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July 27, 2008

Win This Painting

This colorful donkey painting could be yours! Find out how!


This summer we are offering you the chance to win this painting of donkeys grazing in the woods. The artist really did a good job of capturing the scene of donkeys having a happy, carefree time relaxing in the woods. The painting is 21"x15" in size.

Now's your chance to win it! All you have to do to enter the drawing for this painting is submit materials to be posted in our Guest Contributors article column on Longears Mall. Here are some ideas to get you started:

- Short stories about mules or donkeys
- Short tips and tricks articles
- Show or event reports
- Poems
- Your favorite campfire recipes
- Equestrian product reviews
- Anything that might be of interest to other mule and donkey owners!

Simply write your article, and submit it along with any corresponding photos to us at orders@longearsmall.com

You don't have to be a professional writer. Just share your stories and experiences that you think other longears owners would enjoy or be able to learn from!

Note: By submitting these materials to Longears Mall, you are granting Longears Mall permission to publish them on the Longears Mall website. All materials submitted must be written by you, and not copywrited by any other party. If they are found to be copywrited by someone else and to have been published without appropriate permissions, you will be withdrawn from the drawing for this painting.

It's as easy as that! Now hurry and send us your stories and articles! You may submit as many as you'd like. You will get an entry in the drawing for each of your submissions that we approve for publishing on Longears Mall. This drawing will end September 30, 2008.

Kristie Jorgensen

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July 15, 2008

Rotation Worming

An important part of equine maintenance is a proper rotation deworming program.

If left to multiply, worms can wreck havoc with your mule or donkey's health. A heavy parasite load not only depletes your mule or donkey of vital nutrients needed for a healthy body, but also can cause great damage to vital organs.

There are several main classes of wormers. In my deworming program, I rotate between three different types of wormer, using a different one each time. This helps target a broader range of different kinds of parasites, and also helps to avoid problems with the parasites becoming immune to one class of wormer.

The three classes of wormer that I have been using are Ivermectin, Pyrantel Pamoate and Fenbendazole. There are a number of brands of wormer in each class, for example SafeGuard and Panacur are both Fenbendazole wormers. And Equimectrin and Zimecterin are both Ivermectin wormers. Just look on the label, and it will tell what wormer chemical it contains.

Donkeys and mules should usually be wormed once every 2-3 months. Consult your veterinarian to find out what the best worming schedule is for your area. Here is one suggested schedule that I found on the Country Supply website and the Valley Vet Supply website:

January/February - Fenbendazole/Benzimidazole
March/April - Ivermectin
May/June - Pyrantel Pamoate
July/August - Fenbendazole/Benzimidazole
September/October - Ivermectin
November/December - Pyrantel Pamoate

Once I have wormed my animals, I make a note on my calendar of what date I wormed them and what wormer I used. I also make a note when to deworm again, so I don't forget.

On easy way to worm your donkeys is to make "wormer sandwiches" for them. Take two slices of bread and cut them into quarters. Put molasses between the pieces of bread to make four sandwiches. Put your donkey’s dose of paste wormer in one or two of the mini sandwiches. Offer your donkey an unmedicated sandwich as a treat. Once your donkey has eaten that sandwich, offer her the medicated sandwiches one at a time, then the remaining unmedicated sandwiches as a treat. Your donkey will love worming time, and won’t resist taking the medicine!

If you don't want to mess around with making sandwiches, I have also found that my donkeys really like the apple flavored wormer paste.

When you get ready to purchase worming paste, you might want to check the Country Supply website. They usually have really good prices on equine wormer.

With a proper deworming program, your mules and donkeys will stay happy and healthy for years to come!

Kristie Jorgensen

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