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This gorgeous 9 month old male donkey,Vinnie, will be available for adoption following his castration this month. He will need a guardian who has the experience to educate him as he grows up, but he is very sweet natured and has been handled since birth.

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This week we started the backing process on ERF mule, Mimi.

So far so good…..she’s accepted saddle plus crupper, bridle with bit, long reins and tonight I lent over her for a few seconds. We are thrilled she is turning from a mule with ‘Attitude’ into a sweet little mule at long last!

Anyone interested in adopting Mimi can contact admin@equinerescuefrance.org , there is more info on Mimi on the rehoming page of our website.

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getting the hang of long reining

Getting used to having someone above her

Getting used to having someone above her

"Err....why are you standing on a box??"

"Err....why are you standing on a box??"

Accepting some weight in the saddle...

Accepting some weight in the saddle...

Making sure Mimi knows I'm on the other side too!

Making sure Mimi knows I'm on the other side too!

A bit more weight on her back....

A bit more weight on her back....

Wahay! A few steps with my full weight on her back!

Wahay! A few steps with my full weight on her back!

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Today we took Mimi to her new home in the Charente, where she will live with new donkey pal Napoleon. After a little trot about in her new paddock and a nose sniff with Napoleon, it was back down to the serious job of eating! We would like to thank Kayleigh and her mum for adopting Mimi and we hope they have much fun together in the future.

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After 3 weeks in ERF’s care Mimi is progressing well and last night she had her first experience of saddle,bit and long reins. Mimi was allowed to experience the feeling of having a saddle on her back in the safety of the round pen before we put on the bridle and long reins. Allowing equines the freedom to buck and move around at liberty with their first saddle is an important learning lesson in the backing process.

Each equine ERF rehabilitates is treated as an individual and is worked on sympathetically, never being pushed beyond the progress speed they happy to go at.

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Yesterday was an eventful day to say the least when we turned up to collect Mimi to take her to her new adoptive home.

Mimi had been ruling her previous owner a little and had a bit of ‘mule attitude’ when asked to do anything other than what Mimi wanted! (more…)

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