There’s lots of donkey training going on ’round here these days.

Not to be outdone by Ellsworth, Bernard insisted on having his own session with Ryan on Saturday.

Ryan pointed out there are two reasons a donkey won’t do what he’s asked.

One: Because he doesn’t want to. Ellsworth generally falls into this category. Ellsworth is one to do things on his schedule; at his own pace.

Two: Because he doesn’t understand what you’re asking of him. Bernard generally falls into this category; he always wants to work and seeks to do what’s asked of him.  You know that Barnyard lives to be the center of attention.

Once he got it, Bernard was awesome. He switched directions at the drop of a hat and moved toward and out from us as requested. I think he would have lunged all day long if we had asked.

Ryan also pointed out that because we’ll be driving Bernard rather than riding him, our ground work with him will be even more important.

All the while, Big Red looked on.  As an awesome big brother… watching out for his best friend.

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