You always need to be one-step ahead of the donkeys. They have watched the way the gate is opened often enough. When the padlock is off, it is just a simple latch that pushes up to open the gate. Matilde has now worked that out and tried it for herself!
Barbara will not be surprised to hear this, as she suggested some time ago that Matilde looks ‘like another Dalie’. Her donkey Dalie managed to undo the tent, get into it, unzip a bag and eat the shopping within, as recounted on this blog last year!
I have now put a security chain and clip on the gate for moments when the padlock is off and I am in the field, to prevent further experiments from Matilde’s escape committee.