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post #11 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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I've gotta try the Cheerio thing, I'm going through little wafer treats like crazy.. She isn't sure about carrots yet but will nibble on an apple.

I'm definitely beginning to see just how strong she is. I'd really love to teach her to pull a cart. How stinkin' cute would that be?? That's an obstacle for later though.. She's getting used to the scratching and will let me pick up her two from feet, haven't tried her hind feet yet because she's still really iffy about me being where she can't see me. I basically just treated the whole situation as I would imprinting a new foal. Scratches all over, rubbing her ears, nose, sticking my fingers in her mouth... She actually really likes me to stick my fingers in her mouth and scratch her tongue and rub her teeth. She's never offered to nip or bite.. Even though she had tried to bit the goat a few times when he's in the way or is in "her area" of the hay trough. She's funny about that, it's *her* corner...


I'm already becoming quite attached to the little booger... At first I just shook my head about it but it makes me pretty happy when she trots up to the fence when she sees me coming then tries to cookie rob me... Plus her cuteness level is way up there.

Any advice or ideas on how I should do things or neat things I could teach her? She's proving to be very smart and I don't want her to get bored and come up with schemes of her own.

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post #12 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 10:38 AM
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Can I join the I have a mini Donk, and my heart has been stolen club

Cute addition Drum, they are right little characters
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post #13 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 10:51 AM
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I've been trying to find time to trick train my guys. JJ will step up on to a pedistal and smile. Venus is a bit more stubborn so I've been trying to find things within her realm of learning. Both love to hold things in their mouths so I wanted to teach them to hold their halters or lead one another at the very least. Ideally I would love them to fetch the halters!

Breaking her to drive is another good way to keep them entertained. My guys LOVE to work. They are pretty out of shape but they will keep going for as long as I let them!! They can also easily pull about 350 pounds, which I find incredible! Of course there is also the pre skills needed before you can actually drive them. Ground driving, making sure they have a good woah, exposing them to various things, accepting all the tack, etc. That will probably take you a solid year!
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post #14 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks GH!

I'm definitely going to take things slow with her, she's still pretty young and I don't want to really start anything physical, like driving, until she's a good bit older. The ground driving should be an interesting challenge.. She and I both will be pretty new at it.

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post #15 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 12:20 PM
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I'm sure you have a while before she would be ready to put anywhere near a cart anyways. If you need any help teaching her to ground drive give me a holler.
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Well, thank you very much!
Now I have mini donkey envy!!!!!!
She is adorable...and smart enough to know on which side her bread is buttered. Sounds like she is going to be a wonderful friend.

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post #17 of 17 Old 11-15-2012, 01:56 PM
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they are so cute

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