Archive for February, 2013

Weekend Construction

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

My amazing husband spent his weekend working on Rosie’s permanent shelter. Of course I was out there helping him the whole time, with the exception of the last hour on Sunday when I stopped to scrub water buckets and pick manure.

Day 1:

This is a good shot of Rosie’s temporary quarters.

Weekend

The new stall will be 9 x 12. Eventually it will have a stall door that goes to the interior of the barn for ease of feeding and caring for horses in bad weather.

Weekend

Weekend

Day 2:

Who knew that I had the most entertaining horse toys already in the barn for free? Blondie and Zi spent about an hour chewing on the blue baling twine that is securing Rosie’s shelter.

Weekend

Weekend

We had just wrapped up work for the day. This was as close as Zi would get to the new structure. However, shortly after we went in the house I had to run back down to the barn for something – I couldn’t see any horses anywhere. They were both right up against this gate, checking things out.

Weekend

Weekend

Weekend

We got a lot done, but there is another good day of work to make it usable. The roof needs to be finished, the enclosures on both ends need to be finished, the floor backfilled with gravel, leveled, and matted. That will make it safe and dry. Later on we will add a light, cut a doorway from the inside of the barn out to the new space, add trimwork, and paint.

The weather is supposed to be nice again this weekend so you know what we’ll be doing!

Introducing Rosie

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Meet Rosie! She is a miniature spotted donkey, 18 years old. She is an absolute sweetheart. She loves attention whether you are giving her scratches or whether she is visiting with kids. Little kids (under 50 pounds) can even be given lead line rides on her.

Rosie

Two weeks ago today I went to meet her and one week ago my mom and I brought her home. Poor girl was scared during the trailer ride, but perked right up when she saw her new horsey companions. She is so smart – she watched us set up her temporary shelter and paddock. When we were done, she marched right in and settled in. She has been laying down to sleep (judging by the shavings all over her body) since the first night. On the 4th day she figured out when breakfast is and let out a bray right on time. 🙂

For now she has her own pen to keep her safe and control her food intake. As the week progressed I let Blondie have supervised free time with Rosie, but I’ve kept Zi on a lead rope. Blondie is calm and patient. She hangs back and watches. Zi on the other hand has been obsessed with Rosie. Both girls keep her company, staying right near her paddock most of the day, but Zi sniffs noses and then squeals. Finally the squealing seems to have stopped and I’ve allowed her to approach Rosie. Just yesterday I supervised while they were all loose together. As you can see, Zi is an ever-present shadow in every picture.

Rosie

Rosie

Rosie

See what I mean? Zi 10-15 feet behind Rosie, Blondie hanging around behind her.

Rosie

Rosie

Speaking of Zi…check out this photo of her teeth! Maybe this is why she was so grumpy a few weeks ago.

Zi's Teeth

Going forward, the idea is that I’ll be able to take Zi away for training and leave Rosie and Blondie at home. This is going to be quite a change for Zi as she’s going to have to learn to be dependent on me. The first few times I take her away from home by herself I’m sure there will be temper tantrums. However, I’m really looking forward to being able to focus on her when we haul out to local shows or to visit friends, or even just to walk around the neighborhood.