Donkey’s As Companions; Book Review

We recently obtained a copy of a very informative book, “The Donkey Companion” purchased from and authored by Sue Weaver.

We wanted to review this book as a candidate for literature to pass on to new donkey owners. We believe it is our responsibility to breed and sell healthy donkey companions and provide the new owners with the tools to have years of enjoyment.

I really enjoyed this book! It is generalized in that the book covers information on all types of donkeys: Mammoth, Miniature, Poitou, etc. Yet the book does a very good job of describing the differences and giving resources such as ADMS (American Donkey and Mule Society) NMDA (National Miniature Donkey Assoc.) etc. One chapter is dedicated to the origin of the donkey and the various wild donkeys throughout the world. There are some beautiful color photos of wild asses as well as the various domesticated breeds. In addition, the book has a chart describing differences between donkeys, horses and mules.

The book outlines proper confirmation, as well as faults. Donkey behavior is discussed in detail. A great deal of time is dedicated to proper feed and nutrition, grooming and hoof care and health, including parasite control.

The book has multiple chapters dedicated to basic training, saddling a donkey as well as proper equipment, driving and the various activities at shows for donkeys. There are several color photos of driving, coon jumping, donkeys under saddle, snigging and pack riding. In fact, I recognized several individuals in the photos.

The book also spent time on foaling and the business of breeding and selling donkeys. Emphasis was placed on breeding quality and not falling into the trap of fads; such as color, popular bloodlines, etc. This is near and dear to my heart, in that in breeding dogs for over 30 years, I have seen fads bring serious genetic problems, personality issues and over-exaggerated characteristics into certain breeds.

For the information contained in this book, it is a bargain and extremely educational. We highly recommend this book and intend to provide a copy to new owners of donkeys purchasing stock from Legendary Farms. To read the complete Book Review Click Here to go to our Product Review Page.

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