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Irish Donkey (1975)
by: Swinfen, Averil
In the first part of the book, the author describes the joys & also the problems involved in running a Donkey Stud on the rugged western shores of Ireland. She includes the techniques of care & management, grooming, breeding, donkeys as pets, & the use of the donkey in the field of therapeutics. In the second part of the book the author embarks on a fascinating survey of the donkey in history & legend. B/W photos. 113 pgs.
c. 1975, S/C...$35.00
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Very good, some wear on outside cover


Irish Donkey
by: Swinfen, Averil

Describes the advent and impact of the donkey, or ass, in Ireland, so much a part of the country's landscape and tradition. Origins, introduction to Ireland, uses in Ireland, birth of a stud farm, as a pet, donkey life, care, decisions, relations, writers, donkey in verse, folklore, mythology, tradition, in the bible. B/W photos. 172 pgs.
c. 2004, S/C...$23.95


Jack Stock & Mules In Missouri
by: Mo State Board Of Agriculture

History of jack stock in Missouri, other histories published and not published, World War 1 service, in Europe, at home in Texas.101 pgs.
c. 1987, S/C... $25.00
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Good /Very Good - inside excellent, some wear on cover, very minor bumped corners, remnants of price sticker on front cover, no writing, binding good & tight


Know Your Donkeys and Mules
by: Byard, Jack

Discover interesting facts about 24 breeds, including their appearance, history and breeding and uses in agriculture and tourism. From the critically endangered Abyssinian to the speedy Onager, including Zeedonks and Belgian Draft Mules. Color photograph of each breed. 77 pages
c. 2011, S/C... $6.95


Last Of The Donkey Pilgrims: A Man's Journey Through Ireland
by: O'Hara, Kevin

Kevin O'Hara was a man who was at the crossroads of life... and his pain threatened to destroy not only his own happiness but any chance of a happy life with his wife. In desperation Kevin traveled to Ireland, the land of his people, to seek some sort of balm for his pain. It was there that he formed a wonderfully daft plan. The age-old method of traveling by donkey cart was beginning to disappear from the Irish countryside as modern life crowded in. What better way to experience the beauty of Ireland than to travel the length of the land in the old way - man and donkey, drinking in the sights and sounds of the country. 430 pgs.
c. 2004, H/C, Autographed...$25.95
Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: New


Livestock Guardians: Using Dogs, Donkeys & Llamas to Protect Your Herd (Storey's Working Animals)
by: Dohner, Janet Vorwald

Predators are increasing in number and range. These predators pose a serious threat to both farm animals and the financial well-being of the farmers who raise them. Fortunately, there's a solution that is low cost, nonviolent, and highly effective: livestock guardian animals. This book is a comprehensive guide for farmers struggling to reduce predation of sheep, goats, and other livestock. Dohner, who has more than 26 years of experience with guardian animals, helps owners understand the keys to effective livestock protection: careful selection of the right guardian animal, proper guardian livestock bonding, dedicated training, and ongoing problem-solving. Several chapters address the use of guardian dogs; these chapters explain how to evaluate, train, understand, and socialize these hardworking canines, along with info on guardian breeds from around the world. Additional chapters on livestock guardian donkeys and llamas help readers select and train these animals as well. The thorough coverage of livestock guardians includes health care information; breed profiles; case studies of real farmers effectively using guard animals; an appendix with resources, organizations, and Web sites; and a 16-page color photographic insert of guardian breeds. Many B/W illustrations & drawings. 229 pgs.
c. 2007, S/C...$24.95

Logging with Horses, Oxen and Mules (DVD)
by: Ainsworth, Brandt
Professional logger Brandt Ainsworth of Franklinville, New York, discusses safety gear, proper felling techniques, logging horse harness, log carts in a variety of styles, ground skidding, scaling and decking saw logs. Included are tips and ideas for the weekend horse logger or the seasoned pro on how to improve your efficiency and safety. 74 minutes
c. 2007, DVD... $29.95


Looking After A Donkey
by: Dorothy Morris
Super book! Chapters include: Choosing a Donkey, Conformation, Land, Shelter, Food, Tack, Grooming, Exercise, Training, Carrying Riding & Driving, Showing, Teeth, Feet Parasites, Troubles from Ear to Tail, General Troubles, Pros and Cons of Having a Foal, The Brood Mare, The Stallion, The Stud, Preparing for a Foal, The In-Foal Mare, Birth of a Foal, The Newborn Foal, The Growing Foal, Weaning, Hand-Rearing a Foal, The Elderly Donkey, Parting. The book is full of B/W photos and illustrations. 154 pgs.

*Published in England
c.1988...S/C...$21.95


Milk & Honey: Travels With A Donkey
by: Stanton, Paul
Story of two donkeys that live on a farm in England.
c. 1964, H/C...$12.50
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Very Good


Missouri Mule: His Origin & Times (Vol 1)
by: Bradley, Melvin

This volume covers information on the mule's origin, domestication, early uses; history; pioneer breeders; Missouri's first mules & the "creation" of the "Missouri Mule"; jack stock & breeding - where, when, & by whom; Krause & Old Beck, two mules that have given birth; mule breeding in Missouri; buying, feeding, & fitting mules for market; mule trading; working mules. B/W photos. Vol 1, 247 pgs.
c. 1993, Vol 1, S/C... $100.00
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Very Good, some cover wear and crease on cover


Missouri Mule: His Origin & Times (Vol 2)
by: Bradley, Melvin

This volume contains includes information on; showing & showmen; mule psychology; mules in education, rehabilitation, politics, parades; mules & horses in WW 2; demise & recovery; special people & special mules; modern uses of mules; the mule's image. B/W photos. Vol 2, pgs 248-540.
c. 1993, Vol 2, S/C... $100.00
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Very Good, some cover wear and crease on bottom corner of cover, a few small pen marks on cover, but inside like new


Modern Mule
by: Paul & Betsy Hutchins of the American Donkey & Mule Society.
A must for the mule owner. Chapters include: The Modern Mule, Breeds & Types of Mules, The Hinny, The Miniature Mule, Pack & Work Mules, The Draft Mule, Showing the Mule, The Mule in Harness, & Training the Mule. B/W photos and drawings. 138 pgs.
c.1981..S/C...$ 12.00


Mule
by: Riley, Harvey
Chapters include: Best Method of Breaking, Value of Kind Treatment, How to Harness, Injured by Working Too Young, What the Mule Can Endure, Color & Peculiar Habits, Mexican Mules & Packing, The Agricultural Committee, Working Conditions of Mules, Spotted Mules, Mule Breeding & Raising, How Colts Should be Handled, Packing Mules, Physical Constitution, Value of Harnessing Properly, Government Wagons, More About Breeding Mules, Ancient History of the Mule, Table of Statistics, 14 Portraits of Celebrated Mules, Diseases Common to the Mule & How They Should Be Treated. This is a reprint of book originally printed in 1867. B/W illustrations. 107 pgs.
c. 1867...Reprint...$8.00


Mule Alternative: Saddle Mule in American West
by: Mike Stamm
Testimony from Explorers, Mountain Men, Traders, Soldiers, Settlers, and Gold Rushers of the Nineteenth Century. Questions such as these are answered: Why did many early westerners prefer to ride a mule? How do mules really compare to horses in terms of endurance, hardiness, surefootedness, longevity, and manageability? Why have mules fallen into relative disfavor today? Why were oxen popular with last century's pioneers, and how did oxen compare with horses & mules? Is a mule a sensible alternative for a modern rider? 162 pgs.
c.1992...S/C...$14.95


Mule Companion - A Guide to Understanding the Mule
by: Attar, Cynthia

Excellent source of information. Chapters on: Mules of the past, as a sport animal, prominent mule landmarks, terms, fertility, colors, tack, buying, choosing jacks or mares for breeding, mule truth and gossip, general care, behavior, training mules, and solving problems. B/W illustrations and photos. 184 pages
c. 2009, 4th Ed, S/C... $22.99


Mule Trader: Ray Lum's Tales of Horses, Mules & Men
by: Ferris, William

Over several years William Ferris tape recorded many long conversations with Ray Lum, a one-of-a-kind figure who seems to have stepped full-blooded from the pages of Mark Twain. In them Lum gives the ins and outs of livestock auctioneering, cherry memories of rustic Deep South culture, and a philosophy of life that is grounded in good horse sense. 251 pgs.
c. 1992, S/C...$25.00


Mules, Jackasses and Other Misconceptions
by: James A. Burkhart & Eugene F. Schmidtlein
A lifetime collection of mule lore, facts, fiction, beliefs, stories, and history of the mule in America.
Chapters include: What is a Mule?, the Making of a Mule, How to Recognize a Mule, the Mule & Politics, the Mule in Court, Mule Trading, Big Business in Mules, The Missouri Mule, Pack Mules and Wagon Mules, Muleskinners, Mule vs. Horse, the Military Mule, Mythology and the Mule, Mule Tales, Short Mule Tales, the Mule & Harry S. Truman. 171 pgs.

About the authors: When Professor James A. Burkhart came to Missouri in 1944, he looked for a local subject that would fascinate him and provide a good research area. The mule became that subject and for the next thirty five years Jim Burkhart searched high & low for information and interpretation's of the mule's role in American life and development. He particularly enjoyed talking with the people who raised, worked or traded mules. He loved to listen to their language and vivid descriptions. Upon retirement, he was going to write his Mule Book. But his life ended abruptly with cancer. When Eugene Schmidtlein retired in 1992, he asked Mrs. June Burkhart if he could go through Jim's research so that the book could be finished.

c.1995...S/C...$ 10.00


Mules, Mules and More Mules
by: Miller, Rose

The adventures and misadventures of a first time mule owner. Ride along and learn the fascinating differences between horses and mules as Rose Miller shares her down-to-earth experiences with these captivating, long-eared hybrids, starting with a thrilling ride down the Grand Canyon, to the purchase of her own mules. If you don't already own a mule, you will be tempted to look for your own "perfect companion." A book for all animal lovers, young and old. 272 pages. B/W photos
c. 2010, S/C...$22.50


Mules: Missouri's Long Eared Miners
by: Bradley, Melvin

History of using mules in the mines of Missouri
c. 1987, S/C... $12.95
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Good/Very Good - inside excellent, some wear/dirt stains on cover, bumped corners, remnants of price sticker on front cover, no writing, binding good & tight


My Kingdom For A Donkey
by: Rybot, Doris

The author writes about her donkey Dorcas, as well as many of her other pets. She writes about the ass in history & legend. A book rich in donkey lore and in much else besides. 128 pgs.
c. 1963, H/C...$45.00
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Very Good with dust jacket, name inside front cover, minor wear on dust jacket


Natural Superiority of Mules
by: Hauer, John

It all starts at birth: Baby mules are just a bit more precocious than other equine creatures. Of course, the most obvious physical advantage of the mule is those magnificent ears! The Natural Superiority Of Mules is a collection of essays, articles, and stories in celebration of all the unique qualities of these remarkable hybrids. Full-color photographs accompanying the articles illustrate the grace, strength, agility, and especially the lovely long ears of these fantastic and fascinating creatures. Color & B/W photos. 152 pages.
c. 2005, H/C...$29.95
Currently Unavailable, Out-Of-Print, May be back in print in April 2013


Not Just Donkeys
by: Svendsen, Dr. Elisabeth
This book of poems is written sometimes from the viewpoint of the donkey and sometimes from the viewpoint of the human; they illuminate the beneficial relationship between the two, whether it be an autistic child riding a donkey whose first word is 'Donkee', or the elderly resident in a nursing home whose life is cheered by a donkey visiting her bed. Background information on the origins of the Donkey Sanctuary and its roles as saviour of ill treated donkeys, providing therapy for special needs children and sending veterinary help to donkeys around the world is also given. Heart-warning stuff. 76 pages, color & B/W illustrations
c. 2008, H/C...$19.95


On Desert Trails with Everett Ruess (Commemorative Edition)
by: Ruess, Everett

Originally published in 1940 and has since become a collector's item. The poetry, letters, and artwork contained in this book reveal the adventurous young artist who loved the arid wilderness and disappeared into the desert of southern Utah. To the original book we have added many photographs of Ruess on the trail, along with others taken by Ruess of the land that so inspired him. A special appenidx tells the Salt Lake Tribune's account of its 1935 expedition to southern Utah in search of Everett Ruess. B/W photos. 96 pgs.
c. 2000, S/C...$17.95

Packin' In On Mules & Horses
by: Smoke Elser & Bill Brown
By teaching you the tricks of the trade, professional outfitter Smoke Elser shows how your trip will be easier and more enjoyable by knowing more about the animals used and why and how they carry their loads as they do. This book is laced with instructional photographs and sketches, presented in an open, attractive format. Chapters include: Horses & Canaries, Pack Stock From The Inside Out, Deckers & Sawbucks, How To Pack A Cannonball, Camp Equipment, Gas Burners For Hayburners, Hitting The Trail, Camps, Our Last Tracks. Photographs and sketches. 158 pgs.
c.1980...S/C...$18.00
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Good


Poet & The Donkey: A Tale
by: Sarton, May
Fictional story. May Sarton conducts us on a small, sophisticated, elegantly sentimental journey through a New Hampshire village summer. Our companions are an aging poet, who is sad because he can no longer write and a young, mischievous female donkey who has a touch of arthritis. There is a moral, of course and the story include(s) two cats and as many human beings as are necessary.
c. 1984, S/C...$11.00


Professional Handbook Of The Donkey (4th Ed)
by: Svendsen, Elisabeth MBE, & Duncan, James BVMS, PhD, MRCVS & Hadrill, David BVCs, MSc, MRCVS

For over twenty years 'The Professional Handbook' has been the definitve text for veterinary surgeons & others with a serious interest in donkey medicine & surgery. Much of the knowledge in this book comes from the meticulous records kept on every donkey at the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon, England. The skill of the Sanctaury's veterinary surgeons, non-intrusive research and observations by the staff who care daily for the donkeys have contributed greatly. In this 4th edition the contents have been completely revised & expanded & new chapters and a Formulary have been added. Chapters include: nutrition, colic, hyperlipaemia, dental problems, parasites, respiratory problems, skin disorders, wound management, the foot, conditions of the eye, clinical pharmacology, care of the gariatric dobkey, exotic infections, anaesthesia & sedation, surgery, reproduction, nursing care, community animal health workers, & performing a post-mortem. With appendices on: physiological, haematological & biochemical parameters; formulary; hearth girth nomogram; nutrient content of common foods fed to donkeys in the UK; care of orphaned & rejected foals; opthamalmic exam sheets, dental exam sheets (Triadan chart) & post-,ortem form; rig test; fertility of mules; & useful information. This book is indispensable to veterinarians working with donkeys & mules anywhere in the world. Profusely illustrated in color. 438 pgs.
c. 2008, S/C...$79.95


Rescue in Poverty Gulch
by: Oswald, Nancy

Rescue in Poverty Gulch transports the reader to 1896 Cripple Creek, Colorado, where gold was in the hills and the town was booming. Ruby May Oliver and her donkey, Maude, are happy with things just the way they are, traveling with Pa to mining camps to sell candlesticks to miners. However, life changes drastically when Ruby and her Pa are stranded in Cripple Creek. Spending days in a schoolhouse when she already knows her numbers and how to read, doesn t strike Ruby as the best use of her time. To make things worse, Pa decides Ruby needs a ‘proper upbringing’. The hilarious antics of Maude, a menacing figure set on kidnapping Maude, and the historic backdrop of the destructive Cripple Creek fires of 1896 make for an exciting page-turning read. 185 pgs.
c. 2011, S/C... $8.95


Shavetails & Bell Sharps: The History Of The US Army Mule
by: Essin, Emmett M.
The last US Army mules were formally mustered out of the service in Dec. 1956, ending 125 years of military reliance. The author has exhaustively researched the ubiquitious yet nearly invisible army mule. B/W photos. 245 pgs.
c. 1997, S/C...$19.95


Something On The Wind
by: Moore, Barbara

Fiction: The story of an aging sheepdog and two mules who have become separated from their master. Now the three-some sets out for the only home they can remember - a cabin hundreds of miles away in the rugged Colorado mountains. 162 pgs.
c. 1978, H/C...$22.50
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Good-Very Good


Story Of A Nodding Donkey
by: Hope, Laura Lee

The Nodding Donkey dated his birth from the day he received the beautiful coat of varnish in the workshop of Santa Claus at the North Pole. Before that he was just some pieces of wood, glued together. His head was not glued on, however, but was fastened in such a manner that with the least motion the Donkey could nod it up and down, and also sidewise. It is not every wooden donkey who is able to nod his head in as many ways as could the Donkey about whom I am going to tell you... 108 pgs.
c. 2005, S/C...$10.95

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