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MinuitMouse 09-28-2013 06:48 PM

Mini donkey vs standard donkey (Jennets!)
I'm planning on getting a donkey jennet to go with my pony

1) should I get a mini or standard? I am leaning towards standard to scare canine away
2) filly or mare? Does it matter?
3)do they have any special health standards? Like how some hamsters are diabetic prone but others are not
4) how should I introduce them?

SlideStop 09-28-2013 07:01 PM

1) I'd get a standard if you have large predators.

2) personally I like male donks better. Much more compliant!

3) they get fat FAST. They will need a muzzle or a dry lot. Also, donkeys are NOT like horses personality wise. You cannot force a donkey and they remember EVERYTHING, good and bad. They have VERY independent minds!

4) that depends on their personalities. I'm pretty good at knowing which horses will get along going in together cold turkey. Some will need turn out in adjoining paddocks. Another think to think about is a mini donkey is that one kick in the right place can kill them.

Have you thought about what your going to do when you want to take one away from the other?
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MinuitMouse 09-28-2013 07:08 PM

I actually think ill be getting full grown mares... At least the pony will be :)

I have thought about that a little, but would I ever have to separate them? If they get along well, can they always stay together?

I think I would get the pony before the donk, so would it be okay to go to a donkey farm to see which donk personalities work best, then another time try introducing them at the donk farm, to make sure they got along well? Thanks


SlideStop 09-28-2013 07:35 PM

Standard donkeys still tend to be on the small side. If your horse is significantly larger you may still have the same problem.

Yeah they can always stay together... But what if you want to take one to a show? Or out for a trail ride? Are your animals going to have a melt down?

It's really not like introducing dogs, but you can try and match them up. No guarantees to work though. Personally I'd do turn out next to one another, then together durning the day and separate at night. See how it goes and if all is well keep them together over night. Your turn out needs to be big enough they can get away from eachother if one decides to get aggressive. A cornered horse is going to be an injured horse.
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MinuitMouse 09-28-2013 09:47 PM

Okay, if one turns aggressive we do this?

Night- donkey in field
Day- pony in field
Meal times- stalls?

I'm not really sure- ill need help with a schedule

littrella 09-28-2013 10:25 PM

I'm not trying to be mean or anything, but I think you need to do a lot more research before buying a donkey. They are not horses with big ears. Donkey's do not shed water like a horse will. They will get soaked to the skin & if your weather get's cold, you will have a sick donkey quickly. You need a shelter that they can get out of the weather. Their feeding requirements are much different than a horse. Their feet are very different. Not every farrier can properly trim a donkey. They do not train like a horse. They are very independent thinkers. Donkey play can be very agressive. My 34 inch mini donkey use to beat the crap out of the 14 hand pony I had. Please think long & hard & do a lot more research before you decide to get one

MinuitMouse 09-28-2013 11:08 PM

Okay, yeah. I know this sounds a bit greedy but can you guys help me a bit by telling me some basic care? And even some extra things I'll need to know

SlideStop 09-28-2013 11:18 PM


Originally Posted by MinuitMouse (Post 3750633)
Okay, yeah. I know this sounds a bit greedy but can you guys help me a bit by telling me some basic care? And even some extra things I'll need to know

You really, really need to find a local trainer or mentor.
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MinuitMouse 09-29-2013 10:26 AM

I will! :)

Dustbunny 09-29-2013 11:45 AM

So, you don't have the pony yet?
What is the reason for getting a pony? Driving...a pet? Have you ever had a horse of any kind?
Horse ownership has many rewards...and a trail a mile wide of potential problems for the novice owner. Hopefully you have friends and/or experienced horse people who can help. You need to learn about feed, shelter, vet and farrier care just for starters.
I would also not consider a donkey until you have had a horse for some time and gained experience.
And you will learn a lot by hanging around this forum. Lots of people with knowledge and horse-smarts . : )
Good luck to you.

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