Now I have taught both Dorrie and Siog to follow (me) and have put that on cue! When my young neighbour Forrest came over last week, I decided to try the pack string idea with Rose, who has been trained to drive, and Heather, who likes to follow Rose!
I suppose I should have tried it with Dorrie and Siog but since there were two humans, I decided to give this a go.
I put a surcingle on Rose and we started with one person leading Rose and one person leading Heather directly behind and reinforcing for just a few steps of what we wanted. Eventually I tied Heather's lead rope to the surcingle but kept the rope up and off of Rose's back and kept leading Heather even though she was attached to Rose.
Rose felt the pressure of Heather's lead and stopped a few times but was easily encouraged to walk. We used the fence line to keep us going straight with Forrest leading Rose and me staying right beside Heather's shoulder so she couldn't swing out. If I moved away, that's what she did.
That's as far as we went on that first session! The goal is to have one handler leading all four donkeys, one behind the other!
The photos are a bit misleading as this was more successful with 2 trainers and you're only seeing one as the other took a few hasty pictures. Next time, I'll set up the video on the tripod so that we can both concentrate on donkeys.
Heather gets the idea that she is supposed to follow.
Forrest had to step away to take these pictures - two trainers were essential for Lesson #1!
We reinforced both donkeys for just a few steps at a time.
We are on our way to the straight fence line! You can see Heather's tendency to swing out to the side.
Heather's blue lead rope tied in a quick release knot to Rose's surcingle.