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        11-03-2013, 09:31 AM
    Donkey Critique?

    The pictures aren't the best, but the only time he was standing perfectly square he went off to give the dog the business, so of course I missed it. I'm just looking for opinions on his conformation. He is trained to drive, and I'd like to bring him back into it, does he look like once he's in better shape driving is something he can accomplish? Aside from his obvious down-hill pattern he has going on, anything jump out at you? I do not own this Donkey, but I am looking at purchasing him in the near future.. Thanks all for the help.
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        11-03-2013, 10:07 AM
    It's hard to tell in that pic & I'm not the best at conformation. IMO his legs & feet look good. Looks like he may have some good size fat pads along his back, in which case he need a diet & work, but they may never go away. What does his neck look like?
        11-03-2013, 10:53 AM
    Is he a mini? Pretty portly with stubby legs and it's hard to see much from the photo. If he is trained to drive I don't see why he would not be able to do it again once he is in better condition providing he is not hampered by health issues. How old is he?
    Cute little dude.
        11-03-2013, 11:00 AM
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    Not a good pic for a conformation shot. Does look like he needs to get in shape and a good worming, but would be fine for driving.

    The only concern I have is his front hooves. Not sure if its the angle of the pic or what - but they seem to be wavy and look a bit like they have been previously foundered. Might be just the angle of the pic and needing a trim - but I would have that looked at.
        11-03-2013, 10:21 PM
    His stance makes him look really awkward with a pot belly and long back but I think squared up maybe it's not so bad? I would suggest more pics please :)
        11-06-2013, 01:07 AM
    As others have said, can't really tell confo from that pic, but he's pretty heavy, looks like he desperately needs to lose a fair bit. Donkeys are built for even more sparse, low grade forage than horses. Extra Mg in his diet will help his metabolism, hooves and to dissolve the fat pads.
        11-06-2013, 06:11 AM
    Green Broke
    Would Mg be Magnesium? I have recently acquired a donkey,& she desperately needs to lose weight also. Any other tips for that would really help.
        11-06-2013, 04:20 PM
    Yes, magnesium. Also do some reading at & Donks are effected in the same way as horses, but tend to suffer so much more because they're even less likely to cope with the cattle fattening pastures & rich feeds. Not to mention so many farriers & vets seem to have so little idea about their feet. I have a friend who did a trip this year to Central Australia & has put up some feral donkey pics on her site; - look up the donkey page.

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