It’s great to give donkeys access to a wide range of plants and herbs in addition to their main diet. It can have numerous health benefits and mirrors how they feed in the wild. Donkeys enjoy foraging and they are mostly pretty good at finding the nutrients they need and avoiding plants that are harmful. Read more
“Spoil your donkey with love, not treats”, Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, USA
It can be really hard not to overindulge your donkeys. When they look at you longingly with those big brown eyes and impossibly sweet faces, you just want to give them all the goodies their hearts desire… Read more
Catching a reluctant donkey and lifting uncooperative feet can be done. Donkey Welfare Adviser Mark Kerr shows us how, with help from Lottie and Buttons…
Donkey Home Visit with Mark Kerr, Donkey Welfare Adviser
It’s February and there’s a gale blowing. I pass a fallen tree on the way. I’m meeting Mark at a garden centre in Horsham, West Sussex. We’ve managed to pick the day of Storm Doris. We navigate rows of plant pots and brightly coloured flowers and take refuge in the café. Read more
Did you know that donkeys have extremely efficient digestive systems?
Donkeys are much better at digesting food than horses and ponies, absorbing 95% of what they eat. In the desert, where donkeys evolved, food is scarce, so their digestive systems can break down inedible vegetation and extract moisture from food very efficiently. Read more