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Donkey, Mule & Horse Products


'Bags and Tings' by Annie Caswell:

Prints, Checkbooks Covers and Tote Bags



Answers To Your Mule Questions


Confidence Training for the Western Saddle Mule


The Hard to Catch Mule


Opening Doors: An equilog of poetry about Donkeys by Jenny L Bates


Children's Books:

Janie's New Legs


Horse Tails by Mookie the Mustang

So You Wanna be a Cowgirl



Diatomaceous Earth Book: "Going Green Using Diatomaceous Earth -


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 Handmade Miniature Donkey & Donkey Fly Masks

Also Custom Fly Protection Leggings


Donkey Wall Hanging

ORIGINAL ART starting with the initial sculpture with meticulous attention to detail from making the mold to pouring the clay....

Donkey & Mule DVD's

-Donkey Training

-Starting Over With Rachel the Troubled Mule

Mule Training DVD 


Donkey Ornaments

 & Figurines

Donkey Angel


Donkey & Miniature Donkey Puzzles


Donkey Signs

Drive Slow young donkeys old donkeys and one old jackass at play


Donkey & Horse Signs Aluminum

Entering Donkey Country


Donkey Mini Halters

Made by the Amish of Ohio Basic Nylon Halters

also Lead RopesHope new Green Halter and Lead


Miniature Donkey Rope Halters

The Original Mini Donk™ & Mini Hoss™ Rope Halters


Milo at 4 weeks wearing an X small rope halter.


Hoof Wraps Bandage

Hoof Wraps is made of 1680 ballistic nylon with a triple layer at the toe for durability.The Quick Fix Hoof Wraps



Horse Metal Xing Signs  

Street Sign Horse Breed Place



Lead Ropes: Made by the Amish of Ohio


Seat Cushions specially designed with a recessed area to take the pressure off the tailbone



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Donkey/ Mule T-Shirts& Gifts

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Donkey & Mule Custom Designed T-shirts, Gifts and much more.

What's next, dressage? Donkey Mug mug


Horse T-Shirts and Gifts


Miniature Donkey Keychain


 Miniature Donkey Key chain


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PROGNOSTICATIONS OF THE WEATHER (from Robert Merry's Museum, November 1844, pp. 154-159)


Asses.--When asses bray more than ordinary, particularly if they shake their ears if uneasy, it is said they predict rain, and particularly showers. We have noticed, that, in showery weather, a donkey, confined in a yard near the house, has brayed before every shower, and generally some minutes before the rain has fallen, as if some electrical influence, produced by the concentrating power of the approaching rain-cloud, caused a tickling in the windpipe of the animal, just before the shower came up. Whatever this electric state of the air preceding a shower may be, it seems to be the same that causes in other animals some peculiar sensations,--which makes the peacock squall the pintado call "come-back," and which creates a variety of prognosticative motions in the different species of the animal kingdom.

An expressive English adage says,

When the ass begins to bray,
Be sure we shall have rain that day.

We have, says the writer of the preceding, repeatedly been able to give our hay-makers useful admonitions founded solely on the braying of the ass. Thus the proverb says truly,

'T is time to cock your hay and corn
When the old donkey blows his horn.



If anyone know who makes these donkey ear muffs please let me know so I can share the info.



Truly Lucky by Brenda Muncy


Brenda Muncy and Big Jake





Donkey, Mule and Horse Information, Links and Articles. Below I hope you find helpful information in your pursuit of learning about the wonders of this adorable, loving animal. This page has been a labor of  love for me and I am continually adding new information so check back often. Your continuing support of our products or affiliate links throughout this site help us promote the Miniature Donkey breed and care for rescued equines here at Shadow Ridge. Thanks so much! Cheryl and Chris

Also See: Articles on:  

Horses, & Donkeys

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two donkeys

The Basics:


About Miniature Donkeys


Advice for the new miniature donkey owner

Domestication of the donkey: Timing, processes, and indicators

The Donkey


Donkey and Mule Colors


A Donkey is Not a Horse




Grooming for The Show


How to Care for a Donkey-wikiHow


Management Recommendations for
Donkeys and Mules


The Miniature Donkey


Miniature Donkeys, All You'll Ever Need To Know About Donkeys


Out of Africa: The Origin of Donkeys


Owner's Manual for the new miniature donkey owner-good advice

Its  ears are extremely mobile and measure half the length of the head.

Did you know: Donkeys will stomp their foot if they are mad. Usually if you are scratching them in the wrong spot. : )

Blankets/Fly Masks/Leggings:


Donkey Earmuffs Instructions



Blanketing Donkeys


Pat Canipe

Custom Pet and Tack


Fly Protection:

Donkey Fly Protection Leggings

Donkey Leg wraps, Draft Mule Fly Masks, & Foal Blankets and more by Linda Long. Click Here

Donkey leggings are custom made to your measurements

Jack, our rescued donkey wearing his new leg wraps. Click to enlarge image.

Foal Blanket Made by Linda Long

Draft Mule Fly Mask

I just had to share this with you.  Picasso didn't have a fly mask with ears in it so here's what we did--We took a regular horse one with ears & cut off the ears.  Then we took some soft flexible fiberglass screen & cut out ears to fit.  Reid sewed the ears onto the mask with his sewing machine.  Bingo!  It works!  I've never been able to find a fly mask with ears for donkeys.  Feel free to pass this on.  The whole process didn't take more than about an hour to do.
Have a nice ass day!  Linda


Books & Magazines:


Brayer Magazine-Journal of the American Donkey and Mule Society


♥The Definitive Donkey


The Merck Veterinary Manual online


Miniature Donkey Talk: Books and Videos on the care, raising and breeding Miniature Donkeys


Mules & More magazine



Horse Tails: Illustrated Children's Books,

Cowgirl Books Series by Patricia Gott




Breeds & Breeding:


Andaluz Donkey


Breeding Spotted Donkeys


Calculate your jenny's due date & heat cycles


Donkey Breeds


Donkeys are Different: An Overview of Reproductive Variations from Horses


The Poitou Donkey


Did you know: Donkeys wag their tails when they are mad.

Cart & Buggy  also see 'Training'


John Thompson Plans


Harnessing guidelines for single donkey carts


Hitching Donkeys to Carts




Free Classifieds for Donkeys, Mules, or Horses from Shadow Ridge


Miniature Donkey Ads-New ads everyday from Gotdonkeys



Agricultural Review Classifieds North Carolina



North Carolina Dept of Agriculture Hay Alert Classifieds






Companions. Donkeys are a very social animal and can form very strong bonds with fellow donkeys or other animals. It is often best to keep two donkeys as they entertain each other and provide companionship. They can also reinforce each other and get up to mischief.

Donkeys as Guards:


Donkeys - Coyotes and coyote control and management


Guardian Donkeys-

"First and foremost, we were told NOT to try miniature donkeys, and that only standard sized donkeys were effective deterrents and dispatchers of predators"



Guidelines for Using Donkeys as Guard Animals with Sheep


Protecting Livestock with Guard Donkeys


Sweet Pet Gives a Mean Kick


Using Donkeys to Guard Sheep and Goats


Viscous Dog Attacks



The Buck 'n Run Ranch





El Escondite Paso Fino Horses-Fox Farms


Designed & programmed by Fauna Art Studios


This is my son's Hot Sauce. A company he and his friend just started-Please visit his site and say Mom sent you. Just to embarrass him. LOL






Lazy L Ranch-Mini Horse Ranch


View this montage created at One True Media
Lazy L Ranch - Loose, Loud, & Crazy


Lucky Three Ranch


Basic Horsemanship Outing by Ron Lunn

Mephibosheth Farms Angelic Riders, Inc












 Free candles from janet & clarence


Vet Tech - Search 120+ Vet Tech Schools & Online Vet Tech Programs


Walk wiith Donkeys Sanctuary-Crete



Wind Gait Icelandic Horses




A number of anatomical differences between the horse and the donkey can challenge the first-time donkey owner and their veterinarian. Donkeys have an obscured jugular furrow (the place where blood samples are taken or tranquilizers are given).
The cutaneous coli muscle hides the middle third of the jugular vein. (Burnham S. L. Anatomical Differences of the Donkey and Mule In: Proceedings of the 48th Annual AAEP Convention. 2002: 102-109}

Did you Know?

Donkeys are commonly used by the Iraqi military to launch rockets...seriously.


In certain parts of the world, donkey milk is used for feeding infants, its composition being close to that of human milk. The jenny gives about 3 to 6 liters of milk per day. Donkey milk is very nourishing, because it contains more milk sugar and less fat than cow milk.
The quality of donkey milk is also appreciated in skin care. Texts from classical times inform us that Cleopatra bathed in it as a beauty treatment. Two hundred lactating jennies, no less, were needed to provide milk for her baths.
In our time, donkey milk is used to make skin-care soaps.

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Biting Fly Traps:

(make your own)


Deer Flies and Horse Flies


How to build a horse fly trap


Donkey Fly Masks



Forums & Blogs:


Donkeys-Yahoo Groups Forum Forums


The Farmette Report-All Donkeys, All the Time-Blog


Visit Sharon Rogers Blog-Horse Blog

HORSE BLOG - Sharon Rogers


Longears Forum for people who love to talk longears


Mini Farm Animals sometimes list mini donks for sale on this forum


Mules Only Forum


Packing-Discussion of horse and mule packing



Feeding Donkeys:


Donkey Feeding and Nutrition


Donkey Crests/Magnesium


Keeping a donkey fed in suburbia


The Proper Diet for Donkeys


Donkeys should not be fed bread or similar refined food products, as these are known to contribute to the build up of acid conditions in the feet lamina and directly cause laminitis

Did you know: Donkeys make a snoring or grunting sound when they are being scratched meaning they are loving it. There is nothing wrong with their breathing. : )

Foal Rejection:


This idea was brought to my attention by a donkey friend who had read this idea in Brayer Magazine-- when such as that happens, to have the mother and baby in the barn, then to bring a dog into the barn.  If the donkey is used to the family dog and not afraid of it, bring in another dog.  The mother (even when not maternal toward the foal) will instinctively protect the baby, thus should get closer to the baby, hopefully allowing it to nurse. 


Igloo Mama from Short Ass ets Ranch

Fun Stuff:


Birthday Calculator

Top Mommy Blogs-Crafts for Kids

Donkey Coloring Page

Donkey Rhyme Coloring Page

Donkey Crafts for kids

Play Horse Tunes

Horse Optical Illusion

Trick Donkey

Weight Loss-Human (Letter to Dr. Phil)

Health Issues:


♥15 Facts on Donkey Health


Body Condition Scoring of Donkeys


Diseases and Parasites

Fat Necks (Neck roll)


Donkey Crests/Magnesium


Grass Founder


A Guide to Live Weight Estimation and Body Condition Scoring of Donkeys


Hyperlipidemia and Hepatic Lipidosis (Fatty Liver)

Hyperlipemia in Miniature Horses & Miniature Donkeys


Hyperlipemia and Hepatic Lipidosis in Horses, Donkeys, and Camelids-article: Merck Veterinary Manual


Lice and their Life Cycle


Rain Scald


Skin Problems Allergic Reaction to Bug Bites


Vaccinate Early Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases


At 70 Years Of Age, Flower is Both the World's Oldest Donkey & Longest Lived Equine

What is a good size for a riding donkey ?

Estimating Weight: click on picture


There is an “old folk remedy” for sarcoids using Crest toothpaste. Apply Crest to the sarcoid with a toothbrush. It is suggested that either something in Crest kills the virus causing the sarcoid and/or the brushing stimulates the horse’s immune system. Works for Ringworm too.

Hoof Care:

"Train the donkey to lift his legs for hoof inspection by getting him comfortable with grooming. Use your hands and a soft broom to stroke down the legs all the way to the knee. With gentle praises, lift his leg without enclosing his ankle in your hand and put it back down."


Basic Principles of Hoof Care in Donkeys


Common foot problems of the donkey -What are they and what to do


Donkey Hoof Angles


Donkey Hoof Care


Farrier & Hoof care Resource Center Forums




Laminitis: Persimmons and Acorns


Saving Minnie. Can this feisty mini mule's hooves be trimmed?


The Seven Dwarfs


White Line in mini donkeys


Vet Tech - Search 120+ Vet Tech Schools & Online Vet Tech Programs


Young mule-"Little Man", owned by Sue Barker, Walnut Grove, North Carolina








Communicating with Your Mule


Gaited Mules


Horse + Donkey = Mule


The Mule


Mule and Jackstock 101


National Mules, Traders,&Friends Association


What is a Mule?


Intelligent donkeys credited with leading rebels to success in Libya

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Terrorists Dispatch Donkey

& Dog Bombers in Lebanon

The Al Qaeda-linked terrorists of

Fatah al-Islam are sending in

donkey and dog bombers to fend

off the advancing Lebanese troops.

Witnesses said Fatah al-Islam

militants have  booby-trapped

donkeys and dogs and set them

in the direction of army lines, but

 the animals were shot and

detonated before reaching army positions.






Finding or Building your Own Pack Saddle


Make Your Own Pack Saddles And Get Started Trekking With Donkeys


Pack Saddles



Pack Transport with Donkeys



American Council of Spotted Asses

American Donkey and Mule Society


American Miniature Mule Society


American Mule Association


Carolina Mule Assoc.


International Miniature Donkey Registry


Miniature Donkey Talk Magazine


Miniature Mediterranean Donkey Association of the U.K.


The National Miniature Donkey Association


North American Saddle Mule Association

Registed Miniature Donkey-Shadow Ridge Jimmie Firecracker

 Visit Note Cards and Stamps


Also Donkey and Mule Gifts


Quality custom hand carved wooden signs.

See your design online!


Winter Horse House Flag

Crazy Horse Tack


The Saddle Zone




Plush Horses -



GLOVER, VT | Ignatz the donkey

 is 33 years old. He is also a hero.



LongEarsTV - The Channel for Mule and Donkey Lovers (



Miniature Donkey Talk tote bag

Miniature Donkey Talk Magazine



Donkey Wishes

If you hear a donkey bray, make a wish. If it brays three times, it will help your wish come true.

If you hear a donkey bray in the morning, make a wish and recite this chant:

."Donkey, donkey, old and gray,
.Open your mouth and gently bray.
.Lift your ears and blow your horn,
.To grant my wish this early morn'."

.If the donkey brays again shortly after you say the chant, your wish will have a better chance of coming true.

Donkey Wishes If you hear a donkey bray, make a wish. If it brays three times, it will help your wish come true. If you hear a donkey bray in the morning, make a wish and recite this chant: ."Donkey, donkey, old and gray, .Open your mouth and gently bray. .Lift your ears and blow your horn, .To grant my wish this early morn'." .If the donkey brays again shortly after you say the chant, your wish will have a better chance of coming true.
 Listen to Happy Jack by the Who

Happy Jack wasn't old, but he was a man.
He lived in the sand at the Isle of Man.
The kids would all sing, he would take the wrong key,
So they rode on ahead on their furry donkey.

The kids couldn't hurt Jack,
They tried, tried, tried.
They dropped things on his back,
They lied, lied, lied, lied, lied.

But they couldn't stop Jack, or the waters lapping,
And they couldn't prevent Jack from being happy.

But they couldn't stop Jack, or the waters lapping,
And they couldn't prevent Jack from being happy.

The kids couldn't hurt Jack,
They tried, tried, tried.
They dropped things on his back
They lied, lied, lied, lied, lied.

But they couldn't stop Jack, or the waters lapping.
And they couldn't prevent Jack from being happy.


Horse Evacuations East  Horse Evacuations East (HEE) is an all-volunteer organization created on Facebook as a clearing house of information to assist horse owners in times natural disaster. HEE administrators across the United States volunteer their time on an as needed basis in rotating shifts in times of natural disasters. HEE facilitates horse owners to find transport, shelter and provides a list of volunteers with these resources when a natural disaster hits their area. 

The Blurtso™ Chronicles 

Blurtso the donkey talks about life, death and pumpkin pies

The Blurtso Chronicles






A daily webcomic about a donkey named Blurtso by Alan Davidson

See a new episode daily at:

Stories & Poems:


♥ New: Poetry Book about Donkeys-Proceeds to Devon UK Sanctuary: Opening Doors by Jenny L Bates


Donkey Fables of Aesop


Donkey Poems


The Donkey Race...


Horse's Prayer


Just A Horse


Nice Ass! Why I own donkeys By Jon Katz


The Donkey Who Couldn't Stand Up What happened when Lulu fell during an ice storm. by John Katz


The Old One-A Horse Christmas Story


The Rainbow Bridge


The Seven Dwarfs


The Story of a Nodding Donkey
Laura Lee Hope


Read this Excerpt from "The Outermost House" by Henry Beston-click here

Also available as a customizable poster or mouse pad at Zazzle

Storytelling and Resources-a Christmas story about a lame donkey.


Testimonials to Donkeys, by Cuthbert -Notes and Queries-November 19, 1853


The Legend of the Donkey Cross

"Bring me the colt of a donkey,"

was the Master's request.

A young donkey was brought to Jesus to carry him to Jerusalem.

A week later Jesus was ordered crucified.

The little donkey so loved the Lord,

that he wanted to help carry the cross.

But alas, he was pushed away.

The sad little donkey waited to say good-bye until nearly all had left.

As he turned to leave, the shadow of the cross fell upon his shoulders.

And there it has remained,

a tribute to the loyalty and love

of the humblest of God's Creatures

Just a Little Donkey

Just a little donkey, but on my back I bore, The one and only Savior, the world was waiting for.

Just a little donkey, but I was strong & proud - I gladly carried Mary through the chaos of the crowd.

 I brought her to a stable where she made a tiny bed... A place for Baby Jesus to lay His little head.

I pray the world remembers that special Christmas night when just a little donkey carried Heaven's Precious Light.

- Rita S. Beer



Beasts ease burden of quake victims


Budweiser Donkey Commercial


Build an inexpensive but durable jackleg fence


Free 5 Generation Pedigree Chart for your Web Site


Another Free Web Page Pedigree Generator


Folk Remedies using Donkeys circa 1800's?


Equestrian Patterns to make blankets, fly masks


Horse and Mule Trails Organized by State


Make a Metal Wire Donkey Table Lamp


Craft: Metal Wire Donkey Table Lamp


Animated Knots by Grog -TIE KNOTS THE FUN AND EASY WAY


Shoelace Knots and More: A Guide to Tying Knots.  A big Thank you to Ms. Ryleigh Heath for contacting me and especially Jordan for finding and recommending this site!


Tying the Knot - A big Thank You to Jessica for this link.


Plants Poisonous or Harmful to Horses in the North Central United States, University of Minnesota


Rural Heritage draft mule & donkey paddock


Stuffed Donkey Crochet Pattern


Stuffed Donkey Sewing Pattern


Yipes! Stripes! Striping in Horses, Donkeys, Mules, Asses, and Zebras

Training and Driving:

Clicker Training


"Familiarize the donkey with your and his environment. It is necessary to establish a trust with the donkey to get him to cooperate. Be friendly and consistent in your temperament, approach, body language and tone."

Another Clicker Training site


Donkey Training E-Clinic, tips, more. Info for new and seasoned donkey owners.


Use your voice as the first tool of training and start with small commands for following you, backing up, slowing down and lifting her feet for the farrier to inspect. Make your commands clear and consistent. Donkeys are slow learners and they can get confused and startled by anything new. Repetition is the key.


Buggy-n-On Driving Lessons

 for Horse and Driver, Peachland, NC

The Buggy & Harness Shop Is now open




"Combine the voice commands with treats like carrots or apples during the initial training phase. Use them only as rewards and not as a bribe. Gradually change the rewards to verbal praises and pats."


Harnessing guidelines for single donkey carts




Make A Breakaway Halter

"Introduce the halter to the donkey by rubbing his back with it and holding it near his face while giving treats. This familiarizes the donkey with the position in which the halter is fastened. Slide the noseband on and praise him for his cooperation. Take off the halter and repeat it until he is accustomed to it."


Saddles & Load Weight Capacity



Seven (7) Games of Parelli Natural Horsemanship

"Lead the donkey by pulling the rope gently with voice commands. If she does not move, pull her on her side in a circle, so she takes a step to maintain her balance."

Donkeys and Mule Training DVD'S:

Donkey Training by Crystal Ward and Starting Over with Rachel the Troubled Mule by Jerry Tindell



 Donkeys have preference in a horse trailer to face the rear! Unless there are other requirements I let my donkeys be untied, and remove the dividing wall to allow some freedom of position.



Duty and the beast
By Stanley Johnson. Published in The Telegraph, Saturday 11th June 2005

The people of Darfur in western Sudan are still in desperate need of aid. But so too, says Stanley Johnson, are the donkeys that may be their only resource.


Mules are not always sterile!

The crossing of a horse with 64 chromosomes and a donkey with 62 is thought to produce a sterile mule with 63 chromosomes. However, a report from Morocco indicates that a mule mare produced a foal with 62 chromosomes. The cells of the mule mare were a mosaic, some carrying 63 chromosomes while others carried 62. The foal is believed to be fathered by a donkey. This is the fourth female mule confirmed to be fertile. (Kay G. Vet Record 2002; 152 (3, Jan. 18))


 Donkeys are not waterproofed by nature as they have evolved in dry desert regions. If a horse is compared to a donkey you will find that a donkey’s coat does not contain the grease of a horse’s coat, nor does the donkey have such a strong smell. They will chill in a cold rain.


"Please don't tell people that minis make guard animals. Ours were part of a herd of 18 and could not defend themselves against a German Shepherd and a Retriever/Irish Setter mix (owned by the same people). He kept the donkey from running while the Shepherd did the biting. While miniature donkeys may be able to fend off a non aggressive pet dog that will enter their pasture or keep coyotes out (which in my point of view pose a much lesser danger to our animals than domestic dogs) - they are defenseless toward viscous dog  attacks because of their size. I am not speaking for the large standard or mammoth donkeys - but for animals the size of miniature donkeys." source: Nadia Attia-O'Bryan The Little Friends Ranch


 When gelding your donkey, be sure the vet knows to tie off the cords as well as cut them.  Some vets don't know this because they've never gelded a donk.  If the cords aren't tied off, there is a great risk of bleeding to death! As soon as all the testosterone is gone (2-3 months) he should become more gentlemanly.







Budweiser Donkey Commercial

What do you get if you cross a donkey

 with an onion?


Most of the time you simply get an onion with long ears,


but every once in awhile, you get lucky
and get a piece of ass that brings tears to your eyes.


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