August 28, 2015

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Fair is over.  It wasn't the best, and I got pretty beat up, but it was a good learning experience for Jethro.  Before I begin talking about the nitty gritty details of Jethro, I have to wallow in self pity by complaining about my series of unfortunate events.
 
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.


Donkey long ears
His long ears are full of lies
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.

Miniature donkey
Taken seconds before he brayed for 5 minutes straight
 
 
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.


Miniature donkey
After this was taken he bit my knee... at least he's cute
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.

7 comments:

  1. aww, no fun Jethro!! (no fun about the stings/bites either!) sorry it wasn't the outing you expected but hopefully he'll whip back into shape quickly!

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    1. It was an eye-opening experience! Thanks, I'm sure he will with time and more handling.

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  2. Oh Jethro! At least he's incredibly cute. I love the picture of him in the stall!

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    1. Thanks! He still manages to look cute even when he is being incredibly obnoxious... that's talent right there.

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  3. Sorry to hear things didn't go well, but sounds like you have a reasonable plan of attack to get things sorted out! He is lucky he is so cute. :-)

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    1. His cuteness was really the only redeeming quality, haha!

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  4. im really sorry to hear that. but you make it sound so hilarious and comical!!! i swear stories of jethro are the most funny every time!!

    i wish you success with your continued training with jethro to get him back into tip top show shape!

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