My favourite way to end the day! Time for the jennies to have their ‘spa’ treatment.
Rosie is happiest – in every activity – if she can be first. (I always had students who felt this way too!) Once Rosie is brushed down she likes to find a sunny spot to snooze in.
She’s eaten – been scratched all around – petted and fetted – and ready to let it all go.
Bella takes the longest. Not because of her long coat. Mostly just because she loves it and will stand still for ever or follow me around to get me to do more. She loves the feel of the different brushes even on her ears and her tail. Notice this side isn’t brushed yet …
Here she is after a good brushing on the other side. She is so gorgeous! One of the hard things about trying to get her picture is that compared to any of the backgrounds here … she always ‘fades’ away into her blackness. We’re in the shade for these shots. Maybe that will be the key.
Darby will sling herself over my back and shoulders to get me to pay attention to her if she thinks the other two jennies are taking too long. Her coat isn’t as heavy – but she likes having her face and neck thoroughly rubbed down.
… and then there is our good ol’ paddock ‘dude’ … hanging back … making sure he doesn’t have to have anything to do with that sissy hair do stuff!
Along that line – the universe popped a kindred spirit into our yard this afternoon. “Jeff” lives down the road from us. He has paired up with a wonderful girl who we’ve known since she was a wee one. (That is another place I really ought to take ‘you’ on tour …) Now grown up they’ve come back to the area, built a home and are working to establish their futures here. Jeff has worked around horses and donkeys since he was a teenager. I asked him to drop over to talk to him about Paco’s hoof dilemma. Within fifteen minutes Paco was eating grain from his hand – cautiously – but surely – approaching him while we talked in the paddock. A good sign! Jeff is going to work with Paco and I once a week for a while to see if we can get Paco to trust he and I together to do his hooves. Did I mention that Jeff is also a farrier! OUT with Plan B (vet, sedative, farrier) and in with Plan A+ … We’ll see how this goes.