Memorial Day Mini Donkeys
Memorial Day weekend of 2016, we
took in this herd of 4 mini donkeys from a family in
Lycoming County that was relocating to Arizona. The
donkeys had been pasture pets for about 14 years.
The donkeys had been looked after by the owner's
children who grew up and moved away, leaving the elderly
owner overwhelmed. They arrived at the farm in need
of serious hoof work due to neglect, they needed their
teeth floated and routine care like vaccinations and
Chuck is slightly smaller than his pal Ernie, but
he is not afraid to push his way past to get to the hay
racks! Chuck is a typical mini donkey - smart and
is a handsome little donkey, with a spotted coat and the
cutest little donkey face!
Horses and Donkeys
Ernie is a super sweet little guy who loves
attention from people. Neck rubs and back scratches
really make him
largest of the mini donkeys, Spark is also the most
aloof. His hooves were in the worst shape of the
four minis upon arriving at the FARM, and must have been
quite uncomfortable for him.
We purchased King from a family that had bought him
very inexpensively at auction just a couple months
previously. The only background information
available for him was that he was owned by a woman who
had financial problems and could no longer properly care
for him. King arrived at the FARM with problems
that are common among off-track thoroughbreds: separation
anxiety, his hooves were in bad shape (flat-footed,
under-run heels, cracked and flared hoof walls) and he
was underweight. King has filled out nicely and his
hooves have improved significantly. He
has adjusted well to his new home and seems to be
enjoying his retirement here in central
Sparky was donated to the FARM by a family
that had purchased a miniature mare for the family's
children to ride. When the seller of the mare
delivered her, she brought along Sparky and
demanded that the family take him, too. Sparky
is about the same size as Scout, too little for all but
the smallest children to ride. Sparky also arrived
untrained and quite wild - the previous owner stated the
farrier had to sedate him to trim his hooves!
Sparky has responded well to basic training and is
really a good boy now. The mares have helped
teach him some manners, too!
Kaluha was expected to be a star brood
mare by her previous owner before a personal financial
crisis forced the owner to liquidate the herd.
Kaluha acts as herd queen and isn't shy about
pushing any of the other minis away from the hay racks -
even her BFF Ginger! Scout, Princess and
Kaluha are foundered, a painful
inflamation of the supporting structure of the hoof.
Miniature horses are especially susceptible to founder,
obesity and equine metabolic
Ginger came to us as a yearling. Her
owner had a small herd of miniature horses that she was
planning to breed and sell, however, her financial
situation changed and she was forced to liquidate her
herd. We obtained Ginger and the mini mare she was
closest to at their previous home, Kaluha.
Princess is a senior mare who came to us from
an owner who had used her as a pasture companion to a
thoroughbred. When the thoroughbred accidentally
stepped on the family's teacup Yorkie, the family was
heartbroken and they decided to sell him. Having no
need for Princess any longer, the owner was anxious to
see her go as well. We were happy to give her a permanent
Scout came to the FARM from an owner who
simply did not have room for him. Scout is a
real clown and loves to nibble shoes and clothing.
He seems not to recognize that he is the littlest
equine on the FARM, as he rushes to
investigate anything or anyone that could
potentially threaten the herd - such as a tractor, the
farrier or the muck cart!