October 01, 2009
Grand Canyon considers limits on mule trains
For more than a century, mules have been carrying people into and out of the Grand Canyon. Teddy Roosevelt saddled up wearing a black felt hat and a tie. The Brady Bunch rode down with Alice. And today, another group of tourists will hit the trail.
Yet the mules, while iconic and beloved, are brutal on the trails. Their hooves hit the ground like a pickax. The hardened earth crumbles. The paths erode more quickly.
That is why the National Park Service is considering a limit on mule rides into the canyon.
Follow this link to read the rest of this article on USA Today.
July 06, 2009
Donkey sanctuary makes a great outing with children
There is something appealing about donkeys. The sad Eeyore in A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books and the always optimistic Donkey in the movie Shrek reflect the close connections donkeys and people can form.
The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada is a non-profit organization that rescues and provides a home for donkeys, mules and hinnies. It's located between Cambridge and Guelph on the north side of Highway 401 and makes for an interesting outing.
Read more in the Guelph Mercury.
June 26, 2009
No use being stubborn with Canyon mules
Anybody who has hiked into and out of the Grand Canyon can appreciate why mules have a history there.
The question today is what kind of future do they have?
Canyon trails are steep and narrow, and in summer the heat can be brutal. Just getting yourself out of the Canyon can be a chore, much less your gear.
Mules, however, are hardy, sure-footed and, with proper training, calm and reliable. Most important, they are strong enough to carry hundreds of pounds of gear — or a human passenger.
Read the rest of this article in the Arizona Daily Star
June 13, 2009
Watch Donkeys Live Online and Maybe Foster a Pair at Home
Two new live-stream webcams have just been installed at the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary broadcasting live footage of rescued donkeys around the clock.
Previously, the charity’s two ‘Donkey Watch’ webcams transmitted static images, which were only updated every 60 seconds.
The new webcams are a vast improvement and allow website visitors to view live footage of the Sanctuary’s rescued donkeys both inside the barn and out in their field.
Read more in the Smallholder News
I have also added these webcams to our WebCams menu on at the top of the Longears Mall website.
Right now I see 6 or 7 donkeys digging hay out of their manger on Webcam 2.
June 09, 2009
Donkeys guard Brunswick County farm from coyotes
The electric fence didn’t prove a deterrent. Neither did shooting a couple of the interlopers.
So when Brunswick County farmer Pearly Vereen was looking for a better way to protect his livestock from coyotes, which were targeting his goats and calves, he turned to an animal known more for its stubbornness than its ability as a strange-looking guard dog.
Read the rest of the story about his guard donkeys in the Star News
May 04, 2009
Big Ass Fans has soft spot for neglected donkeys
Big Ass Fans has gotten plenty of grief over the years for its cheeky name and less-than-reverent attitude about serious things.
The company is successful, making large fans in Lexington for facilities all over the world, but one look at the company's Web site sometimes makes it look like, well, they're just having too much tongue-in-cheek fun.
Read more about this company and what they are doing to help neglected donkeys, on Kentucky.com
March 02, 2009
Mules Help Couple Avoid Icy Roads
So much snow fell across the Athens area that David and Yvonne Smith decided to go old-school. Very old-school.
"We're still snowed in and don't have any power, so we decided to hook up the mule and wagon to ride in to Waffle House," David Smith said.
Read the rest of this story on 11 Alive at http://www.11alive.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=127549&catid=3
February 26, 2009
Museum Asks for Donkey Whisperer
A Kent museum has appealed for help from a donkey whisperer but has specified they should speak Romanian.
Staff at the Museum of Kent Life said it had brought in new donkeys after its new operators told them to introduce more exciting animals to the farmyard.
The two animals, Ellie and Dora, have been wary of their new surroundings and need help to adapt to a working life.
Read more about them on BBC News at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/7913900.stm
February 25, 2009
Back Country Horsemen of America Sets $6 Million Annual Volunteer Value Goal
Back Country Horsemen of America has always believed in the worth of hard work. Instead of saying “Someone should do something,” they’re among the first to roll up their shirtsleeves and do what needs to be done.
Each year, BCHA members dedicate many hours to the hard labor of clearing and improving trails not only for equestrian use, but for everyone who enjoys the wilderness. In 2007, their total volunteer value was $5.6 million.
Read about their new goal, learn more about some of the projects they have done, and find out how you and your mule can join them. More info on Equestrian Mag at http://www.equestrianmag.com/news/back-country-horsemen-volunteer-goal-02-09.html
February 24, 2009
Mule Painting Top Lot at Auction
Neal Auction's February 7 and 8 estates auction got off to a solid start with the first lot across the block, setting the tone for the auction where many of the choicest items trumped their estimates.
A pair of paintings by William Aiken Walker (South Carolina, 1838–1921, active New Orleans, 1876–1905) performed well above estimate, resulting in the sale's top lot, Walker's oil on board "Cotton Picker on a Mule".
You may view this mule painting on Antiques & The Arts Online at http://antiquesandthearts.com/Antiques/AuctionWatch/2009-02-24__11-56-53.html
February 17, 2009
Your Help is Needed
Monk Park Farm seeks name for donkey. Your help is needed to pin a name on the latest arrival at a North Yorkshire farm visitor centre.
Photo Credit: The Press
Find out how to send your suggestion - read more on The Press at http://www.thepress.co.uk/news/4131995.Monk_Park_Farm_seeks_name_for_donkey/
January 30, 2009
Helping Working Equids in Egypt
These vast numbers of working horses, donkeys, and mules play a crucial role in both urban and rural areas providing agricultural energy, transport, and, in many cases, the sole means of generating income for their owners, many of whom live in poverty.
Read more on The Horse at http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=13537
January 28, 2009
Medical Camp for Donkeys
The Bombay Society for Prevention against Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) has decided to conduct a medical camp for donkeys.
Read more about it on Express India at http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/medical-camp-for-donkeys/414960/
January 19, 2009
BLM Seeks Nominations
The Bureau of Land Management is requesting public nominations to fill three vacancies on the national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.
Learn more about how to send your nomination on AG Weekly at http://www.agweekly.com/articles/2009/01/02/country_life/equestrian/equine06.txt
January 17, 2009
Donkey in the Desert
Marines in Iraq fall for heehaw honey of a mascot. His name is Smoke, he likes hay and long walks in the desert...
Read the rest of the story on Omaha World-Herald at http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10540346
January 13, 2009
Book Review: The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett
From extraordinary novelist Sonya Hartnett comes a gently told fable of a lost soldier, heroic children, and a steadfast donkey...
Read the rest of the review at Monsters and Critics.com.