I have a friend who has two yearling miniature donkey's. They are both really really friendly. I think one may be gelded but her claims he had the jenny fixed (which I -highly- doubt).
These two babies have absolutely NO training. They are pasture puffs in a huge turnout with pigs, and chickens.
They came from a show home (which is another one of our friends') - and were probably used until they were weaned.
They do have halters on them, but I clipped a lead rope on the jenny, and she would not budge, so I un-clipped her and kinda let the rest of the session be petting. [Until a big fat mean pot bellied pig came and bit me. Which hurt! ]
So the owner wants me to train them to pull a cart. I know how to ground drive and a lot of other things, but I have NO idea how to start everything from scratch! Especially on stubborn donks that are a bit spoiled..
So where to start? I know they need to know how to..
Load (to a trailed)
Learn the cues "Whoa, go, (clicking/clucking), haw and gee.
Learn their gaits,
And pick up feet.
Where do I start? Do I start and getting them to come to me? They do that. Should I tie them and start to show them what a brush is? And just brush once, and be done for a day? Starting slow?
Any help would be wonderful!