He's really gentle, but he's skittish. He doesn't like his face touched and he's very hesitant to take any food by hand. But the weirdest thing is, today when I ran my hand down his back, he hollowed out and lowered his hindquarters almost into a sitting position, and tried to step away from me. I barely touched him. I thought he was hurt at first, but when I poked and prodded around his spine, he didn't react. He walks and trots fine, too. And he's eating and drinking normally.
Here's what I'm wondering: He used to be a show donkey and I guess the former owner was really serious about it. I'm wondering if she was mean to him. I think he's ducking away because he thinks he's going to get smacked or something. I don't know how donkey showing works, but I've heard of people hitting horses to make them stand a certain way and whatnot. He doesn't do it every time, but quite a lot. What are your opinions?
Here's a picture of the little dude after a bath and deworming:
He behaves really well and he seems super calm. It's just the weird evasiveness that has me worried.