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post #1 of 3 Old 05-07-2012, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Donkey coat question

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Anyway, my father recently got a pregnant jenny that is very hairy. Her body hair is longer than normal and the hair in her ears is even quite long and drapes down several inches out of her ear. She has what looks like an actual mane, not the regular stiff standing up mane like donkeys usually have, but an actual lay down mane although it is quite short. Her hair is not curly, just long and is actually very soft for a donkey. She has been checked by a vet, actually she came from my vet as a rescue, and he can find nothing physically wrong with her. Do donks have different hair types? I tried to get a good picture but she is very skittish and ran whenever I pointed the camera at her.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-07-2012, 03:13 PM
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Yes, their coats can vary. We have two donkeys, and both are minature silicans. They're also both about the same age, and from the same breeder- but they have very different coats.

Pedro's coat is much like a horse's, very short and sleek in the summer and thick in the summer.

James though, has a coat that is much like the one that you described. This picture was taken the same day as the ones before, right in the middle of June- but his hair is quite a bit longer than Pedro's.

I don't know what breed your donkey is, but IME, Mammoths (the most common breed) tend to have sort of 'shaggy' hair no matter what, which could be what you're seeing. Theres also a possibility that she has cushings, for which you could have a vet check her for- or that she just isn't done shedding. A lot of the animals are shedding very strangely this year, due to the weather.

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I am not sure what her breeding is. The history of both by dads jenny's is that the sheriffs dept found them wandering the highway. They asked my vet to keep them until someone claimed them. Nobody ever claimed them and while at the vets ranch Brownie (the hairy one) was discovered to be pregnant by an unknown stud. Sandy (normal short rough hair) may also be pregnant, we are just waiting to see now. Both of them come about to my waist height wise (I am 5'6").

Brownie is more like your last picture of James, although she has even longer hair than that. I am curious to see if her baby will have long or normal hair.

My only experience thus far with donkeys is with my little guy eyore who has very short sand papery hair. He is either a very small standard or a cross with a mini.
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