Donkeys' Unique Nutritional Needs
Q: I’d like to add a donkey to my horse herd as a companion. Do donkeys have the same nutritional needs as horses? — MA, via email

A: Just like in horses, forage needs to be the foundation of a donkey’s diet. However, their specific forage needs are a little different than those of your horse. To avoid getting in to trouble it’s important to understand these differences. Without careful management, donkeys are prone to obesity, metabolic issues, and laminitis.

Forage in the arid regions from which donkeys originate is sparse and of very low nutritional value. As a result donkeys have a number of u

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