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February 02, 2006

All Dressed Up and Ready To Go

Today is a day I've been anxiously awaiting!

I've been busy the last few weeks, and haven't gotten a chance to write in a while, but I thought you'd enjoy seeing what my donkeys and I are up to now!

I ordered new harnesses for my donkey "team-in-training", and they finally came last week. Today the weather was nice, and I took my donkeys over to our local equestrian center for a riding lesson with my coach. While I had her there to help me, we harnessed up Andy and Lily for the first time together.

I ground drove them around the parking lot for a bit while my coach walked along beside us to help if I needed an extra hand. Andy and Lily did great for their first time driving together as a team!

Here are a few photos of them in their new gear.

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Now I need to get them a wagon and polish their driving skills a bit more, and we'll be ready for some fun this summer!

Are any of the rest of you working on getting together teams for the new Donkey 2-up Hitch class at Bishop Mule Days this year?

Kristie Jorgensen
LongearsMall.com


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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at February 2, 2006 11:05 PM

Comments

Kristie, Fabulous looking team and harness! Congratulations all around. Now you need to add Montana Mule Days, the 2nd weekend of June, to your planned adventures. www.montanamuledays.com Best Wishes! Here's hoping a new wagon comes your way very soon. Kristi (Id)
who is jus' a tad bit jealous :)but working on her new team also!

Posted by: Kristi (Id) at February 3, 2006 05:47 AM

I'd love to be ready for Muledays with a 2-up. Where did you get your harness? I think I'm going to try at least for Donkey Pleasure driving although I haven't started on the training yet Both the donkeys are broke to ride so I'm hoping pulling a cart won't be too bad.
Nancy
ntebeau@ocsnet.net

Posted by: Nancy at February 3, 2006 01:42 PM

Kristie,

What a beautiful team, looking gooooood !!!!
Now we will wait to see them hitched to a wagon.
Very impressive.

Charlotte

Posted by: Charlotte salzer at February 3, 2006 04:00 PM

Thanks for the complements! I'm really enjoying getting into another type of driving!

Nancy, I bought this team harness from Smuckers Harnesses - http://www.smuckersharness.com/

It is their synthetic Farm & Logging Pair harness. I ordered cobb size harnesses and draft size bridles for these two mammoth donkeys.

Start working with your donkeys, and I'll look forward to seeing you at Bishop!

Kristie

Posted by: Kristie Jorgensen at February 5, 2006 10:42 PM