Donkey Spotlight: Haircut and Treats

It’s starting to get warm around here.  This weekend my Dad and I realized it was high time for Ruby’s annual spring haircut.  Ruby normally doesn’t loose her winter coat until late July or August – who wants to wear their winter jacket in July?  So if we don’t give her a trim she rubs on trees and gets bald spots all over.  Very homely looking.  A hairy donkey with bald spots in hot July 🙁  How much more pathetic can you get.

Pre haircut pics

Picking out hooves

After Spring Trim

Ruby must have been rubbing already because we found a few bald spots underneath the thick coat.  Weird fact: donkey hair is extremely coarse.  I have a horse hair trimmer and it clogs every few seconds.  Half the cut was done by scissors alone.  I probably should be using a sheep shears!

So once the haircut was done we sprayed on fly repellent and gave Ruby treats for standing so well for 1 1/2 hrs.  Such a good girl.  Ever wonder what the correct way is to feed a donkey?  Good to know if you want to keep your fingers at a petting zoo…

3 thoughts on “Donkey Spotlight: Haircut and Treats

  • June 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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    I have to say Ruby is pretty cute Donkey. It looks like your dad raises Donkeys? Aside from nice looking pets is there any other reason for the business of Donkeys?

  • June 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM
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    Hi Billy! I actually board Ruby at a little hobby farm by my house where they raise miniature donkeys. Some people have donkeys just as pets. Others ride them for pleasure, show or pull wagons/carts with them. They’re good companions for goats, sheep or other animals and I’ve heard they are good guard animals. Since mules are the product of a male donkey and female horse some keep them for breeding mules specifically. Good to hear from you!

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