Holly spent the first 14 years of her life chained in her owner's front yard. They, of course, didn't know any better. But, she's definitely enjoyed having space to run and play and roll in the dirt. She certainly has a loud hee-haw.
It's interesting how many horses have never met a donkey - many of them are actually afraid of Holly! They seem to think she smells different than a horse... and of course those ears! We've even seen horses avoid areas in the arena where her stall is on the other side of the wall. But, not JJ! Holly has been so happy to have found a friend in JJ since coming to Finally Home.
Over the time she has been with us, Holly has become less reserved around people and loves to be groomed and scratched! She's even started to learn that she can't just pull people over when she wants to get somewhere! It's hard not to love her.
Spring 2018 update: We are very happy that JJ and Holly are successfully living on pasture. We were able to acclimate them away from stalls and they are chilling on pasture 7 days a week now! They are doing well and would make great pasture pets! Holly has even lost some of her fat pack on her neck, she's walking well, and she seems so much more perky! I think she likes having the freedom of living in a pasture.... as long as JJ is by her side. :)
Summer 2018: We've worked on separating JJ and Holly to see if we could solve their herd bound anxiety. We are so pleased to share that JJ is doing great out on pasture with new friends and Holly has been doing just fine in the barn back with the herd. She is still having some sore feet issues. We had her feet x-rayed and her coffin bones are just fine. The next step is some patient farrier work to help her get more comfortable. She would love to have a forever home where she can get cuddles and scratches.