We can only give a very brief overview here, and strongly recommend that before you have a donkey (or better still, two) you read books on donkey care and welfare (available from the Donkey Breed Society website shop ), attend a course on donkey care and / or talk to someone who knows about donkeys and can give you detailed advice.
One of the most important (and obvious!) things to know is that a donkey is not a pony!
A donkey has different needs, has a different physiology and has a different way of viewing life. If you try and keep a donkey as you would a pony, you are asking for trouble. If a vet tries to treat a donkey as a pony this can have serious – if not fatal – consequences. If you try and train a donkey as you would a pony you will end up with one very ‘stubborn’, bored donkey who will refuse to co-operate. If the farrier trims its feet in the same way, this will not best suit the foot – and if you buy tack, harness or rugs for a pony it will almost certainly not fit.
We can only give our personal view on what is best – backed up by experience, talking to people who know more than we do and reading good books. If in doubt, consult a professional – and NOT the guy down the road who has had ponies for years! If you have a query, please email us and we will try and point you in the right direction but we are NOT qualified vets or farriers and can only offer personal opinions.
Click on the relevant link on the left to find out more about specific aspects of care and training.
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