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    08-11-2012, 04:09 AM
I'm no expert on Donkeys, but I would definitely say that I would get that poor boy seen by a vet.
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    08-11-2012, 02:54 PM
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I had donkeys once and they had that to.. I was told it was just fat.. It's definitely NOT attractive.. I wonder if exercising her would get rid of them?
    08-11-2012, 03:44 PM
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It is just adipose fat and it is probably permanent no matter what you do other than let him get VERY thin. I am not sure it would go then. I would have a good farrier that know how to trim donkeys trim his feet and see if you are dealing with any founder now. DO NOT let anyone lower his heels or try to make his feet look like horse feet. Many donkeys have been permanently crippled that way.

Donkeys, like many Shetlands are more resilient to founder and have less pain than horses and also get over it a lot better. They just need good hoof care by an experienced donkey and mule man.

Very small feedings of dry old grass hay would be best. If may even warrant testing (sugar content) or routine soaking to remove some of the sugar.

You will not be able to keep him with 'normal' horses when they are fed. He will over-eat no matter what the other horse is or does.
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    08-11-2012, 04:46 PM
That's call an extremely obese donkey and those lumps will keep getting bigger and bigger. The funny part even if they lose the weight, they always seem to have lumps they will never really go away for good. There all fat stores because donkeys are desert animals they had to store as much fat as possible so during drought they would survive.
    08-11-2012, 05:27 PM
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I'm with everyone else on this one. Your donkey looks very much like ours, although ours has buildup mostly around his belly area and shoulders. There isn't a thing you can do about it, but follow everyone's advice closely and get her off of the grain/bermuda hay immediately.

Our donkey came to us in this condtion and with a fallen crest. At first, we though that he was extremely wormy, so had a fecal done. He had no worms. That's when the vet told us about adipose fat. He had unfortunately already foundered by the time we got him (though his old owner didn't realize it) and he was in fairly significant pain. However, after some corrective trimming and a huge diet change (he was being fed 12% sweet feed and grass of all things!) he made a big turn around and is now very healthy. However, he still does have the fat build up and its been three years. He also has to be trimmed every four weeks rather than every 7, like our jack. We have him on a flake and a half of cow hay a day (he's a miniature donkey, which is why he gets so little), stuff we wouldnt even think about feeding our horses- and he looks great.
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    08-12-2012, 12:51 AM
Originally Posted by Cherie    
...a good farrier that know how to trim donkeys trim his feet and see if you are dealing with any founder now. DO NOT let anyone lower his heels or try to make his feet look like horse feet.
Agree fully Cherie, except I'd say "lower his heels inappropriately" as IME, people seem to take the 'donkey feet are upright & not the same as a horse's' to extreme & in my experience, it's the ultra high heels & steep toes that have been more common on donks. So saying, I think donks & certainly mules are far less common over here, so my experience is not huge & most of them are kept as pets on soft ground, overfed, not worked, etc too.

OP, Pete Ramey has got a fair bit of info on donkeys on his site hoofrehab.com & also has a DVD specifically on donkeys & their feet & different needs.
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    08-22-2012, 02:57 AM
I've tried adding more exercise to her routine and there's no way to get her to move anywhere very fast or for very long and I think it's because it hurts her. She enjoys going out but only a little ways and then coming back to the barn.

We've already had a bad farrier screw up her feet before a few years ago and then my friend's dad (also a farrier) came up to look at her and he's been doing her ever since. He finally got her feet back to the way they should be and I think the reason it kind of hurts her to walk is because she's SO heavy and never does anything.

I think my grandma's going to have the vet out to look at her and I'll ask him specifically about this because in the past when he's been out to do vaccinations and stuff he hasn't mentioned anything....

Thank you guys for your help! I really appreciate it :)
    08-22-2012, 05:52 AM
Pix of her feet? Yes, if she's suffering laminitis, she will be sore & that will have to be addressed before exercise - I don't believe in forcing a sore animal.

It may be worth a second opinion, finding an equine vet who has also good knowledge of donkeys, because the current vet may not have mentioned it because he's just not knowledgeable in that area.

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