I’ve had Norma Jean Donkey for almost 26 years.
She is wonderful… very easy to manage, sweet, kind, wouldn’t hurt a fly, took care of both of the Shetland ponies for years.
On the other hand, she is very, very, very stubborn on what she feels she doesn’t need to do.
Now, most donkeys don’t even lead. Norma will lead. Most donkeys hate halters. Norma will wear a halter.
But, where Norma draws the line is a BLANKET. Uh uh. Nope. Nada. Never. Don’t ever come near me with that thing.
TRAINING IS A THING… not sure who is training whom here.
When we lived in Grass Valley, I purchased a WeatherBeeta for Norma. At that time, I realized that I would never win the blanket battle with Norma – especially because I only try to train her when I need her to wear a blanket, which isn’t optimum. Hence, I usually just brought all the littles into the barn when it was a stormy night.
Here in Paso Robles, you’ve all heard me bemoan my decision to purchase a place without a barn, thinking we’d just build one on this pinnacle of a property. Well, in California, nothing is easy or cost effective… so we have many shelters, but no barn. Waaaah.
OK< so on the very few horribly stormy nights when the rain blows every which way, Norma Jean tends to stand in it. I do not know why she is always drenched during stormy nights. Everyone else takes cover or huddles together. Not Norma. She embraces it – and then she’s soaked and I worry – nonstop.
So for the last few days of this torrential and non-stop rain, I’ve tried everything I can think of to get her under cover. First, I put her alone in a pen. She got drenched because she stood out in it. Then I put warm towels on her – which she liked – but they got wet, of course. Then I put her in my shed with panels around it… and she stood out in the rain. Today, I put her in the pen with the three newbies, crossing my fingers that they might bond and huddle… but they didn’t. That might take a few days. So, tonight, I will warm up the blanket in the dryer (great suggestion reader, thank you) and beg her to please wear it.
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