I WAS QUESTIONED - SOMEWHAT HARSHLY- FOR GIVING THE DONKEYS TO ANN- SO I WROTE THIS AT 2AM AND POSTED IT ONLINE...
STARTING WITH-- THIS WAS ALWAYS A QUARENTINE BARN- WHERE JANINE COULD QUARENTINE ANIMALS SHE SAVED FROM THE SLAUGHTER PENS--- A PLACE TO PUT ANIMALS TIL WE WERE SURE THEY WERE HEALTHY TO GO TO A MORE PUBLIC BARN/FARM. THERE ARE NO GREEN PASTURES HERE FOR HORSES-..... COUPLE ROCKY TURN OUTS WITH NO GRASS (I.E. CHEAP WAY TO FEED HORSE/DONKEY)
ONLINE I WROTEi have not shipped the 3 donks off to oblivion... they went back to where i got mrs ashton from-- and before anyone calls me nasty names.. clem did not go to maddies horse farm,as i had thought--- ann- who owns the farm they went to wanted .. all 3 of them.... these animals were rescues from the slaughter pens and started here as quarentine-- i just tried to work them into the environment - and it did not work. they are all fat and healthy- and should do fine.
the donkey coming here is in tough shape-- he has no flesh between his back legs indicating he has been starved...he will be here until he is at least healthy and if he behaves himself, he can stay-- otherwise i will find him a home-- and the first person i would ask would be the one who has mrs ashton back.
there is no person on this earth better at handling and caring for donkeys and equines than janine... she has her hands full- apparently he is weak- which is why he chose to take a nap- on someone's lawn in DC-- the trailer is probably bigger than any stall he was ever in-- she did manage to bathe him before they started.. he is having trouble chewing--probably needs his teeth floated-- so she has him on quaker oats( rolled and easier to chew...) a little bran ,sliced carrots, and he is standing in timothy hay-- with fresh water.... he should be fine... but keep in mind he is not healthy-- we can give him a chance--- but it is a tough world... be prepared.
he could have died on that person's lawn -- animals do die-- particularly donkeys--- there is a saying-- "sick donkeys die"-- they don't seem to get better.. and i see no reason to disagree-- it was true with mary..
janine thinks he is basically healthy- but no one fed him enough for a very long time.
so another lesson... when they are that thin it will take months before you see any improvement . if he can just make it here he will have a chance.
current plan is for wayne to start back with him today--- but that can change too...
if you have learned anything from this site, it should be to be flexible---animal management is just that .....management...
UNTILL YOU COME HERE AND TRY AND MANAGE THIS MADHOUSE- DO NOT CRITICIZE MY EFFORTS----
IS THERE ANY ONE OF YOU WHO HAVE EVER BEEN IN THE SITUATION OF A DOWN DONKEY TRYING TO DIE ON SOME SPOTLESS LAWN WHICH NEVER EVEN HAD A DANDELION ON IT WHILE SURROUNDED BY WELL MEANING PEOPLE DRIPPING IN ARTIFICIAL WEALTH-- LIKE DIAMONDS AND GOLD??.??
LIKE IT OR NOT, I HAVE A SOLID 50 YEARS OF DEALING WITH JUST SUCH SITUATIONS --ENTITLING ME TO CONSIDER WRITING A BOOK---
WELL MAYBE JUST PUTTING TOGETHER A BOOK I HAVE ALREADY WRITTEN.
FROM 4 WILD PIGS IN HARNESS ON STAGE PULLING SANTA'S SLEIGH- TO CHASING COCKROACHES UP A TABLE IN A MOVIE- OR TRYING T CONTROL ONE PRAYING MANTIS IN A HAY FIELD... THESE THINGS ARE NORMAL TO US... MOSTLY JANINE AND I. WHATEVER ----SHE WILL HANDLE IT AS BEST AS ANYONE.
NOW HERE IS A STRETCH----
I HAVE TO RESIST THE URGE TO COLLECT THINGS WHCH DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO THE ENTIRE PICTURE OF CRAZY ACRES----
SPECIFICALLY---- THIS GOES FOR PEOPLE IN BAD SITUATIONS WHO JUST BECOME MOROSE, NEGATIVE, AND SEDENTARY. ALL SET TO TAKE WHATEVER THEY ARE OFFERED.
PEOPLE AND OTHER ANIMALS HERE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO GIVE---- TIME- MONEY- ENERGY -- HUMOR -- WHATEVER THEY ARE CAPABLE OF GIVING .... AND I CAN FIND A JOB FOR EVERYONE SO FAR....
YOU DO NOT BECOME INVOLVED HERE WITH THE "I CAN'T" MENTALITY
ANYONE CAN WHO STARTS WITH "WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?" IS ON....
THE NEXT WORSE THING THAT HAPPENS IS THE "I CAN'Ts " THEN GO ON WITH "BECAUSE" FOLLOWED BY A LONG LIST OF DIAGNOSIS--MEDICATIONS -- DEPENDENT RELATIVES-- AND FAULTY EQUIPMENT.
OUR APPLICATION HAS LOADED QUESTIONS
DO YOU WORK
DO YOU DRIVE
DO YOU VOLUNTEER.
AND I HAVE YET TO FIND A REASON THAT STANDS UP TO MY NEXT QUESTION WHICH I ASK WHEN THEY COME HERE "WHY NOT?"
I AM BAD... I BETTER QUIT THIS DISCUSSION.. AND GO MEND OTHER/REAL FENCES...