Well.. It really wasn't my fault this time. My Papa has been having problems with dogs harassing his sheep so he made up his mind that he wanted a miniature donkey. Me being the "horse" person, I got elected to go with him to pick out a mini donkey. I'm just laughing the whole ride there teasing him about him now owning a "hay burner" as he refers to all equines. We get there and he announces *I* am the new owner of a miniature donkey. I really didn't see it coming, I guess I should have, but I didn't. However, this mini donkey was one of MANY young mini donkeys in this field, none of which have really been handled. Great.. So we herd four jennies into a small area and close the gate. I am then told to pick one out.. I ended up with a half-wild coming 2 year old miniature donkey. We get this thing home and I have to wrestle a halter on her and let me tell you, mini donkeys are MUCH stronger than mini horses.. I had no idea. I'm right at 100lbs and this thing isn't much bigger, she pulls me all over the place before I can manage to get her into her new turnout area, which is maybe an acre until I manage to tame the thing down.. Let Maggie's little adventure begin!
Day 1: Maggie is NOT a fan of people, she is even more not fond of being tied. Favorite thing about Maggie so far: She can't break a lead rope snap or halter. WIN! She has to endure cuddles and brushing for a few hours..Which she quickly becomes accustomed too.. surprisingly.
"I do NOT like the situation!"
"I don't like you.. I shall hide behind this tree and peep at you."
Day 2: Maggie now associates me with treats and tasty things - I'm not so bad after all. Vast improvement from day 1. I was very impressed. She's starting to trust me and will now lead for a few steps then figures out she doesn't like it again and stand there. She doesn't like it when I'm not paying her attention though, I can just sit in her food bucket and play with my phone.. Her buddy the goat thinks he should sit in my lap while this is going on and Maggie wants to sniff of me and try to sneak rubs on my back. She now will bray when I leave and she's not too thrilled about it.
"Oh hai person, do you haz a cookie for me?"
"Oh come on, I KNOW you haz cookie for me."
"what are you doing there, why aren't you giving me cookie?"
And this is her buddy the goat.. the first time she brayed he ran away from her and looked at her like "Oh my God! WTF are you doing!?!"