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post #11 of 16 Old 06-13-2015, 09:15 PM
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Funny, SB!

If the donkey's preferred pace is compatible with MagStar's preferred riding pace, and the countryside is safe, it might enjoy running along. It wouldn't work with our donkeys though, their pace is glacial compared to my horse's trail pace. They sometimes set out with me as a group, deciding they want to follow along, but by the time we reach the boundary gate, they are far away.

I have a friend who had a sheep that used to follow her along dog walking and horse riding. It was quite a fast sheep though. Needless to say, the sight of it caused quite a stir in our local community.

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post #12 of 16 Old 06-14-2015, 03:39 AM
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We have two horses...when one goes out the other usually stays behind and just has to deal with it. Fortunately our neighbors have horses so the left-behind mare can always go cry to the neighbors. Like others have said, if your donkey can't hurt itself running around, just let him figure it out. When we first got my sister's mare, she would gallop and buck and scream whenever I took my mare out. We've had her for a few years now and she just yells over the fence every now and then. They figure out after a while that their friend is coming back. :)

Also try to work on getting your horse's complete attention when you are riding...eventually you should be able to ride him off and he shouldn't care about his fussing buddy. I know it's possible because both our horses are this way...no problems ditching the other horse but will cry a little if they are the one getting ditched! :)

Happy trails!
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post #13 of 16 Old 06-14-2015, 01:58 PM
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We had decided to trail ride and leave the Shetland mare at home. That lasted about 10 min. She'd picked her way thro the fence and came running up the trail hollering her head off. Since traffic wasn't a concern she came with us on all the rides. She was the boss so leaving her at home didn't suit her one bit.
Well, I guess that is one choice, but I would never take a horse along, just because I had no safe facilities to leave it in.
Yes, I pony horses, to fit them up, or a pack horse, but i sure would not take a horse long each time I rode, just to feed that herd bound

Solutions:
get a third animal
in that is not viable, have a safe place where the one left behind, can learn separation is not the end, and that companion will return. This, is in my opinion, something every horse should learn, but you do need facilities, an dnot just hope ahorse won`t jump a fence!

Most important, you while you have no influence on that horse left behind, far as calling, ect, except to provide a safe facility, you do, and must insist that the horse you are working with, ignors that horse left behind
If you always drag that other companion along, you also do nothing, faR AS TEACHING THE HORSE YOU ARE RIDING, TO RIDE OUT ALONE, TRUSTING YOU, AND NOT ANOTHER HORSE FOR SECURITY

in other words, not having facilities safe to contain the animal left behind, and thus forced to take it along, is a compromise not in the best interest on anyone, rider included
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We had decided to trail ride and leave the Shetland mare at home. That lasted about 10 min. She'd picked her way thro the fence and came running up the trail hollering her head off. Since traffic wasn't a concern she came with us on all the rides. She was the boss so leaving her at home didn't suit her one bit.
Well, I guess that is one choice, but I would never take a horse along, just because I had no safe facilities to leave it in.
Yes, I pony horses, to fit them up, or a pack horse, but i sure would not take a horse long each time I rode, just to feed that herd bound behavior

Solutions:
get a third animal
iF that is not viable, have a safe place where the one left behind, can learn separation is not the end, and that companion will return. This, is in my opinion, something every horse should learn, but you do need facilities, and not just hope a horse won`t jump a fence!
Most important, while you have no influence on that horse left behind, far as calling, ect, except to provide a safe facility, you do, and must insist that the horse you are working with, ignors that horse left behind
If you always drag that other companion along, you also do nothing, faR AS TEACHING THE HORSE YOU ARE RIDING, TO RIDE OUT ALONE, TRUSTING YOU, AND NOT ANOTHER HORSE FOR SECURITY

in other words, not having facilities safe to contain the animal left behind, and thus forced to take it along, is a compromise not in the best interest on anyone, rider included

Also, just letting an animal follow along loose, except maybe a dog, responsive to call is plain stupid, esp if you are just riding with those two animals.
The loose one can decide to bolt off, and since you have allowed those two to become `joined at the hip`, you are looking for a possible wreak.
Yes, we often turn our pack horse loose, once away from the staging area, but I am not riding alone, so there are at least two horses controlled by riders, so that pack horse is not likely to leave, and have a saddle horse anxious to follow it, should something really spook it.
We also leave that lead shank, tucked into the diamond hitch, so when other riders approach, we can easy take up that lead on the pack horse
Sorry, having an animal just tag along loose, unless it is a well trained dog, is just not a good practice. I also would not wish to NEED, to lead a horse every time I ride somewhere, and reserve that for when I have a purpose in doing so


Thus, if the expense of a third animal is too great, invest money to build a safe stall or pen, to keep that mini in when you ride
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post #15 of 16 Old 06-14-2015, 07:36 PM
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why not get a mini horse?
We have had several and they are extremely easy keepers.
Ours only got a handful of grain just so he wouldn't feel left out when the others ate.
He stayed fat on air. One flake of hay a day kept him chunky so we divided that into a morning and evening feeding of course but you get my idea.
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post #16 of 16 Old 06-15-2015, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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I just noticed spelling errors. Why can't I figure out how to edit my earlier post?? GGRRRR!

Saddlebag, the thought of your horse inviting herself on the trial ride really made me laugh. : D Thanks for sharing!

As far as taking the donkey with me, it likely won't be more dangerous than what I'm doing now, which is training and riding the horse in the pasture they share. Whenever I'm working with the horse, my donkey removes herself to a safe distance, at least 30 feet away and just watches. Across the street is another virtually flat pasture. I imagine she would similarly stand and watch, not try to follow or keep up.

Anyway I'd only do that as a last resort. I'm hoping she will just get used to being left behind for a short time until we acquire another animal down the road.

And I get that my horse's focus should be on me when I'm riding. As a beginner though I'd prefer to take the next step under easier conditions and work my up to a super crazy, maximum distraction ride. : P But oh well. Learning in the fire has always worked for me.

Thanks for the input everyone!
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