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Donkey Tails Blog

Donkey Tails blog is a well written, informative and very interesting blog by volunteer Vivian about PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary and their animals at the wonderful donkey sanctuary in the Roseneath Ontario area. 

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Posted by PrimRose on November 10, 2019 at 6:40 AM

Blitz is a miniature horse who came to the sanctuary with his best friend Canterbury Blue. Miniature horses are bred to get very small. Blitz has the sweetest personality: he never gets in anyone’s way and likes to meet visitors at the sanctuary. Canterbury Blue can get bossy: Blitz never does. He often needs grooming to get the hay out of his forelock. It looks as if he can’t see where he is going. When his forelock gets groomed out of his eyes he shakes his head until the forel...

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Posted by PrimRose on October 27, 2019 at 6:40 AM

Austin is a mule who is best friends with Canterbury Blue, in the photo, Blitz, (miniature horses)Wilson (mule)and Gordon (Hinny). We also call

Austin: Rod Stewart because of his beautiful highlights that many would pay big bucks for! Austin is quite quiet and introspective, when Gordon and Wilson get rowdy he moves away. If Canterbury Blue gets bossy, usually over hay, he moves away. Lately Austin had become more interested in having visitors pet him. Previously he was just out of reac...

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Posted by PrimRose on October 15, 2019 at 10:50 AM

Gina is a molly mule, molly is a term for female mule. She has recently come to the sanctuary and is sooo friendly: she loves greeting visitors. She is called a dun mule which explains her colour and while visitors have said she is a horse, her ears are too large for a horse and her mane is spiky like a donkey’s mane. She was ridden in the past and came from a farm where there were horses. I suspect that she may think she is a horse. So far Gina is not very excited about sharing hay wi...

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Posted by PrimRose on October 1, 2019 at 1:05 PM

Junebug is a Hinny. Hinnies have a donkey as a mother and the father is a horse. Hinnies have a donkey cross on their backs as do donkeys. Mules do not have the cross. Junebug is Oscar’s (donkey) best friend. Junebug is an interesting equine: she is quite independent and feels free to express what she wants to the others. If she wants at the hay she lays her ears back and let’s them know. All move out of the way! She lines up early in the barn for night feeding. If she has to wait...

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Posted by PrimRose on September 26, 2019 at 6:10 AM

Riley has been at the sanctuary for many years and is 12 years old. He came from a farm where he was in with Alpacas. He had received little human attention and was a bit wild when he arrived. Riley has settled down nicely and is part of the pace led by Sally, which includes her son Oliver, his best friend Robbie, Snowball and most recently John. Riley doesn’t like his legs being touched and he is indifferent about grooming but if there are treat around he has the best nose out there. H...

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Are Donkeys Waterproof?

Posted by PrimRose on September 17, 2019 at 6:10 AM

The short answer is no which is why they need shelter from rain and

snow. Donkeys are originally desert animals, not needing a coat that can repel the rain and while there has been some adaptation to the colder

temperatures such as growing a thicker coat in the winter and some shedding in the spring, donkeys are still not waterproof: their coats absorb the water. If they have broad backs and water/snow sits, it can cause back rot. In comparison the mules, hinnies an...

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Vanna White the Goat

Posted by PrimRose on August 17, 2019 at 9:15 AM

This is Vanna White, she has been at the sanctuary for many years and currently shares a paddock with Preston, goat. Preston is part alpine goat and is up on his platform in the background of the photo. Vanna has quite the personality which definitely suits her name. For many of us volunteers she is quite sure we are below her in the hierarchy. She shows this by the slight swagger when she strolls out of the shelter to greet visitors and by raising the hair on her hackles. She enjoys butting ...

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Blitz, Miniature Horse

Posted by PrimRose on August 8, 2019 at 7:15 AM

Blitz is a miniature horse who is best friends with Canterbury Blue, they arrived at the sanctuary together. He is very cute and has quite the mane and forelock, it keeps the flies out of his eyes. He has now also made friends with Austin and Wilson mules and Gordon Hinny. While they share a paddock and field with several donkeys each pace seems to travel together. Unless all are very hungry, they tend to take turns at the hay and Blitz and his group graze more then the donkeys do.


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A Snowball Story

Posted by PrimRose on July 28, 2019 at 8:15 AM

When a new donkey comes to the sanctuary it takes time for them to find a pace they fit it with. Snowball has found his place with Sally, Oliver, Riley and Robbie. They share a paddock and field with 2 mules; Wilson and Austin, Hinny Gordon and 2 miniature horses; Canterbury Blue and Blitz. On visitor days (Thursdays and Sundays from1-4pm) we get the donkeys close to the fence where the visitors can interact with them. Last Sunday hay was put close to the fence near the house to get all the ...

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Susie Q

Posted by PrimRose on July 23, 2019 at 7:35 AM

This is Susie Q miniature donkey with her best friend Jesse also a miniature donkey. Susie came from an Alberta farm with her mother Charisma and other siblings. They travelled in a transport truck with frequent stops to rest and have water and hay. You can imagine how tiring it would be stand and balance in a truck trailer coming across Canada. Susie and her family boarded at the sanctuary while their owner set up a new farm in Nova Scotia. The vet said Charisma who was in her forties, was t...

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