| WHAT ARE MINIATURE DONKEYS????
Miniature Donkeys Are: Lovable
Miniature Donkeys Are: Sweet Natured
Miniature Donkeys Are: Addictive (we
always want more)
Miniature Donkeys Are: Therapeutic & Calming for the Mind
Miniature Donkeys Are: Intelligent
Miniature Donkeys Are: Easy to train
Miniature Donkeys Are: Eager to Please Their Humans
Miniature Donkeys Are: The
This is what got me started in the Miniature
Donkeys: I saw an older Jenny at someone's farm and immediately fell very much in
love with these animals. Miniature Donkeys always give unconditional love to their owners.
Miniature Donkeys love to be scratched, petted, hugged, brushed.....any kind of attention
they can receive from any of us Humans. Miniature Donkey foals to adults always seem
to know if their Human needs cheering up and work very hard to help lift our spirits. With
all the years I've been raising and breeding Miniature Donkeys I still Love everything about
them. If people would just take time to watch how they all interact with each other
they could really learn a lot from them. Watching how Mothers teach and correct their
foals without saying a word. A little nip on the rump when the foal is nursing...usually
means "quit biting, just eat". A nip on the front leg at the knee to correct being
bad. Mothers steer their foal to where they're going by using her head on either side of
the foal's neck as they're walking. Mom uses her body to turn the foal in a direction
or away from another herd member or something she thinks may be danger. A shake of
Mom's head or a shake of her head and a stomp of her front hoof means something, but I still
haven't figured that one out. Maybe she is scolding or giving some kind of Motherly
instructions or advice. It's really very interesting to me to watch all of these things.
If the Jack is in with the Moms and foals....he may want everyone together, so he'll
"bray" and gather everyone up and head them towards their shelter. Maybe he's just taking
a head count or making sure that they listen to him. He's always the last one of the long
line of Miniature Donkey Moms with their foals. There is usually a foal or two lagging behind.
The Miniature Donkey Jack may boot the foals in the butt with his nose to hurry them
along. If the Jack has a very loving and exceptional temperament he also plays with
the foals and it doesn't matter if they are his or not. (These are very exceptional
Jacks as some Jacks are not good with foals. You have to know and most important.....trust
your Breeding Jack).
More on my donkeys later!
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