Alberta Donkey and Mule Club Newsletter

August 2022
Summer time is here!

**Remember to share your adventures with us on our Facebook Group, or email them to us so they can be featured on the website!**


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!

Whether you are a competitive rider/handler/driver in any discipline, or someone who enjoys recreation and community events, we have a program for you! Earn points while you carry out your summer plans (or even add something to get a few extra points). High point winners will be acknowledged and rewarded with prizes! Check out the forms below. If you have any questions or would like to sign up please email us! You can also elect to sign up on our membership form, and send the additional fee with your dues. *Links are updated*

2022 Events

Check our website and Facebook Group for events also!

TBD September
Grizzly Bear Coulee Trail Ride- Wainwright, AB
Contact Russ at mules780@gmail.com for information or to join!
Click Here to see photos from previous years

September 24/25 ADMC Fun Weekend- in Didsbury
A weekend of riding, driving, obstacles, games and more! Email us to join in!

**More play days in the works! Details will be out once finalized!
-Southern Alberta
-Lloydminster Area
-Trail Rides- Lac Sante, Grizzly Bear Coulee (Wainwright)

**If anything interests you, or you if you have any questions please email us!**

Please email if you have any events you would like to see on the website and newsletters!

Summer Fun!

Thank you to our members for sharing their summer fun on our Facebook group! It appears our members have been busy with trail rides, clinics, parades, shows of all types, demos, races, camps, drive thru visits, and seniors home visits. Please continue to share! For those who haven't checked it out visit and join our Facebook Group!

History Of Donkeys

Although millions of years ago donkeys and horses had the same ancestors they have evolved to be very different species and understanding those differences are of vital importance to the care and welfare of donkeys. There are two distinct species of wild donkey; the Asiatic branch of the species came from an area stretching from the Red Sea to Northern India and Tibet where the ass had to adapt to different climate, terrain and altitude. Consequently there is more than one type of Asiatic wild ass. The African branch of the species was found in North Africa between the Mediterranean coast and the Sahara Desert to the south of the Red Sea. There were two separate species of the African ass: the Nubian wild ass and the Somali wild ass. Our modern domesticated donkeys are all descended from these African wild asses ancestors.
Donkeys were first domesticated around 6,000 years ago in North Africa and Egypt for meat and milk. Around 2,000 years ago donkeys were among the draught animals used to carry silk from the Pacific Ocean to the Mediterranean along the Silk Road in return for trade goods. The overland route was approximately 4,000 miles or 6,400km and lasted several years. No single animal completed the entire journey and mixing of breeds occurred as unplanned matings happened en-route to give us the beginnings of the diverse range of donkey breeds we now have. The journey ended in the Mediterranean ports of Greece, Italy, the Middle East and Alexandria in Egypt. In Greece donkeys were found to be ideal animals for working on the narrow paths between the vines. Their use for cultivation in vineyards spread through the Mediterranean countries to Spain, whose coast at the southern tip is separated from North Africa by only a few miles - possibly another entry route for the African wild ass.
The Roman Army was responsible for the movement of donkeys into Northern Europe. Donkeys were used in agriculture and as pack animals. The Romans used donkeys in their new vineyards, some planted as far north as France and Germany. Donkeys came to England with the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43. However, donkeys were still not commonly documented in the UK until after the 1550s. After the mid-17th Century, Oliver Cromwell's invasion of Ireland saw an influx of donkeys being used to bear the labours of war. Following this, large numbers of donkeys were introduced to the country for the first time - opening opportunities for poorer and agricultural Irish communities to keep a cheap, working draft animal.

In North America:
Burros are a member of the horse family, Equidae. Originally from Africa, they were introduced to the Desert Southwest by the Spaniards in the 1500s. (The word “burro” is derived from the Spanish word “borrico,” meaning donkey.) Today, most of America’s wild burros reside in Arizona, where they have been present since 1679 when Jesuit priest Padre Eusebion Kino brought them to the Spanish mission at San Xavier del Bac near what is now Tucson. Burros accompanied explorers and pioneers on their treks throughout the West, surviving even when the harsh conditions claimed the lives of their human “owners.” By the Gold Rush years of the 19th century, burros were used primarily in the Southwest as pack animals for prospectors. They worked tirelessly to carry supplies, ore, water, and machinery to mining camps and became indispensable to the workers. At the end of the mining boom, many of them escaped or were turned loose, and with their innate ability to survive under the harshest conditions, wild herds eventually formed and flourished.

Source: https://americanwildhorsecampaign.org/media/about-burros, https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/

Saddle Up

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.

Classified Ads

ISO: Mini Jack for breeding. Contact Deb Gray at: 306-830-7545
ISO: Mammoth Donkey- Contact Kristen at: kristenn.foreman@gmail.com
ISO: 2 year old or younger mammoth donkey near Grand Prairie. Contant Trevor at:
ISO: Trained guard Jenny. Contact Michalene Boulding at: 306-699-2421
Used Queen Valley Trail Lite mule saddle for sale; very comfortable with cushioned leather seat and skirts, cordura stirrup fenders and leather hooded stirrups. Front and back cinches. Great for mountain trails. 14.5" to 15" seat; fits narrow withered mule. Asking $800. Also selling 2 leather britchen, 1 u-shape leather breast collar, Diamond Wool Pressure Relief saddle pad and leather bridles and bits. Can text or email pics. Mule and rider retired; tack has lots of miles still left.Phone 780-696-3720
Camptown Harness in excellent shape. Fits 13.2hh-15hh horse. Please contact suzannelegars@hotmail.com


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