hi, my little cousin just got a mini donkey, his name is kickers :P
She wanted a pony to ride but instead grandma got her kickers. She is a little put out because she can't ride him, so I told her we could teach him to drive a cart, but i've never done that before. Where do I get started and how do I train him? If anyone could help me it would be greatly appreciated. We have the harness and cart from our miniature pony and they're the same size ( it would work for him right?).
Any help would be great thanks!
the hardest part of riding is the ground... yup sounds about right
You can start by basic ground work.. Haltering, leading, lunging, manners. Donks are more stubborn than horses.
Then, you can drive him from the ground.
Apparently, my mare was hooked up to a cart at one point. She's a head case, loots of issues.. So no wonder she "freaked out and kicked it over".. Alas, one day I will out grow her.. And she's only 13 years old.. So I decided to go back to basics. I do ride her now, but I also ground drive. When I have money, I'll buy a nylon harness to practice in.
I found this: Bible Donkeys - Abby Learns To Drive I is a blog kind of thing of a woman teaching her large standard donkey to drive(it would work for a miniature to) I figured I would post it since it could kind of tell you what to do to train kickers(btw love the name!) to drive, I found it while looking for a goat harness