Successful Training Day held by the Donkey Breeds Society NI

Donkey Training Day BR Farm
IDEAL PADDOCK: A junior member of the Donkey Breed Society NI, Kathryn McKeag, showing her thinking about what would be an ideal paddock for a donkey using junk art. (FW39-563NN)

THE sun shone for the Donkey Breed Society NI Elementary Training Day held on Saturday, September 22, near Saintfield.

A brilliant crowd of enthusiastic folk enjoyed in-depth demonstrations from farrier Bruce Carson (D.W.C.F) on hoof care and also Gareth Bell from Jubilee Veterinary in Newtownards about knowing when your donkey is unwell. These demonstrations gave people a chance to ask questions and ask for advice relating to their own donkey, whilst building upon their existing knowledge and experience. Sincere thanks are extended to both for providing such interesting and useful information!

RESIDENT: Kirsty Best (right) with Jenny Lyttle, Julie Donnell and Daphne Stewart meeting a resident donkey during the DBS NI Training Day. (FW39-562NN)

After a talk on paddocks and a visit out to the fields, it was a chance for everyone to get arty! Everyone channelled their inner five-year-old and came up with some… erm… ‘interesting’ junk art ideal paddocks for donkeys. THe day finished with a long reining demo, which encouraged a lot of interest and discussion.

The biggest thank you goes to everyone who attended, both DBS members and non-members. New friends were made today, all while having the ‘craic’, which makes this wee society so worthwhile!

DONKEY HEALTH: Gareth Bell from Jubilee Veterinary Centre, Newtownards discussing donkey health and signs to look out for if your donkey is feeling unwell. (FW39-560NN)

Please visit the Facebook page on The Donkey Breeds Society NI to find out more about the club and forthcoming events.


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