Sunday, September 30, 2007


This article should be required reading for every American, that thinks closing down the equine slaughter houses in the U.S. "fixes" the problem. There's nothing I can say about the article except don't read it before eating, or going to bed. But do read it.........!!! And maybe share your thoughts with your Congressmen.

Friday, September 28, 2007

CHESTER'S A NEW MAN............!!!

It is amazing to see the difference in Chester's demeanor today. He had spent a lot of time laying down, every day & I assume at night too. This morning when we went out to feed, he was on his feet, flirting with Molly mule thru the fence, & challenging poor old Sha'ba thru the fence on the other side. It's amazing what a good foot trim will do for a guy. This afternoon about an hour before feeding time, I opened the gate & let him out. I watched him for awhile & he seemed to be doing OK, very interested in eating mesquite leaves.

When John went to round everyone up, Chester really wasn't interested in going back into his pen, even though Shiloh was trying to keep him from rubbing noses with Belle. Chester has some "war" wounds, so I guess they were busy establishing their pecking order. Shiloh is a pretty good street fighter. It took him 2 years to come out of his shell, but once he did, he has definate ideas on how things should go. Even though Chester is lame he's bigger than Shiloh, so hopefully no one will get hurt. We'll let him out a couple of hours every afternoon for a few days, till he gets use to being out & having the other donkeys to interact with. He rubbed noses with Jenny & that seemed to go well.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Before they could be trimmed, he had to go to sleep for awhile. This is Dr. Tibbets searching for the vein. John & Katie weren't just standing there observing, they had him pinned against the fence. For some reason he wasn't the least bit interested in cooperating with all these people. Actually it went better than it could have. He's not mean & although he tried to avoid us, he gave in with a certain amount of grace.

Katie trimmed off a bunch of hoof & frog. She grabbed hold of the frog & started pulling. I thought maybe she was going to pull his frog off his foot, but it was all overgrowth from not being trimmed in a long time. His feet look good & this afternoon, he seemed to be moving better. I'll give him a couple of days to get use to his new feet, & then let him out to start roaming with the rest of them. I really think he's going to have better use of his shoulder & will be able to walk easier, once he gets out & gets some exercise.
Dr. Tibbets also removed the proud flesh off Jenny's foot. As we expected it really bled, & had to be wrapped in a pressure bandage. The worse thing was behind the proud flesh were maggots. The flies really liked that foot, now I know why. UGH!

Had to lance a large swollen area on Pepper's nose this morning, probably an infected cactus thorn. Poor old boy, it looked sore & from the way he acted it was. He doesn't like to be messed with & lets you know it. He throws his head around, & when the area of interest is on his muzzle, it's a rather hit & miss operation. This evening it looked pretty good, so hopefully he'll be OK in the morning.

Buddy's jaw is still swollen where the tumor was removed from the bone last week. Haven't heard about the biopsy yet. Dr. Taylor was really interested in finding out what kind of tumor it was, since it looked rather unusual.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


No big surprises although he still isn't thrilled with a fly mask. At his old home they had fly misters, so I don't know if he's ever had many fly masks in his life. He thinks turning his butt to you will make it go away. We've found out if you pop him on the butt with the fly mask, then he will stand & let you put it on.

Yesterday Terry came to groom, whoever would like to be groomed. Chester even got to get brushed. He was a little hesitant, but Terry is so quiet & patient, that he relaxed & I'm sure will look forward to next time.

Old Pepper is still limping around & his soles are still below the hoof wall. Katie will be here Thur to trim Chester & I'm sure she'll agree that Pepper needs less sole than he has. Jenny's feet are growing out enough now that the weak & missing areas of her hoof wall have reached the ground. That means they are breaking off & leaving large chunks of hoof wall missing. So far it doesn't seem to bother her. If she starts being tender footed, I'll have to wrap her feet. I'd rather not, because if you wrap you take a chance on trapping moisture, a great environment for bacteria or fungus growth.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Our new boy is settling in just fine. The swelling in his leg is going down, & he's walking much better. Yesterday morning I walked out the door & saw a donkey I didn't recognize, under the big mesquite with Sugar trying to play. I yelled & wished I had a camera. His head jerked up, ears at attention, looking at me like, "see how smart I am, I figured out how to get out of that old pen"........!!! We were afraid he would be evasive, but John got behind him, & he went back in like gentleman.

The Vet & trimmer will be here next Thur to get his feet shortened. Once that's done & he has a couple of days to learn to walk with short feet, we'll let him out & see how it goes. I think he will get along just fine, if he doesn't try to overdue it the first few days, till he gets use to moving around over rough ground.

We're thinking of doing a name change on him. If they have a name when they come, we usually don't change it. But we think we have a perfect new name for him. If the gray males don't have a name we use gun manufacturer names for them. You know "gun barrel gray"..........!!!! We would like to name him Winchester & call him Chester, which would also have meaning. In the show Gunsmoke, one of Matt Dillon's sidekicks, was named Chester, & he was crippled. I e-mailed the former owner & asked it if would be OK with him. Haven't heard back yet. I do find it easier to remember Chester without thinking.

Molly is going great guns on this clicker training stuff. She started out confused, & I thought maybe this isn't going to work with her. But once the light bulb went off, I can't walk around carrying the target without having to almost run for my life..........!!!! Well that might be a stretch, but she definately wants to put her nose on the target.

Everyone else is doing good. I think everyone is enjoying the cooler weather, I know I am.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


We picked Biscuit up yesterday as planned & it went well. We transfered him directly from one trailer to the other, so he didn't have to step down. His feet are horribly long & one of the first things we will do, is get them trimmed. We were going to try to do it, but this morning his bad leg from elbow to knee is swollen, & after looking at his feet, they need some professional attention anyway. We'll probably have the Vet come out & put him on the ground, so the farrier can work without trying to balance Biscuit on 3 legs. Besides he's been used as roping donkey, & consequently doesn't want his legs messed with, let alone his feet picked up. He does stand around with his bad leg turned under, although when he walks he walks like he should. We might have to find some sort of brace for him to wear for awhile to retrain the nerves & muscles, we'll see what the Vet says.

He's a big boy, about the size of BlackJack, & seems to be very mellow although not a snuggly type of fellow. We use a golf cart to haul the hay buckets thru the pens. Sometimes this is a problem with a new donkey, if they've never seen such a thing before. He didn't even pay any attention to it.

The Vet checked Molly's belly & scar tissue from her surgery. He said she has a very small hernia, but other than that said she should be just fine if someone wanted to train her to ride or anything else. We've been playing around with clicker training the last few days, & I think she just wants to be a fun loving mule, with someone to play with her, rather than having to work........!!!

They x-rayed Buddy's lump on his jaw & the decision was made to remove it. This is Dr. Taylor doing his thing. Buddy's head is under the blue drape, his neck is to the left. He's laying on his back on a table. They had to use a hammer & chisel to break the lump away from his jawbone. He was a little drunk when they brought him out of recovery, but we managed to get him into the trailer, with Biscuit. Buddy preceded to try to kick the snot out of Biscuit. I had a vested interest in this process, since I was in the trailer with them at the time. Buddy was too wobbly to be accurate & finally decided he better keep all feet on the floor of the trailer.

Molly had to ride in the 2nd section of the trailer, because when we put her in with Buddy that morning, she decided she was going to kick him into next week. And she didn't give up, so we quickly moved her & shut the gate between them in the trailer.

The logistics of getting a Vet & a farrier out here at the same time, is going to be fun. Hopefully I can get them together this week, but that would be some type of miracle, probably........!!!

Monday, September 17, 2007


As soon as we get the pens cleaned & everyone gets thru with their breakfast, we'll get on the road with Buddy Brat & Molly. It's about a 3 hour trip, if everything goes well. The owner of Biscuit will bring him to the clinic to turn him over to us. While we are at the clinic we will probably have them look at his shoulder. It was never x-rayed, although the Vet that said it was a broken shoulder has worked with race horses, & probably has seen enough lameness to know what he was talking about.

Pictures tomorrow..........!!!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007


We're picking up Biscuit the donkey with the broken shoulder Monday when we take Molly & Buddy Brat up to Gilbert to the Vet clinic. It's a good thing Cinder is going home today, or we would have to build another pen.........!!!!! I don't know how crippled he is, so we will keep him in a pen for awhile. The man said he walks normal sometimes, so hopefully he'll be able to get out & roam with the rest of them.

Tula is doing pretty good with her "training". I put a long rope on her halter & she seems to have a working knowledge of halters, ropes & things like that. That's not to say she accepts them gracefully, but she certainly knows where to put her feet to avoid stepping on a rope.

Molly the little mule is getting a little pushy, so I guess we will have to start "mule training 101". Since she's never been trained & I've never trained, this should be interesting. I've been trying to lead her by just putting my hand under her jaw & have her follow me. She thought that was fun for awhile, but she wants to move faster than I do, so I guess we'll have to revert to halter & rope for leading.

Jenny is walking pretty good right now. I'm still working on a blob of proud flesh that is growing out of her right front hoof. The Vet gave me some creme to put on it, that didn't work. In the past, I've had good results with Equaide on other types of wounds, & I think eventually it will take care of this blob. It's going to be a long process, because of the amount of tissue involved.

Donkey Rescued

Friday, September 14, 2007

When we checked Pepper last night about 10pm, he was ready to go out, & didn't feel warm, so we let him out. This morning he was back to his usual hungry pushy obnoxious self. I can't imagine 1 bute brought him back from death's door, so can only assume whatever he had wasn't serious. Seeing him stand with his ears hanging was scary.

He is still stumbling & favoring his right front foot. I picked it up this morning & noticed his sole is really thick & below the hoof wall. My first thought was he had false sole but it doesn't sound hollow if you tap on it with a hoof pick. Walking on the sole like that is probably why he is limping.

I'll get in touch with Katie & see what she thinks we need to do, if anything. His feet & sole are so hard, I know I can't trim it.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

This is what we face when we open the door & attempt to walk out of the feed room at feeding time. Belle is on the porch & always makes sure she is closest to the door. These five don't go into pens to be fed, they all eat at about the same speed.

Tonight when Pepper came in for supper, he seemed lethargic & was coughing a little bit. I took his temperature, it was 102.5, average for donkeys is 97.2 - 100 degrees. I gave him some bute, & John will check him tonight when he lets most of them out for the night. Hopefully it isn't anything serious. Although Pepper has Cushings & is Insulin Resistant, he's never been sick since he's been here, except for one episode of founder over 3 years ago.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


I got an e-mail this morning from a woman that reads the blog & "fixed" the picture of Queenie & me. Looks a lot better doesn't it? Thanks, Donna

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


This picture of Queenie & me was taken in the summer of 1951. We had a rough & rocky relationship, up to & including me doing a quick dismount on my head in the 4th of July parade. I still remember sorta sitting up as a cop ran thru the horses to grab me & watching the crowd part as she took off for parts unknown. It wasn't her fault, the small cannon being set off wasn't what she was expecting. And I wasn't expecting her to buck. Smiley Burnett was in the parade too, which I thought was exciting........!!! I think he stayed on his horse for the whole parade though, unlike me.........!!!

Yesterday we hauled an Arab stallion to Tucson for a friend. Sultan was going in for training as a Sport horse. I guess this is a new division for showing horses. I asked the trainer about it, & still don't know for sure what they do. They have a large operation, there were 3 large barns with row after row of stalls. The stalls were only about 12 x 12, & built in such a way the horses can't see into the stalls beside them. Sultan was not happy at being put in a stall & started kicking & snorting. I can't blame him, I feel bad when any of our guys have to stay in a pen & our pens are at least 24 x 26.

They also had a pretty spotted donkey named Cecil. Unfortunately Cecil is eating alfalfa & more of it than he needs. His crest is in danger of falling over & he has fat pockets all over his body. Poor little guy, people just don't realize how dangerous a high sugar - starch, diet is for donkeys. And this is people that obviously are very knowledgable about equines. In fact when Sultan came out of the trailer, they commented on his weight & probable lack of exercise. Yet they don't see a possible problem of their own.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

We don't have this many, but sometimes it seems like it..............!!!! I would imagine this picture was taken during WW1, in the mule holding pens for the war effort. Might not be, but they used a lot of mules in that war, & had gathering areas all over the country.

Everyone is doing pretty good. Haven't heard from Cinder's mom yet, as to when she will be picking her up. Right now all the pens are full. We moved Sugar out to eat with the 4 that don't eat in pens, when Tula came home. Now it looks like we will be picking up a new little guy, when we take Buddy & Molly up to the clinic in Gilbert the 17th. Got a call this week, about Seabiscuit, (Not sure I can live with that name.......!!! (G) The man that has him, bought him from ropers with a broken shoulder. It was x-rayed late last year & it wasn't a bad break, but he still limps & although the man has horses, he doesn't really have a place for the donkey. As John says, there always seems to be a place for one more. The man will meet us at the clinic & transfer him to our trailer. Hopefully Cinder will be gone, so we can put him in her pen. We actually have more corral panels, & could build another pen, but have already used up all the "easy" places to put pens. Besides if we build more pens, we'll have areas for more donkeys, which might not be a good idea........!!!!

Thursday, September 06, 2007


I just added a You Tube video to the links on the right. Daisy's feet looked a lot like Trudy's foot did, except she was not walking on her fetlocks yet, just the top of her hoof. I'll warn you the ending is the same unfortunately.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

TULA IS BACK.......!!!!

I took this picture of Tula this morning. We picked her up from Terry's yesterday afternoon. She was not cooperating with Terry, & in fact was turning Terry's 2 donkeys into wild donkeys. She also is very vocal & has a healthy set of lungs. Terry lives on an acreage, but still has neighbors that might not think donkey braying is musical. We all decided if Miss Tula wasn't going to cooperate & was going to be disruptive, then she might as well come back here.

We picked her up, came home, let her out of the trailer into the pens, she trotted back to her pen, turned around & looked at us like, "Now what". She remembers the routine around here & was very upset last night when everyone else got to go over on Burroland & she stayed in the pen.

You will notice she has a halter on with a rope hanging from it. I started out this morning with upping the ante in this relationship. She has never been afraid of people, although she is afraid of what they are going to do to her. We waited for her to build trust with us. Terry worked with her very gently & thought she would come around. Neither way worked, so I am going to push her to accept something new every day. Today she is walking around in her pen with a rope hanging from a halter. Doesn't seem to bother her, & in fact she walks with her head turned to the side, which leads me to believe, she's been down this road before.

Found a pocket of habronema larvae on Sha'ba's sheath this morning. I've been doctoring it for awhile, knew they were in there, but had to wait till they came to the surface. I use to dig them out, but have found out if I keep ivermectrin on the area, in a few days they die & fall out.

Jenny has lost a large piece off the front of her right front hoof. It's the area that had infection trapped in the hoof when she came here. It had to be cut out & soaked to get rid of the infection. That made the area thin walled & now that it's grown down to the ground it's breaking off. Hopefully it won't break off deep enough to make her lame.

Monday, September 03, 2007


Even if some of these don't pertain to donkeys, most of them do........!!!

"Only horse people...

* Believe in the 11th Commandment: Inside leg to outside rein.

* Know that all topical medications come in either indelible blue or neon

* Think nothing of eating a sandwich after mucking out stables.

* Know why a thermometer has a yard of yarn attached to one end of it.

* Are banned from Laundromats.

* Fail to associate whips, chains and leather with sexual deviancy.

* Can magically lower their voices five octaves to bellow at a pawing horse.

* Have a language all their own ("If he pops his shoulder, I have to close
that hand and keep pushing with my seat in case he sucks back".)

* Will end relationships over their hobby.

* Cluck to their cars to help them up hills.

* Insure their horses for more than their cars.

* Will give you 20 names and reasons for that bump on your horse.

* Know more about their horse's nutrition than their own.

* Have neatsfoot oil stains on the carpet right next to the TV.

* Have a vocabulary that can make a sailor blush.

* Have less wardrobe than their horse.

* Engage in a hobby that is more work than their day job.

* Know that mucking stalls is better then Zoloft any day.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

CRUELTY vs CULTURE....... you be the judge???

How would you feel if you saw this at a rodeo?
"You are in the front row. A bony Arabian mare stands so close you can see the scars on her flanks, and the terror in her eyes. Three men on horseback swoop down on the mare, chasing her with swinging lariats, until she's galloping 25 miles an hour. Each time the mare races round the ring, a fourth man aims a rope at the mare's forelegs. The goal: to topple her to the ground, and win points.

This mare has already been lassoed several times - those scars you saw were rope burns that carved away inches of her flesh. But this time the mare won't get up again. She crashes head over heels, breaks her leg, and is euthanized."
The 3 events which include tripping are:

  • piales en la lienzo -- roping of the hind legs of a horse
  • manganas a pie -- tripping or felling of a horse from on foot
  • manganas a caballo -- tripping or felling a horse from horseback
Charro Rodeo History

The charreada is the national sport of Mexico. It is a time-honored tradition dating back to 16th century Spain and brought to the Americas after the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 1520. In the early 1700s, the "sport" moved to the Mexican ranch where ranchers roped steers and bucking horses in a display of their skill, horsemanship, and machismo. In the 1950s and '60s, charro associations began to crop up in the U. S., eventually becoming established in six states in the Midwest and Southwest (Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, and Texas). Today, all U. S. charreada competitions are overseen by 84 charro federations.

Cruelty versus Culture

The charreada is based on the notion that the charro must be a brave and skilled horseman to confront the fury of a wild horse and bring the animal to the ground. Such romantic legend, however, ! has little relevance to the manner in which the rodeos are practiced today. "Killer" buyers purchase unwanted horses at auction and squeeze the last nickel out of these pitiful creatures by renting them out, at about $65 per day, for a weekend of torture in the charro rodeos. There, the frightened animals are lassoed and tripped repeatedly in 3 different horse tripping events. Some horses have been known to try to leap over walls in an attempt to escape from the arena, only to be captured and brought back to be subjected to more torment -- all to the cheers of the spectators. After they are used in the rodeos, the horses are sent to slaughter.

Outlawing Horse Tripping

On August 26, 1994, California Governor Pete Wilson signed into law a bill banning the intentional tripping of horses for entertainment or sport. The bill was supported by numerous groups including the California Veterinary Medical Association, the American Horse Protection Association, the California Council of Police and Sheriffs, the California District Attorney's Association, the Great American Cowboy Association, and breeder and racing associations. Hispanic organizations also endorsed the legislation. The banning of intentional horse tripping for entertainment does not end the Mexican charreada tradition, merely the 3 events involving an act which inflicts needless suffering on animals.

Horse-tripping is so cruel that it has been banned in other U.S. states, California, Florida, Illinois, Maine, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, in film and TV production, by! the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), and by the American Quarter Horse Association. As of this writing, the practice has spread to Nevada, Wyoming, and Colorado.
This information was collected by This is where the advertising of the rodeo is located..... This is an article in The Arizona Republic on Monday August 27, 2007 This is graphic and very painfull to watch!!!! Contact your local government to help stop "Horse Tripping" More information regarding this practice and other horse issues.

Joey Ogburn, President/Founder
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