Donkeys, at least my donkeys, love, love, LOVE getting out to explore and they have taken to begging at the gate for hiking time. Emma, especially, stomps off in a huff if I have to tell them no. They have both figured out that they have to wear their halters when we go out (it's almost the only time that they do) and they have taken to trying to steal the halters out of the tack room and getting them on themselves. I so wish I'd had the camera ready when they tried that stunt!
We always start out with both donkeys on the lead rope and we all walk together on the road or in the open. Once we are well into the woods though, I usually lead just one or the other, which has been working out well. I just wish I could convince Tanner to join us, but he will have no part of hiking with donkeys. It just isn't done.
Going out with Emma and Ramsey is a lot like going out with a couple of very happy dogs. Their sheer enthusiasm is infectious.
They both show an almost uncanny ability to find and follow the trail, even newly constructed parts of the trail that have only been used a couple of times.
Ramsey had never seen this trail before, but he knew just where to go.
And just where to find the best bits of tasty moss.