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Another Augie and Spuds Adventure: A Visit To Asspen

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“Hmmmm….this feels REALLY good, Spuds!”

“This looks promising…another adventure!”

“Now we are both shed out, clean and ready for our
adventure, Augie!”

“Oh, look, Spuds! It’s Wrangler & Chasity! Oats
around…LOL!!”

“It’s Mirage and Francis, Augie…more oats…YAY!!!

Francis sure is PURDY, Augie!
“Still got that crush…eh, Spuds!”

“Nice to have Robin with us this time!” Are we going to get a trim?
It looks like Dean, Augie!”

“No, Spuds, maybe a bath at this Bath House?”
“This boardwalk is kinda tricky, Augie!”

“How about a haircut at the Barbershop, Spuds?”
“No, thank you, Augie! I had one last week!”

“Ah, what have we here, Spuds?
“Don’t ask, Augie! I think this is the Undertaker!”

“Oh, this is easy as pie, Augie!”
“Yeah, Yeah, Spuds!”

“Oats and a pat on the head is ALWAYS good, Augie!”
“I would agree, Spuds!”

“HMMM…sheet on the boardwalk, Augie!”

“No sweat, Spuds! We’re at the WILD ASS SALOON…
wanna drink, Spuds?”

“No? Well let’s just head around the corner then, Spuds!”

 “Under and around a hitch rail?…that’s new, Augie!”

“Time for the oats reward again, Spuds!”
“Hey, what about me, Augie?”

“Did you see the sign, Spuds? We are now leaving ASSPEN!”

“It was another GREAT ADVENTURE, Augie!
So many things to see!”

“Agreed! Too bad we have to go home now, Spuds!

“Oh, well! Jump right into the stall for more OATS, Augie!”

“Oats and a nap…sounds good, Spuds!”

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CHASITY’S CHALLENGES: Maintaining a Happy Donkey: 3-2-20

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When Chasity first arrived, we needed to keep her in quarantine, away from the other animals for a minimum of two weeks. Over the past 41 years, we altered our facility to an all-steel facility. Reduced maintenance costs enabled us to proceed converting from wood and wire to steel until we completed the process. This has greatly reduced the overall maintenance costs for the entire ranch, enabling us to purchase steel panels for the barn runs. It was easy to quarantine Chasity safely and still allow her company (at a distance, of course!) and an introduction to her future stable mate, Wrangler. About every five years, we do have to spray paint the panels to keep them looking new, but this is a small price to pay for a happy donkey!

Once out of quarantine, Chasity and Wrangler were stabled next to each other. All of our runs are bedded with four inches of pea gravel. This promotes good drainage and keeps things from getting muddy. This, in turn, provides a hard surface for good hoof health and will not chip their feet because of its rounded shape. Each of our donkeys is given a soccer ball for play in the smaller areas. The ground surface is also soft and comfortable enough for them to lie down without causing shoe boils or sores. They learn to come by calling them to the end of the runs and rewarding with oats.

The mini donkeys’ pens are the same way, as is the road around the sandy dressage arena where they can also be turned out in the larger dirt area when it is not in use. They really enjoy a good roll in the sand.

Donkeys are desert animals and can easily become obese when exposed to green pastures. I only take my donkeys out to pasture to play with me.

My 60’ x 180’ indoor arena is lined with steel panels. I have a 45’ Round Pen at one end with obstacles inside the side gates around the south end. The enclosed area makes for good obstacle training with minimal distractions. Round Pen work and turnout in the open area during bad weather is completely safe and NON-DESTRUCTIVE!

At first, Chasity would not come to me at the stall door, but after being chased once into the stall to be haltered, she soon gave in easily. I always halter in exactly the same way, in the same place. They love routine.

The oats reward assures that she will repeat the behavior. After only one lesson, she now comes to me every time to be haltered. For clean, dry stalls, we bore a 2’ wide x 4’ deep hole in the center, fill it with 1 ½” rock, cover it with four inches of pea gravel and put rubber mats on top. The pea gravel is held in with 2” x 6” boards bordered by angle iron.

Since we had no animals in the north stalls, we took down the panels and made a large turnout area bedded in four inches of pea gravel for Wrangler and Chasity. It was plenty large enough to romp and play…and not get muddy!

When I am out and about the barn, I reinforce Wrangler and Chasity’s will, as well as all the others, to come to me for their oats reward. We keep bulk rock, pea gravel and structural fill in bays behind the indoor arena.

When the equines are in turnout, we replenish the pea gravel as needed with the Skidsteer.

Wrangler and Chasity, our miniature donkeys Augie & Spuds, miniature mule Francis and miniature horse Mirage also have alternate access to a very large 2 ½ acre dirt pen…Large Standard donkeys one day, miniatures the next.

When it is dry, they can take turns on alternate days in the larger area to stretch their legs and buck to their hearts desire. They do not seem to miss being in the pasture with this kind of management and they really do stay very healthy. We have no incidence of colic, founder, abscesses, skin irritations, rashes or obesity.

Wrangler, Chasity, Augie and Spuds are TRULY HAPPY DONKEYS!


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Another Augie and Spuds Adventure: SnowPlay

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Another Augie and Spuds Adventure: Boundaries at Play with Augie and Spuds

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11-24-19

Getting down to your mini’s eye level so that he can make eye contact with you will foster good behavior and produce a willing relationship of trust between you. Learning how to begin the relationship with your miniature equine in a positive and natural way, and setting reasonable boundaries for behavior, discourages striking, jumping on you and other undesirable and abrupt behaviors that are common when working with miniature equines. The results of using this safe approach to miniature training have been amazing! My minis are always calm, happy to cooperate, play safely and continue to learn! Learn more about this gentle and effective way to manage and train YOUR mini on my website at www.luckythreeranch.com under TRAINING and in the STORE.

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Another Augie and Spuds Adventure: Quality Time With Augie and Spuds

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11-15-19

Miniature horses, donkeys and mules all have one thing in common; everyone else is taller than they are! As the saying goes, the eyes are the window to the soul so it is understandable that they would become anxious if they are unable to look into a person’s eyes to decide whether they are friend or foe. With safety always as my first priority, I work with my minis from a lower position whenever it’s safe to do so. That way, I can make eye contact with them, and I make certain they are always lavishly rewarded with an oats reward for their compliance. You can make fun of me if you want to, but another thing that is important is the way you talk to them. Baby talk INVITES their interest where a perpetually firm voice, or a clicker, does not invite the same kind of intimacy. The results of using this safe approach to miniature have been amazing! My minis are always calm and happy to cooperate and learn! Learn more about this gentle and effective way to manage and train YOUR mini on my website at www.luckythreeranch.com under TRAINING and in the STORE.

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Another Augie and Spuds Adventure: Shenanigans in the Hayfields

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Do you need some help with the lead ropes?
  

The saddle mules are headed for turnout. Where do you think we are going, Spuds?

Looks like we’re headed for the hayfield, Augie!

Looks like you were right, Spuds!
Isn’t it beautiful, Augie?!

What is that big yellow thing, Augie?!
That’s Chad, Spuds…oh, you mean the swather?!

How do you do, Augie? Now smile for the picture!

How do you do, Spuds? Not so sure?

WOW! That big thing sure makes a lot of noise!

Now where are we going, Augie?!

These are some really deep windrows!

And some really tall grass is growing in the jump course, Augie!

Boy, I’ll say it’s tall, Spuds! I can’t see a thing! Where are we going?

Spuds, Augie, Are you guys into having a picnic out here?

You bet! This is really cool!

Smile for the camera, Boys!

We are very happy with you, Mini Momma, aren’t we Spuds?!

I wuv you, too, Mini Momma!

And I love you both!  What a grand picnic!

LTR Presents: Spuds & Augie in “Spa Days”

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Our miniature donkeys, Spuds & Augie, have a day in the “spa”. Watch the adorable music video compilation of their grooming sessions.

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Another Augie and Spuds Adventure: Because It’s There

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“It’s a beautiful Fall day, Augie! Where do you think we are we going this time?”

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“Maybe I shouldn’t have asked!”

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“It wasn’t really THAT bad, was it, Spuds?!”

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“Hey, Spuds, come look in here! It’s pretty cool!”

“Has she finally lost her mind, Augie?! We can’t fit in there!”

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“It’s okay Fellas! We aren’t really going to try to climb in there! I was just kidding!”

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“Guess the joke was on us this time, eh Augie?…Hmmmm…what’s this?”

“THIS is a big ditch full of water with a floating culvert, Spuds!”

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“Oh fun!…Another mountain! I’m get to go first this time, Augie!”

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“Boy, are these guys BIG, Augie! They are all really nice though!”

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“Oh good, we get to see even more of our BIG friends, Spuds!”

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“Where are we headed now, Augie!”

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“It looks like we have some gate-training going on here, Spuds!”

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“Remember to stand quietly while she shuts the gate, Augie!”

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“She’s really proud of this new bathroom they are building, Spuds, so be sure to seem interested so you don’t hurt her feelings!”

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“Okay, I’m in Augie, but I am also ready to exit stage right!”

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“Wait a second, You Guys, I have a rock in my shoe!”

“Wait, Spuds, Mom has a rock in her shoe!”

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“Isn’t this a cool statue, Spuds?”

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“Yeah, that one was cool, but this one is my favorite, Augie!”

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“Hey, Spuds! This one is just our size!!!”

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“More gate training and we’re home again! What a great time we had on such a gorgeous Fall day!

To learn more about Meredith Hodges and her comprehensive all-breed equine training program, visit LuckyThreeRanch.com or call 1-800-816-7566. Check out her children’s website at JasperTheMule.com.Also, find Meredith on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

© 2016, 2017, 2021 Lucky Three Ranch, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

What’s New: Spuds & Augie in “Learner’s Permit”

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Everyone loves learning to drive and miniature donkeys, Spuds & Augie are no different! Watch their progress as Meredith puts them through their paces.

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Another Augie and Spuds Adventure: Ground Drive Hayfield

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“Hey, Augie! The sign says, ‘Beware of the Ass,’ but I say, ‘Beware of the Ass Trainer!’ We might actually have to do some work!”

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“It’s nice to have a “Header” to follow right out of the Tack barn! That way we can start out on the right “feet!”

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“One, two, three, four…one, two, three, four…I wonder where we are headed today, Spuds?!”

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“Oh, WOW! We get to go to the hayfield, Spuds. Wide open spaces are FUN!”

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“Be sure to stay in sync, Spuds! One, two, three, four…one, two, three, four…”

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“Gotcha, Augie! Boy is this grass GREEN!”

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“Great halt, Spuds! Now remember we can’t move or we won’t get our oats reward!”

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“Aah, what’s this, Augie!”

“It’s just a culvert so we don’t have to jump the water in the ditch anymore, Spuds!”

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“This is A LOT easier, Augie!”

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“I guess we’re headed for home now, Augie!”

“Another wonderful adventure, eh Spuds?! Maybe we really don’t have to ‘Beware of the Ass Trainer’ after all!”

To learn more about Meredith Hodges and her comprehensive all-breed equine training program, visit LuckyThreeRanch.com or call 1-800-816-7566. Check out her children’s website at JasperTheMule.com. Also, find Meredith on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

© 2016, 2017, 2021 Lucky Three Ranch, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Another Augie and Spuds Adventure: Barrels in the Park

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“Hey Spuds, where are we going today? What’s that over there?”

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“Oh, it’s just the barrels. I remember ground driving through these!”

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“This is my favorite part of the lessons, Augie!”

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“What the heck does she want now, Augie?”

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“Okay, I get it now Augie!” That was easy!”

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“Now what is she up to? I have to work by myself?!”

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“Spuds, I just can’t back between the barrels. I can’t see where I’m going!”

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“I’ll show you how, Augie! Forward around the barrels? No sweat!”

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“Back around the barrels in a figure eight?! Easy as pie!”

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“And the reward is always just heavenly!”

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“Oh good…something I CAN do!”

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“Wheee! Now this IS fun!”

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“I’m not too sure about these steps, Augie!

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“But jumping sure IS fun! I am so glad she made us pay attention to good posture during training!”

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“It was another great adventure, eh Spuds?!”
“Yup, it sure was!”

 

To learn more about Meredith Hodges and her comprehensive all-breed equine training program, visit LuckyThreeRanch.com or call 1-800-816-7566. Check out her children’s website at JasperTheMule.com. Also, find Meredith on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

© 2016, 2017, 2021 Lucky Three Ranch, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Another Augie and Spuds Adventure: The Mounting Block

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“Hey Augie, what’s she want us to do today?!”

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“I think she wants me to JUMP!”

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“It’s a good thing the surface is rough enough to stop, Spuds!”
“I was afraid it wasn’t, so I got out of your way, Augie!”

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“It IS a mounting block, but…

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 I’m not sure you can hold me!”

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“I think not, so I’ll just jump down…

and be careful not to clip your head!”

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“I’m not sure I can do this as well as you did, Augie!!!”

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“Can you at least TRY, Spuds?!”

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“Okay Augie, I’ll try!”

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“WHOA! OOPS!….”

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“Are you okay, Spuds?”
“That was some kinda sliding stop, Spuds!!!”

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“Thanks a lot, Augie! I’m getting down now!”
“Hey Spuds, watch out!!!”

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“Is it time for oats now?!!!!”

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“She would NEVER forget the oats if we do what she asks, Spuds!
“Is that why you usually get more than me, Augie?!”

To learn more about Meredith Hodges and her comprehensive all-breed equine training program, visit LuckyThreeRanch.com or call 1-800-816-7566. Check out her children’s website at JasperTheMule.com. Also, find Meredith on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

© 2015, 2017, 2021 Lucky Three Ranch, Inc. All Rights Reserved.