Donkeys are different from horses in several ways, so all of the techniques might not work, but I'm going to give it a try. Monty Robert's philosophy is pretty much the same as mine and from what I've seen, a lot of the things he does, I do naturally anyway. Now, mind you, I have never in my life "trained" an equine. Every horse I've ever had came to me already trained and I never gave it much thought. But, hey, until we bought this farm I'd never milked a goat, never halter broke a donkey, never grew a garden, never built a fence, never trained a livestock guardian dog, etc. etc. My list of "never dones" is pretty long, so why stop now?
Anyway, I've been searching for either livestock panels or portable dog kennel panels to make a round pen with. In his TV programs, Monty Roberts uses what looks like dog kennel panels. You can buy a 50 foot round pen from his website for about 4,500.00. Many ranchers around here use the livestock panels that you can hook together in whatever shape you need. I could get a cheap round pen new for 750.00. Looking on craigslist, I could buy up every dog kennel I could find for about 150.00-250.00 for a 10x10 pen.
But, I found this guy on craigslist that was selling all of his dog kennel panels - 15 6' panels and 6 10' panels for 400.00! That makes up a round pen that is just a little short of 50 feet.
Now I have to get serious. No more excuses for not training the donkeys. Ack!