A Day of Sunshine

Horses Donkeys in west pastureWith all the subzero temperatures here in Colorado and around the nation, a couple days here finally getting above freezing conditions during the day is spent with horses and donkeys basking in the sun and grazing on winter’s dormant pasture.  The mini donkeys (Ella and Emma) and one of the mini horses (Jaxx) were born last May and June.  They love to lie down and take in the sunshine.  After a nap, they run around and kick their heels up in happiness.  Winter’s not over yet, but a day of sunshine here and there sure helps to build up some solar energy.  I’d have to include myself in that.  Too many cloudy days has a tendency to bring me down. So it’s a great feeling to see them running and grazing and being happy.

When I bought America and Legacy, and rescued them from neglect, it wasn’t until I got them home I realized she was pregnant.  The vet confirmed it and estimated a matter of months.  Two and  a half months later, little Jumpin Jaxx was born.  Such a beautiful experience to go through.

Now he’s almost eight months old.  The plan was always to do everything in twos.  The set up is perfect for two horses (the donkeys have a separate area – also set up for two).  So after going back and forth in my head and heart, I decided it was best to sell him.  Having said that, it’s my every intention to make sure he goes to a good home.  I’m in the process of getting it all set up to go to a family with three young girls.  The family has a couple quarter horses that are too big for them.  By having the mini (and a pony as well to keep him company), they can get used to taking care of, grooming, walking, etc. a miniature version of the bigger horses.  Jaxx loves attention and is very cuddly.  The girls were petting and scratching him.  He ate up every bit of it too.  It made me feel good.  Will I be sad?  Absolutely.  I know it’s the right decision.  He will have 35 acres to run around on versus our 3.  He loves to run and kick up his heels when he plays. I love him and I’ll miss him.  I will enjoy the remaining time I have with him until he does leave!

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