Donkey Walking 101 and 102

  • July 20, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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This session is to provide new members with training on leading a donkey as well as to provide experienced members with more opportunities to develop their skills and spend time deepening relationships with the herd or their favorite donkey.   Of course, it also provides all members the opportunity to enjoy each other's company.

All members are welcome to walk alongside the donkeys, but in order to lead a donkey during a scheduled walk, you will need to attend at least one training session.

For new members, the session will provide an overview of the characteristics of the donkey, and hands-on experience haltering and leading a donkey.

The organized part of the session will last 90 minutes to 2 hours, but these events often go longer to give people a chance to socialize more with both long and short-eared members.

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  • John M.

    We took them through the woods this time, there were some minor challanges, but nothing was prohibitively difficult. Working with the donkeys is fun, you have to pay attention to what you're doing wrong, and when you correct your behavior, they respond right away. I just joined this group as a novel way to go hiking with people, but I've been learning a lot and having a lot of fun.

    1 · July 24, 2013

    • Steve S.

      Well said. Even though I'm the leader of this group, I've been learning as much as you all through this process and being able to share it with a great group of people has been an added bonus. The things I've learned working with the donkeys often transcend their training and have general day-to-day applicability.

      July 24, 2013

    • Shelley

      It is fun and a little challenging. Sometimes it's hard being the "boss" when the donkey wants to go one way and you want to go another or stay in one place. I did have fun skiing through the mud so I have to learn to handle a water crossing more gracefully. The donkey is going to go through or jump over it. I just have to learn how to be prepared to handle whatever the best way for the animal to get to the other side. I LOVED walking through the woods and dealing with the obstacles. What a sweet and gentle herd you have. Thanks for sharing.

      1 · July 24, 2013

  • Shelley

    Loved it. Steve and his herd are wonderful.

    July 21, 2013

    • Steve S.

      Thanks, Shelly. It was a pleasure having you and the herd, Romper, in particular, said to tell you're you're welcome back anytime. :-)

      July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks again for sharing your herd Steve. I had a great time once again. :)

    July 20, 2013

    • Steve S.

      Very happy you could make it Terrie! Appreciated you and John helping share what you've learned with the new members.

      July 20, 2013

    • Shelley

      I enjoyed meeting you both and the herd. What fun that was. I'm hoping to be able to participate in the upcoming hike. Thanks again!

      July 20, 2013

  • Karen M

    I'm sorry to cancel at the last minute. I have something I need to attend to.

    July 20, 2013

    • Steve S.

      Thanks for the update, Karen. See you next week!

      July 20, 2013

  • Julie

    Sorry, can't make it this week.

    July 18, 2013

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  • Steve S.
    Chief Jackass, Organizer
    Event Host
  • John M.
    Level: Herd-leader, Assistant Organizer
  • Teri
    Level: Weanling
  • Shelley
    Level: Weanling
  • A former member

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