Donkey cart blues

Oh yes, we’ve got the donkey cart blues, Rubi and I. We also both agree that shopping on Ebay is not the wisest way to buy donkey tack. It was a good deal at first sight: sixty nine pounds for the full breast harness set with reins, plus head collar. It was all discussed on the phone, with donkey measurements made clear. When it arrived, however, the head collar was so small it would not have fitted nextdoor’s dog, let alone a donkey. The advice that a miniature Shetland set would work for my donkey was completely wrong!

So I went to the farm shop in Vilajoiosa yesterday and bought a head collar to fit. But today we tried the whole set on Rubi and everything is too big! How is it possible to send a head collar for a dwarf Shetland pony, while everything else seems big enough for a carthorse!

As shown in the photo, every trace, strap and crupper is dangling loose. Rubi looks like she is trying on the wrong size bra and suspenders in Marks and Spencers. I need to get some advice in how to assemble it all. The YouTube videos are useful but don’t show close up how to connect straps.

Oh dear! No wonder I couldn’t get the head collar to fit… Someone has kindly informed me I had it upside down.

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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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2 Responses to Donkey cart blues

  1. Ullo, rabit, here’s a costume holly man wiv a donkey.
    http://www.leparisien.fr/lieusaint-77127/seine-et-marne-le-nouveau-pretre-est-arrive-a-pied-avec-son-ane-27-08-2012-2138812.php
    If you clicks on de mangifying glass you can see de whole pitcher.

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you Bruvver Eccles. I will translate the whole article and put it on my blog. Lovely photo!

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