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Where To Buy A Donkey _BEST_

Thinking of getting a donkey as a guard animal, draft equine, or companion? We talked to an expert from the Donkey and Mule Society to find out what you need to know before adding a donkey to your rural land or farm.

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Animal farming popularity is regional and cyclical. For a decade something might be popular, then will fall out of popularity and favor for a number of years. Younger generations are once again interested in going green and living off-grid and off the land, but it is a small portion of the population. Some will add a donkey or mule or ox to their team, but most will not have the land space to warrant it.

Donkeys are best suited where coyotes might be a problem, but even then they cannot work miracles. If dogs, large cats or bears attack, the donkey most often ends up the victim as well.

Donkeys are equines, as are horses and mules. The owner must be aware of the needs of an equine: feed, pasture, fencing, shelter, vaccinations, hoof and tooth care, routine health checks, transportation, etc. A donkey or horse or pony needs a minimum of half an acre, more if state laws require it. There must be sufficient fencing to keep the animal on the property. Shelter should be provided from weather extremes (shade, or wind protection).

Washington had made several previous attempts to buy a donkey from Spain. The animals had an international reputation for being the best of their kind. His intention was to crossbreed a jack with his mares to produce a robust equine hybrid: the mule.

Washington immediately began making all the necessary preparations for the forthcoming mating season, but not only for his own mares. He announced the arrival of his Spanish stallion named Royal Gift in hopes that other plantation owners might wish to breed their own mules and donkeys.13 However, their complete lack of experience in how donkeys mate with mares produced disappointing results of that first mating season, although it did serve as a learning experience.14

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Since 2003, we have rehomed more than 300 donkeys who live happily in their forever- homes in different locations in Spain. Donkeys are very sociable creatures and make fantastic pets. By giving a pair of donkeys a loving, caring home we are sure you will be amply rewarded. Find out more about rehoming donkeys.

A minimum of 250sqm of grazing/land is required. The actual amount of land required will vary dependant on the type of terrain, soil, drainage and climate and so the Donkey Welfare Adviser will discuss this with you. A hard standing area - donkey's feet are really porous so they need to be able to get off the soggy ground when it's really wet. Strong stockproof fencing is also a must as donkeys are great escape artists! We also advise to get in touch with the local authorities to find out which licences are necessary in the area in order to build and which are the legal requirements to have equines.

Our donkeys are already bonded so don't need another equine friend and will also get upset if the horse goes out riding without them! Please house your horse or pony separately although they could say hi over the fence!

Donkeys are very sociable and would love you to spend as much time as you can with them! We recommend visiting the donkeys to check they are OK and have food and water twice a day generally make a fuss of them! We also recommend that you check them for injuries, pick out feet, groom, muck out each day. You may even be the talk of the village by taking them out for walks!

Come to our sanctuary for free training and information! Support and advice is always available from us too, we are here to help! And we will give you training on donkey care before delivering the donkeys to your home.

Time will be taken to match you and your donkeys, so you can have long and happy lives together. If you like a challenge and have some equine experience, we have many donkeys that may need a little extra care and attention, so do let us know what you have in mind.

We will contact you and ensure you have the required photos and videos to show where the donkeys will live and give you advice on anything else you may need. We provide training in donkey care for homes before you receive your donkeys and once accepted, we will find the donkeys most suited for you. By giving donkeys a loving, caring home we promise you will soon find out what lovely characters they are and superb company to have around!

Donkeys differ from horses in shape and are characterized by their large head, long ears and cow-like tail. They have an erect mane and lack the forelock (bangs) and prominent withers (the highest part of the back at the base of the neck) of a horse. The hair ranges from flat, to curly, to long and shaggy, and in texture from smooth to wiry. The hair coat is shed out much later in the summer than that of the horse and serves to protect the donkey from the weather and flies.

Donkeys' eyes are at the sides of their heads, giving them a wide field of vision. They have both monocular and binocular vision, which allows them to see two fields of vision at once (monocular) or to focus on the same thing with both eyes at the same time (binocular). There is a blind spot directly in front of the donkey and one directly behind.

Their hearing is acute and the ears can move independently to locate the source or general direction of sounds. A donkey's long ears have an excellent blood supply, which is a desert adaptation for cooling the body.

There is not much known about donkeys' sense of smell. However, it is generally agreed that it is somewhat well developed. Donkeys use their sense of smell to determine if something is life-threatening or friendly, to locate food, and to identify each other, as well as to identify humans.

They have a well-developed sense of touch. Consequently, touch is the donkey's most important sense for responding to cues of their handler. The most sensitive areas are around the eyes, ears and nose. Other sensitive areas to touch are the withers, ribs, flanks and legs.

Unlike many other miniature breeds (such as toy poodles), the miniature donkey is not a bred-down version of a larger donkey. Their small size is natural. Miniature donkeys are not more than 36 inches (91 centimeters) tall, measured from the highest point of the withers to the ground. Miniatures weigh 200 to 450 pounds (91 to 204 kilograms). For comparison, standard donkeys range from 36 to 48 inches (92 to 123 centimeters) tall and weigh 400 to 500 pounds (181 to 227 kilograms).

Miniature donkeys are native to the Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia and were first imported into the United States in 1929 by Robert Green. He bought six jennets and one jack. Of those, three jennets and the jack survived to produce the first miniature donkeys born in America. The current U.S. population is estimated to be from 10,000 to 20,000. Today, imports of miniature donkeys are difficult as they are reported to be near extinction in their native area. Miniature donkeys are very popular as companion animals and for show.

Donkeys are considered "easy keepers," meaning they utilize their feed very efficiently and can survive on good quality hay alone. Because of this, owners must be careful that they do not overfeed their donkeys. Fat donkeys will develop a "crest," or fat roll, on their necks that will be there for life once it develops.

Miniature donkeys require good quality hay and fresh, clean water. Their primary food is grass, but they also graze other shrubs and desert plants. If only poor quality hay is available, it should be supplemented with a commercial feed. Because donkeys are prone to weight gain, their feed should be closely monitored. At the Kids' Farm, donkeys receive mixed grass hay and herbivore feed twice daily.

The major attraction to miniature donkeys, for humans, is their docile personalities. They form close attachments to their owners and to other donkeys. Donkeys are herd animals and do not respond well to isolation. Because of their laid-back personalities, they make wonderful pets and companions for children, people with disabilities, and elderly people. 041b061a72


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