Disciplining a Mini-Donkey

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by CrystalB, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. CrystalB

    CrystalB New Egg

    Jul 14, 2011
    We have a mini-donkey, Hondo (1 1/2 years old). We got him when he was 9 months old and he has been with our Nigerian Dwarf goats ever since we bought him. They are the 3 amigos, if the goats get out of his sight he brays like crazy until he finds them. He does bite them sometimes but they are quick enough to get out of his way and I have never seen him trying to really hurt them. I do scold him if I see him doing it. He is really sweet a lot of the time but then other times he is a jackass lol. We had him gelded when he turned one.

    He has been acting a little aggressive to hubby & I, rearing up at us and putting his ears back & acting like he is going to push us around. Hubby bought a dune buggy which Hondo hated when hubby first got it and he actually punched hubby in the face with his front hooves when hubby was bent over looking at the dune buggy. I have to watch him always when I am out with him and I have to push him back as he wants to push me around or rear up at me.

    I just need some guidance on the proper way to train/discipline him that being aggressive to us is not acceptable. We don't want to have to watch him at all times when we are with him but we also don't want to do the wrong thing when disciplining him.

    I asked on one forum and was given advice on how to train a horse which I know isn't right so am hoping to get advice from donkey people.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Appytaz

    Appytaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    Central Florida
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  3. farmchick897

    farmchick897 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    My advice is get him another donkey companion that he can "play" with. I have 3 mini jennies and a mini jack and they play like that with each other and around people are gentle and calm.
  4. CrystalB

    CrystalB New Egg

    Jul 14, 2011
    Quote:I wish we had the room for another donkey but we don't. I have received some good advice via PM's and think we have it under control. THANK YOU everyone for your advice! I really appreciate it. Hondo is already acting better.
  5. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    im also having behaviour problems with my mini donkey barney, he's started pushing me around and rearing up all the time, ive now had to seperate him from the poultry (they used to free range in the field) as he's been stomping them while rearing up [​IMG]
    is it possible you could forward a bit of that good advice over to me?

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