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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 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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Posted by PrimRose on May 6, 2020 at 6:55 PM

Blitz is a miniature horse who lives at the sanctuary with his best friend Canterbury Blue. Blitz is very quiet and calm, nothing much bothers him, he is happy eating hay and grazing and hanging out with Canterbury Blue. He has the biggest mane and forelock and has a lot of bad hair days!

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Vanna White Goat

Posted by PrimRose on April 18, 2020 at 7:05 AM

Vanna White was a goat that lived at the sanctuary for many years, first sharing a stall with her good friend Christina Rose sheep, who has gone over the rainbow bridge, then with Preston goat. Vanna was also known as Shadow as she loved to follow people around but in my experiences with Vanna she had more of a “Vanna White” personality. Vanna had so much character she was quite sure that some of the volunteers ( me included )were meant for play time perhaps she thought we were fe...

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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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