I'm not sure what the owner's motivation was when they bought the donkey, but I expect they wanted to use it for pony parties. They knew it hadn't been ridden before, but I suppose they thought it had better ground manners than it does.
It's just been sitting there for a couple weeks and pretty much everyone is afraid of it, and so I'm willing to bet the owner will try to sell it. I've spent a couple hours with it, and it lets me touch it and enjoys being scratched. I'm pretty sure no one has ever interacted with it in a particularly positive way, and it's mostly acting out of fear. I'd really like to work with it some more and see if I can get it to a point where it at least behaves itself on the ground.
This is a stable I take lessons at, and I don't know the owner too well. Do you think I should ask to work with it some more? I also only have a couple months before I have to go to college. Can I do anything meaningful with a donkey in that time? Does this sound like a terrible plan entirely?
I'd really hate for it to end up in a bad situation just because no one was willing to spend any time with it. Advice?