Working Donkey

Pulling, carrying or riding, donkeys used for transport. Nowadays, the donkey is more and more use for teckking: he carries sadleback. Because he is smart and calm, Poitou donkey is a good choice.

Education :

Carrying saddleback

The donkey has to learn to cary saddlepack on his back and to walk together with man.

Pulling

The eduction usally begin by accustom donkey to harness, then pulling something lighty heavy (often a tyre)

Donkey can carry light piece of wood, light plough,…

Pulling a carriage

Then, donkey learns to pull a light carriage
Then, donkey learns to pull a light carriage
and to modulate various paces pulling the carriage
and to modulate various paces pulling the carriage
Carriages have to be very light
Carriages have to be very light
Main difficulties are fixed unknown obstacles like grids, gates, ...
Main difficulties are fixed unknown obstacles like grids, gates, …
And mobiles : dogs, trucks, ...
And mobiles : dogs, trucks, …
In any case, the donkey has to be very handy and to obey to voice
In any case, the donkey has to be very handy and to obey to voice

 

Competition :

Every year in France, there are many working donkey competition with the three tests

Display and model
Display and model
Gone up in the horse trailer
Gone up in the horse trailer

 

Course of obstacles

 

Course in long reins and pulling a traineau

 

Illustration with Umour du Breuil pulling a carriage :

 

Illustration with Umour du Breuil carrying saddleback :