Rubi’s birthday cart

Rubi and Matilde had their birthdays earlier in the week on 5th and 6th June. I bought a donkey cart, as seen on the previous blog post, but have waited until the weekend to try Rubi in it. As yet, I have not got a proper harness but I thought it would be quite easy to rig up the cart to the pack saddle normally worn by Matilde.

Rubi was very stressed at first. She panicked when she realised that everywhere she tried to run, the iron monster on wheels kept following behind… I let her circle around me a few times on the lead rope, with the cart turning tight circles. Then she happily stopped and grazed on the grass for a few minutes, having lost interest in the cart.

I then took her for a little walk along the dust track next to the house, about five hundred yards. On the return trip, I jumped in the cart and Rubi happily pulled me up the hill. She was very good at instantly judging the width of the vehicle she was pulling, and she automatically took to the middle of the track, so the wheels stayed in the road rather than going into the verge.

The other donkeys all stood in the field, Morris and Aitana excitedly braying and Matilde staring in total incredulity. Rubi could not have caused more excitement if she had ridden my bicycle down the road. She returned to the field to receive a hero’s welcome. Then Morris jumped on her and he had to be given a slap and put back in his confinement.


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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5 Responses to Rubi’s birthday cart

  1. Alys Thomas says:

    Hoobray for Rubi! What a lovely Eyore-esque tale. Happy birthday to Rubi and Matilde! xxx

  2. Jackie says:

    Who needs a hire car?!

  3. Kathy says:

    Well done Rubi. What that cart needs is some lovely red cushions to match Rubi’s head collar.

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    I think the red cushions are a great idea… until we meet a Spanish bull somewhere in the countryside. Then we might have a promble.

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    Rubi will be doing more cart training this weekend. Ever since I saw the chariot race in “Ben Hur” in 1962, I have been preparing for this challenge.

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