The foals’ first rain

The foals are two weeks old now and they saw their first rain yesterday. They found it so exciting that they rolled in the mud after the heavy shower and got into a complete mess! I have been trying to get some night photos of the donkeys, particularly in the full moon in the past few nights, but this has not been entirely successful. With a bit more practice I’ll try to get some better night shots and post them later. I like being with the donkeys at night because they keep very calm and still. Here’s the whole family at night.

It will not be long before the foals are too big and too heavy to sit on my lap. Already it is an effort to lift up Aitana now. Some friends came here for lunch yesterday and took this photo of me sitting with Aitana and it is clear that she is a bit of a handful now!

Finally, here’s Morris, looking like a painted savage after he had been rolling in the mud during his first experience of a rain shower.

Update: midday Sunday 16th October. Aitana in sun hat

This was the hat worn by her mother Matilde as an Easter bonnet with flowers, earlier this year. It seems to fit Aitana much better!


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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7 Responses to The foals’ first rain

  1. karin says:

    Morris has the sweetest face!

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Yes, Morris is a sweet looking baby donk and I must try to get a better balance. I’m completely captivated by Aitana and the blog seems to reflect that, with more photos of her than Morris. To be fair, I spend as much time with Morris, particularly as his eyes need attention twice a day. He has a condition quite common in young creatures where the duct between nose and eyes gets blocked and his eyes are watery. He is much lighter than Aitana and not so good on his feet. When they chase each other around the field, Morris sometimes falls over while doing a sharp turn to evade Aitana. Earlier today he copied her leaping in the air, but his legs collapsed under him as he returned to the ground and he sat there for a second or two looking quite surprised!

  3. Hey Nonny No says:

    I used to have three types of eyedrops for my cavalier spaniel – one to stimulate tear production twice per day); one to cushion and hydrate (anytime); and one with antibiotics, for if there was an infection They are essentially the same ones used for humans – though I forget the names of them. Trying to hold down the cavalier was hard enough – I can’t imagine what it would be like with a donk. Do you have a similar regime?

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    I have not been given any regime at all by my vet although I did flag it up as a concern. Your information suggests i need to be doing more. I have simply been cleaning Morris’s eyes regularly, but it seems more is needed. I’ll look at it again tomorrow. Thank you.

  5. Hey Nonny No says:

    Optimmune and Viscotears were the non-antibiotic drops – if that helps.

  6. toadspittle says:

    I see the rain has become a flood in Finestrat, killing people. Are you all OK?

  7. Frere Rabit says:

    All OK thank you, Paddy. It was a flash flood and two elderly English people sadly died when the waters caught everyone by surprise. It is very localised weather here with a range of micro climates. The donkeys had a slightly wet field and got a bit muddy, but two kilometres away people were fighting for their lives. Today we had a barbecue in the sunshine (post to come) and life goes on.

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