I've had, well, an obsession with Donkies for way too long. It was borderline embarrassing for people to take me anywhere horsey because the moment I locked eyes with a fluffy long ear I needed an hour or so post cooing and picture taking to recoup myself and move on with life. Well today my father found an ad for a horse-drawn wagon on craigslist, good vehicle, great price; so we set out to take a look. Not ten minutes into our wagon experience, I heard a raspy hee-haw coming from behind the shed, and just pleaded to go see the donkey. The owner was happy to oblige as as I bombarded him with questions. For as many questions as I asked you'd think I would have asked the right ones, but I still managed to miss some things.
We found that this fella was for sale, and he'd give us a pretty good price for le donk and his cart. He is older than 8, but I'm not sure how much. He's chubby, never foundered, and isn't real bony so I'd bet he is 'young-ish'. He was broke to drive, which was a definite plus as I probably wouldn't consider anything that old that wasn't broke. He was tied out to what I could make out as a brush hog for a skid-steer. He seemed like a pretty good guy, he came up to us, wasn't head/ear shy. His feet were in pretty good shape, let me pick them up, too. His teeth are decent, and he let me fuss around with his mouth, too, so that is a positive mark.
I've always wanted a miniature donkey to drive around in a cart, and I suppose I would have settled for a miniature horse, but this guy just came out of nowhere and seems almost perfect. But fact of the matter is I have no experience with donkies, although I have lots of experience with horses, and need a bit more knowledge on this before I go buying my dream steed.
How do they differ from horses? How do you ask them differently? As far as driving goes, I've heard donkies are very difficult to get to trot. (I've heard of someone actually using a shocker on a mule to get to trot. ) I work with difficult horses plenty, and while I love my horses and they are all pets to me, there is a line they do not cross. Is driving them any different if they are trained?
I would like opinions on this donkey, as well. His situation is less-than-ideal, but it is all he knows and he does just fine. Is there anything about him that would send any one running away screaming? I'm excited, but I want to know that he is going to be something I can handle before getting to attached. Thank-you everyone in advanced.