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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 and miniature horses at the sanctuary have coats that are more waterproof. A horse’s coat contains more oil naturally repelling the water and often has whorls which funnel the water off the animal. A whorl is a pattern of spirals in the hair.

It stopped raining so the donkeys are out eating

This is Wilson half horse, half donkey, the photo was meant to show his whorls but he has rolled in the mud so they are not as clear as they could be. Wilson is a mule and is definitely more waterproof then a donkey!!


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