DH (yet unpublished) has written close to 40 American 19th century history novels, and he wants a character to go west from MO to the CO goldfields during the 1850's, leading a pack donkey. We've never owned them, so my input is...sparse. Let me know your opinions about the following:
1) at what age is a donkey mature?
2) how do you train one to carry a pack?
3) how much weight can they carry? (We're retired CW reenactors, so we know what the character would pack and the weights for such, but you can comment on that, too.)
Donkeys (and mules) have a legendary reputation for being stubburn. Is this true? I've read that they take longer to train, but retain their training longer--whatever THAT means!!!=b Is this true, and why?...false? ...anybody switch from horses to mules/donkeys? Why?
DH is considering having his character lead a jenny and her foal. Good idea?...bad idea? Why?
ANY input about your donkeys will be appreciated!! Love-fests over your donkey(s) welcome on this thread.
Thanks, in advance bc MY next equine will be an Arab!!