Donkeys Daily Routines

Winter Routine

  • 10 am → Check donkeys

  • 10:15 am → Feed cats

  • 10:20 - 10:25 → Feed donkeys

  • 10:30 → Check and clean out water bucket

  • 10:35 - 11:05 → Muck out donkeys

  • 11:10 - 11:30 → Groom and clean out donkeys hoofs

  • 11:35 → Check that gates are closed - hay shed, yard and inside the shed

Donkeys are checked at 5 pm to make sure that the water is still running, enough feed in for them until the next morning and to give a skip out of the shed

This winter routine can include maintenance of trailers, hoof trimming/worming treatments, going to get hay/straw/feed and cleaning the tack that is used on the beach ready for when the donkeys are next working or the licence checks are taking place. Also the donkeys have a twice yearly check from the welfare officer with The Donkey Sanctuary to make sure that everything is ok and that there is no concerns for them to worry about with the donkeys.

Summer Routine

When the donkeys are working the daily routine looks like this but can change if they don't work on the beach and have a day off then the winter routine is used:

  • 9 am - 9:30 am → Check donkeys and muck out

  • 10 am - 10:25 → Feed (sugar beet and rolled barley), groom and tack up donkeys

  • 10:30 am - 10:45 → Put bridles on donkeys and load up into the trailer

  • 10: 50 - 10:55 → Unload donkeys from trailer, lead down onto the beach and check tack

  • 11 am - 16:45 → Open for donkey rides and photos (15:05 - 15:30 - donkeys have break from work)

  • 16:50 - 16:55 → Donkeys go home from work where they are untacked and straw/some hay is put in the shed for them

When the donkeys are working on the beach they have a shelter, bucket of clean fresh water (checked throughout the day) and x2 big boxes of hay. They also have either ginger biscuits, carrots or apples for treats when working but not to much. When the donkeys have a day off from work in the summer due to the weather been bad or it’s really hot (like June/July in the year 2018) the routine will be like the winter months