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horseluver250 01-09-2010 09:02 AM

Anyone have Donkeys?
Does anyone here have mini donkeys for companion animals? Can you tell me a little bit about them, how their care differs from horses,etc?

jimmy 01-09-2010 09:50 AM

i used to keep donky,s a long time back,ther wer,ent treated any differant to the horses,but they feel the cold and rain a lot more

CheyAut 01-09-2010 11:04 AM

We used to have two. They were very noisy lol!

smrobs 01-09-2010 12:41 PM

I have one mini. He is a very easy keeper so he stays fat. Sweet as he can be but is a little Houdini. We can't seem to keep him in anywhere, though he knows to stay on the property and away from the roads. I haven't noticed him being any more sensative to cold or wet than my horses. Certainly a stubborn little s**t though ;p.

ridergirl23 01-09-2010 12:47 PM

they are very playful!!! haha or that was just Fang........ but they are really fun! ive never owned one but every one i have met has bee really playful and funloving.

smrobs 01-09-2010 01:09 PM

Haha, I don't know about playful. Olen never offered to play with me although he did with all the big horses :D. He did give me my first experience with being bucked off though, I was 3 years old and so was he LOL. Fortunately, he is only about 34 inches tall so it wasn't a very far fall.

Brighteyes 01-09-2010 11:46 PM

Awww... Sounds cute. :D I love mini's!

They aren't too different from horses, really. Watch carefully for whiteline disease and VERY carefully for laminitis. Only feed grain when it's really cold out; donks put on fat very easily and may founder. Speaking of cold, some, though not all, get cold easily. May need a blanket if it gets too bad. Also, they're smart little devils; a hundred times smart then a horse. They'll unlock gates, steal food, find their way out of fences, etc. Be careful. :D

Thatgirlsacowboy 01-10-2010 01:41 AM

We had a BLM burro. Sweeted thing ever. She got fat incredibly quick. NO alfalfa!!

CheyAut 01-10-2010 05:11 AM

Ah, yes, my pair were also houdinis, and very playful :)

HorseOfCourse 01-10-2010 07:55 PM

I have a full sized one..and his daughter who is a mule. They do everything just the same as the horses and arent any fatter than the horses. We dont blanket them, and they eat as much hay as they want. Weve never had any problems with him except he does what HE wants.
Thats Eeyore

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