I have had my standard donkey Homer for about 4 years. He is around 10 years old now.. We also have 3 horses. I have always worried about both him and the horses in cold rain but we do have shelter and they seldom used it unless I actually locked them in. Well this year in SC we are having unusual rainy and cold weather and what concerns me is that the horses are seeking the shelter so I know they are cold but Homer continues to stand outside the barn even when the horses go in. This is not a problem at night as I can lock him up but we are having many cold/rainy days and I am afraid he is going to get sick since I read they can easily get sick if chilled. I have considered that perhaps the horses wont allow him in the barn but that does not really make sense as they allow him to eat with them. Actually I was very surprised that my Alpha mare and #2 gelding let him eat with them after the first couple days he was at our place. Seems that he just ignored the "horse" rule and they accepted that. Also I have never seen him attempt to go in with them and be run out but of course I could have missed that.
Anyway I am just sick again today as it is going to be cold/rainy starting tonight and again tomorrow and I just don't know what to do. Of course I could lock them up but then I have to cart water to all the stalls and the water will not be heated as my heated buckets have to be close to the house in the paddock area ( no elect in the barn) Plus then they are stuck in the barn for such a long time.
What do you guys think? Are my horses keeping him out or does he just prefer to be soaking wet and cold.