Finally they are giving me their hooves!


After months of trying to pick up the donkeys’ hooves, and succeeding only for a brief time, they are finally letting me pick them up to inspect them. This is only possible after a long grooming session and brushing their legs for a while with the soft brush. then they offer up their hooves quite easily. As yet, however, not long enough to do any meaningful work with the hoof-pick. (These shots were taken with hooves held in left hand, camera in right hand.)

The school broke up yesterday and the teachers have a few more days of admin work, then at last a long rest! Finally I have reached the end of the school year and the children have gone off for their two months of holidays! My efforts in providing my Year 8 form with a last day party were greatly appreciated. We had Coca Cola and Fanta and a dozen different types of junk snacks, balloons all around the classroom, then watched The Devil Wears Prada on the digital projector, and finally rigged up a Playstation so the boys could all blast each other to Kingdom Come with a nasty game called Kill Everyone Noisily (or something similar..) and they killed everyone noisily for a full hour, with machine guns, grenades, helicopter attack ships, and much stabbing. I have never seen Playstation in action before and it is a depressing spectacle.

So nice to get home to the placid donkeys in their field,and this shot is the closest thing I’ve seen to a grinning donkey. Rubi is very fond of cuddles and as soon as you put a hand under her chin, she thinks it is cuddles time and goes all soppy. I will have time to update the blog more frequently now the summer holidays are upon us.

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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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9 Responses to Finally they are giving me their hooves!

  1. Barbara says:

    Ahhhh
    Good girls, aren’t they?
    Love from Dalie, Rosie, and all

  2. toadspittle says:

    better they give you their hooves than give you the boot…

  3. bozoboy87 says:

    I guess anyone can have a blog. Say, youre Norty arent you? You and your stupid donkeys. Why dont you put Eccles face on one of those jackasses

  4. terri says:

    You need some shin pads and those knee protectors that they wear with skateboards, or you may get another kick…..

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    The main thing to watch out for is the second donkey sneaking up behind to bite my bottom while I am bending over looking at hooves. The sneak donkey bite is becoming a nuisance by-product of their increasing displays of affection. They bite each other affectionately and they haven’t yet learned that I don’t appreciate it. A smack on the nose is their usual reward, but they just look surprised at that without connecting the two events!

  6. Kathy says:

    Hey Bunny, have you tried biting them back :-}

  7. Frere Rabit says:

    Great idea. If I start biting donkeys’ bottoms I can feel quite safe here. At home I would be reported to the CRB and that would be the end of my career. Again.

  8. RatBag says:

    Wow! I come back from my holiday to find that you have been posting nearly every day! I like the new banner. Well done for growing beans, and for training the girls to present their feet. Good progress 🙂

  9. Frere Rabit says:

    Hi Rattie! I hope you had a good holiday. Reminds me, I have not been into the Staffroom for a while. I will post something soon.

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