So, yesterday I did something pretty crazy. I bought a donkey. Not just any donkey. I bought a 3 1/2 year old Mammoth jenny donkey named EmmaKate.
I had been looking for….well, for a long time, for a mammoth Jenny, but all were either too old, too expensive, or two far away. Then I stumbled on Emma’s ad. She was priced well, looked in good condition, and had the kindest eye I had ever seen. I knew she was meant to be ours.
So, why a donkey, you ask? I used to show hunters, and gallop racehorses, and this girl is about as far from both of those as you can get. But, I kept getting call after call from folks who just wanted to come out and ride, groom, pet, etc. a horse. Emma may not be a horse, but donkeys are much more affectionate then horses are, and they are easy to train, IF trained properly. I had a FB friend tell me that “Horses should be trained the donkeys have to be”. What great advice.
The main thing with a donkey, is that you can’t force a donkey to do anything. Case in point, there was a time yesterday, where I thought “We may be coming home with an empty trailer.” As Miss Emma did not want to leave. Her owner tied her leadrope as tight as it would go – any horse would’ve freaked over that – and we all just stood there, encouraging her. It was not a quick or easy process, but eventually she did get in.
When we unloaded her, she walked to the pasture like it was no big deal. There were a few fireworks between her and my large pony mare, but it seems to be getting a little better:
Although she’s still pretty scared of my mini gelding, Simba, 😂
At first she wouldn’t let us near her, but now, she follows us around wanting scratches.
My 15 year old son is pretty crazy about her, though have to wonder if part of the reason is so he can tell he friend’s that his Mom has a big ass.
I’m not sure how this adventure will unfold, but I wanted to document it, and share it, for anyone else considering getting a big ass.
Since she and Diva decided to have a throw down this morning, that involved Emma getting kicked in her back leg – she’s sound, and it looks to be superficial – today’s lesson will be about her letting me touch her legs without losing my head.