Blue and Moon are formerly wild burros. We adopted them from the Wild Horse and Burro Program. They were rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management from the Black Mountain herd in Arizona.
Gather Date: November 2020
Color & Markings: Brown - Stripes around knees and hocks
Gather Date: March 2021
Color & Markings: Gray & White - blaze on face
Both moved to Burro Basecamp in fall 2021. After being approved as adopters by the BLM, we selected Blue and Moon in October 2021.
Blue and Moon came home in February, 2022. Everything about training them has been a bit more difficult than (what I'm told) is typical of a wild burro. The Black Mountain burros have been known to be more challenging to train. In addition, both Blue and Moon are a little older, meaning we have more to overcome.
Earning their trust has been a long process, but a rewarding one! Follow along as we work through all the steps it takes to train them. Eventually, we hope to be able to bring Blue and Moon on backpacking trips, and to compete with them in pack burro races.
Everything we do is on donkey time!
I grew up riding horses. I showed 4H Horse & Pony throughout high school, and rode on the Purdue Equestrian Team in college. After school I showed Quarter Horses in everything from Hunter Hack to Ranch Riding.
Now, I'm having a blast learning about donkeys! They are so different from horses. Training these two has been both humbling and rewarding.