Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Donkey with Scratches / Mudfever
Poor Arthur :(
Last winter he just had a tiny bit of scratches in February which we treated with ointment, and it cleared up.
This winter - the snow is sooo deep it's a whole different story. He has bad mud fever on all four of his legs. I have tried the ointment but it's been so cold that either there are ice scabs - or frozen ointment - or both. The ointment just isn't working.
I do have a barn with one stable that he could spend time in but......
He is my only donkey, I have two other horses.
He adores the horses and if I try to separate him from them he will be distraught and he won't snuggle down in the dry barn he will stand mournfully at a gate gazing at them for EVER.
The snow just keeps on coming, and we are having a hard enough time clearing it to get hay out to the horses, let alone try to clear an area for Arthur. Sounds feeble I know, but there is a LOT of snow here and it's going to keep on coming.
So, I have put in a call to the vet to ask if there are any antibiotics that will work.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Diet? Leg protection? Migration of donkey to warm climate?
Your thoughts, however wild they might be, would be welcome.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.