Donkey Rap and Pony Study!






I didn’t know how to title this one…

Once again (and I’m not complaining!), it is supposed to rain heavily tonight so I brought the ponies into the barn.  Buuuuut, I also brought in Norma Jean (my donkey) because her dastardly skin fungus is back!

Ugh.  Poor girl.

I caught Norma biting at her legs yesterday so I went over to her (she immediately acted like there was nothing to see…) and peered through all the dense donkey hair to find SCABS!

Double Ugh.

So, I need to treat her again.  Clearly, I missed spots – that grew inflamed again.

I’m going to try to treat her infection without shaving her legs, first.  If that doesn’t work, I’ll shave her gams and beat back the nastiness.

She must be so itchy!  Poor girl.

Luckily, I have several different remedies – sent to me by a few different companies.  First, I’m going to use the Well-Horse Pet B Well Wound and Skin Remedy.  All of the Well Horse products really helped Mama Tess so I am very confident that I will see improvement with Norma!  (no affiliation)

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The Well-Horse products worked wonders for Mama Tess so I am confident they will help Norma Jean.  Click to read more.

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I washed Norma’s scabby legs with warm water and anti-fungal shampoo. Then I applied the Well-Horse Skin Remedy and wrapped her legs so she couldn’t bite at them or get dirty.  (Dodger is behind her, Gwen is looking over the gate and Rojo is eating in front of Norma.)

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A testimonial. I believe in Well-Horse products. Their PURPLE MUSH started this blog! I used it on Mama Tess’ canker (many years ago) and she was cured after only 2 weeks!

PONYTUDE!

I adore these guys (Dodger and Slick) and love having them in the barn.

Today, when I opened their paddock to bring them into the barn, they both knew exactly what I wanted and I think they were glad!  As soon as they heard me rattle the chain on their gate, they ran over, brushed past me, grabbed a bite of fresh grass and then trotted off to the barn as fast as their little legs would take them…   I think they love being in the barn because they know I will let them roam the property the following morning.

So, the pones (I call them “pones” pronounced like ‘cones’ – they respond to me when I call that out to them… “Pones!” – they come running) are contented to be in the barn tonight… and I love it.  Seeing pony faces in the barn makes me very happy.

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Dodger is in his 30s, so I like to bring him in during heavy rainstorms. As you can see, he is totally wet already… he doesn’t mind the rain… but being an older guy, I just don’t want him to suffer at all – ever – so I make sure he dries out every 24 hours.

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Slick is the cutest… He follows me around and bumps me constantly – in his pushy pony way. If I stop and love on him, he melts.  Slick is such a pushover!  Here he is, soaking wet but very happy to be in the barn, pushing on me and, more importantly, closer to the food!



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