First Mainland Donkey & Mule Club News

Donkeys and Mules may not be our whole life, but they sure make our life whole!

WHY DO WE HAVE A DONKEY?

WHEN YOUR DAY SEEMS OUT OF BALANCE
AND SO MANY THINGS GO WRONG
WHEN PEOPLE FIGHT AROUND YOU
AND THE DAY DRAGS ON AND ON
WHEN PARENTS ACT LIKE CHILDREN
AND EVERYTHING GOES WONKY
GO OUT INTO THE PASTURE
AND WRAP YOUR ARMS
AROUND YOUR DONKEY
HIS GENTLE BREATH ENFOLDS YOU
HE WATCHES WITH THOSE EYES
HE DOES NOT HAVE HIS PH. D.
BUT HE IS ---OH—SO WISE!
HIS HEAD RESTS ON YOUR SHOULDER
YOU HOLD HIM VERY TIGHT
HE PUTS YOUR WORLD IN BALANCE
AND MAKES IT SEEM ALRIGHT
YOUR TEARS THEY SOON STOP FLOWING
THE TENSION NOW HAS EASED
THE STRESS HAS BEEN LIFTED
YOU ARE QUIETLY AT PEACE
SO WHEN YOU NEED A RESPITE
FROM THE TURMOIL IN YOUR DAY
THE VERY BEST THERAPY EVER
IS OUT THERE--- EATING HAY
!

  WHAT DO YOU DO WITH 'EM ?

 

With the rising interest in keeping physically fit many mules and donkeys are being used as pack animals. You can buy packing outfits for them or make your own and have them carry a picnic lunch for you.  

 

 

Donkeys have been used to protect livestock against canine predators for centuries. They are extremely intelligent, with acute hearing and sight, and they are conservative by nature. If a donkey hears a strange sound it will alert the herd to danger by voicing a warning.

 


 
 Many people like to take their mules and donkeys to shows. It is a wonderful environment in which to be involved, the people you meet, the donkeys you see and the experiences you have are all priceless. 
 

      
The donkey and mule's versatility makes them useful for a variety of jobs, such as helping around the farm doing basic chores. The different tasks they can do are limited only by your imagination.      

 

 

Modern mules excel in the recreational field, trail, packing, driving and ranch work. From driving to dressage, from cutting to packing out big game, jumping to gymkhana, a good mule is worth its weight in gold.    

 

 

 

  Many people take their donkeys to farm fairs, nativity scenes and parades.  They are such a quiet, laid back rare animal that these functions welcome donkeys with open arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 Easily trained to pull a  cart, miniature donkeys are great for driving.  They are very strong for their size and have excellent endurance.  They can be driven in parades, shows or just for fun. 

   

                                                                                        

OR

you can just "hang" out with them and enjoy
th
e most adorable, affectionate, soft and cuddly
 creature in the animal kingdom
!
                             

There is an old saying:
"horses will look at you,
but donkeys see through you
right into your soul"

WHERE DID THEY COME FROM


Donkeys come in all sizes from the Miniature Mediterranean to the elegant Mammoth.  George Washington imported several Mammoth Jackstock from Europe in the 18th century in order to develop a strong mule to improve the transportation industry. The Mammoth Jack should be at least 56" high while the jennets start at 54’.
The Standard Donkey was brought to South America and Mexico by Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Conquistadors in the 15th century and has since migrated from south to north. They are divided into two size classes: Small Standard - over 36" to 48", Large Standard - over 48’ to under 54" for jennets, under 56" for jacks.


Miniature donkeys originated in the Mediterranean area of Northern Africa in ancient times and more recently from the islands of Sicily and Sardinia where they were generally used as working animals. The Miniature Donkey is a small, very strong working donkey capable of pulling or carrying large loads and with the gentle disposition to be an ideal family pet. They are one of the most affectionate and friendly animals of their kind. Miniature Donkeys are registered by height, with the limit being 36" at the withers in mature animals. The most prevalent colour for miniature donkeys is gray but they also come in spotted, brown, black and sorrel.


A mule is the sterile offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. The much rarer offspring of a male horse and a female donkey is called a hinny. Mules and hinnies are almost always sterile, attributed to the differing number of chromosomes of the two species; donkeys have 62 chromosomes, whereas horses have 64 chromosomes. The mule possesses the patience, endurance and sure footedness of the donkey and the vigor, strength and courage of the horse. Mules come in a variety of colours and sizes ranging from miniature to saddle and draft types. They are a made to order animal that is created in just one generation.

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