Next thing on the “Gee, is this a good idea list?” is weather related and donkey related as well. Donkeys are swell little beasts. They are affectionate, often Zen-like in their ability to impart peace to their sometimes stressed-out owners and, on the whole, they demand little in life. However in the weather that we had, and which we are to have again this weekend, donkeys have needs. For healthy young adult donkeys a warm shelter with hay inside it that is facing away from the prevailing icy winds is often enough. If there is freezing rain, those donkeys will very probably be pasted into the warmest corner of that shelter without any help from you. But if one of the donkeys in a group is shivering or is being forced out, if one of them is quite young or if one or more is rather elderly then you need to step up and make sure that the animal concerned is being properly sheltered from the weather. I hear people say, “Well, that one donkey hates to be by itself,” and the answer to that is ‘move another donkey in with it so that they can make friends’. I am a pragmatic person. Do what works as long as it is essentially humane. If you have a couple of older donkeys put little pony blankets on them and let them share a horse stall for warmth.