Originally Posted by ButtInTheDirt
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.
I have an older ram in poor health that was shivering in the morning on cold mornings. We waited to see if he would need a blanket (it's not like we have any sheep blankets lying around! We would have to make one and it's a pain) and now that the temperature has dropped even further he has been fine. If he gets cold again he will get a blanket.
From the sounds of it with your guy I would also wait and see. How old is he? What is your weather like? I wouldn't worry about him so much during the day. The temp drops at night (obv) so he would be coldest in the morning unless the weather's bad. If he's warm then he should be fine.
I have heard donkey's do not do well with wet? Maybe someone else can verify that?