About Equus Asinus (donkeys)
The literal definition of a donkey per Merriam-Webster is: any of several hardy gregarious (see GREGARIOUS sense 1a) African or Asian perissodactyl mammals (genus Equus) smaller than the horse and having long ears
BRAY Club (and the Western Pack Burro ASSociation) has the following definition in their rules: The word burro comes from the Spanish word meaning donkey. A donkey is defined as being an ass, of the species ‘Equus asinus’. They have chestnuts on the forelegs only, while other animals of the same genus of equus, such as mules or horses, have them on both the hind and forelegs. The tail has short hair, except on its lower portion , which has a brush.
Donkeys are not just horses with long ears.
Donkeys have different nutritional needs than horses and have a different way of thinking than horses. BRAY Club supports organizations that recognize the fact that donkeys are not just horses with long ears. Below are links to learn more about donkeys.
The Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary is the foremost expert organization on donkeys. No other organization has put as much time and research into donkey needs than they have. While based in the UK, The Donkey Sanctuary operates globally and has amazing resources for donkey owners.
Their DONKEY CARE HANDBOOK is a must for all new donkey owners and a practical resource to own regardless of how long you've owned long ears.
Their "Knowledge and Advice for Owners" section is filled with information that ranges from feeding to training to health and welfare. It is a shorter, simpler version of their donkey care handbook.
Lucky Three Ranch - Meredith Hodges
Lucky Three Ranch is run by Meredith Hodges, a donkey and mule training expert. Their website offers training tips, hints, help, and videos.