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corinowalk 04-30-2010 12:29 AM

Our horses hate mini donkeys...anyone else have this problem?
 
I board at a small farm with 10 horses and unfortunatly they have 3 (4th on the way) mini donkeys. Though they are cute little buggers...our horses hate them. While all of our horses react in some way or another to them...most all of them are down right terrified. The least we get is a snorting and pulling back. The absolute worst is Scooter, our trail walker who will actually FALL DOWN when they approach. The donkeys are for sale so hopefully they will be gone soon, I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem. Anyone have a clue what to do about it (other than the obvious)

kiwigirl 04-30-2010 02:20 AM

The horses around have probably cottoned on to the fact that the 'mini' donkeys are infact little genetic mutants and so freak out accordingly. Cant say I blame them, I feel much the same way about breeding for birth defects. Although Down Syndrome kids are cute, maybe I should breed them!

writer23 04-30-2010 02:48 AM

Aw, mini donkeys are precious. We have a white one and my sister's Appendix played with her a lot, but last week he went to a different pasture where apparently he FLIPPED when he saw a herd of mini donkeys.

In the meantime my horse came 'home' for the first time and completely doesn't know what to make of our donkey 'Daisy'. He's 17.3 hh and went about chasing her for 10 minutes. It was a tenuous time:)

Hopefully the donkeys go and you won't have to deal with it much longer.

IslandWave 04-30-2010 03:06 AM

Well we have this one horse at our barn who was terrified of our two fillies. Even when they were over a year old he was still freaked out by them.
A couple horses also flipped out when they saw a white pony/mini.

I say it's because they look like horses but don't at the same time. Kiwigirl has it right. ;)

Mickey4793 05-01-2010 09:46 AM

My horse used to have a down right heart attack when he walked by the regular sized donkey at our barn. ESPECIALLY if he made that awful "EE-AWW" noise. The residential donkey passed however, sad to see him go but I think my horse probably did a little dance.

draftrider 05-01-2010 02:58 PM

Wow thats weird. My horses have shared pasture with donkeys with no problems whatsoever. Right now mine bunk with goats, sheep, llamas and a couple jersey steers, and they all get along.

corinowalk 05-01-2010 03:32 PM

We think that it has something to do with the way they smell. Scooter (the walker who falls down) can smell them a half a mile away. If you pet the donkeys and touch scooter...he will run away...hes a weird horse though! LOL

Rowzy 05-01-2010 03:41 PM

My mare is afraid of mini horses. She freaks out whenever she sees one, especially if its moving. I think they just dont know what to make of them...

smrobs 05-01-2010 04:48 PM

I don't understand it but it is a pretty common thing. Fortunately, all of mine are exposed to mini-burros since we have one in the field but we have had some horses and mules come and go that would either freak out or get on the attack.

writer23 05-01-2010 05:54 PM

Our horses have the same problem with lamas and ostriches. It's scary when they smell them and flee.


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