March 17, 2015

The Donkeys Get Bathed

For donkeys, there's nothing quite like rolling in a fresh patch of dirt. And, while rolling on the ground helps to scratch their backs, it's also a natural behavior for donkeys to cover themselves in dust, which provides great insulation and protection from extreme cold and heat.

Here at my farm, my Sicilian donkeys, Rufus, Clive and Billie, are no different -- they, too, “live to roll.” However this week, the donkeys also added baths to their routine. Each donkey was thoroughly washed, soaped and rinsed. My stable manager, Betsy, likes to do this monthly during the cold season, and weekly once the ground thaws.

Enjoy these fun photos of “bath time” for the “three amigos.”