Acquired: Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Posted May 29, 2014
Stubborn. Belligerent. Frustrating. Those are the first three words that come to mind when I think of donkeys. More specifically, Dinky the donkey - daughter of Jack and Jill, who will remain two of my all time favorite equines.
Hardworking. Loyal. Intelligent. Those are the next three words that I think of, and
I'm sure that anyone who has ever worked with a donkey will understand that.
These animals are stubborn down to the core, but you will never find one more willing to take on whatever burden you throw its way.
Dinky? She was a protector, and out in a field with anywhere from seven to twelve miniature horses at any given time. She was the cause of more than a few killed coyotes, the evidence of their tussles found in the early hours of the morning.
She was brave, and she wanted attention.
If you were in her field, then a hand was to be on her at all times. Just not on her ears. Or her nose. Or her legs. Or fooling with her lips. Because Dinky didn't like that and, if you did something that Dinky didn't like, she would leave; something that I seldom complained about, if we're being honest with each other.
As far as training is concerned, you want to do it once and do it right. Breaking a bad habit is like trying to quit smoking - almost not worth the hassle! They truly are smart though, and I've seen them do well in just about every division, from carriage down to jumping.