I have 2 a female named Daisy mae, who thinks she runs the barn yard and she is right. She carries the chickens around by their tail feathers ( for a long time I had nake butt chickens, until they learned to run from her). I used to spend alot of time in the correll fixing and building so when ever I would sit down she would come for a scratch. we would play motorcycle (using her ears as handle bars). burro in a box ( she loves cardboard boxes) and milk the burro ( I know I'm weird, but she liked it). Of course I was always gentle with her in our play and she would just love me up. One time she found me holding one of my new baby goats in my lap now she thinks she can sit on me also and she has fixured out how, first one back leg, then she moves, then the other back leg then she turns around and puts her chest on one of my legs, Ihave to watch it because she will push me off the chair trying to get closer. I keep trying to tell her us gals with big butts cant sit on others laps, but she just ignores me.
My male, gelding, we didnt want to add to the problem of so many extra burros, is named Walter, Walter was a rescue, he is a mini, with many attitude problems, he was from an exotic farm and is just "pet" quality. but to me he is special, it took awhile for him to get over his shyness of people and he had food deprevation, (I still have a sore spot on my leg from that one). but once he relized that he had all the food he wanted and that I wasnt going to take it away from him, he stopped kicking at me, he loves attention now, but Daisy doesnt like me to give him any so we have to sneak his scratches in, he loves to have his coat brushed. I know he didnt get any attention where he was before and you can see the scars from his before life.
I have alot of medical problems and both burros watch out for me, if I happen to fall, Daisy stands right by me and keeps the other animals away and I dont know how many times I have had to grab onto her to keep from falling, but she never moves and I know it has to hurt her because I really grab hard.
We have had problems with the people that own the land behind us, one day I couldnt figure out why Walter wouldnt leave me alone, always right beside me, no matter where I went. come to find out the owner was on his property and Walter was protecting me.
What I am trying to say is that to me burros have been the perfect animal for me, yes there has been problems, but the happiness and security they have brought me far out ways any problems.
It takes time and patience and lots of love and they have a completely different personality from a horse and they come by their name rightfully, stuborn as a burro.
Do lots of research and if the animal you are looking at isnt right for you check out others, go to a rescue, those animals have alot of love to give.