New Pregnant Donkey....BAD feet :wink:

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    07-18-2013, 05:24 PM
New Pregnant Donkey....BAD feet :wink:

I adopted a standard donkey from a rescue yesterday and she has bad feet. Let me give everybody a little history of the donkeys. She was owned by a person that neglected her as well a 20 other donkeys a released all of them onto federal land to find for themselves. Of the 20 donkeys 9 of them were jennys and pregnant and the rest were intact jacks.

I am thinking that she is around 5 or 6 years old, she has had some handling from the foster home that she was in before I adopted her. She has trust issues more with male that females and is not easy to catch since she is currently on 60 acres. I have been able to get within 2 steps of her before she runs off.

Her hooves have not been taken care of in quite some time and her left rear is the worst of them all....and she is a kicker!

I need a little advice on having someone trim her with her being scared and afraid of males.

Here are some pictures of her...




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    07-18-2013, 06:32 PM
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You may have to sedate her the first time, then just work-work-work with her on the feet handling. My mare HATED men and bit/kicked at them when they got close, but after a lot of handling she was able to be trimmed by a man while I held her head, then eventually she could be trimmed by just about anyone. Now she'll even help hold her foot up for you to give her a 'pedicure.'

Can you get her into a smaller pen until she's easier to catch?

Oh, and there IS such thing as a female farrier... o.-
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    07-18-2013, 06:44 PM
As usual Endiku is dead on with her info. Get her sedated, get it done. Then work on getting her to trust you & being handled. Food is your best friend with this. Cherios, frosted mini wheets, apples..... figure out what she likes & bring it with every time
    07-18-2013, 06:44 PM
I have been trying to get her into a smaller section but she is still very scared. The previous farrier that we had beat my horse I am leery of anyone trimming my animals, so farrier that we have now is very good with the horses and goes slow.
    07-18-2013, 06:56 PM
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Is she eating any ration balancer, grain, hay, etc., that you can lure her into the pen with? You could potentially trap her in once she walks into the pen to eat. Being that she is pregnant you really do want her to be used to being handled as soon as possible. That way if she has complications, she won't have to be traumatized further by the scary two legged demons trying to hold her down or something.

So sorry to hear that you past farrier was terrible. I had an experience with a farrier who hit my mare with a rasp for not holding still when he was scraping her frog, so I can feel you there. I'm glad that you have a better one now though!
    07-19-2013, 12:27 AM
I got her close to getting a lead rope but then she ran away. She is on Life Design Mare & Foal Horse Feed, that I'm trying to feed her 2x a day.
    07-19-2013, 12:57 AM
Off topic here, but scuba dreams did your other mare have a healthy baby? I remember there was some concern about frame and OWLS? Did you post an update? I can't remeber as I forgot your name!!! Thanks
    07-19-2013, 09:27 AM
She has a healthy colt and he is a stinker....image.jpg
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    07-19-2013, 12:20 PM
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What a good looking colt!

Life Design Mare and Foal is a good feed, its what I'm feeding my yearling. Just don't give her too much until she is lactating. Donkeys are a bit different with their nutritional needs than horses are, so she really doesn't need a whole lot of 'extra' until she's about to pop (last month or two then through lactation).

She sure is a cutie. I hope you can get her to realize quickly that you are her friend. I still think luring her into a small pen might be a good idea.
    07-19-2013, 06:38 PM
Well I just got her into a smaller area and she will touch me but I still can't get a lead rope on her.

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