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Abingdon Miniature Donkey Experience

Abingdon, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Christal

60 mins
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Visit our four acre mini-farm right on The Creeper Trail and the South Fork of the Holston River. You'll meet all eight of our donkeys (six miniatures, one standard, and one critically-endangered mammoth) and get to see their individual personalities and herd dynamics up close and personal. You'll learn about equine safety, the importance of the donkey in history, each animal’s personal story (most are rescues), their daily care, and ways they're used in animal-aided therapy. You'll also be able to brush, pet, and take pictures with our beloved pets.

***Per our insurance, the minimum age of participants is twelve years old.

***Upon arriving to our farm, you will be asked to sign a liability waiver to participate in this experience. This keeps our farm safe and our insurance company happy. Thank you in advance so much for understanding.

***You are required to wear a mask when you are on our farm. Because we care about your safety--and ours--we cannot allow you to participate in this experience if you do not wear a mask. Thank you so much for helping to protect us--and yourselves. We're all in this together.

If you need accommodations due to a disability or personal preference, please let us know.
Visit our four acre mini-farm right on The Creeper Trail and the South Fork of the Holston River. You'll meet all eight of our donkeys (six miniatures, one standard, and one critically-endangered mammoth) and get to see their individual personalities and herd dynamics up close and personal. You'll learn about equine safety, the importance of the donkey in history, each animal’s personal story (most are rescues), their daily care, and ways they're…

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Wed, Mar 3
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Sat, Mar 6
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Sat, Mar 13
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Meet your host, Christal

Host on Airbnb since 2020
  • 14 Reviews
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I am the co-owner of Abingdon Donkey Lodge and the caretaker of our herd of eight donkeys. I am a 20-year educator and a best-selling author in the field of PTSD and secondary trauma. I also teach writing workshops that combine memoir writing with equine therapy. I first became interested in miniature donkeys when exploring animal therapy as a treatment for trauma survivors, myself included. I found miniature donkeys to be much calmer, less reactive, more inquisitive, and easier to bond with than their 1000+ pound full-size horse relatives. I met my first miniature donkey four years ago, and that very day I knew these sweet, fuzzy, compassionate, comical long-eared equines would be a lifetime passion. I can't wait to share them with you!
***For your safety, we practice social distancing with this experience right now due to COVI
I am the co-owner of Abingdon Donkey Lodge and the caretaker of our herd of eight donkeys. I am a 20-year educator and a best-selling author in the field of PTSD and secondary trauma. I also teach writing workshops that combine memoir writing with equine therapy. I first became interested in miniature donkeys when exploring animal therapy as a treatment for trauma survivors, myself included. I found miniature donkeys to be much calmer, less reactive, more inquisitive, and easier to bond with tha…
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Where you'll be

The entire "donkey" experience will take place outdoors on our farm in the pasture. Wear comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting dirty, old tennis shoes or boots (no open-toed shoes, please), and come ready to have fun!

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 14 reviews.

Kerry
February 2021
We had the most wonderful time at the Abingdon Donkey Lodge! Christal was an amazing host and made us feel more than welcome the minute we arrived at the property. The house itself is stunning, and of course the donkeys themselves are the stars of the show! They were so friendly and hilarious - I could've spent multiple hours snuggling with them!
We had the most wonderful time at the Abingdon Donkey Lodge! Christal was an amazing host and made us feel more than welcome the minute we arrived at the property. The house itself…
Sandy
February 2021
The donkeys are so cute, personable and fun! I felt like a kid again. ❤️ Christal, the hostess is a warm, wonderful, fascinating, educator and storyteller.. - mission hearted and a tremendous wealth of knowledge. I could stay all day and just listen to her. The farm house is just beautiful and so is the location, convenient to the Creeper trail and other amenities. We had a fun adventure and very memorable experience. 😊
The donkeys are so cute, personable and fun! I felt like a kid again. ❤️ Christal, the hostess is a warm, wonderful, fascinating, educator and storyteller.. - mission hearted an…
Patrick
February 2021
So much fun! Each Donkey had its own personality. Must go if you ever wanted a donkey of your own. Lots of love from them.
Jeff
February 2021
What a treat to spend time interacting with, and learning about, these donkeys! Christal was an amazing host, her passion and knowledge made for an enriching experience. Do yourself a favor and book this experience!
Laura
February 2021
This was a wonderful experience! Crystal was lovely and shared personal stories about all the donkeys. The donkeys were so sweet and we got to get to know their unique personalities a bit as we brushed them and petted them. We highly recommend this experience to others!
This was a wonderful experience! Crystal was lovely and shared personal stories about all the donkeys. The donkeys were so sweet and we got to get to know their unique personalitie…
Tammy
December 2020
Amazing! This visit was amazing. The donkeys were beyond sweet. We learned so much about these amazing creatures. Christal made accommodations for my husband's difficulty with standing. If you have an elderly relative or someone with ambulatory difficulty, message her and she will likely help so this person can enjoy the experience. We will be going back.
Amazing! This visit was amazing. The donkeys were beyond sweet. We learned so much about these amazing creatures. Christal made accommodations for my husband's difficulty with stan…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

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

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to bring

Old tennis shoes or boots (no open-toed shoes, please)

Wear “play” clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.