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Norma Jean.






I don’t know how to express what a great being she was…

Kind, quiet, strong, honest.

My friend.  For 28 years.  My heart actually aches with missing her.

I didn’t realize until today, how much she actually shared her life with me.  We were good girl friends.

Having her as a free-range donkey was such a gift.  Norma would come to me when she was happy and ask for a treat or just to hang.  She came to me, sometimes running,  when she needed comfort or help.

Her days were full of good times and freedom.

But I think this recent bout with laminitis, broke her spirit.  –She was improving.  In fact, I had just purchased her a new winter blanket.  But… I think the prospect of her freedoms restricted, broke her heart.  She didn’t want to spent most of her time in a dry paddock.

I can only surmise that this week, the vet and I had been chatting in front of Norma.  We talked about having her wear a grazing muzzle during limited time outside the barn.  We talked about keeping her in a dry paddock during Spring and early Summer.   She would have to wear boots…

But Norma didn’t want that kind of life for herself.  She LOVED being able to roam around the ranch and make her own choices.  A life in the barn with boots and a grazing muzzle was not a life for Norma.

I think she was mulling this over and decided that it just wasn’t worth it.

This morning, she came to me, put her head into my chest and told me that this time, she didn’t want fixing.  This time, she was done.

I couldn’t believe it… she was doing so well…

But her mind was made up.  She wouldn’t eat (and I tried everything).  All she wanted to do was lie down in front of her fans.  Even her breathing changed.

–I could have kept her going… but I knew that she didn’t want that.

She trusted me today, to hear her and help her.

Which I did.

And I didn’t want to.  I didn’t want to let her go at all.

But as I sat with her, waiting for the vet, I told her that Slick and Dodger would be on the other side … and I let my best girl – go.  It was just like that.  She was lying down, and she put her head down and left.  Her way.  The freedom way.

The Donk Squad is together again.




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Anyone need a really nice leather trail riding hip pouch?! I have 2! Do you want one?






A while back, I met a trainer who had this really cool leather hip belt with pouches on it.
She had everything she needed in that belt!  In one zipper pocket, she had her phone and the other inside zipper pocket had a hoof pic and some fly wipes and the big, outside pouch pocket had treats.  It was perfect because she never lost her phone and she always had what she needed, no mater where she was on the farm… and she was hands-free!

Wow!  I loved it!  She said she got it from a local artist who was also on Etsy.  So I looked up the artist!  The exact hip belt purse was there!  So I asked for it for my birthday.

Well… I got 2 … and I had purchased one for myself because I didn’t think anyone was listening.

So, now I have 3..

Would any of you like one?  Half price.  Brand new.  (Well, one I wore, once, but it looks brand new…)

PURSE #1

  1.  Here is a link to the first one on the artist’s website.  She charges $132.  Mine is brand new – never used.  Size Small.  I will sell it for $65.  *I wear a size 27 jean and  I wear it on the last (smallest) rung or second to last.

Email me and I’ll send you my Venmo.  First come first serve, but please indicate which purse you’d like.  This purse is #1

PURSE #2

2)  The other hip purse is by the same artist but the outside pouch is slightly larger.   I did use this once.  But it appears brand new.  It is also a size small. *I wear a size 27 jean and  I wear it on the last (smallest) rung or second to last.   The artist sells this for $132 .  Here is a link to that pouch.

I will sell this one for $65 plus shipping.  email me I’ll send you my Venmo.  First come first serve, but please indicate which purse you’d like.  This purse is #2

WHICH ONE DID I KEEP?

My purse is the same as #2.

I hope you enjoy and use it as much as I do!




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