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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.





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

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


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.

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


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


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!


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