I have been trying to get a sled setup for the donks for almost a year now and we finally did it!
My husband picked up this Pelican sled from the local farm start winter of 20/21.
Not the most amazing setup for the shafts, but they work very well, the can move up and down, and are strong enough for Daisy to turn the sled. The most important part of this is the shafts give you brakes! Sledding won't be fun for your donkey if the sled bonks them in the legs when you stop. The shafts are from Kingston Saddlery, they are the 7 Piece heavy duty curved shafts. You can purchase them here. So far the length works for walking, I may have to extend the shafts if I plan to trot her. Daisy is wearing her farm work harness, I love this set up, she is very comfortable in it, and it has the proper line of draught. Surprisingly it's quick to put on, even though it doesn't look like it. You can check out the harnesses here..
Hoping to build a little seat soon, for now it's piled up blankets and a sheepskin, so cozy!
This was one of my absolute favorite days, getting to take friends on a little donkey sled ride all dressed up for Christmas. Yes, the rein is looped under the shaft, but Daisy is actually being led by my husband. We snowplowed a trail through the property to sled on, so it would be easy for Daisy to pull.
We have finally started on Donk Hause2 (aka all I want for Christmas is a house for my ass).
We visited a local shed dealer and looked at their run in sheds. After seeing some pricing we made some notes and decided to build them ourselves. We are hoping to build two of these, and a third as a tack & feed room (which is currently housed in our basement, which is not ideal).
This shelter is 10'x12', 8' tall on the back wall and 12' tall on the front wall. The door opening will be 8' as well.
We used T & G for the lower 4', to double as a kick wall.
Most of our building was on Christmas day and we had some good weather!
Almost ready to the metal sides and roof.
A nice shot of the Bridger mountain range with some Alpenglow.
We had to leave our beautiful donkey barn behind at our old property. We now have to completely rebuild.
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