Long Reining

Whether you want advice and training on long reining one or two (or even three!) donkeys or just want to know where to get suitable harness, Trudy Affleck can help.

Want to do more with your donkey?

A well trained, confident donkey is a pleasure to take out and about long reining. 

The more you work with your donkey, being aware of how your donkey is responding, the greater your understanding will become of the steps you need to take to further their training.

Training your donkey to long rein:

The training that Trudy Affleck offers develops the confidence of both handler and donkey through a structured approach with clear steps for training tailored to the needs of your donkey.  Using this approach prepares your donkey to be able to cope with the many challenges faced when being long reined or eventually driven.

Training tips for long reining donkeys

  • It is extremely important to establish verbal commands with your donkey as this should be your main means of communication with them when you long rein them.
  • Get into the habit from the beginning of giving verbal commands to your donkey, starting by marking what the donkey is doing with your command.
  • Be consistent with the commands that you use. 
  • You want to aim to be able to do as little as possible in order to get the desired response when long reining, especially when asking your donkey to whoa.
  • Start with your donkey in a head collar and only when your donkey is responding consistently to the verbal commands of 'walk on', 'trot', 'come round' and 'whoa' should any form of bit be introduced.
  • Donkeys are particularly good at using their heads and neck for avoidance and many donkey owner will be familiar with trying to turn their donkey via the head only to have the donkey take it's body off in the opposite direction!  Pulling on a donkeys head will only result in resistance.
  • Aim to establish a partnership with your donkey so that you end up with a happy and contented animal that enjoys his relationship with people.