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Meredith gets a lot of letters and emails from people with training questions about their equines. Here, she offers some practical advice for training your donkeys.
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Question: Thank you so much for the information!! I really appreciate it. Would using a muzzle be beneficial or harmful to his training? Or should I say my training? I grew up raising and showing horses. The donkey is a new concept. He is with my quarter horse gelding I rescued. I wanted the donkey as a companion for my horse. Was that a bad idea or is this something that will pass (following your advice) as time passes? Again, thank you so much for helping me through this.
Answer: Thank you for your email. You are so welcome! I believe that muzzles are a lazy person’s answer to good management. They just want to be able to put the animal on pasture and feed (and manage) when it is convenient for them. Donkeys are very smart animals and although they readily accept you putting on a muzzle, they will often figure out a way to get it off, or adjust it so they can eat what they want with it on anyway. Besides, having a halter or muzzle on their head puts them at risk of it getting caught on something and causing injury. I guess you would have to ask yourself…”How would I feel if someone tried to muzzle me to control my eating habits?” This is why it is important to use a mutually satisfying management and training program. Even Pat Parelli agrees that horses SHOULD be trained, the way that Longears MUST BE TRAINED for the best results.
If your horse does not kick at the donkey, then it is probably all right. However, if there is any kicking going on, I would separate them. One well-placed kick could snap the smaller donkey’s bones.
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“Thank you for your quick response. I wish I had found out about you when I got back into horses. I have always thought that people push out horses way too fast. Out of all the research and books that I have purchased starting back to 2001, not one person had the knowledge you have. I am so very appreciative to have a teacher like you.”
“Thank you for posting your wonderful training videos! I am a teacher at Ridgetown College, and while I state these things to them, and show them with our school horses, it is a great repetition for them to hear it from someone else! Your equines are fabulous! I enjoy the videos even more because of the mules.”
"This is just a quick email to let you know that my donkey, that you helped me with recently (advice on feeding regime, etc.), is now looking like a million dollars. She has lost weight in her stomach over her crest and her rump and above her tail. She is charging around with much energy. I have done some in hand with her but not a lot but lack of exercise aside she has really got a great “figure” and seems very happy. Although she still seems prone to thrush, she has lost the puss from frog problem (I wonder if that was the processed food?)”
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Spring of 2020 is not being good to the Mule Artist! (except I am virus free so far!) I have used this time off to get things accomplished and more on that in a moment, but a “biggie” is my husband (Terry Steiner) had a BIG heart attack on Wednesday, May 13!!! He actually “died” twice and had to be resuscitated both times and wound-up in the big hospital in Coeur d'Alene for 4 days. He is home now and doing OK but not great. They had to put him on one of those awful ventilators and it has torn-up his throat and voice box. Now, he is a dramatic actor in his real life with a demanding and booming voice and it is disconcerting to not hear that sound when he is trying to talk.
As to the attack itself, it turns out it was the meds he was taking for the back pain. Twelve of them. Four contained potassium!!! Critter lovers know potassium is what the vet shoots into the heart to euthanize our animal friends! It kills.
But, before all this happened, I decided to tackle a daunting project for a customer--painting 27 mules on one of those incredible ground-driven combines. It turned out pretty fine and I just might make a print from it later this year.
Otherwise, things are fine on the brass ass and my mule is shedding like crazy.
Like every mule-freak, I am missing Bishop Mule Days terribly, but how grateful I was home to handle the husband’s emergency.
KEEPING MY TRACES TIGHT!
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Hello all from the strange reality of 2020. I hope it has been kind to you.
In my small, isolated county, there have been a number of cases and a few deaths. Luckily, we're rural and can stay distanced most of the time. What this means for many is normal trips to the grocery (twice a month) and a lot of normal time spent doing farm chores. Fences always need mending. Animals always need tending. My routine right now has been expanded as I finally did a bucket-list item and got two LaMancha goats. Who would have thought, loving donkeys and mules with those great big ears, that LaManchas with practically NO ears would be my favorite goat breed?
The Registry is hanging on, only by way of being remote. So many people have lost jobs and income, we know everyone is struggling. We're trying to keep a bright outlook for the future, hoping some normalcy will return in the fall, and we'll be able to show, to ride in groups, to visit friends. It's a good time, though, to look at your breeding plan. That jennet that has always had a little bit of a hard time recovering from foaling? How about give her this year off. If you have yearlings and weanlings in the pasture right now, why not give everyone a little break, spend that extra time working with the little ones and doing some more advanced training? While we sincerely hope the market will swing the other way, there is winter to think of - hay, grain, upkeep... will you make it through?
Also, another good time to mention that if you don't have a will, PLEASE make one. Make sure people know what your plans are... and who takes care of the animals in the horrific event of untimely death. Been there, had to deal with that, and it's not something that's fun. Make your wishes plain, make sure your executor knows where to find important paperwork. And this isn't just because of COVID-19, the unfortunate fact is we could go at anytime. Take a day and make the life of your kids and relatives easier just in case something does happen.
We wish you all long life, preferably worry free out on the porch in the evenings, boots up, sipping your favorite beverage, but being custodians to animals means we have to think ahead. Get all the bad stuff out of the way and planned for, so you can have the time to sit back and enjoy the good!
Stay safe, hug your longears, until next time,
Leah Patton, office manager, ADMS
The Am. Donkey & Mule Soc.
PO Box 1210, Lewisville TX 75067
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