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    01-14-2014, 08:13 PM
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A few apple slices or a handfull of frosted mini wheats & you'll be forgiven :)
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    01-16-2014, 11:48 AM
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The donks were very animated yesterday. Lots of heads shaking, running, sparring gently.

Dusty has come out in top so far, and Roo doesn't seem to mind.

Roo seems to try to bray but doesn't make much noise. Is it possible to be too fat to bray?
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    01-17-2014, 05:00 PM
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Roo seems to try to bray but doesn't make much noise. Is it possible to be too fat to bray?
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Maybe?!?! I know sometimes I'm too full to speak, though probably not the same thing haha.
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    01-19-2014, 05:53 PM
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Update: Roo is slimming down nicely. His new halter required adjustment at the poll because his neck shrank!
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    03-25-2014, 06:17 PM
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UPDATE:

Ruthless has lost 20 lbs! He looks better, and seems to feel better too, as now he runs around quite a bit. He can also bray longer now. I guess he just needed to develop the muscles for it, and losing a little weight helps with that?

Anyway, he is coming along very well, although he still tells me he is starving every chance he gets!
     
    04-03-2014, 05:42 PM
  #16
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Checked on the donkeys this morning.

They are enjoying the straw more than the hay. Did not expect that! I am feeding straw for lower calorie/higher roughage. I thought I would need to phase it in slowly, but the donkeys really yum it up.

Dusty does not like being confined away from her horses and her green grassy pasture. She does NOT like Fatcamp!

This is the face she gave me, after a good loud bellow:
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How do you resist that face? Oh, this Fatcamp thing is REALLY HARD! Any ideas on how to resist the charms of my sweet little chubbies?
Clearly she wonders what happened, do you not love her anymore! Look at those eyes, they are tragic. Perhaps a long petting session is in order....
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    04-04-2014, 02:18 AM
  #17
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Donkey Newb here - when you guys are talking about fallen crest can you explain that a bit more?

He is too cute!
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    04-04-2014, 10:28 AM
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Hi FR, what an interesting thread!

We took on three donkeys two years ago, and two of them were obese. It's really hard slimming them down and they always insist they are starving to death! Here's our three not so long after we got them. It's a hyperlink, when you get to it press the LEFT ARROW to get to the two other donkey photos.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/redmoo...ry/8503267256/

I started a slimming thread on this forum because I was so dismayed by the glacial progress of the weight loss. Even in grazing muzzles, they needed locking into a no-feed area at night as well...

About the lack of braying: Maybe it's something to do with being in a new area. Ours were really quiet when we got them. Two years later they are really noisy! Especially when they think they need sustenance. In the morning we have the 7am donkey alarm that tells us they think it's time for them to go on the pasture. It's got to the point where we talk to them, and they talk back - very cute. My husband is totally besotted with them.

...and for anyone who hasn't seen this internet classic:

     
    04-04-2014, 11:07 AM
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Foal
Congrats on your new additions! Glad to hear they are doing so well :)

I wanted to let you know that donkeys are apparently incredibly prone to tetanus... We found this out the hard way after loosing our little guy Rusty this past winter :( like many horse owners we had no idea and just vaccinated as we vaccinate our horses. Apparently a lot of people give booster shots regularly and after injuries to be sure their long eared friends are safe... Random I know but if it saves others from going through what we and poor Rusty went through I figured its worth the post. Good luck!
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    04-04-2014, 11:10 AM
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Donkey Newb here - when you guys are talking about fallen crest can you explain that a bit more?

He is too cute!
Hi Roux! I will get a picture for you today and post it. My partner Kim didn't want me to take an "unflattering" picture of Ruthless, so it will have to be a new one.

A fallen crest is when the neck crest gets so fat, it falls over. Ruthless's stubby little donkey mane actually points to one side. This can happen to any equine if they are obese.
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