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HELP!! my husband wants a mini-donkey!!!

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  • HELP!! my husband wants a mini-donkey!!!

    Neither of us knows ANYTHING about donkeys. My DH knows someone through work that is giving one away. I have no open stalls, either. Can he live outside? What do they eat? What vet/farrier care do they need? Are the friendly? Escape artists? Please teach me so we can make an educated decision! Aagghhh!! I really don't want it, but my DH REALLY does!!
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    I see you got a keeper!
    (or did one of your horses contact Swami Rabbit and have her relate the need for a Mini Donk to you husband?)

    I am glad you didn't come here trying to get reasons not to get one.... we don't to that often, so we have no practice in that....
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    • #3
      I know nothing about mini donkeys either, except that you need one.

      hehehehe

      (that said, one came to the farm where I board for a little while, and while my horse LOVED her, a lot of the other horses were scared of her )
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      • #4
        Best thing you could ever do

        I got a standard donkey to babysit my retired horse. he is my husband's donkey and all of a sudden he's helping out at the barn and volunteering to feed, etc.

        My donkey is exceptional though...... :-)
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        • #5
          Uh, yeah - that's how we ended up with our first mini donk - DH wanted one and I got him one for his birthday.

          Mine live out 24/7 with run ins, with the horses. They get trimmed when I trim the horses, vaccinated when I vaccinate the horses, dewormed when I deworm the horses. Just smaller packages.

          They eat what the horses do, low starch feed, but just a teeny tiny handful. They are easy keepers. I am lucky that mine get just about free choice hay with the horses and stay ok weight wise, but some need muzzling/drylotting. My guys move a lot and keep themselves at a good weight.

          I have had 3 - one was naturally friendly, one a bastard and one just wary. All have come around. Food is a powerful motivator. The one that was a jerk is now a total doll.

          They can be escape artists. Depends on the animal, just like the horses. I have mine fenced with 3 strands of HOT electrobraid. No problems so far.

          They are really very cool little critters. Great for amusement, big personalities in little packages. You won't regret it. But you really should have 2. They are happier that way.

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          • #6
            I personally don't know that much about mini-donks, but the barn I boarded at years ago had one. He was given to the BO, too - so that must be fairly common.

            "Larry" was in love with one of the boarder's mares (was gelded) - and he'd go out all day with her, come into the barn at night and slept on some shavings in an improvised stall (end of the barn,blocked off door to the arena). He ate about a flake of hay, and a little handful of corn - and he stayed fat. Farrier trimmed him every now and again, vet vaccinated him. He loved carrots and scratches/brushing - but had been abused by kids in his previous life, so was pretty shy.

            I always thought he was adorable. A very unassuming 'pet.' I wish I could get one...but I have the opposite problem. I want one, DH says NO!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Personal Champ View Post
              They are really very cool little critters. Great for amusement, big personalities in little packages. You won't regret it. But you really should have 2. They are happier that way.
              Now we are TALKING!
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              • #8
                Just say no.
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                  Originally posted by Alagirl View Post


                  I see you got a keeper!
                  (or did one of your horses contact Swami Rabbit and have her relate the need for a Mini Donk to you husband?)

                  I am glad you didn't come here trying to get reasons not to get one.... we don't to that often, so we have no practice in that....
                  Crap!! I kind of was looking for reasons NOT to get one...I DID ask swami rabbit some questions form my TB mare, but Swami has not gotten to me yet. Perhaps she has channelled my mare and this is whwat happened.
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                    Originally posted by EqTrainer View Post
                    Just say no.
                    I sense that there is a story there.... or maye I ave been reading too many Swami posts and she is rubbing off on me??
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                    • #11
                      I fail to see the problem here.
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                        I have a mini mule. She stays on the same schedule for farrier and vet stuff as my horses. She's barefoot, but trimming her costs the same as the big guys, and sometimes I think it should cost extra but I won't say that to my farrier! He has to get on his knees pretty much to trim her and it looks very uncomfortable to me. She has a history of founder, so have to be careful about what she eats -- she's in a dry lot most of the time with limited grass in the summer, and no grain except the little bit she steals from my retired horse. Very easy keeper -- needs very little hay.

                        She is entertaining. Steals the pan from my moose-like horse and loves to run around getting everyone else worked up. Hates dogs (I've heard this about mules, not sure about donkeys). Great companion for the retired horse, and eventually will be a buddy for my IR horse since they have similar needs (no grass, grain, etc.).

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                        • #13
                          Be careful with the mini donks. There are horses that do not like them and even horses like mine who will try to kill them. Pal mare had a complicated horrible past. Humans loved her but other equines and animals were not her favorite. Not all horses like mini horses either so just be careful.
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                            Originally posted by amastrike View Post
                            I fail to see the problem here.
                            i just am not thrilled with possibly having another mouth to feed, and I am nervous about not knowing anything about them. I know what a disaster it would be to give someone a horse who had never ever been around one before. So are donks a little more user-friendly?
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                            • #15
                              Low starch diet....George gets corn with his grain. Low treats cause they can be pretty easy keepers.

                              Same shots, trimmings, dewormer as horses.

                              Only thing is...the cold. Donkeys do NOT do well in the cold....see thread "Jingles for George" to see why. Blanket often and heavy. ALWAYS have a shelter. and in the winter you have to watch them like a hawk.

                              Also they don't do flies very well either. fly masks are a must for them.

                              Oh! And they do hate dogs. George tried to eat the basset hound once!

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by leilatigress View Post
                                Be careful with the mini donks. There are horses that do not like them and even horses like mine who will try to kill them. Pal mare had a complicated horrible past. Humans loved her but other equines and animals were not her favorite. Not all horses like mini horses either so just be careful.
                                Thank you! This is exactly the kind of things I want to learn!
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                                • #17
                                  I have had my two for 10 years. They are wonderful, sweet, adorable, and easy to care for. Keep up with trims and don't feed lush hay or pasture. Mine live in the school pony herd and the horses are all very sweet to them. Your really should have two though. It is true that some horses are not good with donkeys but we have never had any issues.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by mpsbarnmanager View Post
                                    i just am not thrilled with possibly having another mouth to feed, and I am nervous about not knowing anything about them. I know what a disaster it would be to give someone a horse who had never ever been around one before. So are donks a little more user-friendly?
                                    I desperately want a mini donk, so I can't imagine NOT wanting one! WeeDonks are pretty low maintenance, especially in terms of feeding, so it's more like another half of a mouth to feed.
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                                    • #19
                                      I worked at a barn which had one years ago and also knew a breeder who had about 30 of them.

                                      They are adorable!

                                      3 caveats:
                                      1. Some of them are escape artists.
                                      2. Noisy!! If you are close to your neighbors they may not appreciate it.
                                      3. Most of them do not like dogs and will try to stomp them.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by mpsbarnmanager View Post
                                        i just am not thrilled with possibly having another mouth to feed, and I am nervous about not knowing anything about them. I know what a disaster it would be to give someone a horse who had never ever been around one before. So are donks a little more user-friendly?
                                        Very user friendly! And don't need a heck of a lot to eat. Hay, water and very, very little grain. Donkeys in general are designed for arid climates where grass is not lush and food is not in abundance. I had a standard donkey (10 hands) who did beautifully on 2 flakes of hay and less than 1 cup of grain per day. Any more than that and he ballooned. Yours will eat much less. Otherwise they go right on the same vet/farrier/dental schedules as the horses you already own.

                                        The American Donkey and Mule Society is a great organization to join and get information from. Ditto the Donkey Sanctuary in the UK, and I believe there is another sanctuary in the PNW.
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