And they are back…

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I bet my neighbors are wondering why they are hearing donkey’s braying again…

FB_20140401_21_36_43_Saved_PictureSo unfortunately the donkeys did not do their job.  I think they did not have enough time to adjust to their new life and surroundings.   I received a call from the farm asking me to come get them because a coyote got one of their sheep in the middle of the night. So we made the 1 1/2 hour trip back to NJ.  This time they walked right on to the trailer.  Until the farmer scared them when he tried to close the back of the trailer. Then they refused to go back on.  Since they are small but mighty they decided to push and pull them on and it worked okay. 

When we got back to the farm, the horses were glad to see them back at the farm and followed them around for a while.

Their next home is already lined up just waiting on the ferrier to come out and trim their hooves first.  I think this one will work out because all they have to do is eat grass, and I know they are good at that.

Good Bye Sweet Donkeys

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So the farm has been very quiet lately…  We do not hear the sound of Bilbo and Frodo braying any more because we brought them to  their new home last Wednesday.

Loading was fun!  You would not believe how strong and stubborn these little guys are. There was not way we could force them on so it was coaxing with carrots, treats and grain.  After 1/2 hour we finally did get them loaded.

WP_20150805_18_35_39_Pro WP_20150805_18_35_57_Pro WP_20150805_18_36_24_Pro WP_20150805_18_36_35_ProTheir new farm is beautiful and they now have a job: to protect the farmer’s herd of sheep.  So we walked them off of the trailer and into their new pasture of lush grass.  They were very good.  Not scared and not pulling on the leads.  At the time there were only 2 sheep in a small section of the field but they are getting more.  We let them go to eat grass and explore on their own.  The happily walked away munching.

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After a little bit they came back over to us.  Gave me the opportunity to say good buy before heading back home.

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The gentleman who runs the farm was telling us a little bit about the area. They have a yearly fox hunt, something I have always wanted to do.  The best part for me was all the farms have sections of the fence with actual jumps in them so as a horseback rider on a trail ride you have access to all the land in all of the surrounding farms.  Each farm is about 100 acres, can you imagine we could ride for days!