Also at the Sacab Coin horse show were many Andalucian donkeys. These are a breed of very large donkey specific to Andalucia. They were registered as ‘endangered’ in 2001; subsequently, a charity was set up on the Costa del Sol to encourage the protection and breeding of these donkeys.
As mentioned, these donkeys are much larger than their small donkey cousins, and are always light in colour. They used to live and work throughout southern Spain, but with the advent of the tractor, this “poor man’s horse” lost its popularity, and with smaller numbers, the purity of the blood lines was almost lost.
They are considered to be very intelligent (much more so than horses, apparently!) and docile, and really like people, as they were always kept as part of the family.
Take a look at the video – the baby donkey is sooooo cute!