Day 1: Stung by a bee (nearly passed out) and sprained ankle
Day 2: Bit by a spider (red bullseye + bruise rings) and broke my iPhone (luckily fixed)
Day 3: Came down with a lovely cold
There are greater tragedies in life, but nonetheless it was definitely not very fun. Enough about my first world problems, let's talk about Jethro and how I completely set him up for failure.
In short, my donkey was dreadful to be around. While in his stall he constantly struck his door, reared, and brayed his head off. In the ring he found it quite comical to rear in the line up and ignore my cues. Whilst meeting new people he found it fun to buck towards them, run away, and/or attempt to nip at them. He also took great pride in biting my legs and rearing while I tried to halter him or practice showmanship. Oh, and he also tried to kick the vet.
In short, he hated everyone he met and was in a terrible mood the entire time he was there. My sweet, innocent little darling donkey was replaced by a dreadful donkey. That being said, I hold no grudges about the way the week went and take 110% blame for his terrible behavior.
You see, the first 6 months I had him I would work with him for two hours a day and hauled him to different places multiple times a week. He never put a foot out of place - he was never mean and screaming little kids could run up directly behind him and yank his tail for all he cared. These past few months I have been slacking off and mainly working on tricks, going on nature walks, and lightly practicing showmanship. I haven't taken him to any shows, and he hasn't been exposed to strangers lately. I also have definitely not been working with him for two hours each day.
Looking back, it was very unreasonable to expect him to be a rock star again this year considering his age and the lack of amount of actual training I have be doing recently. He is quite well behaved at home, but fair was a whole different story.
I definitely believe his issues are easily fixable; in fact, they aren't even his fault - they are mostly mine. Regardless, his behavior was absolutely unacceptable at the fair, and I am changing a lot of things. For starters, I will be bringing him to a lot more events, even if it is just to sit and watch. Doing well at home is one thing, doing well in a crazy environment is another.