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We have some beautiful miniatures and miniature donkeys.  They are all very sweet and a blast to play with. If you want to build your child's confidence, then get them a little Mini or Mini Donkey. Or if you are looking for a back yard pet they're perfect. To learn more about them please read the articles below. Thanks!!!

OUR MINIATURE STUD "ACID"
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AMHA REGISTERED

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TOONTOWNS SPARKLING WINE
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AMHA & ASPC BLACK N WHITE MARE

TOONTOWNS SPARKLING WINE "SPARKLE", AMHR, 1998 model, she is 36", black and white.

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MOCHA
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GRADE GRULLA MARE

 "MOCHA" - GRULLA MARE - 33" TALL, 2009 MODEL.

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JACK JACK
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HE LOVES HIS BUTT SCRATCHED.

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EORE
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A GELDED MALE

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ABBY AND ROSE
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MINIATURE DONKEYS - WHITE AND RED

ABBY IS THE WHITE DONKEY. SHE IS A 2005 MODEL. ROSE IS THE RED DONKEY, A HAND TALLER THEN ABBY. SHE IS A 2004 MODEL.

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DUMPY
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BORN JUNE 2012

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General Care of Miniature Horses

    
Nutrition: It's important to understand the nutritional needs of Miniature Horses. Miniatures are prone to overeating and can Photo courtesy of GuideHorse.com develop problems from excessive food intake. Nutrition for Miniature Horse is similar to that for large horses but the differences in body size must always be considered. Miniature Horses will normally require a daily ration of grain and hay. Two feedings daily are the minimum when feeding Miniature Horses because of the size of their intestinal tract and the need for continual movement of food in their system. Plenty of clean water should always be available. Pasture access must be limited when the grass is long and lush or founder (a painful and crippling condition) may result. As with all horses, feeding should be tailored to the individual animal. Check with your veterinarian on an appropriate feeding program for your particular horse.

     Housing: Miniatures, though small, are hardy animals. They thrive on pasture, sunshine and room to run and play. If you are not planning to show your American Miniature Horse, a three-sided, run-in shed for protection from cold winds and wet weather is usually sufficient shelter. During the show season, show horses are usually kept in individual stalls in a barn, but keep in mind they still need turn-out time to run and play.

     Miniature Horses stand low to the ground and are more affected by airflow than larger horses. An open, airy barn is essential in maintaining good health for Miniatures. Stalls should be built so horses can look over the partitions and receive the benefits of airflow.

     Hoof Care: Hoof care in Miniature Horses is essential. Owners need to have young horses' feet trimmed at an early age to help avoid any conformational problems. Hooves should be picked out every day and trimmed for balance on a regular schedule. Try to choose a farrier who specializes in working with Miniatures. Neglected or improperly trimmed feet can cause serious problems. 

     Dental Care: Miniature Horses should have their teeth checked at an early age. It is easier to do routine dental care rather than to wait until the teeth (and the problem) become challenges. Proper, routine dental care and maintenance is a very important aspect of horse ownership.

     Grooming: Whether your American Miniature is a showPhoto courtesy of GuideHorse.com horse, breeding stock, or companion, regular grooming is an essential aspect of his total care. Not only does the horse benefit from your grooming, he also becomes accustomed to your touch. This creates a special bond between you and your horse.

     When grooming, always brush and comb with the hair, never against it. This will keep coat soft and shiny and the mane and tail free of tangles. During fly season, the horse will appreciate a light covering of fly spray.

     While bathing is occasionally necessary and an important part of the process, Miniatures should not be bathed too frequently as bathing removes much of the natural oil from a horse's coat.

     Veterinary Care: If you purchase an American Miniature Horse from someone in your area, ask that person to recommend a local veterinarian. You and your veterinarian will want to establish a comprehensive health program for your Miniature, which should include a regular immunization schedule. They type of immunizations required for your horse will vary depending on your intended use and geographic location. You will also need to develop a deworming program for your Miniature Horse. All horses are prone to internal parasites and these parasites can severely affect your Miniature Horse's general health and performance if left unchecked. Your veterinarian will suggest a deworming schedule based on your horse's living environment and geographic location. In general, it is a good idea to have a veterinarian who is familiar with your horse and his health history so the best possible care can be provided in an emergency situation

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FACTS ABOUT THE MINIATURE DONKEY
BY Carolyn Christian

PERSONALITY

A miniature donkey is affectionate, extremely comical and a joy to own. They are by nature people loving. They truly care for his or her family and are like the family dog. They are playful and will develop lasting bonds with humans.

Intelligence

The intelligence of the miniature donkey is superior to all other farm animals. They are thinking and reasoning creatures. The miniature donkey is easily trained. They are not so flight oriented that they will hurt themselves or others when startled as is the case with other equine. That intelligence at times makes them appears stubborn. Quite the opposite is true. They do not put themselves in harm's way which can lead to accident or injury.

 

LIFE SPAN

The average life span is 25 to 35 years but with good nutrition and proper care, miniature donkeys have been known to live longer.

 

HEIGHT

Mature height is 36" and under. The Miniature Donkey Registry accepts miniature donkeys who measure 36" and under. Their small size makes them easy to handle for both adults and children.

Name Designations

  • Males are called “jacks" .

  • Females are called “jennets" or “jennies" .

  • Males that have been castrated are called “geldings" .

  • Babies are called “foals" until they are weaned.

  • Babies that have been weaned and are under a year old are called “weanlings" .

  • Donkeys that are between one and two years old are called “yearlings" .

REGISTRATION

Miniature Donkeys are registered through the Miniature Donkey Registry which is administered by the American Donkey & Mule Society at www.lovelongears.com

 

WEIGHT

Mature weight is between 225 and 350 pounds.

 

FOALING

Gestation is 11.5 to 13 months with an average around 12 months. Foaling problems are uncommon in miniature donkeys. Owners will want to brush up on the care of the pregnant jennet and the things to look for as foaling approaches. See Carolyn's article on “Signs of Foaling" .

 

COLORS

Colors are gray, brown, black, red (or sorrel), spotted and a more rare solid white color called frosted spotted white. The color of their muzzle and eye rings designates what is called “points" . Most donkeys have white around their eyes and muzzles. That is called “light points" . A donkey with a dark muzzle (almost always having an absence of white around the eyes) is said to have “no light points" or NLP for short.

 

CROSS

Almost all donkeys will have a "cross". The cross is a darker brown or black dorsal stripe running from the top of the donkey's back from the withers (where the neck connects to the back) and extending to the rear and down the tail. There is also a shoulder stripe that intersects the dorsal stripe at the withers running down each shoulder. There is a legend called the “Legend of the Donkey's Cross" . It states that Jesus rewarded the donkey for his loyalty to Him when he carried Jesus into Jerusalem and staying with Him at the crucifixion by placing the shadow of the cross across the donkeys back for all to remember the importance of God's humblest of creatures.

 

HEALTH

Miniature donkeys have relatively few health problems. They are hardy animals used to most anything the environment can throw at them. They thrive in the cold regions of Canada and the hot areas of Mexico, South America and Africa. For information regarding their care, see Carolyn's article on “Care of the Miniature Donkey" .

 

MINIATURE DONKEY ANATOMY

CONFORMATION

Responsible breeders should always breed for excellent conformation in their foals. That is necessary for the health of the donkey and the welfare and future of the breed. Although perfect conformation is impossible to achieve and subject to breeder preference, the following should be included in any discussion of good conformation.

 

Proportion – This means that each body part is proportionate to every other body part, i.e. the head isn't too big or too long for the neck and body, the length of the body isn't too long for the legs, the neck isn't too long for the head and torso, etc. A longer back is acceptable in the brood jennet in order to give her more room for gestation and delivery of the foal. You can't always define proportion but you can certainly tell a well-balanced donkey when you see it because it has great eye appeal.

 

Body Type – There are two body types in the miniature donkey. One is called drafty or stocky and the other is called refined. A drafty body type is seen when the donkey is thicker, legs are larger, rump is wider, and neck is thicker. The overall look is one of heavier bone. A refined body type is seen when the body parts are thinner and not as heavy looking. Both body types are acceptable although breeders today tend to like a more drafty look in their breeding stock.

 

Head – A shorter head and wider forehead is preferred over a long and narrow one. Heads can be roman, flat or dished. Roman heads are more convex while dished heads are more concave.

 

Teeth – The teeth should meet perfectly. A slight overbite or underbite is acceptable with the Miniature Donkey Registry as long as it does not exceed " . A severe overbite is called “parrot mouth" while a severe underbite is called “monkey mouth" . Occasionally, foals will be born with an overbite or underbite but they grow out of it at maturity. It all depends on the genotype (heritable characteristics) in the pedigree. Bad bites are highly heritable and donkeys that have them should not be bred.

 

Topline – A straight topline is preferred. Although the miniature donkey is naturally slightly higher in the rump, this height should not be excessive. A sway back is a conformation fault.

 

Legs – Miniature donkeys are naturally slightly cow-hocked because they are a draft animal and descendants of draft animals. Cow-hocks are common in draft animals used for work. It helps pull a load because they can more easily get their feet under them to aid in pulling.A miniature donkey's legs should be straight to only slightly cow-hocked. Severe cow-hocks are a conformation fault. When viewed from the front, legs should not be knock-kneed or bowed. Hooves should not be facing away from the donkey or underneath him or her. This is referred to as “toe-in" or “toe-out" . Ideally, all 4 hooves should face directly forward and legs should be straight. Additionally, when viewed from the profile, the donkey's canon bone should be in perfect alignment vertically with his tail set (where his tail meets the rump).

 

Width – Miniature donkeys should have good width between their front legs as well as their back legs. Lack of width is referred to as “close" in front and/or back. This width is particularly desirable in the brood jennet in order for her to have more ease in foaling due to a wider body frame.

 

Rump – The rump should be full and round when viewed from the profile or above the donkey. When viewed from the profile, the tail should appear to simply lie on the rump rather than dangle from it as in the case of a pointed rear. When viewed from the top, the rump should form a “U" and not a “V" .

 

BREEDING MINIATURE DONKEYS AS A BUSINESS

Miniature donkeys are fun to breed and a wonderful means of making additional income. They are small, easy to manage and healthy. There has been a continual demand for miniature donkeys and the prices have remained relatively stable for many years even through the ups and downs of the economy. It appears that the breeders who breed for good conformation, keep their numbers relative to the demand, and market well are those who are successful. Additionally, the miniature donkey is easy to market because they sell themselves with their affable disposition, love of people, and easy going nature.

 

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THEM?

There are many activities you can enjoy with a miniature donkey. They are easy to train to lead and pull a cart. What fun it is for a couple of kids (or middle aged kids!) to ride in a cart pulled by a donkey.

 

You can take them to county fairs, nursing homes, schools, church, birthday parties and other such venues. They are a hit wherever they go and they enjoy the adventure as well. You can show them. There are many local, regional and national shows around the country that you can attend and show in halter and/or performance classes.

 

Some miniatures have become registered therapy donkeys through the Delta Society (www.deltasociety.org) and bring joy to sick and terminally ill children in children's hospitals and our veterans at VA hospitals.

 

But the most important thing you can do with them is to share them with family and friends. Miniature donkeys bring families together; children with parents, grandchildren with grandparents. They teach us that family fun is much more exciting than TV or video games. We learn to relax as we laugh and observe their comic ways.

 

Miniature donkeys open a door to a magical and joyful world that we would never have entered without them.  The best answer to the difficult question of “What do you do with them?" is found in the response one new miniature owner gave us years ago. When asked what he wanted to do with his miniature donkey he just purchased from us he replied, "I want to drink coffee and grow old with Pedro." At last word, they are doing both.

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