Lazy J Bar C

Lazy J Bar C

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesday's Tails, #9


A couple of weeks ago, T-Bone and Shorty went back home. The youngest daughter is back from Texas and Shorty is her horse and she will make sure both are taken good care of. Anyway, we were thinking of getting another horse as a pasture mate for Jerry's horse, Paco. There is a horse auction in Benson on the second Saturday of each month so Jerry went this past weekend to see if he could find anything. Well...you can see what he came home with!! I was blown away when he told me what he bought! A miniature donkey and her 7-month-old foal!! We weren't even sure if the foal was a jack or a jennet until this morning. LOL!! Meet Esmeralda (mom) and Mercedes!

Esmeralda
I had to keep backing up to get her picture!

Mercedes
We didn't know much about miniature donkeys until we bought these girls. We always thought they had been bred down to mini size but they are actually normally this size and are originally from the Mediterranean. They are naturally friendly towards people. We noticed! LOL!!


They don't like dogs (just ask Buddy, they chase him!) BUT they do not make suitable livestock guardians, they just aren't big enough to fight off predators. We used to have a standard size donkey but one of the horses we had at the time was picking on him so we gave him to some friends of ours who have two little kids and the kids just love him! I have missed my donkey and the braying ever since. Jerry said that was one of the reasons he decided to buy these girls, that and they won't eat much! ;-)


When I went down to the pasture a few minutes ago to give the chickens their treats, Esmeralda saw me coming and she started braying so I called them and they both came a runnin' to get some scritches behind their ears! Sigh...I'm in love already!

20 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, they are wonderful!!! i love that they've found a great home with you!!! who knows where they could have ended up!? :)

Mooberry Farmwife said...

WANT!!! Oh--they are precious. Very, very cute. What a thoughtful hubby you have, Candy! :)

SweetLand Farm said...

so cute!

Elaine M said...

More sweet faces at you farm!

Susan said...

Oooh, Candy! I have miniature donkey envy! They are adorable - it's so nice when they LIKE you already.

Candy C. said...

TWG,
They certainly will be well spoiled here!

Julie,
He is, isn't he? :)

SweetLand Farm,
They are adorable!

Candy C. said...

Elaine,
I have always loved donkey faces with those big, furry ears! :)

Susan,
I can't get over how friendly they are already!

Teresa said...

They are very cute! Nice that they are so friendly.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Adorable! I love donkeys and these are extra cute!

Candy C. said...

Teresa,
I'm smitten with them already! :)

Kathy,
There's something about mini "anythings" that makes the cute factor go up!

MamaTea said...

Well gosh, you had to go and post about these adorable sweet things didn't you? My boys have been begging for these exact darlings since we got to the farm. How can I tell them no now? Cute!!

nancypo said...

How adorable x 2!!!

Ngo Family Farm said...

Oh goodness, how wonderful!! There's a ranch up the road from us with a few of these sweeties, and I'm always rubber-necking to see them when I drive past :) Very exciting for you, and I'm looking forward to many more adorable donkey pictures.
-Jaime

Kristina said...

Awww, those two are so cute!

Candy C. said...

Mama Tea,
They would make a GREAT addition to your new farm! :)

Nancy,
How can you not love those furry faces!

Candy C. said...

Jaime,
With all their personality, more pictures are a given!

Kristina,
Thanks! :)

Farmgirl Susan said...

Oh my gosh, Candy, they are SO CUTE! What darlings. Congratulations on your adorable new additions! And now we both have donkeys named Esmeralda - I love it. :)

There's nothing better than a farm with donkeys. Now you just have to find a jack so you can start expanding the herd. ;)

Candy C. said...

Thanks for stopping by Farmgirl Susan! We have actually considered breeding them and expanding the herd! Jerry even thinks they are fun to have around! :)

Kateri said...

They are certainly adorable! Interesting that this is their normal size.

Candy C. said...

Kateri,
Yeah, we always thought they were bred down from standard donkeys but have learned that this is their size.