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Donkeys & sweating

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Want Less, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Want Less

    Want Less Songster

    Mar 24, 2010
    New Bern, NC
    We live in eastern NC (read that as very hot & VERY humid) and we have 2 horses & a mini donkey. We've only had the donkey for the last year. On days like today where it is ridiculously hot & humid out (heat index 110+) our horses are standing still and sweating. However our little mini donkey is not.

    He acts fine, grazes, naps, does all his normal little donkey things. But I just realized yesterday that I have *never* seen him sweat. He is 5 years old and has no known health problems. He is not worked at all (he's a farm guard for coyotes, etc) which is one reason I've not seen him sweating due to exercise. But the horses are dripping wet today and he's dry.

    Because it was late summer last year before he shed out, we body clipped him this spring. He has unlimited access to shelter/shade and plenty of water. He shows no sign of heat stress. However my Arabian mare who is his pasture mate is soaked in sweat on days like these. I've seen several occasions where the Arab mare huddles under shade in the pasture in the afternoons and naps while he prefers to stay out in the full sun & graze.

    Do donkeys have a higher heat tolerance? Should I be concerned or is this normal for minis and/or donkeys? [​IMG]

    My assumption is that if he's hot he'd be in the shade or in the barn in front of the fans... and he'd be giving me other signs that something isnt right. But of course I dont want to assume [​IMG]

    Any and all thoughts appreciated.

  2. Donkeys tolerate heat much better then horses. Long ears keep them cooler and there hair also keeps them cooler. If you have ever seen on TV in countries where it is really hot, you always see the donkeys pulling the carts with no problem. I've been told Donkeys love the heat. [​IMG]
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I rarely see my mini donkey sweat, even when the mini horses are...... they are used in the desert, so I assume they are use to hot temps more than other equines.
  4. Appytaz

    Appytaz Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    Central Florida
    We have the same thing the horse is covered in sweat and the mini donkey is fine. He was sunbathing a few days ago and I was sure he was dead from the heat. Opened the back door and he popped his little head up. Just sunbathing!
  5. babyblue

    babyblue Songster

    Sep 23, 2009
    The ears actually act like the fins of a radiator do, dissipate heat quickly. Same reason that if they get a cut on the ear they bleed a ton, all the blood vessels in the ears.

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