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Loveable Long Ears - Donkey Connection!

San Diego, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Michael

60 mins
Includes equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

You will meet my donkey herd ranging from babies to adults, from small to mammoths (this is a breed of giant donkeys used for riding and making mules). We will groom, walk, feed and maybe ride the donkeys (depending on the interest and circumstances) in a private and casual environment. You'll learn about these workhorses of the equine world and quickly grow to appreciate the magnificent donkeys often lovingly referred to as "long ears".

All of this will happen at an expansive private ranch, one of the largest remaining in San Diego county, with creeks, waterfalls, pond, miles of exclusive trails and natural wildlife. Whether it's your first time with donkeys or you want to rekindle a past experience this experience is for you.

No experience is necessary and this is family friendly!
Other things to note
Wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty!
You will meet my donkey herd ranging from babies to adults, from small to mammoths (this is a breed of giant donkeys used for riding and making mules). We will groom, walk, feed and maybe ride the donkeys (depending on the interest and circumstances) in a private and casual environment. You'll learn about these workhorses of the equine world and quickly grow to appreciate the magnificent donkeys often lovingly referred to as "long ears".…

Michael's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Donkeys and all the gear necessary to care, feed and take them on a field t...
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Thu, 21 Jan
09:00 - 10:00
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Thu, 21 Jan
11:00 - 12:00
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Fri, 22 Jan
09:00 - 10:00
£46 per person
£46 per person

Meet your host, Michael

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 28 Reviews
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I'm a donkey trainer and enjoy showing others the loving personalities of donkeys. I work with both wild donkeys rounded from the the US wilderness by the BLM and domestic donkeys. I've been growing and teaching donkeys for 8 years - learning how to work with these unique animals who often have a mind of their own. Donkeys LOVE people and are far more affectionate than horses once they learn that humans are caring and fun.
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Where you'll be

We'll head out to the vast pastures to halter the donkeys. We won't have to walk far because once they hear us coming, they'll come running! They love humans & field trips. We'll take the donkeys for their spa day giving them treats along the way. Then it's off on a field trip to explore nature.

You'll likely be amazed at the intelligence, personality and thoughtfulness. By the end, you'll likely have a favorite one, but it'll be a tough choice.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 28 reviews.

Nicole
January 2021
My daughter and I had the most incredible time at Michael’s ranch! We rode, fed, and groomed the sweetest donkeys! They were so gentle and calm with my 2.5 year old daughter. We also saw beautiful horses, twin baby calves, rode on a huge tree swing, pet sheep, played with the friendly farm dogs, and toured parts of the ranch premises by golf cart. Michael was so friendly, courteous, and a wealth of knowledge about all the animals. It was such a fun day with my daughter and a time we will never forget! We will definitely be back!
My daughter and I had the most incredible time at Michael’s ranch! We rode, fed, and groomed the sweetest donkeys! They were so gentle and calm with my 2.5 year old daughter. We al…
Jennifer
January 2021
This experience with the donkeys & animals was AMAZING! Micheal (the host) was awesome & knowledgeable. We learned so much about the animals on the ranch. We fed, rode, brushed, pet & bonded with the ranch animals. We even rode donkeys! We took our 3 year old and she didn’t want to leave. We will forever treasure this animal experience and are so glad we booked this. It was about a 35 min drive from our stay in Carlsbad but was well worth the trip to the ranch! 5 stars for sure.
This experience with the donkeys & animals was AMAZING! Micheal (the host) was awesome & knowledgeable. We learned so much about the animals on the ranch. We fed, rode, brushed, pe…
Teree
December 2020
We had a fantastic time at the farm. Michael is a wonderful host and the animals were super gentle. This is a great experience for kids and adults alike.
Jenile
December 2020
We saw Michael’s smiling face from the road and it was such a warm welcome. We were there with a 3 & 4 year old so not entirely sure how they’d react but our host knew exactly how to ease them into the experience and even offered alternative ways we could spend our time if riding the donkeys didnt work out. He was so generous with his time and information about the animals. The donkeys were gentle the entire time. We could have stayed all day! Definitely worth the visit even if just to soak in the beauty of this sprawling property!
We saw Michael’s smiling face from the road and it was such a warm welcome. We were there with a 3 & 4 year old so not entirely sure how they’d react but our host knew exactly how…
Mona
December 2020
This was an AMAZING experience ♥ ! Unable to travel internationally for the holidays, I decided to seek alternate adventures and happened upon Loveable Long Ears. Johanna was quite affable and informative. She provided a great experience /memories I will treasure for a long time. I was able to walk, ride , feed, brush Chuy and Padre. By the way, donkeys crunch carrots loudly just like humans :). Loved being with the animals in this wide open space. Cant say enough of how superb this experience was. Highly recommended!!!
This was an AMAZING experience ♥ ! Unable to travel internationally for the holidays, I decided to seek alternate adventures and happened upon Loveable Long Ears. Johanna was quite…
Sarah
December 2020
My family loved visiting Michael’s ranch! We are a family of 4 and have two young girls, 7 & 2. Everyone had a great time. The land was very beautiful and peaceful. Upon arrival we were greeted by Michael’s ranch dogs who were all very friendly and each had its own unique personality. We were told a bit about the history of the ranch and what to expect on the tour. We jumped right into the golf cart and headed up the trail to find some donkeys to feed carrots to. Both girls had a great time feeding them. So did I! Then we actually helped Michael heard the donkeys down a trail and into a gated pasture. The only two we did not put up were the two that me and my daughter rode on. Their names are Chewy and Padre. Both very mellow donkeys and my 7 year old was able to ride Padre bareback and did so well!! I rode Chewy and fell in love with him. After going on a short trail ride we headed back and put them in the pasture with the other donks. Then we were able to check out a few other areas of the ranch. We all had a wonderful time and I truest believe this is an experience we will cherish having together. I’m so glad I decided to book the activity. 💯 recommend going to visit Michael and his adorable donks if you’ll be anywhere nearby. Thank you again Michael!
My family loved visiting Michael’s ranch! We are a family of 4 and have two young girls, 7 & 2. Everyone had a great time. The land was very beautiful and peaceful. Upon arrival we…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 3 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

You might want a hat because we'll be out in the sunshine.

Clothes you don't mind getting dirty.