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    When I was in high school a buddy and I had the bright idea to buy two donkeys at the local sale barn I think we gave like $15 for both. I have always used horses rode and packed. So we packed the donkeys and rode our good saddle horse biggest disaster I have ever been around probably would have been better if we knew anything about donkeys and worked with them before 15 mile pack in (young and dumb) anyway from what I seen donkeys are to smart for there own good and hard headed when they make up there mind no man is gonna change it for them. Just my experience

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    As with any animal you get what you put into them. These guys did great and even did a parade the other weekend. Off to Montana next week.

    6 miles in to the wilderness in NM, 2k feet of gain. Also did a 12mile out and back resupply about half into our 11 day trip.

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    I had to laugh eastmont when I looked at the first set of photos. In the 2nd pic, the guy standing behind the donkeys looked like he had a huge gut and I wondered, "How did that lard-ass ever make it up the mountain?" Upon closer inspection, I saw that it was just the bow making a new outline. Now it's obvious what it is. Hah!!

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    haha, you can see some big guys from texas up there, but they come in on draft mules! You have to earn your miles there.

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    Montana's Lee Metcalf Wilderness. 11 days and 8 miles in, lots of snow. Got the mountain goat through. Elk were scarce, lots o grizzlies and saw one wolf. Donkeys are awesome. 120lbs out.

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    We had donkeys and mules for packing when I was younger. If they are trained well and like you they will be the best pack animal you could have. if not than your experience may not be so pleasant. I have a scar on the back of my head where one pitched me off and kicked me in the back of the head on the way down. I love mules/donkeys, I hate mules /donkeys often at the same time. You will NEVER make a mule/donkey do something they don't want to do. more than once one took me off going under a low limb. they knew to the fraction of an inch how high they were in relation to a limb and would run full speed toward the tree. nothing you could do than they would stop and see if you would get back on. on the good side of the equation they will never get lost . when its time to head back they know the quickest way back to the barn or trailer. let them go and they will get there. Even unattended . Back in the day we would shoot a deer and strap it on the mule and turn it loose then keep hunting . When we got back the mule would be in the barn with the deer. One time my dad had a big horse that would not halter train for anything. he tied it to the halter on a donkey with about a 10 foot rope. For 2 days that horse drug that donkey all over the field. The donkey had legs planted and was plowing furrows with his hoofs. then the horse got tired and sat there the horse and donkey just sat there for about 2 more days then the horse started following the donkey another 2 more days and that horse was following the donkey like a little puppy. If you ever decide you need to put horse shoes on them make sure you get someone who knows what they doing and has experience in mules/donkeys. I used to be a farrier and had several customers with pack mules that wanted shoes with carbide on them for extra traction on ice and slick rock. a horses hoof from top to bottom tapers out at the heel so a horseshoe nail driven straight in will come out at the proper point on the hoof. a donkey/mules hoof top to bottom is either straight or even tapers in so it is very easy to stick them with the nail and shoeing them will never be pleasant again , good luck with your donkeys.

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