Thinking About Getting A Donkey? We purchased Miss Lily my quarter horse mare at twenty months old, a baby Mammoth donkey, and a mini donkey in 2007. With my information technology background and project management skills I began reading, and researching everything I could get my hands on to understand the donkey. Horses should never be left alone either as they are a herd prey animal and they need to have another equine to feel safe, lay down and get REM sleep, play etc., It has always been my plan to get my horse Miss Lily another horse due to the semi-truck accident in 2010 this goal was put on hold. One day she will have a horse to be with as horses need horses and donkeys need donkeys. Lily, Rio and Rocket Man all get along well but the boys (donkeys) are very close and Lily is kinda the third wheel. Rio will groom Lily and Lily grooms Rio like book ends they are beautiful together and will always be close no doubt.
Trail walks with the donkeys we never leave one at home all alone
Rio (9 months), Melody and Rocket Man (13) shortly after we purchased them
These boys bonded after Rio (9 months in photo) was weaned from his donkey mom. Rocket Man was 13 years old when they bonded.
Two wild donkeys
Can A Donkey Live Alone Without Another Donkey? Yes, of course but the donkey will not be in optimum health, will not be happy, will bray more and can get violent towards another animal species such as a goat, cow or sheep. Why? Well donkeys like to play tug, grab the neck of the donkey buddy and they are very intelligent much more than the horse as they can think all the time. Donkeys get bored much faster than a horse.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged! Melody