I am glad that you are considering a donkey as a companion for your mini. My vet suggested that I get a mini donkey as a companion for my mini horse when her pasture mate died. I wasn’t keen on the idea, because I knew nothing about donkeys and had always been a “horse” person. I ended up with 2, one year old sisters. That was 11 years ago and I have never regretted my decision, not for a moment. My girls are incredibly sweet and funny. They only bray occasionally and are not loud at all. My mini horse Lady and the girls got along great until Lady passed away. Now I have the 2 girls (donks) and the 2 mini gelding horses I got last year to keep them company. The never ending cycle
. As everyone has said, donkeys are real, easy keepers, so you just want to be sure not to over feed them. I find for the most part, their care is the same as it is for horses. The big difference between my horses and donkeys, is that my donkeys do what they want, when they want, not what I want. They are very deliberate about where they go and place their feet very carefully. They won’t do anything they think is unsafe. Not the same fright and flight exhibited by horses. If you do decide to get a donkey, I think you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner!
Looks like as I’m writing this you got a donkey! Congrats, you’ll love him!