August 17, 2004
While Mommy is Away, Her Donkeys Will Play
And believe me, mine are no exception!
While I've been busy working on programming the soon-to-be-available listing placement part of the LongearsMall.com website, my donkeys have been working extra hard to come up with some fantastic ways to entertain themselves.
They took a good look around their pasture, and got a bright idea!
"How about we help Mommy trim the weeds along the other side of the fence. That sounds like fun, and I'm sure she'd appreciate the help!"
So after giving it some thought they decided that the easiest way to get to those weeds was to put their heads way up high on top of their 5-foot high no-climb fence, then push down on the fence. With a little patience they would soon be able to reach the weeds.
That plan worked very well! Everyday they'd find a new section of fence that looked like it needed "weed trimming".
But unfortunately all good things must someday come to an end, and "Mommy" wasn't too happy with the abuse her fence was taking in the process. So I put the donkeys in a smaller pen with corral panels all the way around, until I could decide what to do. That put a stop to the weed trimming and fence bending!
But with that source of entertainment gone, my donkeys had to go back to the drawing board and find something new.
"Hmmm... What can we find to do in our new pen? Ah! The barn and fence posts could use a little remodeling and creative design work! I'm sure Mommy wouldn't mind us making it look a little better."
So they started making a few little changes here and there. First the gatepost needed a few curves to add an exquisite molded look. Then something had to be done with the plain old rafters and beam under the patio roof. After quite a bit of thought and hard work they came up with a good plan that pleased them well.
Unfortunately I didn't share their remodeling enthusiasm either. You'll notice I finally tied a barrel to the inside of the gate post so that they wouldn't chew all the way through the bottom of it! Needless to say, I'm going to have to do some repair work soon. And my fence and barn looked so nice until about a month ago!
I'm looking for ways to direct their skill and intelligence in a more constructive activity. One of my neighbors wanted me to graze my donkeys in his field for a while, so I've temporarily succeeded in distracting them from other plans by putting three of the five donkeys in his field.
Do you have any great ideas on how I can sidetrack my donkeys from their "pasture beautification" plans? I'd love to hear your suggestions and experiences! Just add a comment at the bottom of this article with your suggestions.
Have a great day!
Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at August 17, 2004 08:30 PM
How about giving them toys like Jolly Balls to play with? I have had one in the pasture with my horses and didn't ever see them playing with it. But, since my husband has acquired his donkeys, we notice one of them will play with it quite a bit! It's fun to see Emily just shaking it and then he's seen her making circles with it as well! She will work with it for 5 minutes at a time sometimes!
Even old basketballs would work for them to chase around! If they don't hold air, they might be able to bite them and still play with them!
Good luck! Looks like they keep busy somehow!
Posted by: rita at August 19, 2004 02:14 PM
Our donks really have a great time with small (about 2' x 2') pieces of heavy carpet. They flap them at one another, play tug of war, catch me if you can, etc. Some play with road cones, large size dog kong toys with the heavy rope through the middle, and gallon milk jugs.
Posted by: Judy at August 22, 2004 12:44 AM