Vinnie is so special to me that I just had to give him his own web page. Vinnie was my first donkey and was 7 years old when I got him. He is now 29 years old and still going strong.
Vinnie is a gelding that can do it all. He drives, does tricks, and
serves as "babysitter" for the foals at weaning time. He is very good at breaking up any squabbles that arise in his paddock and does not hesitate to teach the youngsters acceptable donkey behavior.
He plays with them and generally makes the separation from "mom" a lot easier.
His pedigree is rather undistinguished and his conformation is less than perfect, but he is without a doubt the smartest donkey on the farm. I've seen him transfer hay from another donkey's pile to his own with his nose when his friend wasn't looking. He also goes out into the pasture and deliberately closes the gate behind him when the other donkeys try to follow him. I guess he needs some
"alone time" to enjoy the grass without being pestered by the youngsters. Who can blame him ? He loves his farrier and is always the first in line to get trimmed. He will then stand right next to
every young donkey while he is trimmed and put his head on their
backs to reassure them. It works!
Although it's always difficult for me to part with any of my donkeys, to part with Vinnie would be impossible. He has truly been a blessing in my life.
Vinnie keeping an eye on the youngsters.
Vinnie and a little weanling jack.