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  • There is freezing rain outside but donkey won't go under shed
  • Donkey won't go in the barn

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    10-30-2013, 06:52 PM
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Foal
I put a sheet on mine because we have very cold wet winters here and he had a nice shelter but he was just more comfortable with the sheet. He didn't like coming in all the time, especially because he was out with goats who didn't care about the weather and were outside all the time. He didn't want to be alone in the shed, but couldn't keep warm in the rain and snow.
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    11-05-2013, 02:33 PM
  #12
Yearling
We have been told to not blanket ours unless the weather is extremely bad or if they are being trailered. Being groomed and having their coats "fluffed" from regular grooming is what seems to be most important.
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    12-03-2013, 07:17 PM
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Ale
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Please don't call someone's question dumb just because you haven't heard of someone doing it before, Yogiwick.

Sometimes when its freezing cold outside and the animals behind my house don't have access to the barn, I wonder why their owner (our landlord *eyeroll) doesn't blanket them if the barn doors are closed. They deserve warmth one way or another. I assume donkeys are hardier then horses, but still, I hate seeing them shivering and huddled together outside in the frozen winter nights. Makes me want to go out and snuggle them.
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    12-03-2013, 08:05 PM
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I believe Yogiwick was saying that her question about whether or not donkey rugs were special made was probably a dumb question (it isn't), not that the original question was dumb ;)

My old BO never blanketed her donkeys, but sometimes I wonder if she should have- or given them a light rain sheet. They were low in rank in the herd so they were never given access to the sheds, and just stood there under a small tree or huddled together with their legs way under them and ears flat down (made them look like lopeared rabbits) and looked miserable.

IMO your donkeys will let you know. If they look like miserable lop-eared bunnies, chances are you need to rug or stable them when its super wet or cold. Otherwise just let them be :)
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    12-04-2013, 02:29 AM
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Meredith Hodges blankets hers and she is considered a leading mule/donkey trainer/breeder. Also donkeys absorb water in their coats more then horses, so if its cool and rainy I would stall them.
     
    12-09-2013, 08:13 AM
  #16
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An update on my Donkey rug situation

Arthur didn't need rugging last year, but this year his big horse 'friends' have taken to tearing chunks of fur off of his back, which had left him with quite big bald patches on either side of his spine.

It has been down to -38C before windchill this last week and I have been increasingly worried about the bare skin getting frostbite

So I pulled out my son's old pony rugs yesterday and put a medium weight, no neck rug on Arthur. It fitted!! And he didn't flinch or bat an ear

So now he is rugged, and have entered that perpetual worry cycle of 'is he too hot, what's the weather doing, do I need to change rugs...?'



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    12-09-2013, 06:44 PM
  #17
Green Broke
I have very little experience with donkeys (and the experience I do have was in California, so there were no blankies involved), but I just had to say how cute Arthur is. Awwww
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    12-10-2013, 12:49 AM
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Foal
I have taking to just shutting the barn doors when it is really cold outside. Gwen (mom) is still not very friendly toward anybody and I don't want her to take Charlotte (baby) out in the field and not come back in. So I keep them both in the corral for now... I can't wait for spring to be here!!
     
    12-13-2013, 01:43 PM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Ale    
Please don't call someone's question dumb just because you haven't heard of someone doing it before, Yogiwick.

Sometimes when its freezing cold outside and the animals behind my house don't have access to the barn, I wonder why their owner (our landlord *eyeroll) doesn't blanket them if the barn doors are closed. They deserve warmth one way or another. I assume donkeys are hardier then horses, but still, I hate seeing them shivering and huddled together outside in the frozen winter nights. Makes me want to go out and snuggle them.
Exactly what Endiku said. Don't be so eager to jump on someone. Most people don't go out of their way to be rude. If you actually read what I wrote and the responses I think you would figure it out.
     
    12-13-2013, 01:46 PM
  #20
Green Broke
Stropshire, he is so cute!
     

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