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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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Mule tails

Posted by PrimRose on October 28, 2020 at 7:10 AM

Mule Tails

In the past mules ( donkey father, horse mother) were used by armies as pack and riding animals. In the USA mule tails were cut in bells to indicate training the animal had received. A green unbroken mule had it’s tail shaved. When it was broke as a pack animal a bell was trimmed into its tail. When it was broke to be driven a second bell was added and when it could be ridden a third bell was added. When a soldier looked in a corral full of mules it was easy to figure ...

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Mutual Grooming

Posted by PrimRose on October 15, 2020 at 11:30 AM

Donkeys love being groomed with a brush by a human but sometimes it takes good hard donkey teeth to get that itch. It’s interesting to watch two donkeys as they get ready to mutually groom. They use their noses to gently move on the other donkey, seeming to ask if it is the right spot. Then they simultaneously begin to use their teeth. Usually it is a bonded pair that groom each other. Grooming helps with itchy skin, insect bites and removing thicker winter hair. Donkeys also use fence...

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Posted by PrimRose on October 1, 2020 at 6:15 AM

Carlos is a hinny (donkey mom, horse dad) who has been at the sanctuary for a few years. His previous situation must have been very frightening for him as he remains very cautious around humans today. It’s best not to look Carlos in the eyes and he has a very large personal space that nobody should enter or he walks away. If the person is carrying a halteror lead line that is the absolute worst thing and he runs away, very frightened and worried. Carlos has had various friends over the ...

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Posted by PrimRose on September 24, 2020 at 8:20 AM

Gordon is a hinny which means he had a donkey for a mother and a horse for a father. He has a slight cross on his back but when he brays there is definitely some horse neighing there too. When I started volunteering at the sanctuary 9 years ago Gordon was curious but very skittish around people. He has come a long way in settling down around people and sometimes even lets people pet him. He and his pals Austin and Wilson mules were separated from the donkeys for a few years as they were not g...

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Sara and Jack

Posted by PrimRose on September 18, 2020 at 8:25 AM

Sara, miniature donkey and Jack, large standard donkey are best friends. They came to the sanctuary together when their owners had to sell the

farm. Sara is a quiet Jennie but knows how to push in front of Jack if she wants grooming or a good scratch. Jack was a bit pushy when he came to the sanctuary but has settled down and waits his turn for hay and grooming although he does line up to remind you not to forget him. Sara and Jack are always together and show how donkeys need another d...

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Posted by PrimRose on September 10, 2020 at 7:25 AM

This is Lily a standard donkey and daughter of Sara Rose who has gone over the rainbow bridge. A standard donkey is usually 92-123 cm in height in between a miniature and mammoth donkey. Standard donkeys have been used as beasts of burden and pulling carts. As Lily gets older she’s starting to look more and more like her mother. She has a broad back and is dark brown. Lily has a wonderful personality: she is friendly and loves being groomed. She follows along when she wants something us...

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Posted by PrimRose on September 4, 2020 at 7:35 AM

Aggie is a mammoth donkey who lives at the sanctuary with her best friend Finegan. To be classified as mammoth a jennet(female donkey) must

be at least 13.2 hands high(137 cm). Mammoth donkeys were bred to be tall and strong to do agricultural work in the past. They were bred by mating several large European breeds such as Poitou and the Catalan donkeys. More recently mammoths have been used to drag selectively logged trees from forests. As both these tasks are not done using animals th...

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Posted by PrimRose on August 30, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Olivia a new foal at the sanctuary is well cared for and loved by her mother Maggie. Female donkeys, called jennets or jennies, carry a foal for 12 months. Foals nurse for 4-6 months and then are naturally weaned by the mother. At 2-4 weeks foals already start sampling hay, grass and straw. It is fascinating to watch Olivia and Maggie. If Maggie is eating and Olivia tries to nurse, often she will raise her leg as if saying “wait”. When she has finished eating she le...

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Moon and Star and Ears Flattened

Posted by PrimRose on July 17, 2020 at 7:25 PM

What do people think when an equine flattens its ears? Most feel fear and that it is a warning of aggression. With bared teeth, swishing tail and aggressive body posture this could be the case. If one truly understands an equine it is often in jest, a playful warning with little aggression intended. In all cases in the 9 years I’ve volunteered with the donkeys flattened ears have been the latter reason. In this photo Moon and Star, who are best friends and always togethe...

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Zebras (well not quite)

Posted by PrimRose on May 12, 2020 at 7:25 AM

North American donkeys originated in Africa and were brought here as work animals: beasts of burden, carrying and pulling crops, different materials and people. Donkeys are extremely loyal causing some to use them as guard animals which is not necessarily the ideal use. While donkeys will fight a predator to death to protect their own as well as other herd animals they are best off with other donkeys and make wonderful pets and companions to other equines. Some are used as pack...

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