[Homestead] Equus Asinus
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Thu May 21 14:33:33 EDT 2009
Ok, so my neighbor has given me an old special donkey issue of the
magazine Equus Caballus, and now I want a donkey. I actually might be
able to talk my friend out of her 28 year old Jack. I just love Jack.
I love the way he brays when he is excited about eating or to say hello.
He is intact, yet gentle to people and only aggressive to horses if
picked on. I recall that Marie, I think, has donkeys. I read that they
can live 40 years or more. I am thinking that I would like to keep Jack
with a herd of sheep, and maybe later with goats. I know they are good
guard animals, good companions, and good pack animals, etc. I've been
reading about their nutritional needs, which I was amazed to learn how
different they are from horses.
I want to know as much as possible about donkeys from those who have
owned them, especially the 'bad' stuff....
If I were to acquire Jack, what could I reasonably expect to teach him
at his age? He's never worked, but he has been ridden. Mostly, he has
been a pasture ornament during his life. My friend has owned him or
known him for about 10 or more years I think. He's in good health.
He was thought to be sterile but lo and behold he did sire a mule just
before my friend took possession of him.
"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public
debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered
and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed
lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of
living on public assistance."
--Cicero, 55 BC
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