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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".…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Donkeys and all the gear necessary to care, feed and take them on a field t...
From £47
/ person
Sat, 28 Nov
12:00 - 13:00
£47 per person
£47 per person
Sun, 29 Nov
09:00 - 10:00
£47 per person
£47 per person
Mon, 30 Nov
09:00 - 10:00
£47 per person
£47 per person

Meet your host, Michael

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 17 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 17 reviews.

Kathleen
November 2020
This is probably the best animal experience i ever had. Michael and Johanna were very nice and welcoming. There were many animals in the ranch. We saw goats sheeps horses mules and really friendly dogs. We were able to groom and rides the donkeys. View was really nice. We were lucky enough to see michael train the Murphy the mule. If you are looking for a getaway from city life, this is definitely worth your time.
This is probably the best animal experience i ever had. Michael and Johanna were very nice and welcoming. There were many animals in the ranch. We saw goats sheeps horses mules and…
Tijana
November 2020
Amazing experience! Michael was a wonderful host, his ranch an incredible place, and the animals one of a kind. We can’t wait to visit again!
Donald
November 2020
This was a truly unforgettable experience and the most fun I’ve had on an animal themed adventure. Michael is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about his craft and animals and I felt he honestly loved sharing this passion through the experience. I left the experience with a new found appreciation for an animal that is, quite possibly, under appreciated. Highly recommend this experience if you’re looking for a unique animal connection!
This was a truly unforgettable experience and the most fun I’ve had on an animal themed adventure. Michael is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about his craft and animals an…
Mable
November 2020
This was a great experience and I can't wait to go back and show my friends and family this experience. It was wonderful place to go and get some knowledge about the Donkeys. I would recommend for all ages.
Michael
February 2020
The ranch is set in the hills and the grounds were breathtaking. Interacting with the animals was a once in a lifetime experience for two lifetime city dwellers. Mike was an excellent host.
Robert
February 2020
We had great time together with Michael and his super friendly donkeys. We soon became friends with everyone. It was so nice to see the donkeys up close. Feeding, grooming and walking them in a gorgeous southern California valley. We recommend this Airbnb experience!
We had great time together with Michael and his super friendly donkeys. We soon became friends with everyone. It was so nice to see the donkeys up close. Feeding, grooming and walk…

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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.