Would you hike with a donkey?

Old Aug 26th, 2006, 11:54 AM
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Would you hike with a donkey?

All right before you start with the puns, I hiked with my ex-husband so yes I've hiked with an ass.
Seriously, I got this pamphlet about hiking with a donkey on the Robert L Stevenson trail in France. I think I'd rather hike with a bear. Aren't donkeys just the meanest little critters?..I think I'll pay for another type of luggage transport, thank you! Has anyone done this?
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 12:22 PM
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Not mean, but really smart. Can't imagine someone would have a commerical venture with evil donkeys. Wouldn't make much money at it would they? I think it would be a lot of fun!
(Haven't hike with one, but a relative kept a donkey with their horses and he was a hoot.)
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 12:24 PM
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hmmm...haven't thought about that, but it would make sense that they'd use only good ones. But this is France, probably different liability, right? Like NONE, lol!
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 12:27 PM
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All right before you start with the puns, I hiked with my ex-husband so yes I've hiked with an ass.



That's funny. That was gonna be my answer when I clicked on this post!
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 12:32 PM
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yeah...great minds think alike! ;-)
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 12:34 PM
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Llamas, yes.
Donkeys, no.
Asses, yes, but I'd rather not go into detail.

I understand the snack on the trip is foie gras
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 12:52 PM
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Okay, for real starssville, maybe you're ready for some Asinotherapy?

http://pros.orange.fr/lambertane/page7a.htm

some things are just too crazy, LOLOL!
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 12:56 PM
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Yep, foie gras during "tea-time at the farm"
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 12:57 PM
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I've done the mule trip down the Grand Canyon. That's enough donkey action (really, mule) for me. Have at it in France!
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 01:26 PM
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I would hike with a donkey as long as he could keep up with me, a good conversationalist and enjoy a good bottle of pinot at our next rest break!!

The ass hauling our luggge would be on two feet with a very perplexes look!!
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 01:57 PM
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My neighbor has a donkey named Ebony Rose, and she is very sweet and full of personality. I am happy to feed and brush her, and ride around in a cart with her. But hike? No thanks, I'll carry my own gear. My one experience, hiking with a donkey we "rescued" on a trail many years ago, did not end well. For starters, she bit my (now ex-)husband in the butt. And she was incredibly stubborn. I've handled horses all my life, but this equine had me truly baffled.
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 02:01 PM
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Donkeys, yes!

Elephants, no!
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 02:11 PM
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I've had horses all my life, too. Do you know where that donkey is and how I can get hold of it? I'd love it if it would bite my ex in the butt. We had a rather mean donkey at our barn, but the only time I've been bitten was by a Shetland.
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 02:19 PM
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LLindaC, I was going to post the exact same thing about wishing a donkey would bite my ex, but not necessarily on the butt....nuff said....

OK, now I'm hearing in my head that "King Tut" song, by Steve Martin. There was one part where he sang,

Buried with a donkey
He's my favorite honkey

I suppose that's not politically correct in today's world, but it sure was a hoot back in the day.
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 03:10 PM
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Burrros are preferred here.
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 03:19 PM
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I think donkeys are sweet and would feel guilty making the poor little beastie carry my luggage. I would be much happier making some ornery man do the job and maybe get to keep the donkey as a pet.

I have never been bitten by a horse or burro but did have a camel spit in my general direction..
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 03:53 PM
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LLindaC---last time I saw that donkey, she was standing in the trail, refusing to budge, at about the 12,000 foot level on Mt. Whitney. She had been abandoned by a hiking party, no doubt for her vicious demeanor towards men, and her general stubbornness. The ranger in that area asked us to lead her out to the pack station since we were headed that direction, but she outsmarted us. We left her in a meadow with plenty of grass and water. Had I known how useful she could have been to others in the matter of ex-husbands, I would have tried harder to persuade her to come along (chocolate, maybe?). She was perfectly nice to me.

I probably shouldn't have laughed so hard when she bit him. . . .
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 04:25 PM
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I'm still ROTFLMAO!
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 04:30 PM
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One of my friends got kicked in the ankle by a mule (I think it was a run in the Sierra's). It was a pretty bad break, and it took him several months to recover. One of our buds called it, his "dances with mules", LOL.
 
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Isn't it amazing that horses are so much larger and can be handled so easily - and teeny little donkeys are hell on wheels?

There was one at the barn I rode at - I woldn;t go within 30 feet - not only did she bite but she walked on your feet - quite deliberately she would step on your feet with all her weight. (When I asked why they kept her - they said there was no way to get rid of her - no one would take her - even for free.)
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