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[ INDEX ] Equine Type: Hinny Breed: Hinny   [ PREV ] [ NEXT ]
A hinny is a cross between a stallion (male horse) and a jenny (female donkey).

The conformation of hinnies combines both 'horse' and 'donkey' elements. For example, the heads of hinnies closely resemble the head of a horse rather than the head of a donkey. Their hooves, however, are relatively small and have the oval shape that is seen in donkeys but not in horses. The ears of hinnies are closer in size to 'long horse ears' rather than are donkey ears. Their body width, however, is usually narrow and is closer to the body width of a donkey rather than that of a horse. That said, the body of a hinny can be as wide as the average horse.

The mixture of horse-and-donkey conformational traits, as demonstrated above, led to the common yet false myth, that the conformation (and colors) of hinnies are always similar to these of donkeys. In reality, however, hinnies can equally resemble a horse as they can resemble a donkey, and are often indistinguishable from mules.

An interesting noticeable difference between mules and hinnies, is in their herd behavior and dynamics. Mules find it easier to befriend horses and behave like them, while hinnies prefer the company of donkeys. This difference is explained by the different education which mule foals and hinny foals receive from their mothers.

Hinnies, just like mules, can come in all colors and patterns that exist in horses except for: double cream dilutes, pearl and cream pearl, frame overo, full-body corn roan, manchado, metallic, mushroom, rabicano, splashed white, and sabino-1 (although white-spotted sabino does exist in mules). Their coat lacks white markings except for the occasional star, unless it is pinto or leopard, in which case markings can vary.

Hinnies are shorter and smaller than mules because of their dam's smaller body. Their maximal height is theorized to be 17hh, because this is the maximum height documented in donkeys. Therefore, in Horse Isle, hinnies cannot exceed 17hh.


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