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January 28, 2009

More of the Provence Donkey

Earlier this week I wrote about the Provence breed of donkeys from France. Here are a few special photos of these beautiful donkeys. Thanks to the Association de l'âne de Provence for sharing these photos with us!



Aren't these some fantastic harnesses, carts and teams!



The donkeys in these photos appear to be very well trained, versatile equines.




Here is another lovely photo that I found: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chadokpebrok/2969156939/

And a nice video of a Provence donkey:

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The description that was with this video translates something like this:

"The Provence donkey is a breed from southeastern France (Provence, Dauphiné, Savoie, and Cévennes). It is a medium sized donkey. Their color is solid "dove gray", and they have a black cross on their back. The breed has long been associated with the movement of sheep herds, carrying equipment for the shepherds on their travels to and from the pastures in the Alps. These donkeys were selected for their solid build and suitability to travel on the steep mountain paths. This patient animal is nowadays mainly used as a pet, or in tourism to transport luggage for hikers. This breed is very few in numbers now, with approximately 300 individuals in 1994. The Provence Donkey Association is working to protect this breed, in collaboration with the National Stud. The breed was officially recognized in 1995."

And while I was on YouTube, I found this fun video! It must have been taken at a donkey show or competition. Check out some of those driving obstacles! Looks like fun! And some very well trained donkeys. Anybody want to go with me to visit the French donkey shows now?

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at January 28, 2009 09:14 PM