I have no idea what is up with my donkey! - The Horse Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 11-09-2012, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 750
• Horses: 3
Exclamation I have no idea what is up with my donkey!

My 20 year old donkey, Grady, is acting kind of weird today. I gave him hay for the first time this year, and at first he attacked it. Then he tightened up, curved his neck and laid back his ears. His back was almost straight! Then he started nibbling hay again. He did that about every 20 seconds and each time he ate less and less hay. After a few minutes he walked away and then back a few times. Then he started nibbling hay again. After that I came back up to the house.

He has never done anything like this before, that I have noticed. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? I attached a picture.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 1f3603dd081a_4151611e-ee5c-4af5-8d6d-9d7521e7201a.jpg (33.1 KB, 96 views)

Last edited by ParaIndy; 11-09-2012 at 02:05 PM.
ParaIndy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 11-09-2012, 02:06 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 3,370
• Horses: 0
I'd have to assume that he developed a donkey case of 'choke' (if they do that - while they're cute as heck I don't know much about them) and his reactions were to dislodge and get the hay sent on its way. Perhaps wetting the hay will help it go down smoother.
Chevaux is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 11-09-2012, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 750
• Horses: 3
Should I go and check on him? Do I need to do something?
ParaIndy is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 11-09-2012, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 750
• Horses: 3
Ok, just checked on him and he looks like he is fine, he is just eating really slowly.
ParaIndy is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 11-09-2012, 02:40 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 3,370
• Horses: 0
Please continue to monitor him just to be sure but if he's back to eating and it was an obstruction he may have worked it out. Since you mentioned he is eating slowly, he may also be experiencing some dental problems which needs a vet to help with that.
Chevaux is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 11-09-2012, 04:20 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Little Mountain, SC
Posts: 143
• Horses: 4
In case he does have choke, I would take his food away & water away per Vet instructions. I lost my old man (30+) because of choke. He coughed up a hay ball but went back to eating so we thought he was fine. However the next am he had snot coming out of his nose. Vet came but could not dislodge since it was a high choke,perhaps complicated by tumor. Anyway we ended up having to put him down. Worst day of my life.......
sherie is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 11-09-2012, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 750
• Horses: 3
I'll keep a close eye on him. He seems fine so far, but I'll check him first thing in the morning. Thanks everybody for the help!
ParaIndy is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My donkey Dapolina Other Equines 2 10-25-2012 11:43 AM
Good Idea Or Bad Idea? countryryder Horse Talk 13 10-22-2012 02:10 PM
Donkey? ohfroggit Horse Breeds 6 05-25-2012 09:57 PM
Extra hay, good idea or bad idea? lancek Horse Health 21 01-23-2012 03:39 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome