Donkeys as companions and herd 'protectors'

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    01-12-2013, 02:46 PM
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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!

Thoughts, opinions?
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    01-12-2013, 02:57 PM
Truthfully, I'm not a fan of mini donks as herd protectors. Sure, they have the protective instincts, but they are still very small when compared to most 4 legged predators. You also don't need to restrict your look to just donkeys. Mules do the job well too and they can sometimes be easier to find than donkeys.
    01-12-2013, 02:59 PM
Green Broke
I've looked for mules too. They're near impossible to find here in NY!
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    01-12-2013, 03:06 PM
Yeah, unfortunately, you may end up having to look out of state. Mules (and therefore donkeys) are much more plentiful in the Kentucky/Tennessee areas...but then you're looking at shipping costs too.

    01-12-2013, 04:24 PM
Green Broke
Donkies will guard thier herd, however they may or may not have the same idea of herd as you do. Putting them in a pasture with horses doesnt automatically make them care about the horses. A friend pulled that in texas, bought two donkies, they stand nonchalantly and watch coyotes kill dogs, chickens, etc. They only chase them when they approach one or the other donky,. Probably better off with a dog. Seem to be plenty of them for sale in VA and NC for much less then the prices you are seeing.
    01-12-2013, 04:26 PM
Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
I've looked for mules too. They're near impossible to find here in NY!
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I don't know whereabouts you are in NY, but if you can make a trip to PA, New Holland auction has a lot of mules.
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    01-12-2013, 04:37 PM
Llamas work well, too.
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    01-12-2013, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
I don't know whereabouts you are in NY, but if you can make a trip to PA, New Holland auction has a lot of mules.

I did rescue my last mini from Camelot but after all the money I put into him and the quarentine I don't have time/money to quarentine and pay for teeth, shots, etc. the ones I'm looking at have everything done already :)

I love rescuing but after the mini I'm in a bit of a pit. Not to mention my latest horse turned into a bit of a rescue as well!
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    01-12-2013, 05:28 PM
Too bad you aren't closer CB, I got a call yesterday from someone without enough hay that wanted to give me 2 full sized donks. I have enough critters to feed or I would love to have them to look cute in my pasture lol.
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    01-12-2013, 07:24 PM
There are Several donkeys at rescues in NY - I've been looking for a donkey in MA, but they're all in NY!!

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