I took this before we loaded the girls this afternoon. They were in a very small pen, so it would be easier to load them in the trailer..........hopefully.
Today was the first time I had ever hauled the stock trailer, except for a couple of times John insisted I drive in case of an emergency some day. I guess this was the emergency, since he's still in a sling, & his therapist always asks if he's been using his arm. So right after his therapy this afternoon off we went, with me driving. I really had no problems, although once we got there & it was backing up time, I turned it over to the expert. I would probably still be trying to get it backed up thru the gate & lined up with the pen. Even with one hand John did it in one try.
Lined up, opened the trailer, opened the corral panel, they looked at it for a couple of minutes, the woman & I flapped our arms, made some noise & in they went. I do believe that is one of the easiest loads of unhandled donkeys we've ever had. Obviously they didn't know their driver had never driven a trailer with donkeys in it. But I did just fine, according to John. I do need to work on stopping at lights & stop signs smoother. It wasn't too bad, but John is much better at it. And I'm sure the animals would appreciate a slower stop. I forget to start stopping sooner than necessary with a car or van.
When we got home it was feeding time & everyone was milling around in the driveway. Michael, our neighbor that's been helping with chores was here, so we hit the ground running, & left the girls in the trailer. Once everyone was busy eating, John & Michael built the pen around the back of the trailer, we put the hay & water in, opened the trailer & out they jumped. They have no problem with taking treats from us & seem very curious & have even nibbled at my fingers. So I think they will be very easy to work with.
They have a date with the vet & trimmer this Friday. I'll try to take pictures of their feet as soon as I can.