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  1. Renee
    August 23, 2021 @ 12:02 pm

    HI Meredith,

    I have been following you for years. I am 62 and I have trained one donkey, one pony and one horse to pull a cart. My current donkey is 8 years old now, we have had him since he was 6 months. He wears the harness fine but refuses to go forward unless led. I am not sure how to motivate him to go forward. Touching with with the driving lines or a buggy whip doesn’t work, and I will not beat on him.


    • Meredith
      September 2, 2021 @ 3:16 pm

      In order for an equine to go freely forward in harness, he needs to have a sufficient amount of groundwork first so he is familiar with the task and so his body can be conditioned properly in good posture with core strength to perform the task easily. If you are patient and take the time to do this, your equine will always go forward easily and perform anything that you ask of him. I will gladly send you a lot of details about the management and training that goes into this approach via email. You can also go to my website at and look in the various sections under TRAINING to see video of the things I am talking about, particularly under TRAINING/TRAINING TIPS (#109 – #120), VIDEO ON DEMAND/TRAINING MULES & DONKEYS (Episodes #20 – #22) and under TRAINING/ANOTHER AUGIE & SPUDS ADVENTURE (scroll down to the beginning). It should always begin with a meticulous approach to leading training for balance and core strength (both on flat ground and through obstacles) in our Hourglass Pattern (see the attachment in the email.). If you are patient and take the time you need with all the smaller steps during training, he will learn to move out with verbal commands and encouragement.


    • Meredith
      September 2, 2021 @ 4:36 pm

      I tried to send you the management and training information twice, but it bounced back. Do you have another email where I can try sending it again?


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