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October 24, 2004

Mud, Mud, Everywhere!

You may think that Utah is a very dry place where people never have to worry about things like mud. But as winter approaches we start getting more precipitation here.

This last week it rained off and on almost all week, and by the end of the week I was dieing to get out and go riding again! It seemed like the donkeys would no more than dry out enough to saddle up, and it would start raining again. Finally Friday evening I was able to find a long enough space between storms to get in a short ride with my gelding, Andy. It felt so good be get back in the saddle again!

We worked on a new riding pattern going around a square of pylons, and across diagonally between them. We also practiced turning on the forehand, and backing up more softly. We didn't have a lot of time to ride before it started getting dark, and the ground was a little wet in our riding area, so we just stuck to the basics.

At least my riding area isn't too muddy yet, because my donkeys don't have free access to it, but the area inside their paddock in front of their barn is becoming quite a mess! Every time it rains or snows, the water collects in front of the barn. Since the donkeys go in and out of the barn a lot during the day, that area turns to mud very quickly!

The weather man is predicting more rain this week, and I'm dreading the coming months of rain and snow and mud - mud - mud. So I've been trying to figure out what to do to eliminate some of the muddy mess this winter. What ideas to you have? Have any of you found a great solution to keeping your donkey barn areas mud free during the winter months? I'd love to hear your suggestions!

And now, I've been thinking it's about time for another photo from sunny, warm Bishop Mule Days. This is a beautiful 4-up hitch of mules all harnessed and ready to go. They are from Copper Windmill Ranch.


These folks had a really neat old-fashioned wagon at Mule Days last year. It was built like the wagons that the pioneers used, with spaces and compartments for all their necessities. I believe they won first place with their mule drawn vehicle entry in the Mule Days Parade in 2003.

Kristie Jorgensen

Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at October 24, 2004 09:41 PM