August 8th, 2012
Browning the Donkey Paddock
Posted by F&S
We Frenchies realized we hadn’t seen our friends, the donks, for quite a while, so we set out to find them and catch up on all the latest gossip. You can imagine our surprise when we saw that some big changes had been made to the donkey paddock.
1 Sharkey! Something strange is going on in the donkey paddock!
2 That is strange, Francesca! Someone has covered a large part of the paddock with tarps, which are being held in place with bales of hay.
3 Covering the grass like this will turn it brown. Why would anyone want to do that? Maybe we should go and ask the donks!
4 Hey donks, Francesca and I noticed the tarps in the paddock. What's going on?
5 Oh Sharkey, I'm afraid we, donks, have been eating too much - especially me! That's why I'm sequestered in this little pen, away from Rufus and Clive. I've been eating way too much grass and have put on too much weight.
6 Oh dear, Bille! I've heard that overeating is dangerous for both horses and donkeys! It can cause a metabolic imbalance! An increase in weight can also change the way an animal stands, putting too much pressure on the heels, leading to foundering!
7 That's right, Sharkey. Sadly, our instincts are to eat when food is available and we just can't stop ourselves! That's why Betsy is browning the paddock.
8 Without sunlight and rain, the grass will brown and die off, leaving me with less to eat!
9 Our diets consist mainly of hay and a few treats, like apples and carrots in moderation. Lush grasses and clovers are tasty, but they're rich and make us fat.
10 Oh I get it now, Sharkey! Once the grass turns brown and the tarps are removed, Billie will be able to exercise in this area without having the tempting grass to eat! I sure hope she loses the weight and gets back into shape!
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