Monday, 22 April 2013

Why it sucks to be a Hinny

Context: A hinny is  a mule like creature that is the product of a male horse and a female donkey. It is similar to the more common mule, which is the product of a female horse and a male donkey.

Why it sucks to be one: 

1.)Short: Hinnies are on average slightly smaller than mules: Mules already have a complex about being shorter than horses (how does this breeding work, anyway). A hinny is restricted to being about the size of the largest breed of donkey. Mules, however, have a female horse as a parent, so they can be as large as the size of the tallest breed of horse.

2.) Not cute: Hinnies are one step shorter in the tallness hierarchy. They're bigger than a Shetland pony, but not even half as cute.

Shetland Pony

3.) No bebe's : Yup, they're sterile. Like mules,  the male hinny can and will mate, but the emission is not fertile Some exceptions have been found, particularly from the male side of things. Fun fact: In China in 1981, a hinny mare proved fertile with a donkey stallion.[citation needed] When the Chinese hinny was bred to a donkey jack, she produced "Dragon Foal," who resembled a donkey with mule-like features.

4.) No Due: Male hinnys are usually castrated to help control their behavior by eliminating their interest in females.

5.) Snobbery: Hinnys are choosier about their mates than horse mares and donkey jacks, thus, the two parties involved may not care to mate.

6.) Unfortunate name: All I can think is hiney, which is what kids used to get spanked on when I was growing up. I know its pronounced differently. 

* all except that last were ripped verbatum from wikipedia. I'm sorry wikipedia  . . .I hope we can still be friends.

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