To go or not to go …..

“Shall we venture out today George ? ”

“No I don’t think so Little Lad, that was mighty strange and cold on my hooves yesterday !”


Did you have spring in your hooves today ?

Well I’ve never seen our two donks gallop as fast as they did this evening!!!

Just as I was feeding them their straw something spooked them in their stable and they exited in an excited manner. Then for the next 10 minutes churned up the ground as they ran faster and faster around the paddock, turning tighter and tighter with every lap. George even jumped over the fallen bollard !!! They clearly were very excited about something, maybe it was just a celebration of a day and almost a week without any rain and howling wind ! Or maybe Matt the fabulous farrier who visited this week gave them some extra va va voom in their feet !!!

Can’t do what it says on the tin….

Glorious George cannot get his head around the fact he is meant to lick his garlic/mint treat !

The boys are given this as a very special treat or distraction when we need to do something different to them. They both get very excited at the thought of them. Little Lad licks and licks and licks his until everything has turned all runny and he looks like he has dived into a marmite jar !

George on the other hand insists on biting the tub and scraping his teeth over the lick. He doesn’t seem to get as much out as his friend and looks quite frustrated!!

And then we’ve noticed after having this treat he uses his tail like dental floss ….. it is hilarious to watch. Yesterday he even tried to floss with Little Lads tail …….

We’re going to party like it’s your birthday 🎁 🎉❤️

We don’t exactly know when Little Lad was born, but we do know that 7 years ago today he had the chance of a new life, so here’s to you Little Lad 7 today !!!

He was rescued along with 6 other donkeys from a world of neglect, fear and starvation as the country was gripped in artic conditions in one of the most severe winters of late. All of the donkeys had overgrown corkscrew hooves, some were emaciated and one so weak she had to be carried to the lorry. The person responsible had been banned from keeping equines previously. These frightened donkeys were kept with 2 of their friends who had died from the neglect and many dead chickens, ducks and geese. It was on of the worst welfare cases the RSPCA and The Donkey Sanctuary had seen.

Only 5 of them survived and all found peace and love at The Donkey Sanctuary. I’m sure if the welfare officer in charge of this case could see what a handsome, inquisitive, playful, big and intelligent donkey Little Lad has become she would be delighted.

He found companionship in George and they are inseparable. Like a tag team keeping us on our toes and giving us huge amounts of pleasure.

You’ve come a long way Little Lad !!!

Poo Watch

So I’ve been out here for about an hour waiting for our donkeys, who are busy chomping on the grass, to process it and for it to appear the other end.

I’m doing this so their poo can be sent off ( special delivery 📦) to The Donkey Sanctuary to be tested for worm eggs. This gives us a really good indication as to wether they need worming or not. We only treat if necessary, ensuring greater efficacy in the treatment.

Good job we didn’t do it yesterday, as the hunt were out and about and you could have put their poo through a sieve they were so nervous 😬. Peace and harmony restored today 😊. Although it seems to be a bit like watching paint dry 😂…..