Senior Donkeys Need Help In The Winter


Hi Melody,

I have a 38″ donkey approximately 29 years old.  He is thin and I wondered what you feed your senior donkeys to put weight on them?  He has had his teeth done and is wormed every other month.  I live in Michigan so I want to get weight on him before the winter.  I feed him 3-1/2 lbs. of Timothy Hay Cubes per day

 

Hi Jeannette,

Most importantly understand donkeys can get arthritis just like people. So we need to be addressing ways to help the donkey with pain during the winter. Pain sucks and can trigger your donkey to slow down eating. I give Cosequin ASU  as we have two senior donkeys on this in the winter. This helps.

Blanketing is important to help your donkey survive the cold. The older donkeys, sick or very young need a little help. Be sure and take a look at Donkey 102 VIDEO ON DEMAND for blanketing and more. All of my teaching videos come with an E-BOOK. No blanket is waterproof so get two so you can dry the other blanket during long storms. I blanket when we hit the 20’s. Donkeys cannot take the cold. They are made to live in the hot desert and cold at night. Not the cold and frigid weather.

Parasite Control

Please do fecal samples with your vet. Over worming destroys the immune system and can cause resistant parasites worms. I have one donkey on my farm that has resistance to Ivermectrin. Nothing I can do to stop it. I have tried for the past five years. Since this donkey lives with his donkey buddy’s all the donkeys are constantly gaining parasite counts. I can never let this group of donkeys into a pasture the other donkeys or horses use or the parasites would spread to the entire farm. Resistant parasites are a huge problem as people worm every other month, destroying the immune system.  I send fecal samples into my vet in the spring and fall. My vet tells me what wormer to use. Select De-worming for a healthy equine.

Diet

Clean warm water is a must. Donkeys will drink more water when it is clean and warm in the winter. I give free choice lose salt. Salt should have no selenium if your hay has selenium testing hay is important.

Hay is very important to be tested to come in 10% or lower in NCS sugar and protein. I feed orchard here in the PNW. Timothy is safe if no alfalfa. If your senior donkey has a hard time chewing you can soak but do not leave soaking to long.  Senior Feed look for low sugar in small amounts once a day will help too. I use the Hay Pillow https://www.thehaypillow.com/ as this slows down digestion and prevents parasites. I place mine in the shelter inside a plastic slow feeder. This is a wonderful way to keep the fuel moving for donkeys without getting too fat and or colic. Senior feed (small amount in the morning and at night) will help. Make sure to find low sugar. I would do my best to maintain the weight all year in lieu of gaining in the summer. The donkey needs to stay healthy all year long.

I hope this helps,

Melody Johnson

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Natural To Blanket Our Beloved Domesticated Horse, Donkey Or Mule?


 

A blanket is like a fire extinguisher we hope we do not need to use it. We have it ready and learn how to use it before the emergency hits. Please be prepared. Please train your donkey to accept the blanket before the emergency hits. I never blanket unless an emergency or the donkey is suffering cant move due to arthritis and age. As soon as the weather gets out of extreme cold the blanket is off. Or the vet says the stall rest is over etc., No blanket is water proof. We must use common sense. Warm water in the winter (clean) helps donkeys drink more and lose free salt.  WWW.DONKEYWHISPERER.COM

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Natural To Blanket Our Beloved Domesticated Horse, Donkey Or Mule?


Domesticated Equine (donkey, horse or mule) Need Us Humans To Use Common Sense.

A blanket is like a fire extinguisher we hope we do not need to use it. We have it ready and learn how to use it before the emergency hits. Please be prepared. Please train your donkey to accept the blanket before the emergency hits. I never blanket unless an emergency or the donkey is suffering cant move due to arthritis and age. As soon as the weather gets out of extreme cold the blanket is off. Or the vet says the stall rest is over etc., No blanket is water proof. We must use common sense. Warm water in the winter (clean) helps donkeys drink more and lose free salt.  http://WWW.DONKEYWHISPERER.COM

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IMG_6904mares snowlilysnownov2014Rocket Man blanket nov 28, 2014 age 20Is It Natural To Blanket A Domesticated Equine (horse, donkey or mule) when the wind chill and snow is horrific?

First let me step back in time and share how I came to my inner peace with the natural equine world. When I was a kid with my horse in the 70’s we did not do the teeth, blanket, and we sure as heck did not do our own worming. Guess what folks we now live in the year 2016 things have improved for our beloved domesticated equine.

My husband and I pick up the poop on ten acres in Sequim, WA every day and compost. I take fecal samples to the vet, I do not worm unless I need to. I make sure I have blankets for all of our eight equine in case of an emergency, serious winter or sickness. I prepare before the blanket is needed as we have four new donkeys in training and three of…

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Natural To Blanket Our Beloved Domesticated Horse, Donkey Or Mule?


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A blanket is like a fire extinguisher we hope we do not need to use it. We have it ready and learn how to use it before the emergency hits. Please be prepared. Please train your donkey to accept the blanket before the emergency hits. I never blanket unless an emergency or the donkey is suffering cant move due to arthritis and age. As soon as the weather gets out of extreme cold the blanket is off. Or the vet says the stall rest is over etc., No blanket is water proof. We must use common sense. WWW.DONKEYWHISPERER.COM

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lilysnownov2014Rocket Man blanket nov 28, 2014 age 20

Is It Natural To Blanket A Domesticated Equine (horse, donkey or mule) when the wind chill and snow is horrific?

First let me step back in time and share how I came to my inner peace with the natural equine world. When I was a kid with my horse in the 70’s we did not do the teeth, blanket, and we sure as heck did not do our own worming. Guess what folks we now live in the year 2016 things have improved for our beloved domesticated equine.

My husband and I pick up the poop on ten acres in Sequim, WA every day and compost. I take fecal samples to the vet, I do not worm unless I need to. I make sure I have blankets for all of our eight equine in case of an emergency, serious winter or sickness. I prepare before the blanket is needed as we have four new donkeys in training and three of them are afraid of the blanket. I do not want to be outside in the freezing cold training to wear a blanket. When Rocket Man our mini age twenty had oral surgery a few years ago due to broken tooth that could have abscessed I had to blanket him, his surgery lasted three and half hours and he was very sick for a good week. Additionally he has arthritis and so does Rio our Mammoth donkey as he is 16’2 and this does happen to the big guys even when only eight years old. Any equine that is shaking could be very sick, I recommend a vet. A blanket and med’s are most likely needed along with stall rest.

A few things to consider:

1. Nothing is natural about any equine living a domesticated life, even when we do our best to remove the shoes when not trail riding or use boots for trail riding. My farm is set up so all of my horses and donkeys can choose to go into their stall to eat and drink and get out of the weather if they choose. If they choose not to that’s ok too. Locking any equine in a stall will make them crazy. If the vet orders stall rest yes we have to lock the equine in, toys and lot’s of your time are required until the equine heals. Equine were created to walk fifteen to twenty-five miles a day. Most domesticated equine stand around and wait for their meals. Nothing is natural about living a domesticated life.

I let all of my equine grow a fur coat and I blanket when sick or extreme wicked weather comes I check each and every day for sores, rubbing or a loose blanket/too tight in a place etc., I  replace with a dry coat as needed until the weather changes or the equine is no longer sick. Here in the Pacific Northwest, WA we do not have weather that stays in the teens very long. We go back into the 30’s pretty fast, I take the blanket off wen we are out of the serious cold wind chills or a sick equine is well. We do however have high winds and this can cause the weather to be more frigid.

I do not blanket during raining season and let them stand out in the rain. Why?

No blanket is 100% water proof in my experience, must be changed and dried, need to make sure no sores or rubbing, lot’s of work. If you leave on a wet blanket serious illness can occur. Be prepared get two blankets, this way you can dry one while using the other one. As soon as the weather is back to normal or the donkey is healthy take the blanket off.

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2. When an equine live om the wild they can run and get warm, find a place to get out of the elements.

The farm we lived on for thirteen years before moving to Sequim, WA had two pole stalls I placed  at the top of the hill (paddock) to stop mud.

Equine who run to warm up fall on the ice and  have injuries. Blanketing stopped them from trying to run to warm up and they stood nice and calm. Did I capture your attention?

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3. Any equine who has arthritis or is sick, surgery, too young to withstand the extreme cold needs a blanket. Blanketing is hard work as you must check it every day and when it is really wet replace with a dry blanket. Sorry, no blanket is 100% waterproof for the entire winter and fall season. Thus why I only blanket when we hit the high 20’s with a wind chill in the Pacific Northwest pushing me below 0 etc., I never blanket with just rain as they can go in the stall and get out of the wind and rain, unless they are sick. Then they are locked in until well if it is raining outside. Their fur coat, warm water, hay is what keeps them warm along with their shelter.

4. When you keep their water clean and warm along with plenty of free choice low sugar hay in your slow feeder you are helping your domesticated equine to stay warm. When you walk into the barn and your equine are shivering or not moving at all frozen stiff you had better blanket. Death can be avoided from ignorance and high vet bills.

5. Not all equine need a blanket in the winter. Please use common sense and check the blanket leaving it on will cause more damage than good if it is left on wet, sores or the leg gets stuck in it.

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Here is an outstanding blog I just read that prompted me to write about this. Select Blanketing is Not Bad And You Are Not Natural to read some more brilliant ways to understand why it is imperative you are prepared for a sick equine, older arthritis or the wicked winter that may or may not come.

Please use common sense when blanketing and locking your equine in a stall, after all you chose the equine and they are depending on you to learn everything you can to keep them healthy and happy.

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It’s Snowing On The Donkey Whisperer Farm


Howdy,

 

Happy New Year 2012!!!!  We are all on a diet this year; Lily, Rio,Rocket Man, our doggies, kitties and yes me and my husband.  The weight has crept up on all of us since the car accident in 2010. 

Excessive For optimum health it is imperative to keep their weight at a healthy place. At least 3 small meals a day is the best choice for keeping the easy keeper at a healthy weight. Equine need exercise so do what you can to keep them moving.

This year I am blanketing Lily (my horse) as she is losing too much weight and the donkeys hold on to their weight.  Ideally horses should be in separate living space than donkeys as donkeys are Easy Keepers. We continue to thank GOD all three get along and we are making things work out. 

If you blanket your equine make sure the blanket fits, check the blanket every day, I change the blanket to a dry blanket every day and let the other blanket dry.  All of my horse blankets are water proof at least that is what they say.  Living in the Pacific Northwest I have yet to see a waterproof blanket or coat that can withstand the rain storms we have so it’s best to have one drying and one on the equine in need.

I usually do not blanket unless it is extreme weather or I have a sick equine.  The equine has the perfect coat created by GOD to get wet, dry fast, and cool fast. 

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

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