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post #1 of 27 Old 05-15-2018, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Help! Any ideas?

This is a rear hoof of my 10mo old donkey, (Jack, awaiting to geld). His backs are worse than the front. And even a light rasping shows the red. At first I thought maybe I trimmed him to short, but it persists. I’ve been trimming donkeys for a few years and have never seen this! He isn’t tender footed at all, runs, plays. He doesn’t get grains, just grass hay, and occasional pasture time. (Max 2-3 times a week for 1-4 hours) his confirmation isn’t great but that’s ok he is a pasture friend.
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post #2 of 27 Old 05-15-2018, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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A side view of his rear hooves
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post #3 of 27 Old 05-15-2018, 11:05 PM
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Diet change usually. Sometimes even dewormers can cause this.

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post #4 of 27 Old 05-15-2018, 11:10 PM
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I am not a vet but it looks like some abscess going on.My black smith says use iodine on the hoff for a week.It not only healths the abscess but also toughens the hoff.Hope this helps.
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post #5 of 27 Old 05-15-2018, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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It’s in all four hooves 😞. So I’m not thinking abscess. I was thinking diet but does it look like his white line (laminae) is stretched? Worried if he genetically or dietary foundering?

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post #6 of 27 Old 05-15-2018, 11:29 PM
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I have no idea about donkeys at all, sorry. When I add something to my horses' diet or worm them, they get little streaks of red, I asked the farrier and a vet about it the time, this was ages ago. Both gave the same answer, diet change and or a dewormer.

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post #7 of 27 Old 05-15-2018, 11:39 PM
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He is ten months old ---- my foundered 22 year old never had soles that looked like that.


You need to get the vet involved in those hooves "yesterday". Gelding is not going to be an option until whatever is causing those hoof issues is resolved. My knee jerk reaction is major founder from something but again ------ he is only ten months old-----

Also, is that left rear leg swollen of is still covered in a thick layer of winter hair? If you're in the northern hemisphere, he should be nearly or completely shed out by now.

Please get the vet out, quickly.

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post #8 of 27 Old 05-15-2018, 11:45 PM
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^That, there's something VERY wrong going on there.

But I do want to say that horses are NOT shed out up here yet, so the fur may or may not be relevant.
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post #9 of 27 Old 05-15-2018, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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He is very hairy! Almost like wool, just body clipped him no swelling. I just threw in that he will eventually would be gelded. His boys haven’t even descended yet. Because idk if anyone would need/want to know that. Definitely am asking a few vet friends also 🙂

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post #10 of 27 Old 05-15-2018, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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My horses are almost shed out up here in indiana, but I find that the donkeys don’t shed out sleek like horses do. Here is them both today before I body clipped them. If I didn’t body clip the Grey/brown one he would look almost like this all summer.
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