Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Hay and Supplies and a Visit from the Farrier at The Lazy Vegan!

The donkeys watch me attempt to stack hay bales!

It was a great day to get NEW hay today! I picked up the biggest load that I have so far in the truck- six bales of orchard grass hay and four big cubes of pine shavings bedding. Plus, bought a new pitchfork to replace the one I broke while cleaning up the pasture...and the dogs got treats and Boulder got a new toy! It kind of all makes up for the drama the donkeys have to go through when the farrier visits, which was first thing this morning!

Boulder eyes his new toy, which is a little plastic pom-pom on the end of a long wire.
Attack cat!

My big hay load. This time I could not unload it myself. Usually I can slide the bales to the end of the truck and let them fall. This time when I did that, the first bale immediately hit and broke the pallet it was supposed to sit on. So I'll have to get the foreman of The Lazy Vegan to help!
Brand new (and clean!) pitchfork!
Solo gets a new toy- a DONKEY!!!
Toby and Bravo really wanted the donkey, too- but they got other treats (the kind you eat). Solo deserves his own special new toys since he doesn't ever play with Toby and Bravo.
The farrier visit! Every eight weeks- it seems to come around so fast!

Randy shows his concern.
Brent with Paco after the job is done!
Here's what the trimmings from their hooves looks like!

Once again, not as easy as it may look. The donkeys are STRONG!

There was no coaxing Paco- so Brent had to pull him!
Weegie's turn.
Paco was pretty interested in watching once his turn was over.
Weegie gets a rubdown from "Papa" while his hooves get trimmed!

Brent was telling us about putting shoes on a Draft horse. Must make the donkeys seem pretty easy.

Paco when it was his turn- he really was not happy about this at all.

Randy gives Paco an "interior ear rub" (that's what he calls it) for reassurance. I'm willing to bet these are the only donkeys in the world who get ear rubs while the farrier works on them! Unless there are other crazy donkey people out there like us... Before the farrier came, I lured the donks into the corral with a carrot!

Luigi in the morning sunshine.
All harnessed up and ready to go!
Paco finds out what's going on from the foreman of The Lazy Vegan!