Tuesday, August 3, 2010
It is a 60 foot circle where 1 horse and 1 person can inter act in a controlled space.
The person's goal is to get the horse to Walk, Trot. Whoa. and Stand on command.
It also gives the trainer a place to work off some of the horse's EXTRA ENERGY safely!
Many horses need time in the round pen to be able to settle down enough for a rider to safely mount and ride.
Our 4 horses are not broke to ride YET.
We are beginning at the BEGINNING!
Snowy and Baby Girl are the first two to be introduced to Sabra and the round pen training.
I watched and this morning, I took Huck in for a brief session. She was so worried about being there without her pals and watching them run around in the field, that it took most of her time in the pen to just get her to pay attention to me and then to WALK around the circle.
TROT isn't an option with her yet. She finally settled down and would complete 2 whole circles with me walking fairly close to her. She is not comfortable very far from me right now.
Next in the pen was Polly.
She did pretty well EXCEPT for wanting to STOP all the time and eat the grass. When I got her past that point, she walked the circle with me quite a ways away from her on the long line and also was able to complete a couple of circles at a trot. WHOA is yet to be accomplished quickly.
We will update our progress with the horses and put in a couple of photos as soon as we get a new camera!
Monday, July 12, 2010
WE ARE OPEN THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY APRIL
THROUGH SEPTEMBER FROM 10 TO 4.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME AT ANOTHER TIME THAT WORKS IN YOUR SCHEDULE, PLEASE CALL TONIE AT :
THERE ARE PRESENTLY, 12 DONKEYS IN OUR HERD.
STARTING WITH THE OLDEST AND WORKING DOWN THROUGH THE HERD, HERE ARE THEIR NAMES:
CHOCOLATE DELIGHT a chocolate brown jenny
SERENA a slate grey jenny with a black nose
SHADOW a slate grey jenny with a white blaze on face
COWBOY a spotted, brown, grey. white jack, (our stud jack)
CISCO KID a dark brown jack ,( stud jack )
SMOOCHIE a grey-dunn jenny
EMMA a grey-dunn jenny
COMMANCHE MOON a spotted jack ( stud jack)
CHOCOLATE'S SUPRISE red and brown jenny
PONCHO grey dunn gelding
TINKER BELL grey dunn jenny
BRONCO BILLY grey dunn jack with red and black ears and black stripe
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
As I said in my last post, it takes me a while to pick the "right" name foe the new babies around the farm.
He will be called BRONCO BILLY from now on. Of course, that will get shortened to BRONCO in no time.
He loves to race around the pasture with his tail straight out and his little nose up in the air. He bucks like a rodeo bronco just for the fun of it. He is full of life and seems to be enjoying it immensely!
He comes right up to the fence to be petted.
Like all mini donkeys, he loves attention.
I have not put him with the older group of babies yet. I will eventually add, Smoochie, Serena and Bronco Billy in with the rest of the female donkey herd.
It has been said ,by many breeders, that a male donkey ,(known as a jack), will often times try to kill a youngster that is not his offspring.
I would not take any chances with any of my donkeys!
I recently watched one of my jacks go after a little dog who ventured into his pasture. Donkeys do not like dogs. They will attack one if it enters their field. Many folks use mini donkeys to protect their sheep from dogs and coyotes for this very reason.
A donkey will chase it's prey head on and strike at it with their front feet and their teeth. They roll the offending animal under their hoooves and stomp it to death.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The gestation period for mini donkeys is anywhere from 10 to 14 months so it is very hard to know exactly when a new baby will arrive. This little guy took 13 months and he is a winner!
Our newest baby donkey has arrived safe and sound. I found him trying to get all 4 of his legs coordinated so he could stand up, at 10:30 the other night in the barn with his mom, Smoochie.
It was Smoochie's first baby, and while she loved him to death and could not stop licking him, there was no way she was going to let that child nurse!
That area of her body was OFF LIMITS! She had no idea that she held the milk he needed to get going and make it in this new world. She would kick at him every time he tried to head in that direction or went behind her.
After about 3 hours of frustration on all 3 of our parts, I intervened and tied her up 3 ways until she had only 3 legs to stand on. Then I had to wait for him to find the right spot. Once he latched onto that teat he was a happy baby. I let him have as long a drink as he wanted and then I untied her and went to bed! By this time it was 2:30 in the morning! The next day ,when I went down to the barn, Mom and Baby were doing fine. Smoochie was allowing him to nurse with no problems.
He is now 2 weeks old and runs around the pasture like a little "wild man". His little tail is straight out and he flies along the ground. He loves to buck and jump up on his hind legs. I am trying to figure out the best name for him. It always takes me a while to come up with what seems to me to be the perfect name for the new animals around the farm.
Come out and visit. He is outside with his Mom, his Aunt, and his Grandma on good weather days.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Saturday morning I was showing some folks the new lambs and right then one of the ewes began to lamb.
Eventually she produced a large fellow but he was not breathing
I got him breathing but then took a look to see what he was, boy or girl, and discovered that he was bleeding out!
His umbilical cord was herniated and protruding out of his belly!
I had the poor folks who were watching all this trauma, throw me a piece of twine that I used to tie off the bleeding area. I rushed up to the house to get my keys to take him to the vet.
Jenny Thrasher was here looking at a piece of furniture that she wanted to buy and she immediately offered to drive.
Thank goodness for her quick help.
Newberg Vet Hospital put him back together and I am happy to say that he is doing fine 6 days later.
Check out the wonderful photos that Jenny has on her BlogSpot.
Here is the link: http://jennythrasherphotography.blogspot.com
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
WE WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM , THURSDAY THRU SUNDAY
IF THE WEATHER COOPERATES, THE NEW BABY LAMBS WILL BE
OUTSIDE WITH THEIR MOTHERS.
IF NOT, YOU CAN STILL SEE THE LLAMA , HORSES, AND MOST OF THE MINI DONKEYS. WE HAVE MANY WONDERFUL NEW ITEMS IN THE SHOPS AND IN THE GARDEN!
COME BROWSE THROUGH OUR ECLECTIC SELECTION .
YOU ARE SURE TO SPOT SOMETHING YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE
WITH YOU FOR YOUR OWN YARD OR HOME!
PUT APRIL 9, 10 & 11 AND APRIL 16, 17 & 18 ON YOUR AGENDA FOR THE
Favorite 5 Country Farms 5th annual SPRING TOUR OF FARMS!
You can get all the details from us and a map of the locations when you stop
by THE FARM.