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Strong, intelligent, dependable, friendly, and extremely versatile, donkeys are the perfect farm companion. Whether you use your animal to pull carts, till fields, or protect livestock, you’ll benefit from this practical and inspirational guide to working with and caring for your donkey. Providing expert advice on selecting the right breed for your needs, daily maintenance, training, and first aid, Sue Weaver also includes plenty of fun facts and charming donkey anecdotes. Raise a happy and healthy donkey!
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About the Author
Sue Weaver has written hundreds of magazine articles and many books about livestock, horses, and chickens, including The Backyard Cow, The Backyard Goat, The Backyard Sheep, Storey and The Donkey Companion. Weaver and her husband share their ridgetop farmette in the southern Ozarks with an array of animal friends.
Table of Contents
Preface: Why Keep Donkeys?AcknowledgmentsPart 1: Donkey Primer1 Meet the DonkeyA Basic Brayer Lexicon
• Donkeys Aren't Horses
• Out of Africa
• Brayers on the Move
• Donkeys in Myth2 Born to Be WildThe African Wild Ass
• The Asiatic Wild Ass
• The Kiang3 The Breed You NeedWhich Breed?
• Closing In
• Popular North American Breeds
• Evaluating Donkeys4 A Donkey of Your OwnFinding a Veterinarian
• Finding Breeders
• Adopting a Wild Burro
• Adopting a Rescued Donkey
• Transporting Donkeys5 Donkey BehaviorDonkey Behaviors, A to Z
• Donkey WhisperingPart 2: Donkey Care6 Tack and ShelterHalters
• Shelter Options
• Gimme Water
• Fencing Makes Good Neighbors7 Feeding Your DonkeyHay
• Grass and Browse
• Nosebag Know-How8 Grooming and Hoof CareThe Tools of the Trade
• Grooming Overview
• Sheath Cleaning
• Freeze Factor
• Finding and Keeping a Top-Notch Farrier
• Can This Hoof Be Saved?9 Parasite ControlInternal Parasites
• Demystifying Dewormers
• Horse- and Deerflies
• Ticks10 Health CareHealth Care Pointers
• To Be Your Own Vet (Or Not)
• 22 Classic Donkey Maladies
• Medicating Your Donkey
• Don't Wait, Vaccinate!11 The Holistic DonkeyHerbs
• Flower Essences
• HomeopathyPart 3: Donkey Fun12 Clicker TrainingWhat Is Clicker Training?
• Why Click?13 Donkey RidingDonkey Dos and Don'ts
• Why Ride a Donkey?
• Donkey Tack 101
• Training Your Donkey to Ride
• On the Trail14 Donkey DrivingGetting Started
• Driving Gear
• Choosing Harness
• Teaching a Donkey to Drive
• Drive Safely15 Fun with DonkeysShowing
• Pack Burro RacingPart 4: Donkey Business16 Breeding DonkeysBreeding Q&A
• A Jack for Your Jenny
• Getting Ready for Breeding
• Preparing for Foaling
• Give Me a Sign
• Here Comes Baby!
• After the Birth
• Bringing Up Baby
• Socializing Baby
• Very Basic Training17 Those MulesOrigins
• Today's Mules (and Hinnies)18 Making Money with Donkeys (Maybe)Breeding to Sell
• Marketing Donkey Milk
• Manufacture Donkey Equipment
• Donkey Trekking
• Be a Traveling Photographer
• Portray Sinterklaas
• Throw a Donkey Party19 Donkey Marketing MojoWeb Sites
• Do It Yourself!
• Effective Web Design
• The Rest of the Story
• Business Cards
• Flyers and Brochures
• Show Off Your Stock
• Penny-Wise PromotionAppendixesA: ADMS Code of EthicsB: Donkeys as Livestock GuardiansC: Weighing and Body Scoring DonkeysD: Emergency EuthanasiaGlossaryResourcesIndexPhotography Credits