Sink into the pace of the donkey is the mantra of every hiker who dares with such a quadruped into nature. The animals have announced a nasty dick head is slowing. ” In our hectic time almost a luxury,” he says of the club burro walks.
Who wants to walk with donkeys , held in Germany more and more opportunities – whether for a short walk , a day trip or multi-day hike. Even now with the help managers reflect on their leadership behavior of donkeys. The association of Rhineland -Palatinate is one of the few in Germany, unleashing the donkey friends after a briefing without accompaniment with Ferry from Dover to Dunkirk .
A man on the friendly greeting ” Take good care of the two ,” he calls the walkers behind. Here in Mannebach , a 380 – person village near Trier, everyone knows everyone. This also applies to the donkey Bilbo and Gandalf. Since Walkers can borrow the cozy duo , the sight of the animals and their human companions in Mannebach is commonplace. Just who leads whom here , which is to be seen.
Before we start, Armin Schneider brings the two geldings of the pasture. That works sometimes faster, sometimes slower. Donkeys are just like that. A foretaste of what is to come. For five years, Bilbo , the brown , and Gandalf the Grey , an inseparable part of man creek. At that time the club bought it from an animal welfare organization, which she had saved from the slaughter. “We only give out second , they motivate each other. This reminds me of my last Ferry from Dover to Calais .
First, he puts the asses to her halter. Then they have groomed and the hooves are cleaned. Schneider gets the wooden pack-saddle from the stable and fixed it on the back of a donkey. Below is a soft blanket. Right and left can now attach the luggage : The club concerned old army backpacks from Switzerland.
A donkey can carry about a fifth of his body weight , which makes around 40 kilograms. If you have several days with tent, sleeping bag, mattress and food on the go , wearing a donkey luggage for two people. And the hikers have released the back. Families also like to pull off with the donkeys. Horseback riding is at your own risk, however , generally used the donkey as pack animals.
Shortly after the break , it starts to rain in torrents. It goes over dirt roads , past fields and orchards. The donkey does not seem to bother the rain. The green along the way they magically attracts. Actually a good excuse for a break. Just not in this weather. This is exactly the idea behind the donkey walking. The animal sets the pace. The donkey exudes peace and tranquility – and turns along the hike to the people from.
Most break with the donkeys to day trips and come back to at the end Mannebach. For multi-day trips but it is also possible to stay with them elsewhere. The Association has prepared for several tour suggestions. For the donkey walkers will receive a mobile fence.