Picket Line Training

In order to allow our donkeys to graze while trekking, they must either be hobbled (and I KNOW they can get up to a good clip in hobbles) or picket lined while grazing. Picketing involves getting your donkey used to having a single hobble on one front leg attached to a rope that is then picketed to the ground by a stake with a swivel on top. Remember several posts ago when I trained all three to be led by all of their legs with a cotton rope? Well here is the result! Donkeys that don’t get worried when their leg is attached to a rope. Not that they didn’t test their picket lines, but generally there wasn’t much stress involved.

Raymond got a verbal lesson as well from Wolf, who thought maybe explaining the situation would help. Although most animals cannot understand our words, they understand our meaning.

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Here Raymond is enjoying some lunch spread around his picketing area:

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And Charlie, who last year when we attempted this, DUG OUT his stake…. (just to show us how dumb humans can be and how intelligent longears are):

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Darlin was more concerned about getting a mouthful than the rope, although she looked up from eating a few times at me with an exasperated expression as if to say “is this really necessary?”

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All three donkeys will of course get more training sessions on the picket line and in different locations. For today, their attitudes were awesome!

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