The Donkey as a First Mount. Donkeys make wonderful first mounts for children when trained, as they are less likely to take fright than a pony and walk more slowly giving confidence to the child. When frightened they will freeze which has been taken for stubbornness. They are not stubborn at all and just need to be treated kindly. Once they have your trust they are most willing and just want to please you. Courtesy: The Donkey & Mule Society of New Zealand (Inc.). Winton (New Zealand).