While this debate is going, I am also curious on whether or not my donkey should wear a blanket. He is a mini, for those who don't know. He is very good about staying out of inclement weather, so if it is excessively snowing/raining he will go to the shed. But during the day he generally comes in. His two pals, a 25 year old mare and a 10 month old filly, don't bully him out of the shed at all. They will stand outside in the snow or rain and eat, and Franklin will stay in the barn. I've noticed these past few days, as I've been home during the day, that he has been shivering a bit. I've seen horses shiver bad, and this isn't it. Just a little bit, and he still walks around, eats, etc. Does he need a blanket? He has plenty of fat padding, and his full coat is in. I just don't want to do any harm to him by blanketing him, i.e. compromise his coat for if the temps drop and it is a few hours before I reblanket him. Any thoughts? I don't have a blanket but can easily get/borrow one.