Donkeys are one of the most common draught animals in the world. Highly affectionate and smart, they are easy to train, keep, and manage. Pound for pound, they are stronger than horses and ponies of the same size, which leads to their popularity. Donkeys are extremely hardy animals and can survive and thrive in areas and conditions that would not benefit a horse. Their boxy hooves make them surefooted in uneven terrain. Mostly used for driving and hauling loads, donkeys are even used in endurance races! They may not be as fast as horses in the same race, but their toughness and stamina makes them serious competitors.