The holding base in North Scotland has over the years taken in many donkeys. Many have had veterinary, farrier or behaviour issues which have provided the opportunity to put into practice our training and learn from watching the professionals at work.
From remedial farrier work, minor operations of sarcoid removal, castrations of stallions by the vets to assisting the equine dentist learning more about dental problems.
A number of the donkeys have behaviour issues ranging from not used to having a halter on to leading and picking up feet. These issues require patience and understanding to develop a mutual trust between donkey and handler.
However, a recent new relinquishment of three geldings (castrated donkeys) has presented a new challenge, as one - Dillon - has impaired sight.
To move a donkey with this condition from his familiar environment can cause stress. Therefore a veterinary examination with the local vet and discussion with The Donkey Sanctuary vets was undertaken.
Fortunately as the journey time between the current home and holding base was very short it was decided to proceed.
On the day of collecting the donkeys with the trailer deeply bedded and Dillon wearing his bumper helmet all three donkeys walked straight on to the trailer and after a short journey to the holding base walked off into their new barn as if they did it every day.
It was important to ensure their new accommodation had no hazards, and that water buckets and hay were kept in the same place so Dillon could find them easily.
All three donkeys have settled in well and with his two friends Rupert and Robbie, Dillon is doing really well.
What of their future? At this time they are being closely monitored, it is still early days but perhaps that extra special person and home will come along to love and care for these three special donkeys.