Registered Miniature Donkeys
When we tell someone we raise miniature donkeys,
the most frequently asked questions we get is….
What do you do with them?
Miniature donkeys have MANY uses… They are perhaps best known for their ability of making WONDERFUL PETS. Because of their small size and gentle disposition, most are safe around children, the elderly, and handicapped people. Miniature donkeys are the perfect solution to anyone who loves equines, but are intimidated by larger sized animals.... or don’t have the place, health or means to have a larger animal. They are very economical and easy keepers. Miniature donkeys have such loveable personalities that they make great pets for people of all ages. As pets, they should always be either jennies or gelded jacks.
COMPANION ANIMALS - Since miniature donkeys have such mellow personalities... jennies or gelded jacks often make good companion animals for horses or other livestock. They can even keep a more wild or nervous animal calmed down. Donkeys usually become very attached to their herd mates... so it's best if they always have donkeys or other animals to be with.
GUARD ANIMALS - While most donkeys have a natural dislike of canines, and many are used as guard animals for sheep and other livestock, it is NOT recommended that MINIATURE donkeys be used for guard animals. They simply are not big enough to be able to defend themselves or others against coyotes and other predator animals, especially those that tend to hunt in packs. As a rule, the bigger the size of the donkey, the more intimidating to the predator, so the better chance they have to scare off predators versus being attacked by them.
DRIVING - Easily trained to pull a cart, miniature donkeys are great for driving. They are very strong for their size, and have excellent endurance. They can be driven in parades, shows and for fun.
RIDING - Miniature donkeys are able to be ridden by small children… depending on the donkey’s individual size (32+ inches tall is best for riding). Many larger miniature donkeys can carry up to 75 pounds - less weight for longer rides, more weight can be okay for short amounts of time. Micro-mini donkeys should not be used for riding.
TRICKS – Miniature donkeys are very smart and can also be trained to do fun things like tricks… limited only by your ideas and the capabilities of the individual donkey. Of course, some donkeys are more adept at doing certain things, like sitting or laying down on command, while others naturally enjoy doing things like jumping, picking up objects with their mouth, or carrying things in their teeth. And some like playing with a ball (which can lead to ‘playing soccer’).
SHOWING - For those that like the show ring atmosphere.... There are donkey and mule shows that miniature donkeys can be shown at... some of the classes miniatures donkeys can be shown in are: halter, driving, lead through trail, jumping and costume classes. Many of the larger shows even have game type events. No matter what the class or event, just practicing for shows can be a lot of fun.
THERAPEUTIC - Miniature donkeys are also very therapeutic… not only for handicapped individuals and those in nursing homes, but for everyone. Their sweet, loving, gentle dispositions are a joy to be around. If you’re having a bad day, just walk into a miniature donkey pen, and you’re immediately surrounded by friendly faces all looking for a little love and attention.
PUBLIC AMBASSADORS - The inquisitive, gentle, people loving nature of miniature donkeys are being utilized across the country during events at schools, churches, nursing homes, petting zoos, and horse fairs. And around the world, miniature donkeys are often used in live nativity scenes.
INVESTMENT – As more people are realizing the value and unique qualities of miniature donkeys, the demand for them is rising. When purchasing miniature donkeys for breeding purposes, always choose donkeys that have good conformation and great dispositions… Your initial cost may be a little more, but your basic care requirements (food, shelter, vaccinations, etc.) cost the same regardless if the animal is pet quality, breeding quality or show quality. Quality animals produce quality offspring.
Owning and raising quality animals is an investment you can both love and be proud of.
Miniature donkeys are so loveable and so versatile that the question of what you can do with them, doesn’t have a definitive answer… and is limited only by your imagination and training abilities.
Uses For Miniature Donkeys
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