Please do NOT feed our donkeys.
We know its really tempting but:
- Feeding our donkeys will make them fat which is very dangerous for their health
- Incorrect and unfamiliar foods make donkeys poorly
our donkeys will teach them to mug people for food. They learn to treat people like vending machines. They will kick the vending machine if it doesn't give them food
- Feeding our donkeys
makes them more difficult to train because working for treats is part of their training routine
All our favourite cartoon donkeys like Eeyore and "Donkey" in Shrek are actually very
fat. In real life a donkey's "rear end" should look much thinner than a horse or pony. This makes some people think that a donkey is too thin but this is not true.
We have been trained by the Donkey Sanctuary in donkey welfare. It is very important to us that our donkeys are as healthy as possible and you can help us with this. Our donkeys are checked daily, but feel free to email us if you have concerns.
Donkeys are quite different to horses and are fed on different food. Being overweight or fed incorrectly can be extemely dangerous
and even fatal for donkeys. Being overweight can cause a serious disease called hyperlipaemia.
Donkeys do not wear metal shoes like horses and ponies, but they still need to have their feet looked after by
a farrier. Just like horses and ponies their teeth need to be seen by an equine dentist regularly.
Donkeys need a shelter to help protect them from the worst of the weather but do not need to live in a stable.
Young healthy donkeys do not need to wear rugs at any time of the year.
We check our donkey's weight regularly to make sure they are healthy. You may see us measuring round their tummies which is part of this
process. Donkeys also have their feet cleaned regularly and are groomed to keep their coats in good condition.