I have a young donkey (1 1/2 I was told) I purchased a few months back. He was not handled much, I was also informed (after he was hurriedly unloaded into one of my 2 acre pastures) he had never worn halter. Previous owner only had him a couple weeks. I have no idea who owned him prior. I also have no idea how he was loaded/hauled either time.
I approached him like I would an unhandled colt basically, but I now believe he has been mistreated before. I can now pick up all 4 feet, & touch him anywhere - except his lower face. I cannot halter him, or touch him with one unless I hide it in a pocket or wrapped around my waist. As soon as he sees it he is gone. I can brush him w/ a brush, use a hoof pick & rasp on his feet, etc.
When I first started working w/ him, he would not let me near his left side, & he still jumps occasionally when I am on that side. He would not let me touch his head, which I can somewhat now. He is improving, but still jumpy occasionally. Lower face (near mouth) is a no-go area.
I am just at a loss how to proceed from here....i want a vet to come check him out & a farrier, but neither is possible w/o a halter - well, farrier maybe. He is starting to tolerate my farrier being near him. Oh, & clicker training is not an option as he will not take treats from my hand. I have a thread about his feet also..... new unhandled donkey w/ bad hooves....