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!
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!