First . I previously owned a large MIn. donkey who was gelded late, and had been abused prior and was a biter at first. But reasonably friendly and we got along well, and the biting stopped...Had him for 12 years.
So I found a young donkey that needed at home, but not gelded yet. 18 mos. old still nursing mom. He had been haddeled at birth and the first few months, but them was out in pasture with other donkeys, and goats...(think they got too busy to do much with them, mostly for coyote control). I assumed he was non-abused, and used to people. Well he had to be cornered and wrestled onto our trailer. I had a corral with a stall attached ready. ( I have 2 Arabians in thier 20's, one is a mare).
Well, Have had him since Feburary. I daily have gone into corral to feed and spend some time with him. We have made some progress, but it is incredibly slow. Finallly, he will follow me around, and eat oats on a bench, within 1 foot of me.. I click with my tongue and say 'good boy'. For a long time any movement made him bolt. I can move my hands a little, and he will follow me a couple feet away outside the fence or in the corral..... but I cannot reach out and touch him anywhere. He acts headshy, and was afraid of buckets in the beginning too.... me thinks he may have been tricked or not treated right by some of the family members... (he also was very forlorn calling for the first 2 weeks). He will bray when he sees me... He finally will take long grass from my outstreached hand if I am sitting outside the fence or sitting on the bench.
I really need to get him halter broke (it is hanging on his bucket), and gelded. Anybody got any ideas, can't believe it is taking this long. My gut feeling is he is afraid ( he tucked his tail and scooted in the first 2 months a lot.) My hubby cornered him the first week or so and 'forced a touch'....but I think it set him back,and asked him not to corner him like that).... I always bring him something to eat ,every time I see him.(daily) but hate that he is in a 20 x 30 pen all the time). All the training videos, and websites, assume you can touch or halter your donkey already.... at this rate it will be months before I can get him haltered and gelded, shots etc.fly spray....