What You Need To Know About Donkey Bathing And Grooming

Donkeys are very sociable animals, and they like to spend time with their people. That’s why grooming sessions are so important part of the overall donkey care. Read on to learn more on how do you bathe a donkey & more.

Daily Grooming Schedule Is Important

daily grooming schedule

It’s a good idea to establish a daily grooming schedule for your donkey. This gives you a chance to spend some quality time together, and it also gives you a chance to examine your pet thoroughly and notice any cuts, bruises, hoof problems and the like.

Donkeys really benefit from a daily grooming because they like to take a daily dust bath. This habit keeps them safer from flies and other parasites, but it also keep some rather dusty looking. Daily currying and brushing with a mud brush will help keep your donkey looking presentable.

What Tools Do You Need To Groom A Donkey?

Taking care of donkey can be expensive. Your basic equine grooming kit should consist of:

  • A metal or plastic mane and tail comb
  • A rubber or metal curry comb
  • A stiff bristled mud brush
  • A soft finishing brush
  • Terrycloth rags
  • A hoof pick

Begin grooming with the curry comb over the neck and body to remove loose dirt, mud and hair.

Always comb in the direction the hair grows. Contrary to popular belief, is not a good idea to curry in a circular motion. Never curry over legs because the skin here is very thin and there’s not enough padding to protect the bones against bruising.

After currying, brush your donkey’s neck, body, upper legs and mane and tail with the mud brush. Don’t use this stiff brush on the thin skin of the lower legs.

Comb your donkey’s mane and tail with the comb.

If your donkey has lots of dirt or mud on his face, ears and/or legs, use a dampened terrycloth rag to clean this away.

Finish up the entire body, ears, face and legs with the soft finishing brush.

Lift your donkey’s hooves one-by-one and clean them with the hoof pick. If you want to get fancy, wipe off the outsides of the hooves with a damp terrycloth and polish them up with a little baby oil.

If it’s fly season, finish off by applying fly spray all over. Use a terrycloth rag to apply it to the face and ears.

Should You Clip A Donkey?

Pet donkeys typically don’t need to be clipped, and if they have a thick shaggy coat in the wintertime, it’s because they need it. Generally speaking, you should not hurry shedding in a donkey. Just provide good, regular daily grooming and the hair will fall out as it needs to in the springtime.

If you show your donkey, you may need to clip him or her. If this is the case, be sure to provide a blanket during chilly weather. Otherwise, donkeys don’t need a blanket because their coats keep them warm.

How Do You Bathe A Donkey?

Donkeys don’t really need frequent baths, and they especially don’t need to be bathed in the wintertime. If your donkey is used to being groomed daily and is gentle to handle, you can just use the garden hose to wet all of the hair, wash with a gentle soap and then rinse with the hose.

Brush off excess water with a curry comb and then keep the donkey tied until he has dried. Otherwise, he will go right into the dirt and roll.

This presenter uses a bucket and sponges.

Donkey Bath Time

Some Donkeys Enjoy Being Sprayed To Keep Cool

If you live in a very hot environment, you may want to give your donkey a hosing down with plain water every day or two. Some donkeys enjoy this.

You would not want to give your donkey a full bath very frequently because even gentle soap strips the skin and coat of natural oils that help keep hair and skin healthy.

Nicky Ellis
Nicky has been an editor at Farm & Animals since 2019. Farm animals have been in her life from her earliest memories, and she learned to ride a horse when she was 5. She is a mom of three who spends all her free time with her family and friends, her mare Joy, or just sipping her favorite cup of tea.

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