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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?
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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

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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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How very donkey-y of him LOL. That is the way that they generally are... mules too. You have to give them a good reasonable purpose for doing what you want them to do, you can't just tell them like you can a horse.
 

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hah u guys are all SO right. my friend had one before i moved and WOW he was cute as a BUTTon but sure enough what a stuborn little guy!!!!!!!!

i'd say the best way to treat them is like a mini horse. wat i mean is everything they need is smaller
smaller house
smaller yard (not THAT SMALL!! LOL)
smaller food (LESS food)

BUT MOST IMPROTANTLY OF ALL

JUST AS MUCH LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I board with two male donkeys, the sweetest guys you'll ever meet!! Definitely very good at keeping weight, as they are quite fat. These guys were rescued and are only noisey when hungry or upset lol I don't think the upkeep is much different
 

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I board with two male donkeys, the sweetest guys you'll ever meet!! Definitely very good at keeping weight, as they are quite fat. These guys were rescued and are only noisey when hungry or upset lol I don't think the upkeep is much different
shhhhhhhhhh they might reead that just say BIG BONNED:twisted:

lol! j/k but its not that nice to call them fat sbutterboth
 

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I have a donkey. I dont treat her much differently other than less food. They have less oils in their skins so they take MUCH longer to dry so I blanket her in the winter. (the previous owner said she got pneumonia)tshe loves attention, but only wants to do something if she thinks its her own idea. Also if she thinks shes not getting enough hay she can be quite annoying and "calls" her brey is hilarious!:lol:

Shes a cutie and really easy going.
 

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nirvana I have a donkey. I dont treat her much differently other than less food. They have less oils in their skins so they take MUCH longer to dry so I blanket her in the winter. (the previous owner said she got pneumonia)tshe loves attention, but only wants to do something if she thinks its her own idea. Also if she thinks shes not getting enough hay she can be quite annoying and "calls" her brey is hilarious!

Shes a cutie and really easy going.

wow she sounds like a handful! lol j/k. im glad u take such good care of ur donkey. just like i said even if they're smaller they need JUST as much LOVE!!!! and ur doin the perfect thing. ur donkey should be proud he has such a good owner to take care of his coat and to give him a blanket! what a lucky dude!!!! i wonder how jealous ur boyfriend must be (LOL J/K TMI!! srsly)

 

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In Spring I'm training two mini donk's to lead, tie, cross tie, and pick up hooves. They are very curious, loving and basically a little horse. Both are yearlings and they're FAT little ******s! Although I bet they're stubborn, too. Teehee:)
 

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When I bought her she came with 3 blankets! (winter,rain, and one that can go under the other 2) Her prevous owner loved her to bits, and treated her very well. The only reason she was selling her was because she couldnt affored her anymore.
 

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I was searching the web for info on donkeys and came across this rather large breeding farm that had some care info on their page. They were saying mini donks need 2-4 pounds of grain twice a day... I just about had a heart attack:shock: I think I'd founder the donkey within 3 days if I gave it that much grain, my thoroughbred doesn't even eat that much!! With the amount of pasture we have I don't think our donkey will be getting much grain, if any at all haha
I guess I can't go by what I read from some places haha. And thanks for the info everyone. I think we have picked out a donkey, hes an adorable grey and white spotted yearling jack. I'll post some pics if we actually end up getting him.
 
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