Alberta Donkey and Mule Club Newsletter

June 2021

We are hoping our members are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times!
Trail Ride 6


It is that time of year again! Please use the form below and submit your payment. We are now taking E-transfer to make the process easier!

Lac Santé Trail Ride

Trail Ride 1
Trail Ride 2
Trail Ride 4
Lots of fun was had at this trail ride! It was as close to perfect as one could get- no bugs, great weather, excellent footing, lots of birds and some steep hills! Best of all- no bears! Keep this treasure of a spot in mind if you are wanting to hit the trail this summer!

Spring Practice Day

Practice Day
Come join us for fun practice weekend with your long ear friend!

Long Ear Days

August 14th and 15th at Crosshair Springs
Planning is well under way for our annual event. There will be a few exciting new additions this year in terms of classes, open classes for our horse friends, an all day silent auction and vendors in attendance! More information will be out soon, and the ability to enter.
With an unknown casino date our club has very limited finances. Our silent auction is a great way to help bring in revenue and have some fun. What will help make this successful is a wide array of items and the support of our community. Below is a link for a sponsorship letter to provide to businesses or organizations in hopes to get a donation towards our auction. All sponsors will be acknowledged and thanked.

    2021 Events

    Visit our website for other events of interest coming up! With COVID there is always uncertainty and possibility of short notice cancellation. Feel free to email us to add an event in your area!

    Coggins Testing- What is it? Why?

    • Coggins is a blood test used to look for Equine Infectious Anemia. Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) is a potentially fatal blood-borne infectious viral disease that produces a persistent infection among equids nearly worldwide.
    • Testing for EIA has been done for more than 25 years to identify virus carriers and to regulate their movement. There are no treatments or vaccines for this lentivirus relative of HIV in humans. Since there is no cure for the infection, currently the only options for control of the spread of the infection are permanent quarantine of test-positive horses, or euthanasia.
    • The clinical signs of disease can vary dramatically, from an acute infection with slight to high fever for a few days and perhaps small hemorrhages, to progressive weakness, weight loss, depression, and disorientation.
    • The most commonly diagnosed form of the disease is the chronic form, in which the individual has repeated fever episodes and develops other clinical signs including dependent edema (swelling), weight loss, and severe anemia. In horses with the chronic form of the disease, the virus takes up permanent residence in a horse’s tissues, and the horse is always infectious to others, although the virus concentration in blood is much higher in horses with clinical disease.
    • EIA also has an inapparent form; affected horses might only show a slight fever for a day or be totally without clinical signs of the infection.
    • Transmission is most common by transfer of blood between horses through the interrupted feeding of insects, e.g., horse flies. It can also be transmitted through semen, in-utero and tools with blood contamination. As there is no known treatment for EIA and infected horses become lifelong carriers posing a risk to other horses, any horse confirmed positive for EIA must be quarantined and isolated 200 yards away from all other horses. If appropriate isolation is not available, the owner may opt for humane euthanasia (most common)
    • The potential for spreading EIA is highest at congregation points like horse shows, when horses are in close contact and come from a variety of areas. To stop the spread of the infection and disease, one must know the status of each individual and control movement of test-positive animals. The highest-risk scenario is a congregation point (such as a horse show, trail ride, or other competition) that does not require a negative test for EIA.
    • Many insurance companies require a current (within 6 months) Coggins of all equines on premises whether boarding or visiting
    • Many breeders require this to protect their farm, stud/jack, broodmares, and future stock

    **Current Coggins will be required to attend Long Ear Days this year**

    Saddle Up Magazine

    Our club enters a monthly article in this great magazine. Remember to check it out (it is free online) If you have a story you would like to share about your long ears please email and we will get it published.

    Casino Update

    Due to COVID our casino dates have be pushed due to current closures. As a club we will have to keep this in mind as they are our primary source of funding

    Website Update

    • The website now has a "Links" section- feel free to suggest links that may be interesting to long ear fans
    • We have a section on the website called "Our Club In Action"- we would love to show off pictures/short blurbs of what you are doing with your long ears- whether it is at home or out and about. The facebook page gets these posts, and it would be great to get them on the website as well.
    • There is an "Upcoming Events" section- please let us know of any events that may be of interest to club members. Remember to check back for your own interest as well!

    Classified Ads

    ISO: halter breaking donkey for our purebred beef operation and I was hoping you could point me in the right direction. My criteria is as follows: traditional regular sized Jesus Donkey. Prefer under 5 years old halter broke, need not have experience with halter breaking cattle but a willing disposition is a must. No preference as to Jack or Jenny. We are located in the Peace Country but could travel to find the right Donkey. We had a breaking donkey for over 20!years and he was exceptional. The new hired hand will have big shoes to fill. Contact Beverly- milneb@outlook.com

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