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About dawndi

I've been a very happy film producer (commercial and long format) for over 20 years. But, the horses have always been foremost in my heart... Currently I live on a small ranch in California with my wonderful husband, 13 horses, 4 dogs, 3 cats and various woodland creatures. Life is good!

Today was Farrier Day!

Today, the farrier came really early (to avoid the heat).  I was not really awake.  And, I forgot to take all the photos I usually take.   It seemed that as soon as the farrier was done, I remembered that I needed an action photo.  So, not too many action photos today!


Missy Miss was first… and I forgot to take a pic. Next to her is Mo’s topline. I see Norma strolling in the background and Dalton, behind Norma, looking at me.

Finn, being Finn.

Princess Buttercup Pebbles in front. Ethel Merdonk behind. Both are in their new paddock! (I created a new paddock which is smaller, so I can work more closely with Pebbles. She just does not want to be haltered or touched, except she does like head rubs.)

Dominic. The dog belongs to the farrier.

Rocky Balboa pony

Mo, full of burrs.

And finally, Dalton. We are going to work on trailer loading today. Dalton is trail trained, but still refuses to trailer alone. Who knows what happened to him when he was originally traveled from South Dakota to CA…

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A Sunday stroll with Norma Jean

Saturday, July 8th, 2023 | Filed under Norma Jean

I am so enjoying letting Norma Jean (my 30 year-old donkey – I’ve had her for 28 years) roam around on her own.  She goes into the barn at night, but she is free to roam all day.

For me, just watching her make choices kinda thrills me.  I love watching her decide how she will spend her day!

I also love that she is feeling so much more secure, as she ages, because I’ve separated her from the others.  At first, I wasn’t sure she would accept being separate… but now I realize that she can visit them, but she is safe and not intimidated in any way.

You see, she had two choke episodes in the recent months.  I actually saw the second one happen, and it was because the pony came over when I was giving her a cookie, and he scared her so she gulped the cookie.

The lightbulb went on.  Norma may be in good condition for an old lady, but she knows that she is old and compromised… so best to separate her.  If I had another old horse (like her pony friends who passed), I would put her in with them.  But I don’t.  So, for now, she can visit whomever she likes whenever she likes.

She seems very happy and she looks good.

This makes me happy every time I catch her from one of the windows or when I’m outside.  I thought I’d share.


I took this pic from my office window. Norma is going into my garden. She ate quite a few plants before I shut the gate. Roses and new flowers from seeds.

Here she is visiting Dominic

Again from my office window. She is eating the green weeds around the tree that we irrigate.

Here she is, in the flowerbed in front of the house.

Back in the barn for a snack

Again from my office window. She’s eating the oak tree and the weeds.

In the circle of the circular driveway.

I love this one. She’s supervising the new fence line… and I like to think the souls of her two pony friends (Dodger and Slick) are with her.

Here she is strolling in front of the house.

This is where she is right now. I just took this pic as I type.

Enjoying her fans

I love giving this gentle, sweet old donkey – who has been with me for 28 years – a cozy, comfortable and hopeful life. She deserves it. I don’t think she has ever done anything wrong – ever.

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