Meet the herd and leading orientation

  • July 6, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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One of many regularly scheduled orientation sessions provided to give meet-up members a chance to meet the donkeys and other group members and to get some orientation on handling and leading the donkeys. Plenty of hands-on contact and will include a short walk to practice leading. Donkeys are very gentle and good with young and old.

Event will be at least 90 minutes and we can linger longer if there is enough interest in the donkeys or in group socializing.

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  • Steve S.

    A bit hot, but otherwise a great day and we got a nice walk in and got to spend some quality time with new members.

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time today Steve. It was nice to meet you and your donkeys. I will be stopping by soon.

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Linda B.

    Extrememy informative

    July 6, 2013

  • Laura

    Steve, thanks so much for sharing your herd. They are just beautiful. I look forward to the next opportunity to spend some tie with them. Laura

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope there's another orientation on a Sunday pretty soon! I have to work every Saturday.

    June 30, 2013

  • Linda Q.

    you're a few steps ahead of me Steve--thanks for posting the directions--piece of cake getting there

    June 28, 2013

    • Steve S.

      Can't take credit. meetup.com did a nice job of automatically providing the map when I entered the location. :-) But, as a new user to this website, it's good how things are working. It's been a pretty positive experience so far.

      June 28, 2013

  • Linda Q.

    I'm hoping to make this one--will know if I'll be away by Fri.
    will need directions as I live in Goshen

    June 28, 2013

  • Sara A.

    can we bring things like carrots, or greens, apples, etc. for them to eat? This seems like so much fun!

    June 28, 2013

    • Steve S.

      Excellent question... the answer is yes, but I request that food not be given to the animals without my knowledge and I have some restrictions. For hands-on interaction with the donkeys, I prefer that they do not receive food during the visit. It puts their focus on competing for food rather than appreciation of human contact and that competition can lead to unruly herd behavior. With my foal, it can create a choking hazard. [continued in next reply due to 1000 char limit]

      June 28, 2013

    • Steve S.

      I do give them treats as a reward for good training behavior or as a supplement to their diet. On a walk or during training, I do reward them with treats, particularly for a good response to "whoa" (stop), although as they learn skills, I phase out the food for affection, so depending on the donkey's mastery of the task at hand, some get more treats than others. So, in summary, you're welcome to bring food. Carrots, peppermint, or horse treats of any kind are the most universally loved, but depending on the circumstances, you might not be able to give it to them directly.

      June 28, 2013

  • Rosita C.

    I am very excited yo meet the herd!!!!

    June 28, 2013

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