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When you sponsor a donkey, you will receive a certificate, a photograph and an invitation to visit your donkey.

You could sponsor a donkey as a Birthday present, as a Christmas present or as a corporate gift for your clients.

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Ralegaille
Ralegaille was gifted to us because she was not considered good enough to breed from... I think she may have proved them wrong, since she has unexpectedly produced a lovely little foal we have named Cadeau ( French for gift). Cadeau is totally correct, but unfortunately the French will not give us her paperwork, to let her help save the Poitou breed.

Ralegaille is  a 7 year old Poitou, a very good Mother, and very easy to handle. We are very pleased she was saved from the French abattoir.

Cadeau is a very friendly little girl who will be big like her Mother. She has lovely big ears and a very cheeky nature. Cadeau will live with her Mum for 6 months before she is weaned, and will then join our main herd of donkeys.


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Teddy

Teddy was given to me by a local lady who couldn't cope with Teddy. He is very mischievous and was being a bit too cheeky with his field companion.

We were led to believe Teddy was a Poitou, but on arrival his lack of Poitou height alerted us to the fact he is a mini version, and a very cute one too. Because his friends are a lot bigger than him now, his naughty ways don't pose any problem and he can play and play with Robin, Simon and Upton and no harm is done.

He is a sweet little chap, very easy to handle and he loves a brush and a cuddle. He wasn't too keen on first being stabled, and it took Annie and Wendy an hour one Christmas Eve to get him inside out of the awful winter weather. He loved it once he was in though, and we've learned not to leave it to the end of a busy day!! Well they do say donkeys can be stubborn, I like to say they teach you patience!

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Valerie

Valerie is another Poitou look alike, although she is nearly Poitou size. Valerie arrived in the summer of 2014, with no passport and very sketchy information about her past. Annie worked out she was 3, and had probably been born in Ireland, but she came here from Surrey.

The story went that she was in a field near a golf course and because she brayed every time she saw a golfer, she was putting them off their game. They complained to the owner who sent Valerie to a horse rescue place, but a lovely lady called Valerie (hence her name), decided we looked more suitable and paid for donkey Valerie to be brought here.

Donkey Valerie had rather bad skin (lots of fly bites all over her body) had never lived with donkeys, and hadn't been handled or groomed a lot, but she took most of it in her stride, and has teamed up with lovely Louisa. Their mission in life is to get as much attention as possible, which is fine by us, but rather time wasting!

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Louisa

Louisa was given to us in June 2011 because she was lame on her front right leg. When I examined her I realised she was lame on all 4 legs, so now she is on anti-inlammatories twice daily and can certainly move when she sees food.

She is a lovely girl. She looks old but in fact is only 7 years old.

Louisa loves food and snuggling up to her best friend, Upton. She hates having her legs examined and struggles to stand for the farrier, so she is propped up by the staff.

She is not a Poitou, but originates from Italy. The previous owner believed her to be a Martina Franca, but they are black. She is a Giant donkey though!

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Fanta & Chelsea

Fanta the shetland and Chelsea the standard donkey. Yes I know not giant donkeys at all!

These 2 cheeky girls were gifted to me 10 years ago when their owner was moving to San Francisco. No-one wanted to take them both, they only wanted Chelsea so their lovely owner gave them to me rather than sell them separately.

They are best friends, and Chelsea especially won't be separated from Fanta at all. She has the loudest bray on the farm, and makes her displeasure known - very noisily. Chelsea doesn't even think she is a donkey, so they have to live with the ponies. We all think Chels believes herself to be a cob.

Chelsea had to have a front tooth removed a while ago, so everyday we have to flush her mouth and use a toothbrush on her pearly whites. This is best done in gloves else you do notice a lingering aroma on your hands!

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Simon & Robin

Simon came to us in January 2010, with his best friend Robin.

 

Due to the owner's ill health, the care of these donkeys have declined over the preceding few years, Simon was skeletal and covered  from head to toe in lice. He also dribbled and dropped food, and sure sign of dental problems. We started by clipping off all his matted hair and treating the lice. We could only use louse powder because he was so frail we thought any stronger treatment would kill him. Then he was doubled rugged against the cold. The vet then came and looked at his teeth. They were very bad, he had sharp points all along the inside of his lower teeth which had damaged his tongue and sharp points on the outside of his upper teeth which had damaged his cheeks. He also had big holes were smelly rotting food had gathered. Not good.

 

He had a dental every 3 months for the first year and is now doing very well. the lice have gone, he has a lot of energy, which he uses up playing with Robin, and he has grown, upwards as well as outwards.


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Alba Azalea and Verveine
Alba Azalea and Verveine come as a trio.

They are always together, they came from France together, they are like the gang of 3!

These three are very naughty, always try and steal my grooming brushes and my mobile from my back pocket.

Only young, Verveine is 3 and Azalea and Alba 2.

All three were saved from the abattoir!

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Sammy & Freddie

Last but not least, and these aren't even donkeys!

 

Freddie and Sammy were taken in because their owner couldn't be bothered to treat Freddie's face after he had caught his cheek on a padlock and his face was half as wide again as it should be. Poor chap couldn't eat or drink and was in a lot of pain.

Annie whizzed home, got the trailer and transported them to Norley Farm. After antibiotics and antiinflammatories, Freddie started feeling a lot better and returned to full health within a week.

This pair have now been at the farm for 4 years and Annie's dreams of walking them round the village have had to be adapted, since they don't like to even leave their field!


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