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post #1 of 22 Old 04-29-2010, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Our horses hate mini donkeys...anyone else have this problem?

I board at a small farm with 10 horses and unfortunatly they have 3 (4th on the way) mini donkeys. Though they are cute little buggers...our horses hate them. While all of our horses react in some way or another to them...most all of them are down right terrified. The least we get is a snorting and pulling back. The absolute worst is Scooter, our trail walker who will actually FALL DOWN when they approach. The donkeys are for sale so hopefully they will be gone soon, I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem. Anyone have a clue what to do about it (other than the obvious)
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post #2 of 22 Old 04-30-2010, 01:20 AM
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The horses around have probably cottoned on to the fact that the 'mini' donkeys are infact little genetic mutants and so freak out accordingly. Can't say I blame them, I feel much the same way about breeding for birth defects. Although Down Syndrome kids are cute, maybe I should breed them!
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post #3 of 22 Old 04-30-2010, 01:48 AM
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Aw, mini donkeys are precious. We have a white one and my sister's Appendix played with her a lot, but last week he went to a different pasture where apparently he FLIPPED when he saw a herd of mini donkeys.

In the meantime my horse came 'home' for the first time and completely doesn't know what to make of our donkey 'Daisy'. He's 17.3 hh and went about chasing her for 10 minutes. It was a tenuous time:)

Hopefully the donkeys go and you won't have to deal with it much longer.
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post #4 of 22 Old 04-30-2010, 02:06 AM
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Well we have this one horse at our barn who was terrified of our two fillies. Even when they were over a year old he was still freaked out by them.
A couple horses also flipped out when they saw a white pony/mini.

I say it's because they look like horses but don't at the same time. Kiwigirl has it right. ;)

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post #5 of 22 Old 05-01-2010, 08:46 AM
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My horse used to have a down right heart attack when he walked by the regular sized donkey at our barn. ESPECIALLY if he made that awful "EE-AWW" noise. The residential donkey passed however, sad to see him go but I think my horse probably did a little dance.
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post #6 of 22 Old 05-01-2010, 01:58 PM
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Wow that's weird. My horses have shared pasture with donkeys with no problems whatsoever. Right now mine bunk with goats, sheep, llamas and a couple jersey steers, and they all get along.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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We think that it has something to do with the way they smell. Scooter (the walker who falls down) can smell them a half a mile away. If you pet the donkeys and touch scooter...he will run away...hes a weird horse though! LOL
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post #8 of 22 Old 05-01-2010, 02:41 PM
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My mare is afraid of mini horses. She freaks out whenever she sees one, especially if its moving. I think they just don't know what to make of them...
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post #9 of 22 Old 05-01-2010, 03:48 PM
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I don't understand it but it is a pretty common thing. Fortunately, all of mine are exposed to mini-burros since we have one in the field but we have had some horses and mules come and go that would either freak out or get on the attack.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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post #10 of 22 Old 05-01-2010, 04:54 PM
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Our horses have the same problem with lamas and ostriches. It's scary when they smell them and flee.
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