Poor Matilde is still in a state

Matilde exploring her new surroundings

Matilde exploring her new surroundings 2011

After three years of building up a relationship with Matilde – who has always been a very independent sort of donkey – we are at an all-time low.  The twice daily injections last week, following her injury, have left her completely estranged.  She comes up for a carrot, but runs away immediately and no contact with her is possible: she is completely fearful.

Matilde after first aid bandaging - already trying to pull the bandage off!

Matilde after first aid bandaging while we waited for the vet, nearly two weeks ago…

I need some donkey whisperer advice rapidly!  How to win back the trust of Matilde after twice daily injections?  There must be some way of re-establishing trust with a donkey?

By our standards, this is a bit of a donkey drama, but maybe not such an animal drama as you find in your average US suburb, if this is anything to go by…

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About Gareth Thomas

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have two blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog.
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2 Responses to Poor Matilde is still in a state

  1. Have you ever tried clicker training? It works wonders with donkeys, especially overcoming fear.

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    No, I have not had any experience of click training. Somebody mentioned it to me once but I never followed it up. Can you explain any more about it?

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