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post #11 of 38 Old 11-04-2013, 12:19 PM
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Dang...he's really cute! He sounds like a very sensible fellow.
Initial horse reactions to long ears can be quite entertaining.

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post #12 of 38 Old 11-04-2013, 06:13 PM
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Just a warning to you all, once you go "long-ears" ya never go back!!!
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post #13 of 38 Old 11-05-2013, 02:02 AM
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Franklin is the cutest!!! I LOVE LOVE his name!! Congratz!
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post #14 of 38 Old 11-05-2013, 02:30 PM
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So cute! I can't wait to see updates on him. My sister and I are going to pick up our two new "long eared" additions this weekend :) Must be a bug going around or something hehe

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post #15 of 38 Old 11-06-2013, 07:25 PM
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Litt is right. They do remember EVERYTHING... which can be good, or bad. For example, the donkeys I work with had 3 years off driving. No ground driving, no nothing. When I "took them on" I snapped on two long leads to their halters and a whip and ground drove them away. After a few days of ground driving I got out the cart and off we went. Neither one of them skipped a beat!! They did it as if they had been doing it all along!

On the flip side the woman who drove them before me let Venus get away with being lazy. I've spent a lot of time working on her voice commands in the round pen and making sure when I want her to do something she does it. The most important thing is making them think it's their idea. Now when I ask her to trot and she does it I reward her only making it a short distance. I've kind of tricked her into thinking "ok, it won't be far". Then I just increase the distance. And lots of praise when she is going. I try to refrain from getting after them with the whip unless I need to since I don't want to think "I'll just keep walking until she makes me". If it does come down to it I make it count then go back to voice commands and a light touch on the rump.

Good luck with Mr. Franklin!
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post #16 of 38 Old 11-07-2013, 02:26 PM
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This donkey is a mini. They do lose those fat lumps with good food and exercise. Exercise is really the key for these guys. They like to be couch potatoes if allowed. They are adorable and usually loving and happy to be with people and get along. I trim lots of donkeys of all sizes and yes, their hooves are a bit different and can be problematic for many farriers to understand and get right. I suggest learning to trim him yourself. It's not that hard to if you learn to do it correctly from the start. Donkeys are very social herd animals even moreso than horses and a pal donkey is usually best for them.
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post #17 of 38 Old 11-07-2013, 03:22 PM
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He is too cute! I look forward to seeing your journey together. :)
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post #18 of 38 Old 11-08-2013, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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TGIF! Thank you all for the replies, I've had quite the week so it has taken me a bit to get back here. Franklin is doing very well, and now has two buddies - our old Morgan mare named Gypsy, and my 9 month old Curly filly Takala. They have yet to properly warm up to each other, but are past fear and aggression phases of their friendship, so hopefully things get better. Gypsy, our old mare, colicked really bad on Tuesday. We almost thought we were going to lose her, but almost miraculously she was walking, eating, and drinking in the morning after 24 hours of intense pain. Lots of time, and help from our vet, she is doing better. We joke that Franklin must be a gastroenterologist and doctored her in the night. But having that tying me up I didn't get very many pictures of Franklin, so I'll share the ones that I have.

So far I have tried working with his hooves, and trimming the fronts, which while they were not terrible, they needed it. I've tried using treats to reinforce good behavior. Sometimes it clicked with him, but he was a bit snippy taking them from me. I've seen treat/clicker training used with much success, but how do I do this without him becoming nippy? I never use treats with my horses for this reason. Also, I would like to teach him to lunge, which I imagine he has never done. How can I effectively teach him to walk/trot/canter? I have a round pen, and I've taught numerous horses to lunge and be light in the halter, but I can tell he doesn't think the same way, and isn't going to simply obey to a carrot stick waving behind him consistently enough to figure it out.

Also, he drives in an open bridle. The bit he came with was a few inches too big, and a tom thumb, so I definitely plan on getting him something different. If I am going to be driving him more, does it pay to use a closed bridle? It is just what I am used to driving horses in, but I don't know if this will adversely effect him. I'm looking to get him a half-cheek snaffle, and am weighing the difference between a jointed mouth piece and a solid one. Opinions? Also, I'm looking for a reputable online dealer of miniature tack. I want a biothane/synthetic harness, relatively cost-effective. I have all leather harnesses, so I'd like something lighter, easier to clean, and most of all, a bit cheaper. Thank you anyone for any hints.
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post #19 of 38 Old 11-08-2013, 08:57 PM
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For the treats, grab a small cheap Tupperware. You can even punch a hole into and clip it to your belt for easy access. You also put it on the ground and associate the click with the treat bowl. Another option is just tossing it in the floor. I throw treats around my mares feet and she goes right for them. You may have to show him a couple times first.
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post #20 of 38 Old 11-08-2013, 09:15 PM
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I tried a o-ring snaffel with my donk & he hated it! I use a straight bar liverpool & he likes that. I've been told they have a lower pallet than horses.

If he will do well in an open bridle, don't fix what ain't broke! Mine won't work in one, we have to use a driving bridle.

As for the lunging, I got mine going round & round in hand. as time when on, I'd let out more & more line. Eventually I was in the center & he was going around me. It did probably take me 3 months to get to that point!
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