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post #1 of 18 Old 12-16-2016, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question New donkey

I got a mini donkey not that long ago and he is loose in the fields and eating all the grass he wants. He isn't getting fat but I was wondering if we should create a pen for him that doesn't have any grass in it so he doesnt over eat?
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post #2 of 18 Old 12-16-2016, 09:54 PM
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Yes. Depending on your location (If you have winters where the grass dies) you'll probably be ok until spring but once that spring grass starts growing you'll want to really limit his intake. I have mini horses not donkeys, but I prefer to keep them in a dry lot and feed hay year round so as not to even take the chance of them foundering.
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post #3 of 18 Old 12-16-2016, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the advice
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Absolutely agree with JC. Donkeys are even more prone to IR, obesity & related issues like laminitis & founder. Did you get him as company for your horse or such? If so, you might get by letting him loose on pasture with them when it's not too rich, by putting a grazing muzzle on him for most of the day. That will slow down his intake greatly, without cooping him up & restricting his exercise.
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post #6 of 18 Old 12-19-2016, 10:35 AM
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Absolutely restrict his grazing once the lush spring grass comes up. Donkeys are the easiest of easy keepers, they are built by evolution to wring every bit of nutrition out of any food they eat, because they come from areas of the world that are mostly desert with little in the way of grazing.

The problem is that means they can get VERY fat, VERY quickly, and this can cause many health problems for them. I agree on getting him a grazing muzzle for springtime, but having a dry lot to turn him out on is also a good idea to keep him healthy in the long run.
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Aaawe, I want to pet him! LOL
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What a beautiful fella! Keep us updated on him
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post #10 of 18 Old 01-04-2017, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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