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Wilson the Hinny and Whorls

Posted by PrimRose on November 8, 2017 at 7:30 AM

This is Wilson the hinny, he had a donkey for a mother and a horse for a father. All hinnies are born sterile. Wilson has a cantankerous personality which is why he and his pals, Austin and Gordon are kept separate from the donkeys. If Wilson mistakenly gets in with the donkeys he chases them and nips them. Sharing of food is also a problem. The horse traits in Wilson are very noticeable: he has a long horsy tail and his ears are too big for a horse and too small for a donkey. His mane is not as spiky as a donkey’s. Another interesting characteristic is the whorls or swirls in Wilson’s coat. This is a horse trait and some experts believe the more whorls there are the more difficult the animal can be to work with. The whorls also help rain water run off the coat. That came in real handy these past few days!


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