Being able to catch your donkey, put a headcollar on, lead it and tie it up are essential
skills. If you are unable to do this then much of the other care activities will
be difficult, dangerous or impossible. Remember, always be calm around your donkeys
and try not to chase after them, it is much better that they come to you - even if
that means keeping a few treats in your pocket!
Approach the donkey from the side in line with the shoulder, holding the headcollar
and leadrope in the left hand.
Place the nose band over the nose, keeping the leadrope in the left hand.
With the right hand, reach over the donkey’s neck for the loose headband and bring
up behind the ears.
Fasten the buckle, adjusting it so that you can slide 2 fingers comfortably between
the headband and the top of the neck.
The noseband should be positioned approximately half-way between the nostrils and
the eyes and then adjusted to leave a 2 fingers gap.
Stand to the left of the donkey, hold the leadrope in your right hand about 20cm
from the head and the loose end across your body. To move off, apply a gentle pressure
on the leadrope. As the donkey starts to move, release the pressure on the leadrope
and walk, keeping level with the donkeys head .