Keep your donkeys warm with our bespoke donkey rugs. Development of bespoke donkey rugs was necessary as pony-shaped rugs do not fit donkeys very well.

Donkeys have narrow shoulders, chests and necks compared to ponies and older donkeys also have narrow hind quarters. Pony rugs also tend to slip and rub, while the leg straps rub the donkeys’ sensitive skin between their hind legs. Pony rugs also drop below the shoulder blade, which restricts their front leg action and can actually trap them when they lie down.

  • The coloured binding denotes the different sizes
  • Red is the most common size here at The Donkey Sanctuary and measures 130 cm
  • There are eight sizes available in 8 cm increments, ranging from 100 cm to 150 cm.

When designing these donkey rugs we made sure that the front section did not hang down to their knees so that they could move their legs easily and the adjustment buckles on the chest have quick-release clips. The crossing belly straps and shaped tail flap ensured that the rug does not slip and therefore requires no leg straps. The neck section has a fleece-lined elasticated top and a Velcro fold-over flap. The fabric is lightweight, waterproof and breathable and is available in a lightweight cotton-lined rain sheet or in a quilted rug suitable for a clipped donkey to wear, or for a very elderly donkey that finds it difficult to move around and feels the cold.

Winter coats for elderly or sick donkeys

Young and healthy donkeys are unlikely to need a winter coat or rug as their coats will naturally thicken as we approach winter. But if your donkeys are old or sick they will find it harder to maintain body heat so they may need a rug to keep warm. Elderly donkeys may also benefit from having a heat lamp in their stable for extra warmth.

Rugs should be removed daily and your donkey’s coat brushed before the rug is replaced. It is advisable to have a spare rug in case one gets particularly wet or damaged. On warm, dry winter days we recommend leaving your donkey’s rug off for an hour or two, but make sure they do not become cold or wet.

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