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post #1 of 16 Old 01-16-2013, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Question Get a donkey to wear a blanket?

Hi, My three year old miniature donkey will not let anyone put a blanket on her. I would like her to wear a blanket since she lives outside 24/7 and we live where it gets really cold in the winter. Do y'all have any tips on desensitizing her to the blanket and getting her to wear one?

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LOL, if she has managed to this age maybe she doesn't need a blanket? Where do you live, and more importantly, where are the pics?

Sorry I can't be any actual help, I got my first Donkey, who is happily living outside 24/7 in -30*C temps, with no issue, back in the fall. I haven't yet tried to make him do anything he doesn't want to, so I have no clue about Donkey training.
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LOL, if she has managed to this age maybe she doesn't need a blanket? Where do you live, and more importantly, where are the pics?

Sorry I can't be any actual help, I got my first Donkey, who is happily living outside 24/7 in -30*C temps, with no issue, back in the fall. I haven't yet tried to make him do anything he doesn't want to, so I have no clue about Donkey training.
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It's alright, thanks!
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Donkeys are fine in cold what they cannot take is constant wet. Their coats are different to horses and not waterproof.
Horses will ignore a shelter in the wet - a donkey will head for cover in the wet.
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Donkey training is more of a discussion, less of a demand. The donkey has to want to do it -- has to have motivation as to "why should I?" Loving/praise are the best I found, but treats can work.

Aside from that -- I don't see why your donkey would need a blanket. We too had one that lived outside with a shelter available 24/7 in Ontario. Winters are -30 celcius plus a wind. The donkey would just grow a phenomal coat and be fine. Also, from the pic, I would guess that your donkey is a tad, just a tad, overweight so that will help keep him warm.
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Thanks guys! (:

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Also, from the pic, I would guess that your donkey is a tad, just a tad, overweight so that will help keep him warm.
And yes, both her, and her mother are a quite overweight. I am trying to find a way to get them slimmer (:
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I have a soft spot for donkeys! :) How cold is cold? As long as their coats aren't caked they should be fine. Ours do well, even in the teens. They also have a shelter. If you would like to get them in blankets maybe start with getting them used to a large towel all over their bodies and resting on them. Then move to the blanket. Also, air out the blankets so they don't small scary!
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If you would like to get them in blankets maybe start with getting them used to a large towel all over their bodies and resting on them. Then move to the blanket. Also, air out the blankets so they don't small scary!
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Thank you! I will try that!(:
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I got my first Donkey, who is happily living outside 24/7 in -30*C temps, with no issue, back in the fall. I haven't yet tried to make him do anything he doesn't want to, so I have no clue about Donkey training.
Less of a thread hijack and more of a slight thread diversion - GH I didn't know you had acquired a Donk too. Your description of your relationship with him matches mine perfectly though I have managed to train Arthur to 'walk on' so long as it is the direction of a carrot...

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All I can say is, when I die if I come back as a donkey - please let it be really far south of Northern Ontario. I sure hope the cute little guy accepts his blankey! :)
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