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post #11 of 17 Old 01-12-2013, 07:06 PM
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IMO, mini donks make great companions, but they are just not big enough to be protectors. My mini will kill bull snakes, chase cats & the chickens but dogs, nop. he'll raise a ruckus, but he couldn't take one on.

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post #12 of 17 Old 01-12-2013, 07:19 PM
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We have a mini donk protector. She is sweet and has a herd connection with my four horses. We got her to deal with the rattlesnakes. She has also dealt with dogs and coons. Since she joined the herd, my horses have been much calmer. She is always on the lookout with her eyes and EARS! We have coyotes and cougars, but I've never heard or seen them in the field since we got Dusty. We rescued her and she was really over weight. She is still, but much lighter now. I think 2 minis would be a good team.
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post #13 of 17 Old 01-12-2013, 07:24 PM
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Also, our horses took a while to accept her, chasing her a bit. Now she is best buddies with the lead mare April. dusty walks under her belly and April protects her from the other horses. They are really sweet to each other.
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-13-2013, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Soo low and behold a friend of mine knew a lady at her barn getting rid of a donkey. They say he's a mini but I'm thinking he may be bigger then a mini but smaller then a standard.

Anyway, I'm going to see him tomorrow but I'm so nervous. He was gelded when he was 1 1/2 years old and I believe he's 3/4 years old now.

I'm hoping he isn't very dominant because my one gelding is very low on the totem pole and lost alot of weight from being bullied by other horses. (This was before I got him)

*sigh* I stress too easily
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post #15 of 17 Old 01-13-2013, 10:17 PM
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There are 4 donkeys here and if you lived in Texas you could get as many as you want for free.
Even the lowest horse on the totem pole here bosses the donkeys.
No dogs cats coyotes or anything that might think itself a predator enter the pasture with the female donkeys.
They have killed a nieghbours dogs and numerous barn cats that we feed here. They like my male dog and tolerate him but not the female
My horses do not even look up or notice any coyotes and we have not had any attack our horses or cattle. I would not worry about coyotes. Shalom
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post #16 of 17 Old 01-14-2013, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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The reason why I wanted a donk was because some days ill be at the barn and the horses are totally freaked out. Rubbing around and snorting at the woods, etc. it happens atleast a handful of times a month.

And plus when I take one horse out the other stands at the fence line and paces and screams so they'll have a buddy too.
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post #17 of 17 Old 01-14-2013, 12:34 PM
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My husband wants to get a donkey or a mule. It would be nice, we've had bear, and bob cat come waltzing through our pastures. I know we have mountain lions, coons are a nusence, as are foxes and random dogs (my FIL's of course). Think they would protect against random people trespassing on our property too?? We have copper head snakes, and some rattlesnakes. I think they're great, and would help my herd stay at ease. I hope to get one in the near future.
Best of luck finding a new member for your herd!!

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