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QH9904 01-16-2013 06:28 PM

Get a donkey to wear a blanket?
 
Hi, My three year old miniature donkey will not let anyone put a blanket on her. I would like her to wear a blanket since she lives outside 24/7 and we live where it gets really cold in the winter. Do y'all have any tips on desensitizing her to the blanket and getting her to wear one?

Thanks!

Golden Horse 01-16-2013 06:39 PM

LOL, if she has managed to this age maybe she doesn't need a blanket? Where do you live, and more importantly, where are the pics?

Sorry I can't be any actual help, I got my first Donkey, who is happily living outside 24/7 in -30*C temps, with no issue, back in the fall. I haven't yet tried to make him do anything he doesn't want to, so I have no clue about Donkey training.

QH9904 01-16-2013 06:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Golden Horse (Post 1847508)
LOL, if she has managed to this age maybe she doesn't need a blanket? Where do you live, and more importantly, where are the pics?

Sorry I can't be any actual help, I got my first Donkey, who is happily living outside 24/7 in -30*C temps, with no issue, back in the fall. I haven't yet tried to make him do anything he doesn't want to, so I have no clue about Donkey training.

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This is her(:
It's alright, thanks!

Foxhunter 01-16-2013 06:55 PM

Donkeys are fine in cold what they cannot take is constant wet. Their coats are different to horses and not waterproof.
Horses will ignore a shelter in the wet - a donkey will head for cover in the wet.

NorthernMama 01-16-2013 06:55 PM

Donkey training is more of a discussion, less of a demand. The donkey has to want to do it -- has to have motivation as to "why should I?" Loving/praise are the best I found, but treats can work.

Aside from that -- I don't see why your donkey would need a blanket. We too had one that lived outside with a shelter available 24/7 in Ontario. Winters are -30 celcius plus a wind. The donkey would just grow a phenomal coat and be fine. Also, from the pic, I would guess that your donkey is a tad, just a tad, overweight so that will help keep him warm.

QH9904 01-16-2013 07:18 PM

Thanks guys! (:

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Originally Posted by NorthernMama (Post 1847536)
Also, from the pic, I would guess that your donkey is a tad, just a tad, overweight so that will help keep him warm.

And yes, both her, and her mother are a quite overweight. I am trying to find a way to get them slimmer (:

SlideStop 01-16-2013 09:38 PM

I have a soft spot for donkeys! :) How cold is cold? As long as their coats aren't caked they should be fine. Ours do well, even in the teens. They also have a shelter. If you would like to get them in blankets maybe start with getting them used to a large towel all over their bodies and resting on them. Then move to the blanket. Also, air out the blankets so they don't small scary!
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QH9904 01-16-2013 10:22 PM

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Originally Posted by SlideStop (Post 1847780)
If you would like to get them in blankets maybe start with getting them used to a large towel all over their bodies and resting on them. Then move to the blanket. Also, air out the blankets so they don't small scary!
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Thank you! I will try that!(:

Shropshirerosie 01-16-2013 11:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Golden Horse (Post 1847508)
I got my first Donkey, who is happily living outside 24/7 in -30*C temps, with no issue, back in the fall. I haven't yet tried to make him do anything he doesn't want to, so I have no clue about Donkey training.

Less of a thread hijack and more of a slight thread diversion - GH I didn't know you had acquired a Donk too. Your description of your relationship with him matches mine perfectly :lol: though I have managed to train Arthur to 'walk on' so long as it is the direction of a carrot... :D

Missy May 01-16-2013 11:13 PM

All I can say is, when I die if I come back as a donkey - please let it be really far south of Northern Ontario. I sure hope the cute little guy accepts his blankey! :)


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