Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How many?

Sometimes I get asked exactly how many animals I have.  And to tell you the truth, we have a few.

I...I on the other hand have exactly two of my very own equine.  Eddie the donk, and Siera a mule.  Sunshine is mine I guess by default as I owned the mare and trained her.  Princess is privy to me and I want to start her under saddle before I start Eddie.

We have donkeys, mostly jennets, and one gelding.
We have Bob who is a Jack.

We have a herd of girls.  

...and we have Dexter Cattle for eating and browsing the woods down and getting rid of nasty weeds.  They are nice and easy to keep.

Bart the black bull and 3 cows and 2 heifers and one little bull soon to be a steer.

I have Morris, the Jack Russell, and we have some hounds that are called black and tans.

I am often asked what, why, and all sorts of questions about our collection.  Most of the collection belong to my husband, this is his desire and love...his collection of animals to take care of.

I love the hounds of course, they are so willing and easy to train.  They are pleasers to the nth degree.  Morris is a typical Jack Russell he pleases himself and offers up obedience just to keep things peaceful.

I actually don't have interest in the horses at all.  I like the mules and donkeys. Although I did raise and train horses before I met Badger.  

The mares mostly just eat and do mare stuff.  Same with the donks, except those I have other plans for.  I ride Sunshine, Fred, Siera, and used to ride Opal who passed away of ancient-ness last year.  The vet felt she was well beyond 32 yrs old.

This year I think Fred should be 32.

And if you've read any of my blogs, you know my other interests are photography, and hiking..and graphic arts.

I'm thinking out loud here...I wonder if Dancing Donkey has any hints as to how well she thinks Princess would do as a tag along donkey on my long hikes carrying stuff for me?

Just a thought.

Well off to finish the watering the stock.


The Dancing Donkey said...

I think Princess will do great carrying all your stuff. She already goes on hikes with you so asking her to carry a pack will be easy. I've been thinking about doing some pack training with Emma and Ramsey too.

Lori Skoog said...

What a great idea. Carrying a pack sounds perfect. Can't imagine how much hay it takes for all your critters. I used to buy for 10 when I was boarding taking care of two seems so simple.

You and your husband must be very busy!

Val Ewing said...

Lori, it takes lots of hay! Not an easy task and I wish we had only about 4 animals some days!
Especially in the bitter cold.