The weekend of 1-2 October saw the fifth birthdays of Morris and Aitana, with the two days falling on a Saturday and Sunday as they did five years ago. They had new plastic buckets to play with (and quickly broke them) and they also went for a birthday walk.
Returning to the question of the donkey weight chart, we now have some figures.
Rubí (7 years 6 months old) is 116 cm high and 126 cm heart girth = 205 kg
Morris (5 years old) is 118 cm high but a hefty 145 cm heart girth = 290 kg
Aitana (5 years old) is 117 cm high and 127 cm heart girth = 210 kg
Matilde refused to go anywhere near the yellow snake with numbers on it (tape measure) and I gave up chasing her around the field because the whole exercise was going nowhere.
There remains a huge problem with this: a pear-shaped donkey like Rubí, when measured around the heart-girth, seems to come out as “ideal”. If by “ideal” we mean shaped like a Zepellin that would be fine, but I don’t think this method works for pear-shaped donkeys! I will contact the Donkey Sanctuary.
And a final thought: they wouldn’t put a bronze sculpture of an obese donkey outside the Donkey Sanctuary, would they? And that looks pretty much like Morris. So let’s call him “Ideal.”
3 thoughts on “Donkey weight part 2”
That’s the problem with uniformity! Try the human BMI and you’ll see what I mean. Another symptom of utilitarianism. Creation is messy!
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There’s a thing called “hay belly” which is not a disease but just a tendency of some horses/donkeys to have a very round tummy. I’ve read a better indication of whether donkeys are fat is if they start to get deposits of fat on their neck. I saw from the diagram you showed previously that they also get deposits on their hips. After your previous post, I checked my donkeys and my Don Quixote is starting to get quite the hip padding. We’ve had a pretty lush summer with lots of grass this year. Who’d have thought grass is fattening? Oh well, winter is coming so I’ll have more control over their feeding.
I have also heard that the neck is where donkeys really show extra weight. But, like humans, build must come into it- Ambrogio is a well built donkey, tall with sturdy legs; Sascha has ballet dancer legs and so her tummy somehow always looks fatter than his.