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The Long Ears Playday

amywink October 12th, 2009

I’m not telling Will what I did Sunday:

I played with donkeys!

I made it over to Haven Hill to participate in the Long Ears Play Day event. It was cool and mizzley but the rain held off until the end of the day. I had a great time driving Sweetie and a very different experience than driving Will. When I admitted I owned a Morgan, someone suggested that I was “slumming it” with the donkeys! Hardly!! I found the donkeys to be extremely educational and very effective trainers.

Here’s Sweetie with me as “Whip” heading through the cones course at The Long Ears Playday:


We look good here. But. One my first try through, I got my whip caught up in the reins and creamed 4 cones–and not just knocking the balls down either, I mean really creamed them. But thank goodness we got a second try and we went completely clear but were too slow to end up in the ribbons. I am, however, very very pleased to have come out clean.

Now, on the Timed Obstacle, I completely botched it. On our first shot through, I smacked right into a post at Gate C and had a challenging moment getting Sweetie to back up so we could maneuver around it correctly. Here we are coming around after our stop in our first attempt through.


Then Tom gave us a second chance. What was he thinking? I got so caught up in my mistake at C, I headed in to correct it.

Completely ignoring Gates A and B.

Not once, not twice, but three times!!


But not on the 4th time. Whew. I made it through A, B, and C and got out.

At least I gave Tom another story to tell!!

There’s a lesson here about focusing too much on the mistake. I was so determined not to make the same mistake again, I perfected a completely different one! But, of course, as someone once said, if you can’t be a good example, try to be a horrible warning!

The afternoon marathon went well but when the mud in the Birdhouse Hazard made Sweetie make her own directional choice, we headed backwards through Gate B and were eliminated. Still, we whipped through Obstacle 1 and 3 with great times of 42 seconds! Pretty speedy for a donkey. I was pleased for both of us and we had a grand time.

Of course, the great thing about driving events are all the fun people and equines you get to meet. This event was no exception and Anna’s Missouri mule, Miss Millicent, had her “competition” debut in her new life as a combined driving mule, a far piece from the Amish community she had been working in before she was “discovered.”


She loved it.

Of course, “Cute” was in no short supply yesterday either. Here are just a few examples:



But I think the Winner of Cute is this one: img_4139.jpg

Here’s the entire field after the exciting day of Longeared Fun.

Test Drive

amywink October 7th, 2009

Today, I took a test drive of Sweetie, my friend Anna’s donkey. We’re preparing to participate in the LongEars Playday at Haven Hill this coming weekend. Anna will be driving her new Missouri Mule, Miss Millicent (Millie for casual wear). Sweetie is a charming standard donkey who I have only driven once before so we did want to practice before the Big Event.

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She’s quite different to drive than my Corvette Morgan but very pleasant in her own way. I can see just moseying down the road with her at a nice slow walk or a pleasant jog. I enjoyed my test drive quite a bit and came away with a big grin for our efforts. I’m looking forward seeing how we do over the weekend and I am looking forward to meeting Miss Millie for the first time!