Our work is open again – for outside seating only. Yay! So I’ve been working a lot and running up and down stairs because we had to put a tent – to protect patrons from the elements – in our parking lot.
So, I’m kinda beat. …Sorry about that.
However, I did spend some time today with the newbies. So far, Ponyman Rocky Balboa has decided that I’m OK. He will let me pet him to his shoulder, as long as he isn’t eating. Today, instead of forcing the issue (I want to get a flymask on him to protect is bad eye), I decided to just sit with him as he ate.
For me, the best way to make friends with a horse is to break bread with them. I sit and just do nothing while they eat. Sometimes, if it is going well, I will find the best bits of the hay and feed it to him/her.
Today, I noticed that Rocky was standing at a mangate in the 5 acre pasture. No one EVER has stood there. So, I figured he was curious about where that particular gate led. Instead of letting him through, I brought over some yummy bits of alfalfa, and we stood there together. Well, I sat there. He stood there.
After a few minutes, he came in closer and I rubbed his forehead as he munched. Pretty soon he had pushed his hay into my lap. I think that he is ready for a friend… since the donkey ladies have formed their own club… maybe tomorrow I can mask him.
By the way, Norma loves him. But, he has no use for Norma. It breaks my heart. However, I haven’t given up. We have lots of time to form a friendship.
Oh, I forgot to say, Rocky has this amazing whorl on his cheek! Photo below.
The two new girls are completely different, but they love each other. I caught them grooming the other day! They have certainly bonded.
Ethel Merdonk is definitely an older badonk. She is also more wary and more protective. Little Princess Buttercup Pebbles is a little firecracker. When I let her into the big 5 acres, she runs and bucks and snorts… she is young and fresh!
Ethel is starting to let me pet her. But she seems to forget that we were kinda friends the day before – like groundhog day. Princess BCP always comes up to me with hopeful eyes. She considers me an endless supply of cookies. Neither will let me pet them all over… but they don’t run away anymore either.
THE WILD DONKS AT HALTER RANCHWell, we had some excitement last week.
The 4 wild donkeys had escaped onto a neighbors cattle ranch. We had to use a drone to find them. Luckily, they came back to the same water spot daily. So, our GM had every single person from the winery and crew surround them (on the neighbor’s property) and then with arms outstretched (touching fingertips) we human chain corralled them home.
It was pretty amazing and a great cooperation.
Here they are in a very large wildllife corridor that we have fully deer fenced. We know they are safe here until we find the break in the fence. (They are the four who are huddled together, having a yummy “Thank you for letting us find you” fabulous dinner.)
Yes, we have two other domestic donkeys and three llamas in there.