Rubi and Matilde had their birthdays earlier in the week on 5th and 6th June. I bought a donkey cart, as seen on the previous blog post, but have waited until the weekend to try Rubi in it. As yet, I have not got a proper harness but I thought it would be quite easy to rig up the cart to the pack saddle normally worn by Matilde.
Rubi was very stressed at first. She panicked when she realised that everywhere she tried to run, the iron monster on wheels kept following behind… I let her circle around me a few times on the lead rope, with the cart turning tight circles. Then she happily stopped and grazed on the grass for a few minutes, having lost interest in the cart.
I then took her for a little walk along the dust track next to the house, about five hundred yards. On the return trip, I jumped in the cart and Rubi happily pulled me up the hill. She was very good at instantly judging the width of the vehicle she was pulling, and she automatically took to the middle of the track, so the wheels stayed in the road rather than going into the verge.
The other donkeys all stood in the field, Morris and Aitana excitedly braying and Matilde staring in total incredulity. Rubi could not have caused more excitement if she had ridden my bicycle down the road. She returned to the field to receive a hero’s welcome. Then Morris jumped on her and he had to be given a slap and put back in his confinement.