We’re very late in formally introducing our newest team member — Jake. Jake is a standard donkey who arrived at the farm in January. It took some time for Leroy Brown to accept another donkey into his herd. Now the two are inseparable.
For many clients, our donkey’s offer a safe and calm presence, particularly for those working through their anxiety. Jake loves a good hug and is eager to visit. He has particularly large ears, making him a good listener. He is sensitive to the feelings of others and intuitively knows when his presence is just what the doctor ordered.
Both horses and donkeys are very social and enjoy interacting with human partners. But there are differences in their temperament and how they respond to threats in their environment. Horses like to live amongst a larger group or herd. Donkeys are more independent and tend to pair off with a good friend and stick with them.
While horses often run when they perceive danger, donkeys are harder to startle or often freeze in response to threat. They will also challenge a threat. When they are not offering a generous dose of love to our clients, our donkeys help keep our herd safe from predators like coyotes.
About the Author: Jennifer Garland is the Owner/Program Director of The Mane Intent, offering Health and Wellness Workshops and Individual and Team Effectiveness Coaching. Jennifer’s intent is to bring horses, donkeys and humans together to explore new possibilities, getting you out of your comfort zone and giving clarity of voice to your leader within.
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