“Squishy” the donkey gets a rescue ride in a patrol car!






The video attached to this story is a recreation… but I thought it was fun so I included it.

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Robin Strader, from Norman, Oklahoma was on her way to work, when spotted something really unusual in the middle of the busy highway she was driving on. A scared donkey was meandering along the road way. The woman immediately pulled over her car and jumped to help the scared creature, but not before to call the authorities.

Shortly after, officer Kyle Canaan at Norman Police Department, arrived at the scene. Meantime, Robin somehow managed to get the donkey off the road. Initially officer Canaan was not sure how to deal with this completely unusual challenge, but he soon figured out. The woman offered to foster the donkey they named Squishy at her home, a few miles away from there. But since it would have taken too long for a proper transportation vehicle to arrive, officer Canaan decide to give Squishy a drive-along. An invitation that Squishy gladly accepted.

“Our officers encounter unexpected things every day while on-duty,” the City of Norman, OK Police Department wrote on Facebook. “This morning, Officer Kyle Canaan responded to a call regarding a donkey on the loose in the 8100 block of 120th Avenue NE. To ensure the safety of the animal, he helped transport the donkey to a nearby home for safe-keeping until its owner could be located. It’s not everyday that you see a donkey in the backseat of a police car!”

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Meet Kong, The Pony Who Stole The Show On Breeders’ Cup Weekend






I saw this and smiled…  (Here in America, we wouldn’t call this guy a ‘pony’…).

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If you found yourself distracted during the horseback interviews of this year’s Breeders’ Cup winners, you weren’t the only one. Yes, it’s a moment of joy for the jockey and the winning horse, it’s a great chance to see NBC reporter Donna Barton Brothers doing her best work, but it’s also a shining moment for the horse Brothers is riding on the big day.

This year, people were interested in Brothers’ black and white pinto – both readers and Paulick Report staff members. If you’d wondered who the handsome steed is, wonder no more.

Kong is a 10-year-old American Spotted Draft/Percheron cross trainer Kristin Mulhall picked up at an auction. He was a pick-up horse at rodeos for many years, meaning he was responsible for ‘picking up’ cowboys off bucking broncos and helped wrangle bucking bulls at the end of their runs. He has been trained in all types of ranch work, but specialized in rodeos. There’s not much that can faze him – which is good, because although he’s seen big crowds at rodeos, last weekend was his first time working the races.

“He’s a gentle giant,” said Mulhall.

Mulhall was out with Kong in the mornings as well, helping out trainers who didn’t have their own pony horses at Del Mar. Most horses running on Breeders’ Cup week shipped in, either from Santa Anita or from out-of-state, and with flights in short supply, many couldn’t practically bring their own ponies. Mulhall could be spotted pitching in to help with the European visitors in particular. Despite his much heavier build, Mulhall said Kong has no problem keeping pace with the Thoroughbreds he leads – he just lets his large stride make up the difference, especially when he trots. His canter, Mulhall said, is a little more difficult to sit.

Kong could be spotted alongside his stablemate, an American Mustang named Smokey with Zoe Metz aboard, in the mornings. They’re just two of the horses Mulhall is riding or training between sunup and sundown each day, in addition to her racing string. Mulhall said she’s a frequenter of local horse auctions, picking up riding horses to train and resell.

“I’ve got a bunch of riding horses at the house, probably 15 horses,” she said. “And I’ve started getting into the draft crosses. When I go home, that’s when the work starts. I’m home all day, working after training stops. It’s a full-time job. But I enjoy it. I love being outside working with horses.”

As for Kong, he celebrated each successful interview with Brothers with horse cookies Mulhall kept in his saddle bag. He may have been visible on NBC cameras walking the dirt track in between races with Mulhall at his head. That’s because the one thing he doesn’t care for is the shadowy tunnel between the paddock and the track. His requirements gave Mulhall a good spot, right on the rail, where she could hold him in between Brothers’ rides.

Perhaps strangely, Kong has never been much for mints, carrots, or apples. Mulhall had to teach him what cookies were about, but now that he knows, he’s never going to forget her for it.

“He wouldn’t take treats out of your hand,” she said, speaking of Kong’s demeanor when she first got him. “He was the type that if you walked up to him, he’d snort at you. You couldn’t catch him. It took me like two days to get him spoiled.”

 

NEW BUTTON. DIFFERENT FUND. LET’S DO THIS!

FUND TOTAL AS OF TODAY:  $460

I’m no genius. Just an average girl who has a passion to save horses in need. This is my idea going forward. If we have a constant fund going daily… we will have funds to give to those on the ground who are saving these horses in real time at the killing auctions.

Horse and Man Foundation, Inc has a new Fund button. KEEP THEM OFF THE TRUCK FUND. This fund will go on all day, all the time. It will always be here. If you want to save a horse from slaughter, you know we will do that here.

All donations are 100% tax deductible!


KEEP THEM OFF OF THE TRUCK donation fund!

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