My mini donkey tries to kick me
I live in a suburb of New York City on two acres. Spryte and Coco are my two mini donkeys that I "have been owned by" for 4 years. They are about 4.5 years old. Coco is laid back for the most part, welcomes a child on her back and gives me very little trouble. Spryte on the other hand has always been high energy and high maintenance. Spryte bullies Coco at feeding times (but Coco doesn't seem to mind too much). Beginning last spring, however, Spryte now tries to bully me. She pins her ears back and kicks up her back legs in my direction and dangerously close to me -- especially at feeding times. Before this time, she had NEVER attempted to kick me. I have to admit, I am fearful of her now. I have taken to bringing out their hay in a rubbermaid bin and keeping this bin between myself and Spryte. Lately, I have started to try to "own" the feeding area by keeping her away (with my trusty rubbermaid shield) from her hay until she calms down. This is similar to what I would do with my dogs, but I am afraid it may have an undesireable effect on a donkey. Any suggestions??
While I'm at it, I may as well mention another problem -- I have found it difficult to train them to be led by me together (too much for me to handle and they don't focus), but when I separate them for their lessons they are greatly distressed and still won't focus.
I am very distressed, myself, about this whole situation. It is difficult enough trying to keep neighbors happy with two loud (a.m. and p.m. feed times) and sometimes smelly (albeit rarely -- I am very careful with their poop) donkeys. I don't need the additional problem of being kicked at. I think I'm feeling a bit underappreciated!