As an insult, "ass" has come to mean "a stupid, obstinate or perverse person" - hardly a fair association for these lovable animals. Asses, also called donkeys, have aided humans for centuries, transporting loads too heavy for people to carry.
A more fitting definition for "ass" might pay homage to their role as companions to other livestock animals.
"Nervous horses have been known to calm down with a donkey companion as a stall or pasture mate," writes farmer Jim Robinson on donkeys.com. "With horses recovering from surgery or injury or with nervous horses such as race or show horses, the donkey seems to have a calming effect."
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