Signs and portents

As if the weather hadn’t provided enough entertainment, with spectacular thunder and lightning, with a rainbow in the middle of it all, I had to seek further drama. Now the weather is fine again and the storms have passed, I was feeding the donks and once again I lightly ran my hand along Matilde’s tummy to see if I could detect any possible donkey foal within…

Ouch! Now I know what the full-on force of a rear-leg donkey kick feels like. I received a very painful stunning hoof blow, in the side of my right knee, which knocked me over. For a moment, dizzy with pain, I thought my leg was broken. It swelled up and I am wondering if – by morning – I may difficulty walking the two kilometres to get my lift into work. But, fair enough. I knew she was getting sensitive about her tummy, and this was her way of saying “Enough!”

The next photo is taken half an hour later, as I wanted to give her some reassurance that there was no bad feeling, even though I am still in pain. She was very affectionate as usual and enjoyed having her nose rubbed, but I won’t go near her tummy again. She is pregnant, I am sure.

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About Gareth Thomas

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have two blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog.
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7 Responses to Signs and portents

  1. Sheel says:

    Rubi doesn’t look too chuffed.

  2. Barbara says:

    Arnica cream and homeopathic dose tablets. CH 5 two every hour
    For you, not the donkey. And stay out of hoof reach next time 😉

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    No, Rubi is not chuffed. Rubi has gone into norty donkey mode. She copies everything Matilde does, and since Matilde kicked me, Rubi has seen that being rood and norty is the order of the day. Consequently, she is looking like the stroppy teenager. “Tidy my stable? Why?”

  4. Geert Bakker says:

    “And stay out of hoof reach next time”
    Or stay so close that a kick can’t get much momentum.
    My grandfather who was borne in 1872 was a horse wisperer avant-la-lettre and he told me many very nice stories about his life with horses. He also taught me at a very young age never to trust a horse (not because they are bad, but because they can react very instinctively or involuntarily kicking and biting) and either to walk very close behind them (touching them) or to pass out of hoof reach at 2 meters distance. That was a good advice. We loved each other. I loved his many old stories better every time he told them and he loved telling them over and over again. We had great times.
    Much later the farmer where I practised agriculture told me not to disturb the horses while they were eating.

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    That all sounds like good advice, Geert. I have meanwhile been sitting down in the night again with my burras and they rest their heads in my lap. If you catch them half asleep they are very sweet.

  6. Geert Bakker says:

    Must be true love!
    And what a night it was, watching a very special (red; not white?) moonbow!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonbow#See_also
    http://www.mauimagazine.net/Maui-Magazine/May-June-2010/Maui-rsquos-Night-Sky/
    Count your blessings, lucky devil!

  7. Geert Bakker says:

    In today’s TNYT a video showing How to Yoke Oxen
    A demonstration by the farmer Tim Huppe of how to yoke a pair of oxen for work in the field, from the 2003 how-to DVD “Training Oxen,” a cult classic in the draft-power community.
    http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/05/03/dining/100000000802394/how-to-yoke-oxen.html?WT.mc_id=VI-D-I-NYT-MOD-MOD-M200-ROS-0511-HDR&WT.mc_ev=click
    Watch how nicely man and animals are used to each other and how quiet and convincing Tim is handling his friends who apparently accept what is coming.
    One of them even gives him –obviously by accident- a little punch in the nose.
    Also observe how smooth the skin of their (not Tim’s) neck is.
    Probably your sweethearts differ too much in height to be yoked, but I loved to see this action. You can see Tim also is a happy man!

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