By Lee Tyner, Ed.D., Professor of Management
I’m happy to introduce the “ladies,” aka Big Rock “Candy” Mountain, Super “Cuddles” and Tired Ol’ “Mama.” Some of you may have seen them on a KFOR news story a few years ago. The sheriff’s department confiscated them and many other equines due to extreme neglect and abuse. After a few months of R & R, they came to our forever home and are thriving.
Many people think of donkeys as stubborn, but like most, all three are exceptionally sweet. Remember “fight or flight” from psychology class? Donkeys are “freeze and think.” Sometimes, an untrusting donkey will stand still for a few minutes while they check your resume, but they normally become laid back, happy, trusting animals. They LOVE to give and receive hugs and often smile at people they trust.
My son and I recently began work with Candy for trail rides. Once she’s dialed in, we’ll probably branch out with Mama and Cuddles. During the break, we took in “Mabel,” who is sweet but has a few health issues. Nonetheless, we hope to give her a happy, relaxed life.
Last, I’m happy to share that The Ladies returned to KFOR during the holiday break as “Pet of the Day.” Emily Sutton said it was her favorite pet photo. The Ladies remained humble and we celebrated with salted peanuts – in the shell – which is a donkey favorite.