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(For those interesting in working more with donkeys, see our community service meetup: Little Brays of Sunshine). (https://www.meetup.com/Little-Brays-of-Sunshine/)

Add an interesting dimension to your walks in the Hudson Valley by including a miniature donkey companion. Donkeys are, and have been, one of the most valuable animals to mankind, but also one of the least appreciated and misunderstood. Sweet, calm, intelligent, and strong, they are wonderful trail companions and pets among many other things. Mine make up the Little Brays of Sunshine and serve as therapy donkeys and donkey ambassadors visiting nursing homes, schools, fairs, etc.

I have a herd of nine miniature donkeys and am looking for others who want to join me on walks with them around the Hudson Valley. I've found that the people who can appreciate them are generally great people who are fun and interesting.

Miniature donkeys are too small to be ridden by adults. They will be walking, not being ridden. You will be helping to lead them. We will generally be sticking to easy to moderate difficulty walks of duration ranging between 2 to 3 hours.


Donkeys and experience are not required, but if you happen to have your own donkey, join us!

If you are new to donkeys, also watch for our "Donkey 101" events scheduled through this meetup. At Donkey 101's, you'll learn about the nature and history of man's most under-appreciated and misunderstood domestic partner and it's the only event where you get to meet all of the miniature donkeys plus their herd-mates which include two large standard donkeys, Max, the pony mule, and Stripes, the zonkey (zebra-donkey hybrid).

Did you know that donkey milk is closest to human milk? That's just one of the interesting things about donkeys that you'll learn while having fun and getting some exercise and outdoor time with interesting people.

For more information, see the New Member Info (http://www.meetup.com/Hudson-Valley-Donkey-Walkers/pages/New_Member_Info/) page.

Upcoming events (1)

Weds (formerly Thurs) Short Walk from Donkey Park

Hello donkey walkers, the donkeys are all set to go for a walk to welcome spring! But be aware that although the roads where we walk should be dry, the paddocks at Donkey Park may be wet and muddy, so boots or other water resistant footwear would be appropriate. This walk will be both for those regulars who need their donkey fix and for new members excited to get going. The distance is roughly one mile round-trip and will be on a quiet side-road. We won't have time to do a full orientation session, but there will be some experienced members present and we will be able to give on-the-walk training to the new members. NOTE: Even if there is not a waiting list, if you RSVP Yes and your plans change, please change your RSVP to No. We delay the start of our events to wait for everyone to arrive. For some previous events we have waited for someone who was a no-show and we would prefer not to do that.

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First Day Hike on the Walkway!

Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park - West Entrance

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