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Ep. 030: Donkeys, Mules and Hinnies, Oh My! How Their Nutrition Is Different


Dr. Tania Cubitt


Hailing originally from Australia, Dr. Tania Cubitt is one of Standlee’s resident nutrition experts, with both technical and practical life experience. She has a PhD in Equine Nutrition and Reproduction from Virginia Tech and raises black angus cattle, along with a few goats in Virginia.

Katy Starr


From the western state of Idaho, Katy Starr works as a marketing consultant for Standlee Premium Western Forage, focusing on nutritional content. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agribusiness from the University of Idaho, and partners with her husband in raising a small commercial cattle herd and their three girls.

Episode Details

On this episode, co-host Katy Starr chats with Dr. Stephen Duren, PhD, MS, PAS about: • Why donkeys can eat straw, but horses shouldn't • Do donkeys, mules and hinnies need cereal grains or concentrates? • How donkeys and horses differ drastically with their water intake We unpack the importance of why these species NEED to be fed and managed differently. Spread the wealth! Share this episode with your friends and colleagues who own donkeys, mules, or hinnies. Have any topics you want to hear more about? Let us know at

Episode Notes

15:05 - Learn more about Wallace the Mule making history:

Minor correction – If you compete in dressage or own mules, you're probably well aware this isn't recent news, whoops! Wallace the Mule won the British dressage competition in 2018, not recently as mentioned in the episode. 




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