Sorry that's not really the point of the post and I've probably left out a lot of relevant information (I'm tired), but I can go into more detail on that another day if you're interested. If, like me, you're grossed out by it I won't mentioned it again LOL!! The point of today is that I finally got pictures of how we deworm Zep for those of you curious about how to deworm a donkey that can barely be touched.
We set up an extra panel in the round (not round at the moment) pen to use as a catch pen. We ease him into the corner and then close the panel in on him until it's like he's in stocks. Then we can put the halter on him, deworm him, pet him, etc. Check out the pictures.
Here he is in his makeshift stocks.
This was when I was taking his halter off.
Also shows his size a little. I'm 5'10" tall.
Fingers crossed someday we will be able to do his hooves. I actually ran my hand down his front leg which I've never done before. I was too chicken to do his rear leg since he will kick (he kicked at my husband once for touching his belly). He bites too by the way. I was hoping to have the money to geld him this fall (and get his hooves done while he's asleep) but I don't think it's going to work out. :(
Here I'm actually touching his leg for the first time!
Notice him watching me? And Chrome keeping him company. :)
I actually touched his belly!
He has kicked at my husband when he touched his belly, so I didn't have the guts to pet him any further back.
Oh I almost forgot! I checked Chrome's weight with the measurements and weight calculator that I've mentioned (LINK here) and he is 1128lbs. We also measured Zep for the first time!! Up until now we've been guessing his weight. He weighs 468lbs! We've been overestimating by about one hundred and fifty pounds lol. I'm glad wormer has such a big safety margin!!
The best news is that when we opened the panel he walked out and started grazing like he wasn't worried at all. Do you guys think it would be overly stressful to catch him up like this to pet on him and desensitize him to having his feet done or should I go back to the clicker training and do it that way when I have time?
Anyway I hope you enjoyed seeing Zep again. I know I haven't been posting much lately and I've definitely not posted much about Zep. I'm sorry. I'll try to do better. I've just been soooo busy!! I even picked up a side job babysitting tomorrow so there goes that day off!
We did get the storm shelter in recently and we finished pouring the concrete for the ramp leading into it (brother and grandfather are in wheel chairs), so yay for that. We have the porch halfway screened in. Also the counter installers shoulder be here within a couple of weeks too so the kitchen is close to being done. I'm so excited! I'm glad we're making so much progress but I can't wait to not be so busy. :)
So how have you all been? I'm sorry I haven't been by to read your blogs. I will try to find time as soon as possible.