With the start of the hot weather season the horses and donkeys slowed down a bit this past week. I got there on Wednesday to find the seniors and the donkeys having "a bit of a lie-in," as the Brits like to say. As the day got hotter most of them were hanging out under their shelters. I was wishing I could do the same, but I was trying to get all the flower and garden beds watered. Even in adverse weather the chores still need to get done, so hats and suncreen are essential. :-)
It's never dull at the barn because there's always some interesting job to do, and you're almost always within sight of a horse or a donkey. I have to tell you, these donkeys are just adorable. I was mucking during our volunteer work day and when I went in to the mini's pen the donkeys were having a bit of a feast. Usually they follow me around wanting treats but today it was all about the feast! I had to take a picture of them because they are so cute. They make me wish I had the proper fencing to take a couple of them home with me. :-)
This past week at the barn I spent time doing something that I like almost as much as I like being around horses - gardening! I'm working on bringing the community garden back to life, and part of that is making new beds with a dirt/compost mix that seems to be working really well (if there's one thing we have a lot of, it's manure). Part of volunteering at Wings is helping maintain the facility and I'm happy to help with that. I do all the watering when I arrive then see if anyone needs help, then garden. Here's a look at some of my efforts.
I didn't do a post last week because I was camping up on Flathead Lake all week (wonderful!) and I got back this week to find six new arrivals at the barn! You can check out all the pictures on the home page. I will be getting more info on their backgrounds soon. Two Quarterhorses, Hoback and Scooter, came in, as well as four donkeys. Three of the donkeys are related and were owner-relinquished. All four donkeys are overweight due to being overgrazed on rich pasture. This picture of Brighty illustrates what happens - oversized belly and fat flaps.
Laura Weise is a Wings volunteer who lives in Stevensville and will be bringing you stories of life at the barn.