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PrimRose's Birthday Party and Donkey Care

Posted by PrimRose on August 22, 2017 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

PrimRoses's party was a great success; lots of visitors meeting the donkeys and other animals at the sanctuary. Money is raised at these events held periodically to buy hay and help care for animals. It costs $700 per year for a healthy donkey which includes hoof trimming, floating of teeth, vaccinations, hay and bedding. All donations are gratefully accepted at the sanctuary and go directly to the animals; there are no paid staff or overhead costs.

Keep an eye on the website to read about upcoming events such as Donkey Education Day and Carolling With The Donkeys. And remember no treats for the donkeys as many are on a special diet. Carrots and apples are veryhigh in sugar and as donkeys have very efficient digestive systems theycan become overweight very easily.


Primrose Herself is Having a Party

Posted by PrimRose on August 16, 2017 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This is PrimRose Sheila's first rescued donkey. PrimRose pulled a cart at Black Creek Pioneer Village for the first years of her life and was then a guard donkey at a few different farms. At 21 years old PrimRose and her daughter Jilly were unwanted. Sheila adopted PrimRose and there began many years of rescuing donkeys and the establishment of PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary. Jilly became a companion for a race horse and PrimRose became Sheila's confidante. Primrose is an ambassador for the sanctuary going to fundraising events, walking in parades and visiting seniors' homes. PrimRose is going to be 43 years and on August 20th 2017 there will be a birthday party at the sanctuary from 1-4pm. All are invited, there will be baked goods and tours offered. Donations are always greatly accepted.


Donkey Vocabulary

Posted by PrimRose on August 9, 2017 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

These are some Donkey words and definitions

Colt is a male donkey less then four years old

Filly is a female donkey less then four years old

Yearling is a male or female of one to two years old

Foal is a male or female up to one year old

Gelding is a castrated male

Mare is a female

Stallion is a male donkey not castrated

Jack is a male donkey

Jenny or jennet is a female donkey

Other related words are

Molly is a female mule

Mule has donkey father and a horse mother

Hinny has a donkey mother and a horse father


Wilson the Hinny

Posted by PrimRose on August 7, 2017 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Wilson is a hinny having a donkey for a mother and a horse for dad. In certain light a faint cross is visible along his spine. Wilson lives with his good friend Gordon hinny, Austin mule and Sheema miniature horse. These four friends do not mix with the donkeys well: Wilson loves to chase and nip at them creating havoc. He is territorial even when donkeys come near the fence. As a result they are kept on their own with hay, salt, shelter and water. Here Wilson is rolling in the dirt to prevent fly bites. He's craning his neck to see what I am doing behind him because one of the other animals, in particular Gordon, might be getting attention or food that Wilson feels entitled to! Guaranteed he would have to get up if that were the case!



Barnyard Politics

Posted by PrimRose on August 1, 2017 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This is Bernice an elderly Nubian Goat. She lives part of the year with Preston goat, Vanna White goat and Kitty Lamonte sheep outside the barn. Unfortunately, as winter rolls around, Preston and Vanna will not share the shelter with Bernice and she would not survive the winter. The first winter Bernice was in a stall in the barn she became very sad and depressed so Kitty was moved in with her to keep her company. When Kitty and Bernice move outside in the summer there is a lot of head butting as Preston and Vanna make it clear who is boss. When the animals are fed hay Preston becomes very bossy to any one who gets between him and his food. Vanna can also head butt Bernice to keep her away for the food. It was gratifying to see Bernice head butting Vanna back finally but Preston remains the king of the castle!


Donkey Appearance

Posted by PrimRose on July 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Donkeys look different then other equines. Donkeys' ears are very long. The tail and mane are coarse. The mane is upright and stiff often looking quite fashionable with what could be frosted tips.

Donkeys often look as if they have thin long legs and tiny hooves. The shape of the hoof is small and round. Donkey hooves must be trimmed every 6-10 weeks as they keep growing like human toenails. If the hooves are not trimmed the bones in the legs can become malformed and the animal can go lame. A donkey owner must find a farrier who specializes in donkey hooves as the technique is different then other equines.

The tail is somewhat like a cow, covered partially with body hair and ending in a tasseled switch.


Donkey Health

Posted by PrimRose on July 24, 2017 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (1)

The fat neck roll on Evelyn as seen below is known as a broken crest. Donkeys evolved to survive on low quality roughage. When donkeys are improperly fed the fat forms along the mane and when it becomes big and heavy it collapses. Improper feeding can include high energy concentrates such as a prepared grain mix, corn and barley. Lush pastures can also cause this as well as the quantity of food eaten. This condition can also result in laminitis which is an inflammation of the foot which can cause a donkey to go lame. This broken crest will not disappear even when the diet is improved however the health problems that occur along with the broken crest can lessen if the animal is keptoff lush pastures and not fed improper foods that are too rich.

Evelyn came to the sanctuary with this broken crest but she now eats more like a normal donkey and while it will not go away she now leads a much healthier life.


Donkey Colours Part 2

Posted by PrimRose on July 20, 2017 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As well as having characteristic colours of the coat as talked about in the last blog donkeys can also be differentiated in two other ways: points and trim. The points are the colours of the muzzle, rings around the eyes, belly and upper legs. The trim is the mane and tail. In the four miniature donkeys here it is easy to see how the points and trim are distinctive in most donkeys making it easy to tell them apart.


Donkey Colours

Posted by PrimRose on July 15, 2017 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Walking around PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary one can see that donkeys come in all shapes, sizes, colours and coat textures. There are many donkeys in the world but few pure-breds and the donkeys at the sanctuary show a mixture of many types of donkeys.

One defining feature is colour and the grey dun colouring is the most common. After that is brown, black, roan, broken coloured or spotted and white. Below are Gloria (white), Robbie (brown), Oliver (grey dun), and Tiana (broken coloured or spotted) showing some of the donkey colours one can see at the sanctuary.


Gloria donkey (white)

Robbie donkey (brown)

Oliver donkey (Grey dun)

Tiana (broken coloured or spotted)

The Donkey Cross

Posted by PrimRose on July 11, 2017 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A poor farmer owned a donkey that was so small he could not earn his keep. The farmer told his family he could not afford to keep a useless animal. His children suggested he tie it to a tree and whoever wanted the donkey could have it.

The next day two men asked if they could have the donkey for Jesus of Nazareth and the farmer happily gave the donkey away. Jesus rode the donkey to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Later when the donkey saw Jesus on the cross he was so upset and turned away. The shadow of the cross fell on his back and there it stayed to this day.

Most donkeys have a dorsal stripe and shoulder cross as is clearly seen in the photo on Oliver.



Upcoming Events

Thursday, Aug 24 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, Aug 27 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday, Aug 31 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, Sep 3 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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