We currently have 2 horses on our farm - our 15 yr old retired gelding and a friend's retired gelding that we board. Our boarder is relocating to NH in a couple months and we're thinking about finding some other type of companion buddy for our gelding. We had minis before, but weren't a fan. Any recommendations for a good buddy? Goat? Sheep?
We would like to find something that is easy to take care of and handle
Another vote for a mini donkey. Mine sees herself as the protector of my mare. She will even chase deer out of the pasture to protect the horse. She stays by her side all the time, and they are best friends. She is the easiest keeper I have ever had.
We have 2 nubian goats with our dry-lotted pony and they are a happy family (and the goats are more fun than puppies and less trouble). I do have to braid his tail though. We have 3 strands of braided very HOT wire and they won't leave the pony's side and have never escaped.
My friend has a mini donkey and the horse is so attached he has an anxiety attack when the donkey is seperated from him for farrier or vetting.
How are mini donkeys to handle? What type of care do they need - food, feet, worming, shots? Does your equine vet take care of the donkey too?
A mini Donkey will require the same care as a horse as far as worming, vaccinations, dental and farrier care. My equine vet handles all things donkey related too. All donkeys are individuals with their own personality however, generally, donkeys are very affectionate and enjoy attention. As with any animal they need to be trained. Halter break early. My donkey does better being driven from behind than being led but I've found him easy to handle. He is very loving and affectionate and enjoys pats and scritches and will frisk you for treats if you enter his enclosure. I've trained him to pull a cart and now my husband will drive him on trail rides with me while I ride my horse. http://pets.webshots.com/photo/28114...80191555slYqAL They don't require a lot of food...most don't need any extra feed beyond good quality hay or pasture and fresh water. I give mine a cup of feed am and pm just because the horses are getting fed and I just can't leave the little fella out.
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