July 17, 2015

Like Father Like Son

Shoutout to Debi, Jethro's breeder, over at Lords Hill Farm for kindly sending Jethro a show halter!
 
Miniature donkey show halter
So spiffy
It just so happens that it is H.O. Little Red Man's (Jethro's sire) old show halter.  Red Man has some End of Year awards and Grand Champion titles... maybe those will rub off on Jethro now, haha.
 
Miniature donkey showmanship conformation
Jethro's sire, Little Red Man

I often get asked, "WHERE did you manage to find a miniature donkey?"  Unlike horses which are frequently sold by owners, you usually don't see many people selling their donkeys.  The easiest way to acquire a donkey is through a breeder or a rescue.  Lords Hill Farm, located in Snohomish, Washington, is owned and managed by Debi Steltz.  Debi goes out of her way for visitors, and happily let me stop by at anytime - even unannounced.
 
Baby miniature donkey
Baby Jethro
The first time I visited Lords Hill Farm, Debi led us into the large pasture.  Immediately, the donkeys began making their way towards us seeking attention.  Imagine being swarmed by a sea of cute little donkeys seeking a good wither scratching.  I was surprised by how friendly and outgoing most of the donkeys were - it was a great experience.  We also were able to see all of the babies galloping around and playing which was absolutely adorable.  You would be hard-pressed to find something cuter than a herd of baby miniature donkeys racing around together.


I spent time with each of the little foals and lastly came across Jethro - right when I met him I knew he was the donkey for me.  Debi invited us over to Snohomish several times to visit him before he was weaned, and each time she happily chatted about donkeys for a couple of hours.  It is obvious that she loves what she does and has a strong passion for miniature donkeys.  I've had Jethro for over a year now, and Debi still keeps in touch with me and is more than willing to answer any questions that I have.  Thanks again, Lords Hill Farm!
 

10 comments:

  1. Jethro was such a cute little guy (and he still is)! I want to be swarmed by a sea of mini donkeys, too!

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    1. Thanks! :) I highly recommend being swarmed by them, they are all just too cute.

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  2. Oh my gosh he is so freaking cute and fuzzy! Good to know about Debi's farm, I will have to avoid it unless I want to come home with like six donkeys haha.

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    1. Thank you! Her farm is a rather dangerous place to visit for that very reason, haha.

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  3. omg i think that first picture of baby jethro just changed my life lol - how stinkin cute!!!

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    1. Gotta love miniature donkey foals! :) Cutest little guys ever.

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  4. How cute. I never would have guessed that that was his dad. they look so different.

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    1. I know! His dam is the same color as Red Man, so it is funny how he ended up having a brown coat. As far as looks go you can't really tell the resemblance, but they do have similar temperaments.

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  5. mini donkeys are SO CUTE! i don't know if any other animal could possibly be cuter :P

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    1. They are adorable! Especially the long ears.

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