Layla first came to us as a yearling in 2013. At the time, she was one of 17 head of feral Navajo donkeys that had been surrendered to us after their roundup. Upon completion of her initial ground training she had two successive adoptions but was eventually returned to us during Covid when resources became tight and her last adopter had to set priorities. After her return, she was started under pack saddle and learned a lot of new things about herd life. Layla now has a pending adoption to Colorado where she will be trained to become a racing donkey if she likes it. She will be leaving in mid-November 2022, and before then, she'll be made familiar with a winter blanket. Colorado winters are quite a bit colder than ours here...
Valentino is an owner surrender in his 20s from Northern NM who came to us in March 2020 together with his two female companions, which were our adoptees being returned as per adoption contract. Valentino was originally a rescue donkey with severe hoof neglect whose former owner managed to help him along in various ways until she ran out of resources in the end. He learned a lot about herd life here at our farm and became one of the best socialized donkeys in the herd. He also learned to stand for the farrier exceptionally well as long as no force is used. At his old age, Valentino is scheduled to go to a home in Colorado belonging to two veterinarians to keep their other rescue donkey company. He will thus receive the best conceivable veterinary care as he gets older. He will be leaving us sometime in November 2022.