Tips on making friends with an unhandled donkey?
We were very privileged to acquire a 7 month old standard jennet weanling as a companion for my 2 horses over the weekend. She's about the cutest thing ever:
My older gelding is smitten with her-- they are inseparable already!
She was unhandled previously. While she is not scared of people, we can't touch or catch her right now. She'll tolerate my presence, but as soon as I make an attempt to get closer than a couple feet, she moves off. She doesn't seem to have an interest in people at all.
I'm sure she'll come around with time and patience... but I would like to get her dewormed and vaccinated and be able to get started on some hoof care in the near future. I've cared for donkeys in the past, but they were all very people-oriented!
Plus, I now have a 26 year old OTTB who feels the need to follow his donkey's influence and revert to a semi-feral state at all times excluding feeding time. ;) (Why does the good never rub off on the bad? :lol: )
Any suggestions to aid in the bonding process? So far food bribes have been a bust...