And on that farm, he had a donkey.
What are donkeys used for?
• Transport of goods or people
• Guarding animals, such as sheep
• Calming anxious horses
• Food purposes (milk or meat)
• Tourism (mountain tours, trail walks)
Standard Donkey: Between 36” and 54” at their wither
Miniature Donkey: Shorter than 36” at their wither
Mammoth Donkey: Taller than 54” at their wither
How are donkeys different than horses?
• Are shorter
• Have thicker coats
• Have stiffer hair
• Have shorter tails
• Have longer ears
• Are more independent
• Are harder to train
• Form pairs instead of herds
Foal: A donkey less than 1 year old
Jenny: A female donkey
Wether: A male donkey who has been castrated
Jack: A male donkey
Drove: A group of donkeys
Mule: The offspring of a jack (male donkey) and a mare (female horse)
Hinny: The offspring of a stallion (male horse) and a jenny (female donkey)
- Donkeys can live for over 50 years
- Donkeys use their big, floppy ears to cool down when it gets too hot.