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  Clovelly Donkey Keeping Courses 

 

Our Courses are available from January to June excluding Easter when we start our working season.
The courses are part of our 'mission'  to help people to have fun with donkeys,
introduce people to horsemanship and to improve the standard of donkey-keeping everywhere.

Our donkeys are always pleased to have something interesting to do in what is often a boring time of year for them.

 

 

        Basic Donkey Keeping   
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This is a Hands-On Day-long course for adults in basic donkey care and management based on our 30 years worth of experience in keeping working donkeys. One of us and our herd of friendly donkeys will be helping you to learn what donkeys need and like.
Our aim is to give you the basic knowledge to begin donkey keeping in a safe and responsible way.
Children aged 8 and over are welcome but must be accompanied by their adult.


Bart with Toby

We are a British Horse Society Approved Centre and are fully insured.
Our donkeys have won 2 awards from the Donkey Sanctuary (Sidmouth)

We will cover as much of the subjects below as we can in the time and to suit the needs of all participants.
You will be in a group of up to five people and the course can be tailored to suit your special interests.
Please ask if there is something you particularly want to do.
Please see below for approximate timetable.

 


Sue with Jake

Course Contents

Theory

Hands - On

Stablework:  What donkeys need from a stable.
Safety in the stable and yard. Bedding .
Mucking out and laying beds
Grooming:  Reasons for grooming, the tools we use and how to use them. Grooming the donkeys for work
Feet: Parts of a donkey's feet and how they compare with those of a horse. Donkey foot problems and how to cope with them. The Farrier. Picking up the feet and treating problems
Tack: Special needs of donkeys and how to solve them. Rugs Putting on a saddle and bridle and rugs. 
Donkey Behavior:  Why donkeys do what they do - Confidence, prey animal and herd behaviours, strategies for coping, getting what you want, keeping safe. Fun and games with donkeys in the yard
Handling:  Aims and methods. Good and bad habits. Take a donkey for a walk on the lead
Feeding:  Special needs of donkeys Preparing Donk and Giffy's feed
Fields:  Fencing, shelters, poisonous plants, water, care of grass Put the donkeys out and walk around their field.
Veterinary topics:  Common problems : weight gain and loss,parasites and worming, teeth, sweet itch, sunburn, colic, flies, wounds. Judging the donkeys' weights and look at several donkeys' teeth - if they will let us !
Work:  weight limit, working hours, water, shelter, safety


Timetable
The timetable is flexible to suit the weather and people's needs.
10 am Meet in the Clovelly Donkey Stables.
Coffee and introductions, short talk on safety in the yard, meet the donkeys.
10.15 Stablework - tour the stables and talk about stabling and bedding.
Join our helpers in some  mucking out.
11 am Grooming - a short talk, choose a donkey and get hands-on with a brush.
Then learn to pick up feet.
Visit the tack room and talk saddles and bridles. Learn to saddle up a donkey.
Lunch time
1 hour to have lunch in our house in the Village.

Training Baby Kiwi

 


Charlie is good about his feet

After lunch
Donkey behaviour and handling demonstrations and practice.
Take the donkeys for a walk in our woods for about 1 hour.
Put the donkeys in the field and discuss pastures and their management.
Coffee time
Discuss donkey health matters over refreshments.
Questions and discussions of any other donkey subjects.
6pm Presentation of Certificates and Departure.

Basic Donkey Keeping Course Fees

The course fee is  £50 per adult per day.

Children over 8 years old are welcome but must be accompanied by their adult.
Family Fee : £125 for 2 adults plus children

We will present you with a Certificate to show that you have attended our Course.

  

     Own-A-Donkey Day     
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This is for anyone who would love to own a donkey but has never had the chance.
Come and join us in looking after our donkeys during the winter months.
You can choose which donkey you would like and do everything for him for the day. Of course you could do more than one day if you wish.
Children aged 6 and over are welcome but must be accompanied by their adult.
You would be in a group of up to 8 people, including children.

 

We are a British Horse Society Approved Centre and are fully insured.
Our donkeys have won 2 awards from the Donkey Sanctuary (Sidmouth)

You will spend the day looking after your donkey.
You will be feeding your donkey,doing stablework, grooming and foot care and learning how to be safe around the stables. You will be able to put on his tack and take him for a walk in our woods and have a go on our donkey obstacle course.
Please ask if there is something you particularly want to do.
Please see below for approximate timetable.

 

Timetable
The timetable is flexible to suit the weather and people's needs.
10 am Meet in the Clovelly Donkey Stables.
Coffee and introductions, short talk on safety in the yard, meet the donkeys and choose a donkey if you havn't already done so..
10.15 Stablework - Give the donkeys their morning feed and join our helpers in mucking out their shed and sweeping the yard.
11 am Grooming - a short talk and get hands-on with a brush.
Then learn to pick up feet.
Visit the tack room and talk saddles and bridles. Learn to saddle up a donkey. Then give them their mid-day hay.
Lunch time
1 hour to have lunch in our house in the Village.
After lunch Learn to lead your donkey safely and have a go at the obstacle course.
Coffee time
Take the donkeys for a walk in our woods for about 1 hour.
Put the donkeys in the field , lay their bed in the stables and put out their evening feed.
Coffee time Questions and discussions of donkey subjects.
6pm Presentation of Rosettes and Departure.
You can return to bring the donkeys in at night if you would like to.

Own-A-Donkey Day Course Fees

The course fee is  £50 per donkey per day.

Children over 6 years old are welcome but must be accompanied by their adult.

We will present you with a certificate and a rosette from your donkey.

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Practical Things

Most of the day will be spent outdoors and there is no heating in the stables so please wear warm outdoor clothes and waterproof footwear and bring a waterproof coat. Bear in mind that you are likely to get dirty !

Coffee or tea and refreshments are available all day.
We provide a light lunch of a locally-made Devon pasty and tea or coffee in the comfort of our village house. This can be a welcome respite from the winter weather.
You are welcome to bring your own food or have lunch in the Clovelly tea shop or one of the hotels.
If you have any special needs please let us know before you come.

We do not provide accommodation but there are two hotels in the village and many B&Bs both in the village and in Higher Clovelly.

 

Location

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Our  postcode is  EX39 5TL and our grid reference is SS 315 249

 

Course Fees

 

Donkey Keeping Course†††††††††††††† £50 per adult per day†††††††† Family† £125 per day - 2 adults plus children

Own-A-Donkey Day††††††††††††††††††††† £50 per donkey per day

 

Booking

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Our Courses are available from 12th January to June 31st but not during the Easter holiday.
We are happy to arrange a date to suit your needs.
Please send us your enquiry using the form below or Contact Us by email at suegreen.sueg@btopenworld.com
(If you are concerned about privacy the email method is more secure.)


When we have arranged a date for your course please fill in our Booking Form for each person who will attend.
Please send your payment with your booking form. We can accept Cheques and Postal Orders or payment online through Paypal.
Our Booking form is available for printing Here

 


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