Sheep Phobia, Guard Donkeys they are NOT!

Luc and Galahad once again had a strong off to the races start to their early morning drive.  For me it was both hands on the lines.  As soon as they hit the road they were off in a 7.6 mph trot that took them directly into the oat hay field where they continued to be on the bit. 

Maybe I should tell you in and out of harness these two have a huge fear of sheep, I mean HUGE, especially in harness! A barrage of Psychiatry treatments are needed for these two cowards!  

The neighbor herded his little band of sheep into the pasture that borders our oat hay field this morning and going past them was almost more than Luc and Galahad could handle.  I really thought we were going to have another 14 mph trip, like we had a year ago, across this field but I held on and talked them through it. Good grief you two, settle down, those little black faced woollies are only sheep and are not demented donkey killers! 

We barely made it past without a runaway, but they were still speed walking when we reached the end of the field, we took a 30 minute drive and turned it into 12 minutes flat!  Down in the bottom of the field directly in front of us was a Whitetail doe that we stopped to watch.  Then right next to us, hidden in the fence line, her fawn jumped up and ran about 20 feet then turned to watch the team which was glued onto the baby.  Both the doe and the fawn were watching the donkeys; everyone had become statues starring at each other!  As soon as I asked the boys to move the baby ran over the hill and out of our sight which upset the boys, they don’t like it when there is something behind them that could be potentially dangerous especially if they can no longer see it.  Then the doe leaped into action and I really liked what she did.  She ran in front of us and made a large loop around to our east side.  She was leading us away from her baby who was somewhere behind and off to the west of us. 

This episode did not help the boy’s demeanor at all.  Now I was faced with what to do.  Go back thru the field and deal with the sheep phobia again, trust me that was NOT high on my list.  There is a back road out of this field I had never been on and it just seemed like today was going to be the day to try it out.  It is super steep on both sides and goes across the end of our large pond thru tall canary grasses then a dig your heels in climb to the top.  Sections of that road have washed out so avoiding the high sides of the gulley’s and maintaining the two wheeled Pacific Cart in an upright position was a bit of a challenge. Especially with two donkey boys who were still ready to shift into runaway gear.  Plus the fact that my cart will not fit into the tire tracks of the bale loading tractor, the hay truck or the neighbor’s D-5 crawler tracks, the only vehicles that have used this right of way road bed in years.  Now that we have been over it once I think we’ll keep using it, that last hill was a hard pull for two over energized mammoth donkey boys and it really took the wind out of their sails!  GOOD!!!

From there we went into what use to be our favorite bluegrass field.  Since the bluegrass has been sprayed out all that is left are dried grasses and weeds.  It looked like a colony of earth moving gophers has taken over the entire field.  There were burrows everywhere that the boys paid close attention to.  From the backside of that field we drove into a wheat stubble field and jumped another bunch of deer across the draw that ran into tall grasses below us.  I decided we would stay up high and away from them, these two have already had a good dose of running deer today.  We made a big loop through this field and up and over a hilltop.  Then we crossed back into the bluegrass where we drove up a steep hill next to a spring barley crop that is trying to ripen. 

Be sure to double click on the photos to make them as large as possible.

This is our east wheat field we have been showcasing it in previous blogs with weekly photos as the Soft White Wheat matures.  Today the combine will move in and in three to four days the wheat will be in the warehouse.  The market is strong and the crops have been good, this will help to make up for some of those not so good farming years and all of this year’s equipment failures.

 This photo was taken from the Jessup Road grass hay field.  It is the same wheat field, only this time we are looking directly into the sun not my favorite photo angle.  We had a great drive in the stubble field next to it on the way to the hay field.  We made a trip around this hay field before hitting the road to wards home.

I just could’t leave well enough alone, I had to upset the Luc and Galahad apple cart again.  We drove back into the first field next to the sheep.  They had moved out of the pasture and were in wheat stubble so there was a pasture between where the boys were standing and the sheep.  The boys intently watched and watched as the sheep moved around the field. 

Does this look like intense sheep watching,or what?

When we finally turned to leave Luc was sure the sheep were coming after him.  He stayed upset all the way back to our lane.  We stopped to give Hank, who was following in the pasture, a chance to catch up with us.   I was hoping that would help Luc to settle… but what happened next kind of surprised me!  As we were waiting on Hank … Galahad reached over and deliberately blew into Luc’s nose.  I can tell you it had an amazing calming effect on Luc.  Galahad stood there blowing for a long time.   I’m always surprised as to what these donkey boys come up with.  I have blown into a donkey’s nose and I know they like it and it does have a very good results.  Thanks Galahad, you saved Luc’s mental outlook on life! 

Note to self: Cancel Luc’s Psychiatry appointment with the Animal Head Shrink Specialist!

We had a 4.75 mile drive with very little road time logged, taking us a little over two hours with temperatures in the 70’s.  I think this team needs another outing in the morning!  Can you say “Sheep” Luc???  Maybe I had better wait to cancel that appointment!


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Teamdonk is all about Kristi's three driving and riding donkeys. Join us as we share our adventures. Meet the boys Luc, Galahad and Merlin. Don't forget to visit the older blogs at, 2010, 2011, 2012 13 & 14 add the year like this
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3 Responses to Sheep Phobia, Guard Donkeys they are NOT!

  1. Love this post! The donkey eating sheep really made me laugh. Love the pictures too, such handsome donkeys!

  2. Val Larson says:

    I laughed so hard reading this, the tears just rolled down my face because I can sooo relate to this with my mini donkey Cinnamon Bear!!! Great story Krista!

    • Teamdonk says:

      Oh Val, so good to hear from you! We always loved seeing you and Cinnamon Bear at Montana Mule Days! Thanks for the response…so glad we could enterain you! 🙂 Hugs to Cinnamon Bear from the Teamdonk Boys, especially Luc who I am sure would remember him!

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