It's the last day of our 3rd Annual Equitarian Workshop and yet again I see compassion between animals.
I spotted this donkey and this ram with their owner and his son waiting patiently at the very busy and bustling farriery station. A little while later I saw the ram and a donkey on their way to leaving the site and went to take a photo. However at that point the ram realised he was following the wrong donkey. Momentarily confused, he set off back in the direction he’d come.
I enlisted the help of a Mexican student. She clearly didn’t believe what she thought I was saying but we went in search of the right donkey. Meanwhile the ram, distracted by a series of other wrong donkeys, found himself near the edge of the site where he spotted a group of ewes grazing quietly with their shepherd in the recently harvested field next door. This was too big a distraction and he headed off to join them!
The little flock milled about, the shepherd panicked and berated the ram whenever he got close enough. By this time we’d found our right donkey quietly having her hooves trimmed, and explained the situation to an amused owner and farrier. Interrupting his donkey’s pedicure, the owner took her to reclaim her ram friend.
By now the shepherd had saved his ewes and our ram was away checking out a nearby horse. However once he spotted his true donkey, he ran to rejoin her and we were nearly safe.
There was a moment of uncertainty as we passed back near the little flock of ewes but, despite a moment of hesitation, the ram realised he’d had enough adventure for one afternoon and trotted happily with his donkey friend back to the farriery station where the farrier resumed work on the donkey's feet.
By now donkey, ram, owner and son were celebrities so, when on the way out they stopped for the donkey to receive his deworming dose, they all agreed to a photo shoot before they finally went off home together.