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Donkey update & Festival

Posted on 20 July, 2016 at 9:10

The Donkey Care Day run by The Donkey Sanctuary was very interesting and it has stopped me worrying quite so much about certain elements of care.  It has however only made us even more determined to get another donkey because they are so appealing and funny.  

The first Sat after the course a couple of visitors came for a few hours and we started setting up a donkey/pony agility course!!  Donkey, who has never done anything like this before as far as we know, had no intention of doing any of it, in fact he would not even walk with a head collar on. So first job is to get him to walk with a head collar and one of our young chaps spent nearly an hour persuading him to do that with a little success.  He is very keen to do it all over again next time he comes so I had better get James a bit more used to the head collar before then!!  The ponies were slightly more keen and little Arnie, the Shetland was actually jumping over small poles by the end with a few of the girls leading - so great success and very enjoyable.  

Plans are well underway for this year's festival.  The licence has come through and stalls are starting to book.  The music slots are all filled already and banners and posters are being printed as I type.  If anyone interested in coming along please get in touch and we are always looking for sponsors or raffle ticket buyers.

 This year one of our volunteers has offered to run a Fun Dog Show during the day of the festival to encourage more people to come along.   This could be interesting and we hope it will be a great success and promote Hempton dog Training Group too.


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