• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

mini donkey

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • mini donkey

    This may belong in another area but I will start it here....

    I am in need of a pasture pet to keep my lovely draft horse company. This draft is a saint and has been a perfect babysitter for my weanlings, yearlings or any of my horses that were in between jobs. In the near future his babysitting services will no longer be needed and I want to give him some Company. I do NOT want another horse and DO want something low maintenance as well as cute, easy to handle and all around fun to look at. I am considering a mini donkey and would love to hear any comments from people who are familiar with the "breed". Any and all info would be greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    Never ever would I keep a mini donk with a draft horse. one little mistake, no matter how gentle he is, could kill them, and (no offense to the nice ones), most mini donks, like mini horses, are spoilt lil asses. Because they are smaller, a lot of people don't take the time to make sure they know the basices (leading, tying, not being an annoying little ass, farrier, etc). 2 other downsides, some donks really, really hate horses.. and some horses hate donkeys.

    If you want something that is low maitenance, I'm sure there is a rescue that needs a home for an air-fern pony that can't be ridden but is adorable.. or a mule that is closer to horse size.. (and some are really cute). I would definetely make sure one i get is used to horses though.

    Comment


    • #3
      Well, I will have to disagree with DandyMatiz, since I have a mini mule out with my approaching-draft-size warmblood (1,500 lbs when he last got weighed at the vet clinic -- the mini mule is guesstimated at 500 lbs). They get along great. They were introduced the day I brought both of them home from separate places, and I kept them separated but next to one another at first. Then after they were used to each other, let them in together in a safe area (not too small, and no where anyone could be cornered) while under observation -- just as I would if they were two horses being turned out together for the first time.

      I have no worry about him (big horse) hurting her (mini mule). She is too quick and smart. He chases her sometimes and she kicks and squeals and that is about the extent of it. She steals food from him -- even pulls his feed pan away while he is still eating it. If he gets really irritated, you might see the ears back and lunge, but that is it.

      I do have to be careful of founder as the minis are prone to that. So sometimes the horse can go on the grass while the mini mule stays in the dry paddock. But as long as they can see each other, they are fine. She doesn't eat much (mostly what she steals from him!), but does require similar maintenance as far as shots, wormer (you use less since it is weight-based), and farrier. She does a lot less damage to the pasture than a full sized horse or even pony would, which is a good thing here in the wet PNW.

      Here's a picture of the two together:
      http://pets.webshots.com/photo/26511...01316046AjvtzW

      And here's one telling shot - who is kicking at whom?
      http://pets.webshots.com/photo/27763...01316046UuJcek
      (excuse the mess and crappy fencing - we were still putting up the good stuff then)

      Comment


      • #4
        It may not be the same since I'm unfamiliar with mini-donkey's but I just recently acquired a mini to keep my 17H gelding company. They get along quite nicely and even when my big one wants to play, my little guy has the ability to run into a stall with a stall guard (he goes under). Although, he usually stands his ground with my big guy. Here's a pic of the two of them together.

        http://picasaweb.google.com/10812919...40853184969490

        Mine are mostly separated but during the day, I will let the little guy out so the two can share the paddock. My big gelding gets extremely upset when I take the mini off the property. Good Luck! I just wanted to share my story.
        "The Horse: Friendship without envy, beauty without vanity, nobility without conceit, a willing partner, yet no slave."

        Comment

        Working...
        X