Osceola Kingdom Longears was established in 1994
in Issaquah, Washington. It all began with the adoption of
our first donkey, Henry the First Donkey or “Hank”.
We offered to foster him for a few weeks for Donkeys Unlimited
Association, a donkey rescue organization, dedicated to the
promotion and welfare of donkeys in our area. Hank made such
an impact on our lives that we adopted him within a couple
of weeks and that’s how it all began! From that point,
we became very involved with Donkeys Unlimited Association
and continued rescuing donkeys as well as accumulating donkeys!
One of the next donkeys acquired was OK Pretty Boy Floyd. He and
several other mammoth donkeys were found standing knee deep in
manure in a barn that was about to be torn down. There were two jennets,
one with a foal at her side and another jennet with a dead foal.
Floyd was still a jack at the time of his rescue and it was decided
by the Welfare Chairman to geld him since he really was not jack
quality. Good adoptive homes were found for the rest of the donkeys
and it took several years to get them all healthy again. All of
their feet were terrible as you might imagine. Floyd's feet were
probably in the worst shape. It took a year and a half to rehabilitate
his feet with corrective trimming and shoeing, but he eventually
was able to walk around and even be ridden without causing him pain.
Floyd will always hold a special place in Sue's heart as "the
love of her life". This very special donkey captured her heart
and her love and began her interest in breeding and raising American
Her next quest was to find a Mammoth Jennet for riding and
breeding. Her search led her to Montana where she purchased
Julie, who was later registered as "OK Morgan's Julie Girl. She
was 15.1 hands and totally outrageous. She was a granddaughter
of Siemen's Glen, a very famous foundation jack. Julie was as
sweet as she was BIG. She participated in many parades and fair
exhibits and always drew a lot of attention for her enormous
size. Nobody could believe she was a donkey… or as Sue
called her a "donkeysorius."
Julie produced one foal, but it was not without
problems. Forrest was born with very contracted tendons and required
24-hour care for weeks just to get him up to nurse. It was quite
an ordeal but we're happy to say that Forrest survived and grew to
be larger than his mother.
With Sue's donkey addiction growing in leaps and
bounds, soon the Issaquah farm became too small for a breeding
operation so the search for a new farm began. The perfect place
was found and OK Longears relocated to Enumclaw, Washington.
Sue's interest also expanded into riding and showing mules. In
1996, she purchased Little Brother Brewster and has shown him
ever since. After a few years, OK Longears was joined by D bar
S Ranch and with that came more mules and Quarter Horses.
Our breeding objectives are to raise larger Mammoth Jackstock, with
good conformation, great dispositions, color if possible, and most
importantly, well mannered and useful animals. Since Julie, we have
carefully chosen champion bloodlines to achieve our goals and we
have never lost our focus. We believe that Mammoth Jackstock are
very useful and make wonderful riding and driving animals. We haven't
raised any mules… yet… but that is in the future.