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    09-28-2013, 08:26 PM
You could build a hay storage room and then put the hay up on palettes.
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    09-28-2013, 08:32 PM

Palettes? what are those?
    09-28-2013, 08:49 PM
Originally Posted by MinuitMouse    
Okay! My cousin/s are vets, in large/farm animals! They will both have full check ups, before we put them in the paddock together. Do you think having a run in, connected to a room with two stalls and a tack/feed room would be a good idea?

(Sorry I have pretty random questions, once you get to know me you'll know that's just my personality)
Hi there! Just so you know a PPE is something you get Before you buy the horses. Not after you buy them. C: Wanted to clear that up for you! That's why it's called a Pre-Purchase exam. It's to make sure you don't buy a horse that is drugged or has issues.

Also, if you google the word wooden pallet you can find lots of pictures of them. They are basically wooden squares that companies use to transport goods. You can usually find them for free or for a small price at local produce and retail stores if you call them up and ask them if they have any. (they aren't actually sold in the store, they are used in warehouses and for shipping.)
    09-28-2013, 09:47 PM
Hi there,

By your questions & comments, I'm respectfully gathering you know very little about horses & sounds like you have a lot to learn before you're ready to look after one properly. Do you have some knowledgeable adults around that can help you out? Are your parents horse people? Is there a trainer/instructor close by that you can go to for lessons?

Especially as this is a 'first' experience, you really DO NOT want a young, uneducated baby, but find yourself a 'been there, done that' kind of a pony that you can ride. One that has reasonable ground manners, one that is good about having their feet & body handled, one that doesn't need to be taught everything you'll need it to know. Even if you don't start the horse yourself, you will still be training it every time you interact with it, and a teacher who doesn't know much is far more likely to share wrong lessons with her student... Best to start with an educated horse you can learn from than one that needs teaching.

If you're wanting just a pony & donkey, you won't need/want much of a pasture. Horses are built to eat low grade roughage. Ponies more so. Donkeys even more so, especially a mini donk - I think, have evolved to thrive on some kind of twigs! Rich pasture is even more problematic to them as it can be for ponies & horses. A rocky bush block would be more ideal for them. Soaking hay before feeding is a good idea as it will leach out a lot of the sugars. Feeding it in some kind of 'slow feeder' will prevent them gorging on it.

They will need some kind of nutritional supp to balance their diet. I only know of one product (Khonke's brand) that is designed specifically for donkeys.

I'm curious why you want a donkey specifically? Is it that you really like donkeys & have some experience with them? I love them, but they're quite different 'people' to horses. As for 'bonding' them, if the horse/pony hasn't seen a donkey before, prepare for some funny business! I've seen horses literally try to climb out of 7' yards to escape these terrifying aliens! Make sure there is a large, safe area, such as a large well fenced paddock, preferably that the horse already knows well(so not likely to run through fences), so the horse can stay at what she feels is a safe distance, then put the donkey in & allow the horse to take her time to get used to the donk without pressure.

You will also need to be prepared for worming, regular hoofcare(good farriers aren't half as common as... farriers & good farriers who know donkeys are rarer still), veterinary visits, yearly dentistry, etc.
    09-28-2013, 10:32 PM


Actually I've been riding for years XD for around six maybe (lol I know that's not very long, but it's almost half my life...well a few years less) and I'm not *too* new to horses. I guess I should've mentioned that yes I really like donkeys, and there are a few coyotes here and we saw some huge ones last night that confirmed my want for a standard donkey. I watched a video and kind if implied that I should soak the oats you think I will have to? Also, the same site said dandelions were highly toxic to horses and ponies, is that true? There are farriers very close to my area that have farriers that said they would gladly do each for $30 and I was wondering if that's a scam... I will have to see.
    09-29-2013, 01:22 AM
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You really need more experience in horse care, not riding, especially if your going to be bringing your horses home. Colic? Basic food knowledge? Farrier care? No offence, but its not there. Would you let a doctor do surgery on you when he read the directions over an internet forum? You owe it to your animals to know what your doing!
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    09-29-2013, 06:20 AM
Yeah, just riding is a very different 'experience' to actually owning & caring for the animals. I don't know what XD riding is.

No, I wouldn't imagine coyotes would stay away just because horses are around, but they won't bother something that size anyway - they're only dingo sized or smaller aren't they??

I don't know why you're talking about soaking oats, but it's not likely to be a good idea to give a pony or donkey a LOOK at grain, let alone feed it, soaked or otherwise.
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    09-29-2013, 09:05 PM
Okay, so dont feed oats? That would be good :) I've been told that they are a must, but I was hesitant about the donkey, and I thought it should only be fed for a treat.

Oh and when I said XD that's just a smiley face lol, not a type of riding that I randomly made up :)
    09-29-2013, 09:28 PM
Preventing Colic in Horses

I read up all this page on colic :) I plan on rereading it over the winter months, to get it stuck in my head. I will do all I can to prevent this, but I have a question. Since donkeys are not horses, do they have different causes of colic and different ways to prevent them?
    09-29-2013, 11:36 PM
"the most common that we see--those easily treated--are most likely due to diet and management," says White. "It's the way we feed them and the way they're kept in stalls... that contribute to colic."

Didn't read the whole article, just skimmed first page, but this caught my eye - IME colic is a very rare problem when horses are kept & fed naturally. High starch cereal grain is one thing that is not natural food & commonly causes problems. If grain is deemed necessary, oats are about the best choice, but whoever told you they're a 'must' esp for a pony & donkey is... perhaps very outdated or some such.

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