This upcoming year I have two things going on. 1. I am buying 10 acres and 2. My Heifer will have her first calf. However, I am pulling the calf soon after birth and I want the calf to have a buddy that doesn't eat a whole lot. I have a few young daughters who are absolutely in love with the idea of a horse and a son who saw a mini donkey before and has wanted one ever since. I think when we go to the land for camping (probably most weekends) I want to take the calf with me for grazing (heifer is staying home and i will go back to milk her) But I was thinking of fencing in an area for pasture for our camping trips and taking the calf with us. Would a mini horse protect the calf at night? we will only be sleeping 50 feet away from their pasture so if anything attacked at all, we will be right there so I dont know if protection is an issue or not. The calf will never be left alone. Here at home the calf will have a small pen as we have no pasture here. I love the idea of the sound of a donkey around the place but at the same time, i love the manes of horses far more than mini donkeys. It is a bit easier to find mini horses but the prices are similar if I can find a mini donkey. Can mini donkeys be as friendly for little girls (ages 6 and 8) as a mini horse? or would they be standoffish? Advice? is either better for our situation?