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post #1 of 9 Old 07-28-2018, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Should I try and trim my donkeys hooves?

Hey y'all, not sure if this belongs in grooming so please let me know if it doesn't.
Basically, I live with my parents. I've got a little donkey that really needs a trim, his hooves are super long and he's gotten to the point where he seems a bit uncomfortable walking. I don't like to be disrespectful or talk badly about my parents in any way, but I can't sugar coat this. My dad is refusing to call a farrier for him, no matter what I try he just says he's not worth the money we'd spend on a trim. As I currently don't have a job, and I legally can't drive yet, I can't pay for the trim myself and I'm getting frantic. So, any advice on what to do? I'm afraid I'll mess up and hurt the lil dude and I'm honestly scared to try trimming him myself, but I will if I have to.
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Hi & welcome!

Im curious how old you are, and how well handled is the little donk? Just that it is putting yourself in a dangerous position, esp if you arent good with handling. And donkeys kick FAST!

It sounds as though the poor fella is in a bad way - theyre really stoic little tackers & usually by the time theyre showing obvious pain its chronic and serious!

Its one thing to learn to trim (a well trained) equine without problems, its quite another to know what to do with distorted, grossly overgrown feet. I wouldnt advise you try without hands on help at least. ...But theres a thing - would your parents maybe agree to 'lessons' for you to learn properly??

All that said, you could always post some hoof pics(see link in my signature link for whats needed) and more info & we will see what we have.

Sounds like he really NEEDS to be cared for properly now, someone has to accept responsibility before its too late for him & eternal pain or pts will be his lot... I dont envy you the position you're in.

Oh and respecting your privacy, you dont have to say at all but if you wanted to give your approximate area in the world?

I will move this to the hoofcare section for you too.
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Oh man, what a tough position to be in. It really doesn't cost that much to have feet trimmed. 25 or 30 bucks maybe, depending on where you live. How can he not be worth it? To keep an animal in my care from suffering is worth it no matter what the perceived worth of the animal is.

Do you have other equines? Maybe Loosie's idea is a good one. If you can take courses (or learn from someone) on how to trim yourself, you can then save your dad money by trimming these animals.

Maybe you can do chores around the house or find some odd jobs that neighbors need to be done for payment and pay for the trim yourself.
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Bless you.... definitely more info would be great. Hoof stuff is scary but you'll feel better knowing that you have open ears here. It is a shame the way your dad thinks - it is just the way with some people and I am glad you are looking out for your donk donk.

No shame, no judging. But please post some pictures if you can. Also what is your plan B? Say it is chronic and very serious, I assume a vet is out of the question. Your dad still refuses to help?

You have to do something. You know yourself you cannot let another being suffer just because mum or dad says so. Be strong! Would there be any authorities around to help rehome?
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I'm curious why the donk in the first place? Companion? Lawn mower> Protection for another animal? Christmas present that not much thought was put into? I'm with loosie. Put up pics of the hooves. See what is what. Start working with the donk. Petting, grooming, getting him used to having his legs touched. It may be asking your parents to sell him is the best option for him.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-28-2018, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Hi & welcome!

Im curious how old you are, and how well handled I'm is the little donk? Just that it is putting yourself in a dangerous position, esp if you arent good with handling. And donkeys kick FAST!

It sounds as though the poor fella is in a bad way - theyre really stoic little tackers & usually by the time theyre showing obvious pain its chronic and serious! <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/icon_sad.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Sad" class="inlineimg" />

Its one thing to learn to trim (a well trained) equine without problems, its quite another to know what to do with distorted, grossly overgrown feet. I wouldnt advise you try without hands on help at least. ...But theres a thing - would your parents maybe agree to 'lessons' for you to learn properly??

All that said, you could always post some hoof pics(see link in my signature link for whats needed) and more info & we will see what we have.

Sounds like he really NEEDS to be cared for properly now, someone has to accept responsibility before its too late for him & eternal pain or pts will be his lot... I dont envy you the position you're in.

Oh and respecting your privacy, you dont have to say at all but if you wanted to give your approximate area in the world?

I will move this to the hoofcare section for you too.
I will be 15 in four days so it's gonna be at least a year until I can get my license. He's generally very calm, but his back legs have always been a challenge. That being said, I've sort of learned how to stay out of kicking range, but I know it's different and more of a challenge when you're actually bent over and holding the hoof up.
I like your ideas of looking into getting lessons, I kinda doubt there'll be any close though seeing as I live an hour away from any large town. I'll definitely look into that though!
I will get pics and post more info too, I've got some volunteer work I gotta do this morning but I'll be able to get them after.
I live in the southern USA.
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Oh man, what a tough position to be in. It really doesn't cost that much to have feet trimmed. 25 or 30 bucks maybe, depending on where you live. How can he not be worth it? To keep an animal in my care from suffering is worth it no matter what the perceived worth of the animal is.

Do you have other equines? Maybe Loosie's idea is a good one. If you can take courses (or learn from someone) on how to trim yourself, you can then save your dad money by trimming these animals.

Maybe you can do chores around the house or find some odd jobs that neighbors need to be done for payment and pay for the trim yourself.
I don't understand that either but then again I can't speak for my dad. Yes I do have other equines, and he's perfectly happy providing care for them he just won't do it for the donkey. I'll look into courses, definitely.
I'll also see about jobs the neighbors need done, getting paid for chores around the house to pay for it isn't an option though, because apparently that's pointless since my dad says it wouldn't save him any money seeing as it's his money I'd be paid in the the first place.
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Bless you.... definitely more info would be great. Hoof stuff is scary but you'll feel better knowing that you have open ears here. It is a shame the way your dad thinks - it is just the way with some people and I am glad you are looking out for your donk donk.

No shame, no judging. But please post some pictures if you can. Also what is your plan B? Say it is chronic and very serious, I assume a vet is out of the question. Your dad still refuses to help?

You have to do something. You know yourself you cannot let another being suffer just because mum or dad says so. Be strong! Would there be any authorities around to help rehome?
If it's chronic my dad has basically said he's just gonna put him down, so that's not much comfort. As of now I guess a bullet in the brain is his plan B and so that offers little comfort. I'll get pictures this afternoon. Another thing is, he's actually trying to rehome him right now and I don't understand what he's thinking, cause I know for a fact nobody is gonna buy a donkey thats obviously not healthy.
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Maybe there's a local do key mob that will take him... I wouldnt expect any money for him though.

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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Ahh update for y'all! I came home this afternoon to find that my mom took the situation into her own hands and got a farrier to come out, so it's all good. Thanks so much for your time!
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Ahh update for y'all! I came home this afternoon to find that my mom took the situation into her own hands and got a farrier to come out, so it's all good. Thanks so much for your time!
Well, there you go, lesson learned. Now you know the go to person when you really want something to get done. j

Just remember, when you do a job for someone for payment. Whatever they pay you with whether it be money or stuff, it is no longer theirs but yours. There is a lot of value in teaching young people how to earn their own money to be able to buy what they think is important to them.
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