Here is Aitana in her smart new head collar bought yesterday at Cocentaina All Saints fair (see yesterday’s blogpost).
The new pony-size head collar was needed to replace her foal-size collar which she has outgrown. However, despite reaching full-size, Aitana is still feeding from Matilde, and she is two years and one month old today. The photos below were taken just before putting on the new head collar, and show Aitana feeding from Matilde.
Matilde is still quite happy to be milked by Aitana and makes no attempt to push her away. All the donks had finished their morning meal by that time, so Aitana had no need of milk, so I wonder what is going on here? I commented on this a few months ago and asked for advice, but still have not heard from anyone with experience of weaning overgrown foals off milk!
Maybe this is a question for Ben Hart the “donkey whisperer” when he finishes his donkey behaviour symposium in California (second day today) http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/blog/7618
The website is up, but the dream is yet far off…. http://aitanadonkeysanctuary.wordpress.com/