Morris donkey cart training

The main donkey project at the moment is to get Morris fully trained up on cart pulling and he is doing very well. I bought the cart two years ago and intended Rubí to pull it, but she outgrew the narrow shafts very quickly.  Now Morris is learning the cart and Rubí is tied on behind it to get exercise while I am training Morris.

A push-me-pull-you - or should that be puig-me-pull-you? (Local joke.)

A push-me-pull-you – or should that be puig-me-pull-you? (Local joke.)



Morris trotting along happily in his new role

Morris trotting along happily in his new role

The following video shows Morris slowly hauling the cart and me up the hill near home and there is a brief glimpse of Rubí running along behind.  She needs the exercise, so while I’m training Morris for cart-pulling, it is an added benefit to give Rubí a run as well.



About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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3 Responses to Morris donkey cart training

  1. I am quite impressed, well done! I must show this to Emma and Ramsey.

  2. gracem says:

    morris is a brilliant boy!

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    The good thing is that we have a very quiet road for Morris training, but there is one dangerous blind corner and I need to get out of the cart and walk ahead at that point. Morris seems to be able to recognise left and right now. The harness is improvised and takes a lot of rigging up: the original one did not fit him any more as he outgrew it before we even began training, so I have cobbled together a series of extension straps! The main thing is to ensure he is safe with the load, particularly on the downhill sections.

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