131024 hilldale 294The look on Jenny’s face says it all. The Hilldale Farm donkey has a special job on the East Texas performance horse operation: halter breaking weanlings. She puts up with plenty of anxious, rude, squirming and annoying foals, but she takes it in stride. After following her with my camera for an hour, I came to appreciate her skills. Sometimes she stood still while the weanling yanked back on the lead rope. Other times she walked where she wanted, and the youngster had to follow. It didn’t take long for this colt to learn to lead quietly. 

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