At the time of this video (Jan.16, 2010), Vikingo had been a breeding stallion for four seasons. Even worse, that day, one of the four mares in the pen with him was in heat and they almost bred before we realized it. No problem, explained trainer Bob Allen. "This technique will work on any stallion because I keep him moving until he figures out that he has to pay attention to me and ignore the mares." In this video we were also training my donkey jenny, Dot, to be relaxed and just pay attention to her rider no matter how much excitement was going on around her. At the end of this session Bob Allen on a mare, Mike Bertin on Dot, and Rebecca Justice on Vikingo, went on a pleasant trail ride.
Why doesVikingo have such a look of bliss on his face?
Looks like his lady, Flaming V's Sunflower (Sunny), is happily worn out, too.
They must have mated a hundred times during the nine days Sunny was in heat in June of 2007. Normally Vikingo spends much of his time racing around the pasture checking things out and sampling the most delicious grazing. And then -- we let his winter pasture mate, Sunny back in with him on May 28. In just two days she came into heat, and Vikingo was the perfect gentleman about it. No biting, lots of foreplay, and, imagine this, even after play. (Please be patient while the videos load.)
I finally managed to get a video of them making love (see above) that doesn't show the embarrassing parts, but does show their sweet after play. He surely deserved this after all the rejections he got last winter.