I think I have gotten myself in a mess. We have 4 horses and are supposed to be picking up a donkey next week. Since I have no donkey knowledge I started reading up on them and now am afraid that we will not be able to even get him in the paddock. I planned on taking some days off work near Thanksgiving( wed - mon) so I could intergrate him slowly in to the herd as I have done with the horses. Now I have some real concerns about even unloading him since he does not know how to lead. We have no way to get our trailer in the paddock or pasture so he will have to be led to the paddock with no fences as safegard. If he gets away he will be lost. Also I don't know how I am going to be able to take him down to the pasture and show him the fence line and how to get up the lane back to the paddock where we feed. I feed in the am and then horses go down the lane to the pasture until I come home from work and then they come up for more feeding and I lock them in for the night. I had planned on stalling him the first night but wonder if I will be able to get him in the stall even if I can get him in the paddock.
He is currently living in a field with other donkey's and horses. I don't think he is afraid of people as he comes to the fence for treats but still with no training it could be a problem.
I could pay for his owner to deliver him but she can't do it until Fri. That would only leave me 3.5 days to get him accustomed to our place, to the horses and to teach him where to eat. I feed my horses on opposite ends of our open stalls and breezeway. Their buckets are about 8 feet apart. In other words he will have to know that he goes in last. With a new horse I wait until others are in place and then lead the new horse to his feeding station for a couple of days until they get it.
Another concern is that our lane to the pasture sometimes has a muddy/wet place that he would have to walk thru....I read that donkeys hate water.... I am just about worried sick
Please give me any suggestions and opinions..........