Meet the “Wise Asses” of Foghorn Farm – formerly Wise Ass Acres!
We have five donkeys here at Foghorn Farm! Meet our Wise Asses:
Charlie: Our most trained, most spunky and smart donkey. Charlie rides and packs. Charlie is the donkey who is most likely to lead the others through scary situations, as not a whole lot scares him. Traffic, noises, bicycles, kids…no big deal! He is incredibly intelligent and finds ways to “get my goat.” In fact, getting a goat is the reason we have Charlie. He was bred locally in Mancos Colorado by Charlie Goff (now deceased). His owners offered him to me when they saw him pick up a goat and swing it around in the air! Charlie was not destined to be a guard donkey. However, he has made a wonderful riding donkey and safe pack donkey. He is the first donkey I had ever trained and continues to teach me new things about donkeys every time I am with him.
Pippa: Pippa has been shown at the National Western Stock Show, been trained to drive a cart, and also rides. Pippa is a sassy young mammoth jennet who keeps getting lighter every year! She is very smart and sweet, and especially enjoys butt scratches! Pippa is still young so we are bringing her along slowly.
Darlin : Darlin came to us from Montana by way of Utah. She is a beautiful, young and spirited jennet who has a complex feminine personality. By complex I mean that if she disagrees with me spending time with Raymond she might give me the cold shoulder! She is sometimes moody and sometimes very sweet. Darlin is trained to ride and pack. She is surefooted! Darlin enjoys ambling trail rides and packing. Not too much frightens her, except skateboarders…
Raymond : Raymond (Or Raymons as Wolf likes to call him), is a short, stocky mammoth gelding. He came to us from Edgewood Longears Safehouse in Mew Mexico. We adopted him after meeting him and seeing that through his shy façade he was actually a kind and curious individual. Raymond is my husband Wolf’s donkey, and is helping him through his PTSD. Raymond and Wolf are developing a special connection and trust as they get to know one another and work with each other. Raymond started out not trusting us much and running away when we would approach with a halter. Raymond now both rides and packs!
Dinah: Dinah is new to our herd. She was a craigslist save–we noticed that she was at risk. Her whole herd except her had been sold. She was living in bad conditions, had an untreated knee injury, and both of her hind legs were twisted due to hoof care neglect. At first she couldn’t be led, you couldn’t come near her feet, and she shook with fear if you touched her rear end (we think she may have been beaten). She has come a long way already! She still has a ways to go, and cannot do any hard physical activity due to the former neglect that left her with only one good leg. We hope that she can come to community events and meet the public, and be a spokes donkey for treating equines fairly and humanely and correctly. Dinah is currently learning to ride and pack…very lightly.
Edit: Tilly has unfortunately passed away. She had cancer, and was starting to go downhill, so we made the humane decision and euthanized her. We will always remember her as a DonkeyTrek donkey however!! We love you, Tilly.
Tilly is our herd elder. She is probably close to thirty, although it is impossible to tell as she has nearly no front teeth left! Tilly came to us Thanksgiving 2013 in a blizzard. We didn’t see her as she is white! We found her on the road outside our donkeys’ paddock in the morning and saw that she didn’t look well. Her owners came and got her but later on that week she jumped a cattle guard (with foundered slipper feet) and made it clear she wanted to live with us. Her owners sold her to us for a dollar. She has since recovered from her founder and although she is almost blind, almost deaf, arthritic, and toothless, she is doing well and is happy with life in general. She lives in a paddock with Darlin, away from the boisterous boys. She will not be coming with us on our Donkey Trek as she is too arthritic. She deserves to spend the summer hanging out keeping our friend’s horse company and getting brushed and pampered!