U-Turn the Pain... - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 17 Old 07-27-2010, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Seymour, MO
Posts: 285
• Horses: 0
U-Turn the Pain...

I have never introduced my sister's miniature donkey, U-Turn. When we got him, he was a beat up, skinny, almost on the verge becoming lame, five year old jack. He was skiddish and broke my dad's index finger when we loaded him in the trailer (he is TERRIFIED of trailers). We got him for $100, which wasn't bad at all. It has been two months since then.

As bad as his feet were, I got them into awesome shape! No curly toes like he used to have. He has filled out, A LOT! He eats like, well, a horse . When we got him, he was missing the hair on his tail, come to find out when we gelded him, the vet said he had to do and emergency surgery to save him a year ago. He said the other jacks he was pastured with were bigger and actually BIT his tail off, at the bone! So, very short bony tail, no hair hanging from it. He had so many scars when we got him, it wasn't even funny, thank goodness all the hair grew back and he looks somewhat normal now, lol.

The story today is this..... U-Turn doesn't know how to lead. HOURS have been spent trying to teach him, but he doesn't move for us . Well, today I wished for more than anything in the world he would lead. I forgot to shut the gate, and he got out ! We looked EVERYWHERE for him, and finally seen him by our rabbit hutch out front. I grabbed a lead rope and a gallon of grain, and went for it. He would walk, but only two foot before he decide he wanted grain. Another two feet, another bite of grain. I did this for 300 feet! It took me 45 minutes to get him in his field. By the time I was done, I had less than half the grain than what I started with. I bet he has a belly ache now, but at least he is safe. I think we are going to work more on leading .

But, without further ado, here is U-Turn! The first pic is at is old home (and yes, he has a bow in his mane in some of the pics )....
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCI0076.jpg (98.8 KB, 109 views)
File Type: jpg DSC02418.jpg (38.0 KB, 98 views)
File Type: jpg DSC02415.jpg (37.2 KB, 104 views)
File Type: jpg DSC02419.jpg (56.0 KB, 106 views)
File Type: jpg DSC02658.jpg (18.2 KB, 109 views)
GraciesMom is offline  
post #2 of 17 Old 07-27-2010, 05:24 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 4,510
• Horses: 2
At that size, just drag him around til he figures it out. Get a rope looped around his butt, over his back and threaded through his halter ring and just pull him around until he figures it out.

I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

MacabreMikolaj is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 07-27-2010, 05:58 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 260
• Horses: 4
He is adorable. I think donkeys are lead only when they want to be? Don't they use them to halter break baby cows because where the donkey goes the cow will have to follow:)
Chella is offline  
post #4 of 17 Old 07-27-2010, 06:12 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Posts: 6,635
• Horses: 2
He looks very sweet. =]

I'm with MM on the leading thing; get a long lead rope around his **** and drag him. The same technique is used with foals, and since you're pulling the whole body around instead of just hauling on the head/neck, you're much less likely to cause any damage.

Found here: Horse Care: Training Cherry Hill's Newborn Foal to Lead

And another picture:

ETA: That's hilarious, Chella!

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

Last edited by riccil0ve; 07-27-2010 at 06:14 PM.
riccil0ve is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 07-27-2010, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Seymour, MO
Posts: 285
• Horses: 0
I will try doing that. The little thing is super strong! Whe I tried to lead him w/out grain today, he pulled me to the ground! I wasn't even strong enough to hold my ground.
GraciesMom is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 07-27-2010, 06:29 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 4,510
• Horses: 2
Keep in mind, even for small animals, unless you're a big farm girl like me, you often aren't going to get far trying to use brute strength. The "come along" rope around the butt usually gives you the leverage you need, but if he's still being stubborn, crank his head to the side instead of trying to pull straight. The idea is to MAKE his feet keep moving, and he loses all his bodily strength when you crank his nose to his hip - eventually, he HAS to move, even if it's to stagger sideways. If he refuses to move forward, just keep tipping him in a circle so he learns he HAS to move when pressure is applied.

When I'm teaching a youngster to lead who hasn't been handled much or trained, I usually end up moving more from side to side then I do forward. I will stand at their head and ask them to move forward and if they refuse, I will tip their head to the side to force a "stagger step". After each "stagger step" I will ask for forward movement. They get praised when they step forward, and more "stagger steps" when they refuse.

I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

MacabreMikolaj is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 07-27-2010, 08:55 PM
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 2,267
• Horses: 1
He is so cute! Love the bow
sandy2u1 is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 07-28-2010, 04:08 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 154
• Horses: 0
Oh, the joys of little donkeys.

My mother's little donkey, Demetris, doesn't always lead, either. But, they make it up with their cuteness, eh?
Broski1984 is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 07-28-2010, 04:22 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 142
• Horses: 1
He's adorable! Nice job on getting him back into good shape! But PLEASE DON'T EVER feed him grain! That is way too much of a food for donkeys. See how his neck has a thick spot all the way down along the top of it, under his mane? That is a fatty deposit from eating food his system isn't designed to process, like grain, corn or sweet feed. It will NEVER go away, no matter what you do, and if it goes too far, it will break over to one side (called "cresting").

Donkeys survive quite happily and healthily (is that a word!?) on good grass hay alone (unless you're doing very strenuous work with them, like plowing all day or eventing or something).
MuleWrangler is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 07-29-2010, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Seymour, MO
Posts: 285
• Horses: 0
He RARELY gets grain. He is an easy keeper on hay. He would not move a muscle unless he had the grain in his mouth, though. He would take a bite, and as soon as he was done chewing that, he would balk until he got another bite!
GraciesMom is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Male riders, Turn off? or Turn on? teafortwo Horse Talk 76 06-02-2011 02:33 AM
Pain in the you know what! UnrealJumper English Riding 1 05-24-2010 09:05 PM
Is he in pain? IheartPheobe Other Pets 2 08-31-2009 01:13 AM
my dog is in pain -- can I help him? NorthernMama Other Pets 9 02-25-2009 08:02 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome