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So exciting!

These sweet, innocent donkeys were rescued from a kill pen in Texas last October – saving their lives from the donkey hide trade.  These pinto donkeys would have been purchased for their hides FOR SURE – even the babies are slaughtered for their hides.

Halter Ranch adopted them back in November, but because we don’t have barns or smaller paddocks at the winery, the donkeys stayed at ALL SEATED IN A BARN until this new property was secured.

Today was the day!  The new property has 500 acres plus 5 huge paddocks with shelters, and a barn!  With some quick cleanup and updating, this place will be glorious.  Escrow just closed and the first thing on the list was to clean up the donkey paddock, get fresh water/feed buckets and bring home the burros!

Today they arrived!  Two Mama/Baby pairs.  Both of the Mamas are pregnant.  So, in a few months, there will be another set of babies.  By that time, the barn should be setup to house them at night, just in case there are any wildcats around.

Oh and the babies on the ground are adorable jacks!

HERE WE GO!

The truck arrives

Ted, the only other animal there, was eager to watch the truck as it backed up

VIDEO!!   Click image to watch them hop off of the trailer into their new paddock!

They get the paddock and the aisle.

It was raining and a bit muddy. They hunkered down for a bite. The babies are very fuzzy boys.

One Mama meeting up with Ted.

The other Mama was very sweet and she let me pet her.

This gate leads out to the 500 acres. There is a huge stream that runs behind the houses that they dammed here to make a road.

I walked out on the dam. You can see the water rushing over the road. It was a very rainy day.

We will probably let them into this area with the gravel road so that they can wear down their feet a bit as we train them. Right now, they don’t wear halters or pick up their feet.

The ranch is set up for sorting cattle… lots of gates to segregate and house animals. PERFECT for untrained donkeys! We can easily push them into holding pens, in case they need to see the vet or farrier.

By the time I left, the sun was out and everyone was at peace. Fresh water, fresh hay and fresh new friends!

 


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FELTED donkeys and farm animals!






Adorable.

This is my fav.

THE ARTIST.

Another career launched by Covid…  Caroline lost her job due to Covid.  So, she decided to do something she had always wanted to do, but didn’t have the time – felting.

So clever!  She also makes tiny donkey-face brooches.

You can contact the artist here on FB.  Or directly via email:  Cmwoolcompany@gmail.com

She can replicate YOUR horse or donkey… or dog or pig… any farm animal.

FELTING.

I had no idea about tiny animal felting art until today when I ran across the above photos!    So, I watched this You Tube video.

My best way to explain it is… you buy felt for needle felting (called Roving wool).  Also, you buy the needles you need.  The needles are used to stab into place (I think the wool sticks to itself – or knots into itself when you stab it with a needle).  You stab the felt to make crevices or smooth areas… basically shape it.  It is like sculpting, but with wool and a needle.

Watch the video.   Probably easier than me explaining.

Click image to watch the demonstration video

HERE IS A LADY WHO FELTS DOGS ON ETSY

So, I looked on Etsy and didn’t find a felt horse artist, but I did find many dog artists.  Here is one.

Click to go to page

AND THEN I FOUND THIS ONLINE COURSE!

As I was poking around on the internet, I found this woman who teaches felting!  She makes paintings out of fiber!  Who knew?!

Dani Ives:  Fiber artist.

SO MUCH FUN!!


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