Donkey Hate. I’m on the receiving end…

Friday, November 26th, 2010 | Filed under Humor

Ugh.  My donkey hates me.

Well, it probably isn’t me she hates, it is the behavior she feels I am exhibiting right now that she dislikes strongly (can you tell that I’ve been through counseling?).  To her, I’m acting like a cruel warden and she is not liking it.  AT ALL.


As I have mentioned earlier this week, Norma, my sweet, docile, nubile-lipped and curly haired donkey is sick with laminitis.  (Here is that link.)

So, she is now residing in a luxury stall, heavily bedded, inside the barn.

Norma no likey.  She thinks the Inn stinks and she is letting me know.  She is showing me a side of her that I knew existed — how else would she manage thse Hooligan Shetlands in her paddock? — but I had never seen this attitude directed at ME.  Sigh.  Alas today, she’s showing me her best Donkey Hate.

And let me tell you, she’s good at it…

Norma and the culprit... rich, green grass.


Donkey Hate, as Norma subscribes to it, is the opposite of Donkey Love.  Donkey Love is her normal state.  She usually moves close to me, nudging me lovingly with her enormous head… she always asks me to rub her long and gorgeous ears and then she turns her tiny rump to me for scratches. Sometimes she’ll check my pockets for treats but usually she is very respectful and soft.

Norma in her stall... can you see her? (My lens has rain on it...)

Donkey Hate is the total opposite.

Donkey Hate, I have now come to find, is Norma not looking at me, purposefully bending her neck away from me, deliberately hugging the opposite wall to where I might be standing, ignoring me, turning her butt to intimidate me and, lastly, refusing to let me touch any hair on her body.  A fly couldn’t land as lightly as I’ve tried with Norma and she still does the Limbo when my hand hovers near.  I am the enemy.  I am the reason she is living in Stall Hell.  Therefore, I need to be punished, donkeystyle.

There she is! Just the tops of her ears are visible. Poor girl.


OK OK, I can see her point of view.  Since I brought her home at the sprite age of 2, she has lived happily outside for 15 years.  And, being a fine specimen of donkey fortitude, in 15 years she has never been ill (aside from her first bout with laminitis when she was being watched by others).  So, Norma has never been in a stall and has never been confined.  She has always had it really easy because I never ask anything of her and she never misbehaves.  When you compare her to her pasturemates (the Shetlands…), she’s an angel.

To her, this horrible treatment is not OK and is very unbecoming to an owner.  Besides, her feet hurt so that makes her a bit cranky anyway…

I will not look at you and don't come near me.


According to Norma, my torture of her started the first hour I had her in the stall.  I was struggling to wrap her feet and she had had enough.  She told me to stop and I didn’t.  First Ding on the Donkeyometer.

Then, I closed the stall door behind me.  The Nerve!  Second ding.

Do NOT touch me... and I turn my rear on you! Bad Human.

I didn’t listen to her brays of, “Hey, you forgot to let me outta here!”  Third donkeyding.

Banamine.  Yikes.  I completely insulted her by putting a syringe of medicine in her mouth.  I mean, at least at worming time, EVERYONE has to endure this.  But today, just her.  And, it was really nasty against her delicate palate.  Donkeyding four.

I turned off the radio and left the barn.  Uh oh.  Double donkeyding.

I want to be OUT THERE. Get it? Out... OUT!

I came back the next morning and gave her the same hay she didn’t eat from the night before.  Ewwwww.  Now it was WAR.

Then, to top it off, I proceeded to try to medicate her A-GAIN.  I begged her to eat mashes laced with stuff she didn’t want to know about.  I rewrapped her feet and continued to irritate her beyond the donkey codes of engagement.  I was out of line.  That was it.  The Donkey Breaking Point had been catapulted beyond burro decency.  I needed to be punished.  Big Time.

Me, on my knees below her, begging with submission for a nuzzle... Nope.


I was not allowed to make eye contact.  I was not allowed to enter her stall.  If I did, she would not get anywhere near me.  I was to only see her rump and I was not, NOT allowed to touch her in any way, shape or form.  Those were the rules.

However, in my opinion, her best move was what I am calling the MORE STUBBORN THAN YOU COULD EVER BE donkey punishment of not swallowing – at ANY cost.

I put the Banamine way back into her throat (after a struggle, believe me) and she would not swallow.  I massaged her neck (as she strained against my touch), I pushed on her glottis, I tried to distract her, I sang to her, I walked her (with my hand making sure she didn’t open her mouth), I cajoled her… I did everything I could think of.  After a half hour, I moved my hand away from her mouth and she spat out a huge wad of donkey saliva and Banamine.


Oooouuh.  She was GOOD.


I have no kids so perhaps I don’t really know my way around the Pouting arena.  My retaliation tactics now seem juvenile as I recount them for you…

First, I made a very yummy mash and put her favorite grass pellets in there.  I offered it to her and she sniffed at it and then turned away.  Figures.  So, then I scooped some up in my hand and offered it to her.  She gave a cursory, barely there lip reach and then stuck out her tongue and walked away.  YUK!  I TAKE NOTHING FROM YOU, TRAITOR!

So, I made a huge deal out of scooping the lovely mush into four other bowls and offering it to the horses who were just outside her stall, begging for some of what Norma had.

The other horses eating Norma's mash, just outside her stall...

Me:  Oooooh, lookey you lucky horses!  Norma doesn’t want this yummy, yummy mash… do you?  Do you want Norma’s yummy mash?  Ohhhh, lookey, Mamma is putting pears on it just for you good horses.

Norma:  Whatev-ah.

(As all the other horses are slurping, loudly, Norma’s exmash, I entered her stall with another potion.)

Soaking wet Gwen sticks her head in and I seize the opportunity! Note Norma's tush facing me.

Me:  How about this?  Mmmmmmmmm.  All the other horses are eating a lovely dish from Mom.  How about you?  Eh, Norma?!

The black blob in the front is my sleeve/hand which is feeding the brown blob which is Gwen's mouth. Norma is disgusted.

Norma:  Horses are stoopid.  Uh… No.

Me:  Awww, C’mon.  Please…!!  (pleading)

Norma:  Talk to the hoof.

(At this point, I’m quite frustrated.  Luckily, Gwen, one of my Morgan mares (who is always willing to eat…) stood on her tippy-toes and stuck her head through the stall window.  Norma hates Gwen.  This was quite an intrusion to her and very upsetting.  I seized the opportunity.)

Me:  Ahhh, Gwen, would you like some of Norma’s delicious gruel?


Me:  OK, here you go, good girl.  (I awkwardly took some mash and put it into Gwen’s upturned, weird perched mouth as she opens it blindly because she couldn’t see in at this angle.)  MMMMM.  Good, huh Gwen?!  Yummmy.

GWEN:  MMMMMMM, YES, KEEP IT COMING!  as she bangs her hooves on the barn wall in excitement!

Gwen is happily chewing. Norma turns her butt to me and is listening to me praise Gwen. I've hit a new low.

Norma:  You both deserve each other… Humph.  (walking away and putting her head in a corner).


Yup.  That’s my skill set right there…


Well, she needs to eat her medicine and she needs to feel better… and I need for her to know that somewhere, down deep in her donkey brain, I’m trying to help her.  But, just in case she is really, indeed, angry with me, I’ve stooped.

(Kinda like when we make deals with God when we think we are in trouble…)

I knew I needed to get the Banamine in her so I did the unthinkable.  I cut open a pear (no sugary fruit when an equine is suffering laminitis), created a pear meat flap, put the Banamine under the pear flap and fed it to Norma.

She liked it.  Gobbled it up.  She even looked at me for an instant, but I saw it!  I did a little dance.

I figured Norma and I both gave a little (although she clearly won).  I’m sure she tasted the Banamine but she finally got her desires of wanting better treatment from me, and I got the meds into her.

Norma – 250 pts

Mom – 1.  But, it was a good one.

Post Pear attitude change... "Hey, got any more of that? I'll let you pet me..."

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Microchipping… A Review.

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 | Filed under Handy Tips

I wrote about microchipping before.  But, I received some information today that made me feel I should talk about this again.

In my last post, I spoke more about the reasons to microchip.  You can read that post here.  But today, I wanted to tell the ‘lost horses of Katrina’ story and then relay microchip specifics that might solve some of the mystery or confusion around microchips, scanners and the registries.


I heard a story today…

Did you know that during Hurricane Katrina, there were 364 displaced horses?  And, did you know that 363 of them were reunited with their owners?  Do you know why the reuniting was so successful?  Microchips.  Yup.  Livestock ID is mandatory in Louisiana and the preferred method is microchip.

In fact, all 364 of those misplaced horses has microchips. Every. Last. One.  Amazing.

The only reason that the one horse wasn’t able to be tracked was because the owners hadn’t registered the chip with a Registry and the vet who installed the chip either didn’t have accurate records or those records were unavailable.  So, if that last horse’s chip had been registered, all 364 would have been identified.  A perfect record.

The lost horses of Katrina are a perfect example of how microchipping works and why it is so important in recovering lost or stolen horses.


A microchip doesn’t lie.  It never runs out (no batteries) and should live almost as long as your horse.  No matter what any thief or natural disaster may have done to your horse, the chip will identify him.  No questions asked.  This chip says this horse is so and so.  Done.

Other forms of equine identity can be altered… like a brand, a tattoo or a distinguishing mark.  But, no one could alter a chip.


Right now in my area, there is a trail horse that has gone missing after a riding accident.  The mount and his rider fell down a hill.  The horse took off and the rider walked many miles back to get help.  There have been several reports that the horse was seen and recovered, yet the rider has never found his horse.

I’m not saying that a microchip would help him find his horse.  But, if they did find the horse, there would be no question about ownership.

(At this point, since there are no moving parts to the chips and no batteries, GPS is not available.)

Disaster Identification


What was never clear to me before today were the technical aspects of the chips and scanner/readers.  Are they all universal?  Can all readers read all chips?  What if your horse is found by a person with the wrong type of reader?…

Well, I finally had it explained to me where it made total sense.

There are two types of chips made by many manufacturers.  The two types fall into two groups with many descriptors.

Type 1:  125 kilohertz, 10 digits, called, “American Standard”

Type 2:  134 kilahertz, 15 digits, called, “ISO”

A chip.


The American Standard is the recommended chip because all readers can read it, and because it was the first invented in America so it is the “American Standard”.  Easy.  So, you are safe if you put that type of chip into your horse because any scanner will read it.


The ISO chip was developed by the NAIS (National Animal ID System) which was the USDA trying to make livestock identification mandatory.  It didn’t work for several reasons but one reason was that there were already a million chips installed in horses that were the American Standard chips.  So, what do you do with those million horses’ chips?  It was hard to buck the already established system.

Basically, both types of chips are available but not all readers will find ISOs /15 digit chips.  All readers will find American Standard/10 digit chips.


You kinda have to get the jargon down, but if you read the brochures, whatever scanner you are reading about will tell you what the scanner can read in one of the descriptions stated above.  Some say “reads 134” or they might say, “reads ISO”… you just have to know what those codes mean and which chip qualifies.

But simply, the scanners that read the 15 chip will also read the 10 chip.  But, the scanners that are made for the 10 will not read the 15.  So, you just have to make sure when buying a reader that you know it can read both chips which is usually a scanner made for the 15 chip.

A Reader/Scanner


It is important to follow through with the second step of microchipping and that is registration.  There are two registries and they do talk to each other.  HORSE TRACE and EQUINE PROTECTION NETWORK.

The wonderful thing about registration is that if your horse if missing, EPN will circle the wagons and send out mass emails to several agencies including the Brand Inspectors in your area, the Texas Rangers, Stolen Horse International, the Breed Registries…  So, you have people behind your plight, working with you.  And at those times, you don’t want to feel alone.

If the recover is simple and the horse is found and scanned, you are just one phone call away from your horse.

One of the popular Registries... the very helpful Dr. John was quite pleasant.


All states except California and Texas require a vet to do the chip insertion.  So, order the kit or have your vet order the kit and then have him administer to this when he is coming out for a farm call.  It is relatively painless and simple.  Reports suggest that the horse may not even feel it.  Dunno.

The chip goes into the nuchal ligament on the left side of the mane, halfway between the poll and the withers.


There are several companies who sell microchips and scanners.  You can Google around.

I went to one site that had a nice list of FAQ so I decided to cut and paste them.  The site if for Microchip ID Equine.  If you want information, click this link and read around.  I spoke with Dr. John (the vet) and was very impressed with his knowledge.

Here is their list of FAQs:

Why should I microchip my horse?
Now you can provide your horse with a lifetime microchip number for a minimal cost.  So, instead of asking ‘Why microchip?…you can now say, ‘Why not!’.  The tiny chip provides a lifetime permanent identification number for your horse.  This number is unique in the world, cannot be altered, and eliminates doubt.  Horse owners use it for many different reasons, such as: Proof of ownership, theft protection and recovery, disaster recovery, health certificates, medical records, farm management, event entries, travel, Registry ID, and sales documents.

Where is the chip implanted?  Can it be removed?
The chip goes into the nuchal ligament just below the mane about half way between the poll and withers on the left side.  It cannot be removed without general anesthesia and surgery.

Does the EquineChip™ have a protective coating on it?
Yes.  The Pro-ID EquineChip™ is sealed with a special coating called ParalyneC ®.  This sealer is smooth, bio-compatible and encourages tissue growth around it.

Will it interfere with my horse’s performance?
Not at all!  From the track to the trail.  Dressage to polo.  Barrels to roping.  From hunter jumpers to that backyard best friend.  Performance is not affected in the least.  Our customers and their veteriarians are the best testimony to this fact.

Tell me about the injection procedure?
Microchipping is a simple injection.  It only takes seconds.  Most horses don’t even flinch as the chip is quickly injected into the nuchal ligament just below the mane.  Once the chip is in place, it cannot be detected by hand.  Only with a scanner.  The horse feels nothing when he is being scanned.

At what age can my horse be microchipped with the Pro-ID EquineChip™ ?
Any age, from birth on.

How long does the chip last? Does it wear out?
The microchip has no power supply, battery, or moving parts and requires no care.  The EquineChip™ can not be erased with a magnet or powerful electricity.  The chip is guaranteed for the lifetime of your animal.

Can the microchip move around or ‘migrate’ after it is injected?
No. Once properly installed, the chip will not migrate or move.  It will be there when you need it. (A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (2003 223:1316-1319) revealed that microchips implanted in the nuchal ligament did not migrate.)

How can I register in the Equine Protection Registry?
The Equine Protection Registry is available to anyone who has a microchipped horse, regardless of the type or brandname of chip. If your horse already has a microchip (from any company), you can still enroll online at your convenience.  You MUST have the accurate chip number that is in your horse, before you can enroll online. When you enroll in the Registry, your number will be verified and you will receive a Wallet Card and a certificate from the Equine Protection Registry.

NOTE: If your horse is not microchipped yet, you cannot enroll online.  Order your chips today or have your vet install the Pro-ID EquineChip.  Then come back and enroll online!

The chip is invisible.  How can it benefit my horse?
Microchips provide the most reliable form of instant permanent ID.  Rather than being on the outside of the horse, where ID can be removed or altered, the chip is safe and secure in the nuchal ligament.  If your horse also has a brand, the chip and the brand can work together for double protection.

The Pro-ID EquineChip™ is always there; able to be checked and verified immediately.  When the chip number is recorded on documents, it immediately confirms… with the pass of a scanner…that the horse on the paperwork is the correct animal.  Microchip numbers can be used as proof-positive when transporting, buying, selling, breeding, insuring, and protecting from disease.

A chip number registered in the Equine Protection Network can be life-saving in cases of theft or natural disasters.

Is the EquineChip™ universal?  Can all scanners read it?
Yes, the Pro-ID EquineChips™ are universal and flexible for use in the United States and elsewhere.    We offer two types: a 10 digit chip, and a 15 digit chip.  Both are universal chips.  If your horse is going overseas, you should order the 15 digit ISO type.  Some Registries also require the 15 digit ISO chip.  The cost is the same.

If my horse is stolen or missing, how can the chip help me get him back?
When a microchipped horse is stolen or missing, report it immediately to law enforcement and make sure they have the chip number.  Then, contact the Equine Protection Registry and place your horse on the Hot List. A number of Equine Protection network affiliates such as brand inspectors, law enforcement agencies, and Stolen Horse International will be contacted and ‘in the loop’ looking for your horse.

What about an emergency, a fire, a flood, storm, etc?
Microchip ID Equine works with national disaster preparedness groups across America.  These groups are equipped with scanners.  In times of natural disaster or emergency, scanning for microchips is the ideal and preferred method of identifying equines and reuniting them with registered owners.

When a microchip is found in a horse, he is a phone call away from being reunited with his owner.


Yes, I hear you… Why should I do this to my horse?  No one would steal him.  And, he would never run off and we don’t live in hurricane country.

Well, my answer is…  You don’t know what might happen and you don’t want to regret not doing something so simple.  I mean, horses have been stolen from all types of shows in broad daylight.  Horses have been let out of pastures by pranksters.  My own horses have let themselves out of stalls…  Heck, a fire could easily misplace a horse if he was lucky enough to escape it.  And, what we don’t like to think about… horse thieves.  How do you prove a horse is yours when markings can be altered?

Also, if you are a breeder who uses embryo transfer, the chip number of the mare is used to identify the embryos.  This is a standard that can be applied.  Very interesting usage, I think.

But back to the recovery aspect…  To me, better safe than sorry.  Microchipping is fast, easy and relatively inexpensive.  A nice little bundle of security and insurance that, if you’re lucky, you’ll never use.

After all, if you bring the umbrella, it never rains…

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