Donkeys as companions and herd 'protectors'
So I don't think I ever shared this with HF but back in September I rescued a mini/Shetland cross from Camelot as a companion for my two horses. Long story short I put ALOT of money into him and he ended up being cut late (we assume) and loved to mount my mare. That wasnt going to work out because it just got worse so I found him a new loving him with a little boy. An I gave him away for free because a good home was way more important then getting the $1,000+ I spent on him back.
So anyway I've always wanted a donkey and if I had the money to get another Camelot rescue I would but that isn't going to happen. Lol. We have bobcats, coyotes, and even the occasional mountain lion spotted in surrounding areas. My pasture butts right up against the woods and yesterday I was watching two bobcats hangout in the rocks. Somedays ill come to the barn and the horses will be on edge and very 'watchey'. Especially in the woods area. My mare has one eye and even though she doesn't show it I get nervous about things chasing her.
Around here donkeys are very popular so all the good ones go quick or your stuck paying sometimes $1,000+ which I don't have. I did find two about an hour and a half from me for $650 each. There almost a year old. Both Jennys and spotted. They're mini donks and I was wondering your opinions on this situation? Would they be a good 'watch eye' so to speak? I didn't want something so young but there's literally nothing close to me unless I want to pay a fortune. The owner of the Jennys says they've seen mini horses before but at first may be scared of my guys cause they haven't seen full sized horses.
My gelding is also easily bullied which is why I was hesitant on getting another companion. The ShetlandX I had would bully the heck outta him. I got my gelding in a poor state so he needs all the hay he can get. I wouldn't think the Jenny would bully my guy being she's so young but, anything could happen!
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