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post #1 of 3 Old 03-19-2014, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Buying a Mini Donkey Any Experience Please Help

I am looking to sell one of my horses...I have profile listed if anyone is interested...however that leaves my wild mustang without a companion. We live on a busy highway and lets just say regardless the type of fence or stall we put him in, he just thinks of barriers as a challenge to overcome. I am concerned about leaving him alone because he gets so attached to his herd. He even thinks the next door neighbors mares are his and frequently visits if you know what I mean. He can jump very high, tries climbing over what he can't jump and has taken off the hinge of many doors. He breaks fences, throws tantrums that bend steel bars...need I go on?

I need to sell my other horse though because he is too big for me and I cannot stay consistent with his training due to my health issues. I am considering getting a mini donkey. Some of my family are very interested in the idea but I don't want their interest to sway my decision.

How are donkey's different then horses as far as needs? behavior? Anything else I should know?

I had concerns about her being safe around our dogs. We have a couple of dogs that may chase her. A couple of times they have tried to go after the mustang. He is aggressive towards dogs but he might not be able to always protect her. I read somewhere that the mini donkey can't stand alone against dogs like a regular size donkey.

Fencing? Special needs for this?

What do you normally feed them in a day? Do they need to be separated from the horses to eat?

What can you tell me about training them? She is just turning a year old. When I went to look at her the people admitted she had been handled quite a bit, but not been on a halter or lead much because of the weather. She comes from a petting farm.

If I do decide to get her is there anything specific I should ask the owners first? Thank you for your help.
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-24-2014, 12:04 AM
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Hey YG, here's a few quick points:

1) Donkeys really don't like dogs, especially dogs that are aggressive towards them, so you'll have to keep your dogs out of the donkey's paddock.

2) Donkeys are desert animals and very prone to getting overweight. They need far less feed than horses (but still need short feeding intervals to prevent colic). Once they get fat it is really difficult to reverse this. We have some donkeys that we got overweight nearly two years ago, and they are still slimming down - we use grazing muzzles whenever they free range on pasture - see donkey slimming thread in this part of the forum. A google search on "donkey feeding" will give you good information.

3) Fencing is the same as for horses. For small donkeys, maybe put a polybraid hot wire at a low level to stop them ducking under fences.

4) Train them similarly to a horse, but give them more time to think about things, especially if they are nervous about something. Trust is very important.

5) Hoof care is important - regular trims, and preventing seedy toe in wetter climates.

Horses and donkeys can get on great but introduce them with care like any new equine - start with adjoining yards/paddocks. Small donkeys can be bullied by horses at feed time. Separate supplementary feeding is always a good idea.

There are a few great websites attached to donkey sanctuaries in the UK and US with very helpful information on feeding, general care and training. Your google search should unearth these quickly.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-24-2014, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your help. With the information you provided, plus what I was able to gather from the donkey sanctuary site I believe I am going to pass on getting a donkey. I will just continue to look for a smaller pony/horse as a companion for my mustang and hopefully find something suitable and affordable for my nephews to ride.
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