  pushing the loose barbed wire down and enjoying a forbidden feast.  

Last week we got all the "fixins" for a fence and between Suzanne tamping the t-posts in with her helpers John and our neighbor they got done in 2 days and Big Gus got to go over yesterday.  So far the fence is holding and he seems happy to be able to roam around, so it's a win-win for all. 

In all the years we've had donkeys on the property we've only had 1 ear damaged by barbed wire.  Donkeys are pretty smart about sharp fence and it's never been a problem.  Bella came in a few days ago with a rather abused ear, looks like she  got it hung up on barbed wire and jerked it loose.  I doctored it and didn't think too much about it, these things usually heal by themselves. This morning Suzanne noticed it looked rather bedraggled sure enough it's torn, so she will get added to my list of patients for a few days.  

I'm still doctoring Macho Man every morning with a bandage change on his leg.  It is getting better but it's a slow process.  This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago and the proud flesh area has gotten noticeably smaller.  We plan on taking him up to the specialty clinic in the Phoenix area this fall to have the scar tissue removed from his sheath.  It's so large and heavy he can't retract the sheath, so it's always hanging and according to the people that had the 4 donkeys it had been that way about 15 years, can you imagine that?  At that time they can look at his leg and see if there is anything else we can do. 




Sunday, August 30, 2020


 Nothing really exciting, but a few sprinkles here and there and the high so far today in the afternoon is 87 degrees and cloudy.  Hopefully this is the start of fall and cooler weather.

The donkeys have been getting to go over to the Burro Barracks for about a week.  About half of them go one day after breakfast and the next day the other half get to go.  They seem to look forward to it with great anticipation, even Casper the mini mule almost prances to the dog pen to spend the day. 

We still have the problem of piles of beans on the ground under the trees.  

This is what it looks like under almost every tree on the property.  John has his grass catcher and it works pretty good, but you can't get under the trees.  So the latest idea is a leaf blower to blow the beans out from under the trees, where the golf cart can go.  He doesn't want to buy one if it won't work, so a friend has offered to loan hers.  If it works then John will get one of his own.  Otherwise if they aren't going to turn black and rot, I guess we'll have to rake under each tree, which really sounds like a lot of fun.......!!

I raced last night, car came home in one piece, so it was a good night.  I finished 4th in the main event.  It's frustrating to get beat by the same cars all the time. Talked to the manager of the track and he verified a rumor I had heard that the Hornets wouldn't be racing next year.  Our car count has dropped off over the years because a few cars dominate the class.  He asked me what I was going to do and I told him, I guess I'll retire.............!!!  

Hopefully the local dirt track will open up in the spring.  They were going to race this year, but the Covid-19 crisis stopped that.  Pima County has come up with rules on top of rules and people running around with pens and clipboards to make sure the rules are followed.  I really like the dirt a lot better than pavement, so I've got my fingers crossed that it will happen.  

The Burro Buddies facebook page has quite a few really good videos Linda took up in Colorado.  I'll share the addresses, the first one shows how agile some of the donkeys are.


 Benji had not been worked with much before Lynn and Linda took him to Colorado in the spring, look at him now.........!! 


Unfortunately Gus has been gone for a few years,  he was such a nice boy.  Roxie was the neighbor's dog, she use to come over here a lot and she and Gus had a thing going.  The local cattleman complained about her and her 3 grown pups running loose, so the neighbors have had her penned up since then.  


She was very thorough


 Just two friends hanging out together


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The heat continues...........

 I'm sitting here looking at the temperature of 106.3 on our back porch.  Granted it is on the south side of the house, the sensor is behind a 6x6 upright post, so it is shaded from the afternoon sun.  So it probably isn't an accurate reading, BUT it is hot, no matter what the  temperature actually is.  

 Yesterday was trimming day for most of the donkeys.  Tyler does the ones that have been foundered or in Gigi's case was born crippled and has to wear shoes on her front feet.  

Dan works with Tyler and likes to do donkeys and minis, so he came out and did 11 of them.  Macho Man gets the worst ass of the day award.  Everyone else did really good, and he didn't........LOL  I was in town and missed it, but I sure heard about it.  Poor Macho's ears must have been burning, because John and Suzanne just couldn't wait to tell me what a bad boy he had been.  

We knew he could and would kick, he let us know that when we went to pick the four donkeys up in Tucson a few months ago.  I guess he absolutely wasn't going to make any effort to cooperate and made sure everyone involved knew his opinion of the whole operation.  I guess the fronts weren't too bad, but the back two just didn't need to be done from his point of view.  

 Donkeys have a behavior they use when they realize they aren't winning and have no idea what to do to get you to leave them alone. 

 This isn't one of our donkeys, but this is a little mini donkey that doesn't want to be trained to walk over a mattress.  They will also lay down in harness, which can be a mess to straighten out especially if it a double hitch.  

Macho finally threw himself on the ground, and Dan leaped on him, so he couldn't get up and they kept him on the ground and did his feet, I'm sure much to his disgust.  He was so mad last night, he wouldn't let any of us put his fly mask back on, he wouldn't even take an animal cracker.  By this morning all was forgiven and he was back to his usual even temperament. 

This morning John and Suzanne raked the dog pen, the ground was covered with mesquite beans from the 2 small trees in the pen.  Since Casper can't go in the Burro Barracks because he will go under the barbed wire, he has to be confined.  We figured this would give him a break from having to stay in his pen and watch everyone else get to go someplace. 

It won't take him long to devour everything edible in there.  But at least it will give him a little more room.  

About half the donkeys got to go over to the Burro Barracks for the day this morning.

This is Leroy and Jackson in the Burro Barracks.  They went over with Kachina, Ana, Koshare', Bunny and Big Gus.  Big Gus is already causing trouble.  He's tall enough to hang his head over the fence between us and the neighbor.  Her side hasn't been raked, so there are beans everywhere, and he was enjoying them, until he got caught and got put back in his pen.  I think John and Suzanne are going to run some fence to hopefully keep his mouth on our side. 

This is the siblings Koshare' and Anazazi

Bunny found a spot of her own and Kachina is getting a drink.  I guess the water in the big tank is better than in her pen, it probably is cooler. 

Notice how devoid of anything the ground is.  😄  But they still manage to find beans we missed when we were raking.  Not many though.

Saturday, August 22, 2020


 All that means is, we might have days below 100*  We did get an inch of rain a couple of days ago, and the humidity is above 70%, so hopefully we'll get some more.  

Yesterday was one of those "cooler" days, so off to the Burro Barracks we all went to rake beans.  Wendy is a volunteer that actually came out to run with a donkey, but she jumped in with a rake and worked instead.   By the time we were finished raking, she and Suzanne were too tired to even walk with donkeys......!!  


We talked about burning them, but they make such a hot fire, we decided to just haul them out to the road and let the traffic break them up. 

This is John's newest toy, it's actually a lawn sweeper to pick up grass clippings, but he got one to see if it might help with picking up beans.  He'd played with it 2 or 3 times and it would pick up beans, but it also threw dirt all over the golf cart that was pulling it.  

Wendy said it looked like it wasn't put together right, she was the only one of us that had ever had one.  And of course John being a guy, didn't read the directions, he just put it together....!! LOL

It amazing the difference now, it not only picks up more beans, it doesn't throw dirt all over the golf cart.  

There were still beans in the pen, but there's no way we could get all of them out, so we will limit their time over there.  Yesterday we put about half of them over there, BlackJack, Big Gus, Bunny, Leroy, Jackson, Bella and Sasha.  We wanted to put Tula over there too, had to put her in a squeeze to get a halter on her and then she planted her feet and would not move.  In all the years she's been here, we've never tried to lead her.  She is almost feral, she would never hurt you, but she will evade any interaction with people if she can.  We told her it would be worth it, but she wasn't buying it.  

Casper also won't be able to go over there either.  Part of the pen is corral panels and part is barbed wire neither of which even slows him down as he camo crawls under to go on an adventure.  He's actually not left the property in a long time, but the draw of all the beans laying everywhere, would be too tempting I'm sure.  

Most of them, went in the pen, their heads went down and they started gleaning the area for beans.  Bunny searched for beans for awhile and then she figured out she had room to run and buck, so away she went.  She even got BlackJack to kick up his heels.  

They actually didn't cause much trouble after their hour was up and they got led back to their pens, which was amazing. 

This afternoon we took DJ to his new home.  He is such a good boy to work with, about 5 minutes before we were going to go out and load him, Suzanne came in said he's already loaded and ready to go.  No muss, no fuss. 

Out of the trailer ready for adventure

This is part of his new herd, the small black one is a mini mule named Jack.  Theresa got him and Jill from us years ago.  Jack acted like he remembered me, came up to be petted and stayed with me.  

Dixie is the pinto mini horse.  Theresa got her off Craigslist years ago, went to see her.  The people were horse traders and trying to sell her as a kid's pony.  She has a misaligned jaw and is also monkey mouthed, lower protruding jaw a not uncommon defect with minis.  Her legs are also not straight and she is small enough she shouldn't be carrying weight.  You know if kids got her they would have been piling on and probably running her.  As it is she is is the queen bee of the herd and is in charge of everyone big or little, whether they like it or not.........!!!  LOL  When DJ got there he was in a pen quite a ways from her and they were "chatting" back and forth.  Who knows maybe they will become an "item".....!!

I think this is Carter, one of the 2 donkeys checking DJ out.

 This is Jill the other mini mule saying hello. Don't you just love the rock "posts" they've built?  I guess they had a lot of rocks and figured out a beautiful way to use them.

 When we got home, it was about time to let the donkeys for today into Burro Land.  That would be Rosie, Gigi, Koshare, Ana and Kachina.  It went pretty good, except Koshare was afraid he wasn't going to get to go and became a pill.  From now on, he will get moved with 2 people and 2 lead ropes.  Even that probably wouldn't be enough, if he decided to take off with a full head of steam.  

Tomorrow will probably be Cisco, Macho Man and maybe BlackJack.  BlackJack was over there yesterday, but he's been penned with those two before and gets along with them. 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

How about this Ellie.........??

 I'm pretty sure Linda took this video of the Colorado gang.  Nosy bunch aren't they? 


Wednesday, August 19, 2020


Don't they look like they are having fun?  What a great life Nell is having after being in a pen for years waiting for something to happen.  Thank goodness the older couple decided they needed to rehome her and Benji and as they say the rest is history.  Benji might have a new home in Colorado also, which would be great....!! 


 DJ the pony, will probably be going to his new home this Saturday.  He's gained weight, looks great and it's time for his new mom to add him to her herd.  It's a great home, years ago we had a pair of Shetland mini mules that Theresa adopted.  If anyone knows about Shetlands mixed with donkey, it can make for an interesting mule.  She's never complained, so I assume they settled in and gave up some of their proclivities for getting into mischief.  


Sunday, August 16, 2020


 It's been so hot lately, training is even further down the list than grooming.  Feeding, making sure everyone has fresh water and doctoring gets done, but everything else is pretty much on hold.  

I doctor Macho Man every day, but the other 3 have not been worked with or even out of their pens since they got here early in July.  Suzanne finally put a halter on Koshare' yesterday and took him out for a short tour around the driveway and one of the trails.  Even had him load in the trailer.  

She said he really did good, he spent most of the time, rubber necking, since he hadn't been out of the pen, everything was new to him and he tried to see it all.  


He was more settled this morning, and would have ran if she had let him, so he's probably going to enjoy racing when he gets the chance.  

This is Anazazi aka Ana, today was her first time out of the pen.  She is the fast eater in the group.  Once we figured that out, they all eat by themselves now, she is on a diet, and needs to lose a little weight.  She also has fly damage on her legs, her right front is almost bald on the other side.  

We've tried boots and different types of  "barriers", the flies love her.  These blue pieces of material, use to be 2 polo wraps before she destroyed them getting them off.  She doesn't seem to mind something on her hind legs, but those front legs are not going to be covered.  Shoo-Flies are the latest rage, very light weight, breathable almost perfect right?  WRONG.......yesterday I put them on all 4 legs.   

A few minutes later as I was driving around the driveway, I noticed one laying in the pen.  While I was gone, Suzanne and John went out and put it back on her.  She pulled it off and started shaking it in the air.  Then she took it over to Suzanne and dropped it on the ground after Suzanne asked her if she was going to bring it over to her.  

Put it back on her, she took it off and took it back over to Suzanne and basically handed it to her.  We've given up.....for now.  She really needs to have that leg covered, but obviously her cooperation level isn't very high...........Sigh...!!

Kachina their mom also went out, but she didn't enjoy the experience.  Suzanne said she is very timid and everything scared her.  She'll probably be better with more outings, but she obviously isn't a "natural" like the other two.  

They sure had a audience when they went out.  They had to walk right past Leroy and Jackson's pens.  Suzanne has even taken Casper out a couple of times, but Jackson and Leroy have been out numerous time with a couple that are coming out to volunteer and also learning about running with donkeys.  

All 3 of them seemed to think it should be their turn again, standing at the gate, whining as Suzanne and Koshare' or Ana headed down the driveway. 

Macho Man's swollen leg is much better, Dr. Jeremy came out and said I probably had gotten the pressure bandage too tight, which is really common if you haven't done it before.  Who knew I would have enough strength to make a bandage too tight.......!!!  LOL

It's got a long way to go, the edges seem to have wider good skin than it did when I started working with it.  This was this morning. 


Monday, August 10, 2020

STILL HOT............

 Probably going to be for the foreseeable future.  Heard from hopefully a reliable source that this is the 3rd hottest summer and the 2nd driest summer for this area since 1894.  I don't doubt it, it's really been a long summer.  

Heard from Colorado, they raced yesterday from Fairplay to Leadville about 24 miles.  Haven't heard how everyone did, except Sugar got a stone bruise and didn't get to finish the race.  Everyone else finished, just don't know where.  

I'm still doctoring Macho and Ana's, legs.  Macho's leg is swollen, so Dr Jeremy said to hose it and see if that helps.  He will try to come out tomorrow if it isn't any better.  

Ana is "much" happier with nothing on her front leg except Underwood Horse Medicine.  Throughout her last couple of days of destruction of anything I put on her front legs, she has had fly leggings on both hind legs, which I find funny.  She doesn't seem to mind them at all, I'm sure she could reach them if she wanted to, she seems to be a determined young lady.

This morning John noticed a momma roadrunner sitting on last year's nest in a small mesquite by BlackJack's pen.  Sure is a hot time of year to be sitting on eggs I would think, poor girl.  I guess we have a built in supply of food when they hatch judging from what John caught yesterday.  

Yesterday afternoon when Suzanne went out to get ready for feeding, when she moved DJ the pony's hay bunk, this little guy was under it.  She said she thought it was a squashed piece of poo at first..........LOL    She came in, got John and his snake catching supplies and the little guy got moved over on Burroland.  We have a no kill policy around here for everything, except roaches and flies.  Scorpions, snakes and all spiders get a pass, when we find them. 

There is a pile of limbs close to DJ's pen, we wonder if momma had her babies there.  As you can see he's not very big, they put an animal cracker with him to show how small he is.  Rattlesnakes give birth to about a dozen of the little guys and the mom pretty much sends them out in the world on their own after about a week.  Now we're all on alert for momma and the rest of the kids, so far we haven't seen any of them.  

One of the favorite snacks for a roadrunner is snakes, so I would imagine they will lower the population of baby rattlers pretty quick, when the baby roadrunners hatch out.   

Stacey in Colorado has been taking more pictures of Miss Nell, the former Jenny she adopted this summer.  


Here is Stacey, Miss Nell and a friend out enjoying the gorgeous scenery and weather they are having up there.  They make quite a team, couldn't ask for a better home for one of our donkeys. 

  Thanks for sharing such a wonderful picture, Stacey...!!  She looks very happy with her new life.

Saturday, August 08, 2020


Got some videos from Colorado to share

The first one is Turbo showing off his new skills.  Last year he didn't come back to Arizona, he stayed in Colorado for training with Eric Lynn, who owns  Mountain Ridge Gear.  They make top of the line outfitting equipment including pack saddles.  Here he is showing off what he learned. 


This is Cochise showing off at climbing steps.  He had a pretty rough start as a roping donkey.  But unlike a lot of the donkeys that have been roped, he doesn't hold a grudge and doesn't have a lot of mental baggage.  In fact he is curious, loves attention, and from the reports we've gotten, loves to run.  Seems to take climbing steps in stride too..!!



Suzanne has been working with Leroy and Jackson the new minis.  They hadn't been worked with a lot in their former life.  In fact Leroy didn't seem to be very familiar with a lead rope.  

A couple that wants to try racing wants to come out once a week and work with the donkeys.  Let's see, 2 donkeys that need training and 2 people that want to race donkeys.  Hmmmm, sounds like plan........!!!  Suzanne has also been working with trailer loading. Today they both did really good, Jackson is an in and out type of guy, he thinks it's fun now.  Leroy is still a little hesitant, but he'll figure it out.  




Suzanne said Casper who's pen is next to Leroy and Jackson, went to his gate this morning whining when she was working with those two.  So she's going to go walk him for awhile.  I'll add a video if she has one later.  


Here is Cochise toddling down the steps.  This was the first time he went up or down.








Wednesday, August 05, 2020


I haven't updated for awhile, nothing much to share I guess.  Not much news from Colorado, although they've had some practice and actually ran a couple of races.

This is a practice with our Coquette who was adopted last year and renamed Avery, she is the darker burro.  I'm not sure if the grey one is her new friend Brigs or Miss Nell, who went to Colorado as Jenny and got a wonderful forever home this summer.


This is a link to one of their practice outings.  I think the 1st donkey is Miss Nell aka use to be Jenny, Buddy Brat that doesn't like his feet wet, and little Arrow who just likes to have fun.


Things around here are pretty low key.  It's too hot to be outside most of the day.  The donkeys just stand around waiting for something to happen. This morning Shannon and Cindy came out to groom again.  They are our most devoted groomers, when they come out they spend the morning and the donkeys really enjoy being brushed.  They use to come once a week, but since it's been so hot, they've cut back, which is understandable. 

John is still planning on raking up beans in the Burro Barracks, so the donkeys can get out a little and stretch their legs.  We keep thinking this heat wave will break, but so far that hasn't happened.  Everyone is putting on weight it looks like, especially the ones that are not "svelte" to begin with, which is most of them. 

This is what it looks like under almost every tree on the property, and there are a lot of trees.  The good news is most of the trees have dropped almost all their beans, so it's just a matter of figuring out the best way to take care of the problem.

DJ the palomino pony is really looking good.  A few more pounds on him and he'll be going to his forever home.  He's really a cute little guy, not easy to catch but once you have your hands on him you can do just about anything with him.  He sure likes his mush.  When we go out to feed, he anxiously watches everything going on and starts yelling at us if it takes too long. 

This is Koshare's new fly mask because he tore up the old one.  I don't think he's had it on a week.  When we got them, the people said they were destructive.  I think they are just bored, they haven't had a chance to get out on the property and entertain themselves, because of the beans. 

Some of the donkeys are continuing to eat the shelters, one of the 4x4 uprights looks like a sharpened pencil.  I guess we won't worry about it until the lockdown is over, hopefully there will be some shelters left.  I told John we could replace with metal siding, like we had to do with Rosie, the "ringleader" and wood eating trainer in her shelter.  But he doesn't like the sight of the metal.  He might change his mind by the  time they get thru redesigning their living quarters.  LOL

I raced last week-end, finished 3rd in the main event.  The guys finishing ahead of me have really nice cars and both have more horsepower, so unless I get lucky, which means they have bad luck, that's about where I'll finish. 

The Cobalt in front I've beaten, it's those other two that are a problem. LOL  Actually I've beaten the black 22 for 2nd place, it's that #11 behind all of us in this picture that none of us can beat.........!!!    He's won all 3 main events we've ran so far.  We're suppose to race again the 29th of Aug, who knows, maybe I'll get lucky....!!!  LOL

Tuesday, July 28, 2020


When I say big I mean BIG

Quite a difference between a 1350 pound quarter horse and a 33 inch mini donkey.....!  Poor little Jackson looks like a toy...!!  George the big bay has a thing about the donkeys.  If he happens to get away from Jorga he heads down the road to come visit with them.  

Big Gus doesn't look quite so big now does he?   Actually he is almost as tall as Banana, but of course he's built a lot different and doesn't weigh as much.  Donkeys have flat muscles, horses have bulging muscles.  The flat muscles are stronger and is the reason donkeys are twice as strong as a comparable horse for their size.  Gus in his hay day probably could have pulled or carried twice as much as Banana, not sure about George. 

 This turned into a social gathering, DJ the palomino pony met his palomino big brother Banana.  I can't say he was that impressed, he was curious, but wasn't very excited.  Gus was still trying to get closer. 

I'm suppose to race this week-end.  They put out the "rules" this morning over 2 pages of them of the hoops we have to jump thru and warned us there will be officials there to see if the "rules" are followed.  If not, no more racing this year.  At this point I'd just as soon they close, being on the track is just part of what racing is about and they are sucking all the fun out of the experience. 

I'm in 2nd place for end of the year points, for whatever that's worth, and I've always went by MY "rule" that if a track gives you a place to race you owe them.  You and your car should there every race date to make the show.  The only excuses are if you are in the hospital or dead.  A couple of years ago I was in a leg cast and missed the last race of the year.  The guys tried to figure out a way to get me in the car and that actually would have been doable.  But, I needed that left leg and foot to use the clutch, and brake and there was no way to make that happen.  

My rant is over, it's just very disappointing.  Age wise  I shouldn't still be doing this anyway, so any races I miss are races I probably won't get to make up in the future.