The Easter Bunny’s “Horse Cousin”

Sourced from Women of Age Riding Horses

They look like BIG bunnies but we can attest that they are pure genus equus – meet the Poitou donkey.

Poitou donkeys originated in southern France, developed from donkeys imported from ancient Rome. They are the largest donkey breed historically used as breeding stock to produce working mules. Their coats are dark brown and black, they have white underbelly, nose and rings around their eyes. They have large features – heads, leg joints and ears. Some ears are so large that their weight causes they to flop sideways. The Poitou’s most distinctive feature is their matted coat, hanging cords of soft hair called a “cadanette”…(MORE)

http://womenofageridinghorses.com/2017/04/the-easter-bunnys-horse-cousin/

5 comments on “The Easter Bunny’s “Horse Cousin”

  1. Although probably a mix of breeds over the hundreds of years in the wild west, the Twin Peaks (north/east California) burros certainly resemble this breed.

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  2. Page 16 states that “according to Gus Cothran (2002) the Sinbad Wild
    The Sinbad Wild Burros carried this DNA before this little Herd was decimated by the BLM roundup/research operation.

    Burro Herd has its greatest similarity to the Poutou Donkey…a rare French Donkey
    Sinbad Wild Burro Roundup and Research Plan EA (since been scrubbed from BLM data base)

    Multiple Wild Burros Die After BLM Abusive Capture
    https://rtfitchauthor.com/2016/11/04/multiple-wild-burros-die-after-blm-abusive-capture/

    Story by Robert Stevens as published on the Sanpete Messenger
    “They were perfectly healthy on their rightful, healthy range but once captured, abused and mismanaged by the out of control BLM they contracted a mysterious and rare illness that caused their deaths. Stranger than fiction and very convenient. This is exactly what Grandma Gregg was addressing in her telling OpEd I GUESS IF YOU ARE GOING TO MURDER THEM ALL – THEN KILLING A FEW DOZEN WILD BURROS ALONG THE WAY MEANS NOTHING?”
    Dead wild burros in Axtell Utah contracted rare virus

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  3. Correction…sentences in the above post ran together.
    This is how it is supposed to read.
    Notice that the link is no longer available on the BLM website.

    Page 16 states that “according to Gus Cothran (2002) the Sinbad Wild Burro Herd has its greatest similarity to the Poutou Donkey…a rare French Donkey

    Sinbad Wild Burro Roundup and Research Plan EA

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  4. BABY FRENCH POITOU
    A Precious Birth

    Well the jenny was full of infection when I bought her so my vets lavaged her in November-and again in December of last year.
    I kept her separate from my jacl from Nov.17 2009 until April 15 2010 on advice of my vets–I had her ulrasounded on June 28–showed a 4 month fetus however on Oct,19 I walked into my barn to find a full term , healthy Poitou jenny foal–miracle baby–vets can’t explain it !!!

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