Taking Care of Your Donkey Companion – Part 2
In this second of a three part series, we will further explore the basics of caring for a donkey. One of the first things you will need to determine is where and how you were shelter your donkey.
Horse v. Donkey
While donkeys may appear similar to horses, there are some very important differences that will affect the type of shelter that they need. For example, while horses have a natural build-up of grease, which helps to make their coat somewhat waterproof, donkeys do not have this same natural protection. In addition, donkeys originate from hotter climates. As such, they should always have access to a shelter or a stable where they can get themselves away from the elements.
Creating the Proper Cover
In areas where temperatures get on the low side, a shelter that is completed enclosed is recommended. In the heat of Arizona, however, only a three-sided shed is needed. Regardless of the type of structure you choose, you should be sure to provide your donkey with a 4.5 square meters per donkey size ratio of space.
This Isn’t Eeyore
While the Winnie the Pooh cartoons may have you assuming that donkeys like to be gloomy, the reality is that researchers have found that horses are much better at coping with gloomy weather. Donkeys are more likely to seek shelter when there is a light breeze or if it starts to rain. They are also more likely to seek shelter if the temperature drops below 14 degrees and they always want to have a dry place where they can lay down inside of their shelter.