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April 07, 2008

Entries Due - Bishop Mule Days

Bishop Mule Days is right around the corner! Just a quick reminder that you better get your entries in.

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The entry deadline is next week - April 15. You can view the show entry premium book online on the Bishop Mule Days website at http://www.muledays.org/

For those of you who show donkeys, you'll be pleased to see Bishop Mule Days has added several new donkey classes this year. I'm excited to see that addition, and can't wait to see how they go!

They have added a Youth Donkey Walk-Jog class, and they also are allowing donkey entries in the Youth Pleasure Driving class again this year.

For adult contestants, they have added a Miniature Donkey Halter class, Mini Donkey Driving (singles & teams), Donkey Reining, and Donkey Hunter Under Saddle. I'm particularly excited to see how the last two turn out! That should be fun!

If you've never been to Bishop Mule Days before, you have to come sometime! It is quite an experience, and something I look forward to each year. In the meantime, you can read our news update articles from last year's show:

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Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8


Kristie Jorgensen
LongearsMall.com


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April 06, 2008

Foaling Kit Tips - Navel Dipping

This is the time of year when lots of new baby mules and donkeys are arriving.

While you are waiting for yours to be born, here's a little trick that my vet taught me last summer when my baby Maggie was born. You know the plastic tubes/covers that disposable syringes (without the needle) come in?

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I don't remember what size the syringe was, but the tube was about 3" long and maybe 3/4" across in the narrower part. If you don't already have a few in your equine medical kit, I'm sure you can get them from your vet.

Remove the syringe and use one of these tubes for doing your navel dips. Store the dip solution (I used Nolvasan) in a different container, and use fresh solution each time you dip. Fill the tube with solution, and then dip the baby's navel in it. The tube is the perfect size, and was much easier than trying to use a small cup. Simply cradle baby in your arms, and raise the tube up under the baby's belly until the navel is completely submersed in the dip solution. You can use the same tube for each dipping for that particular foal, but be sure to use a new dip tube for each foal.

If you've run across any great foaling tips or tricks, we'd love to hear about them! Just send us an email

Kristie Jorgensen
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