I am so enjoying letting Norma Jean (my 30 year-old donkey – I’ve had her for 28 years) roam around on her own. She goes into the barn at night, but she is free to roam all day.
For me, just watching her make choices kinda thrills me. I love watching her decide how she will spend her day!
I also love that she is feeling so much more secure, as she ages, because I’ve separated her from the others. At first, I wasn’t sure she would accept being separate… but now I realize that she can visit them, but she is safe and not intimidated in any way.
You see, she had two choke episodes in the recent months. I actually saw the second one happen, and it was because the pony came over when I was giving her a cookie, and he scared her so she gulped the cookie.
The lightbulb went on. Norma may be in good condition for an old lady, but she knows that she is old and compromised… so best to separate her. If I had another old horse (like her pony friends who passed), I would put her in with them. But I don’t. So, for now, she can visit whomever she likes whenever she likes.
She seems very happy and she looks good.
This makes me happy every time I catch her from one of the windows or when I’m outside. I thought I’d share.