Morris adventure: foal’s first time out of the field

The foals are a month old now. Finally Morris has grown big enough to put a foal head collar on him and today – wearing his smart new violet coloured head collar – we took him up the road as far as the electricity pylon on the hill, five hundred metres and back. (The vet said one kilometre maximum if I take them out on a lead, otherwise they could get too stressed being restrained too early.) This photo is taken at the pylon.

We ran back to the field with Morris jumping and dancing all the way. Rubi bit him to curb his excitement and he in turn bit me. (I didn’t bite anyone.) I am astonished at how quickly the two foals are growing. When I catch sight of the four animals together now, when I look down from the balcony of Elca Seriu, my farmhouse to the field below, I can see a herd of donkeys. The cost of food and the vet’s bills is now a worry for the future. I don’t have to decide yet, but the painful decision will need to be made in a few months time. Who goes and who stays? Morris is the most problematic as he is a male and will either need to be gelded or separated from the females eventually. Having seen him jumping on a rather surprised Aitana a few times, he could be sold as a stud eventually…

I have not updated the blog for a week because the previous post with the video proved very popular. More than four hundred of you looked at it! I did not realise how many readers I had!

Morris adventure: foal's first time out of the field


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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3 Responses to Morris adventure: foal’s first time out of the field

  1. Hey Nonny No says:

    Consider the lilies of the field…but do it quick, before the donks eat them…

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Too late, Hey Nonny!

    2011/05/12 “Consider the lilies of the field.”
    – Barbara

    2011/05/13 “The donks have eaten the lilies… they briefly considered them first.”
    – Brother Lapin

    You have to be quick on this blog, Hey Nonny!

  3. Bronwen says:

    Hello Brother Lapin
    Am currently settled in Germany and reading your blog via a link sent by Dylan.
    Good to see you are happy and settled in Spain with the donkeys.

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