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post #1 of 15 Old 02-05-2020, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Dealing with founder

I know I've posted a lot on here already but honestly none of my family knows anything about horses lol. So real quick 7 years ago my grandma got a donkey from a live stock market and did not go look at it before hand. She got it not knowing squat about them at all and she misunderstood and thought she was a full size donkey. So she didnt want her ( my grandma thinks she needs the biggest and best animals to protect her chickens lol ) and the donkey was depressed barely ate or drank and stayed hidden.

So I took her feeling sorry for her she bonded with my miniature horses and I love having her, shes been a great influence for my mini horses they now try to kill any dogs that come into range lol. Buttttt apparently she had been foundered before I got her and she has been having issues every since I've had her and they have only gotten worse.

We cant afford to keep up with her hooves and even after he works on them within a few weeks ( if that ) they're back to where they were. One of my mini horses has been dealing with it too she was foundered back in the fall ( she was insulin resistant and we didn't know until he came time to start feeding grain again ) but I know how to maintain all my horses feet. Angel's ( mini donkey ) hooves are so bad though I'm terrified to even attempt, we had to go through a few different farriers before we found one that would even attempt it.

Not to mention how many times I've been injured just trying to restrain her ( took me, my dad and the farrier to get her hooves done) and I know it hurts her. I have never been one of those people who just put an animal down when their care becomes an inconvenience. But today I was watching her and even though her hooves arent that bad right now she is still walking light on some of her feet you can tell its uncomfortable. Should I feel bad for considering the option to put her down?

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post #2 of 15 Old 02-05-2020, 06:28 PM
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Could you post hoof pictures on here or do you have x-rays? What was the degrees of rotation? I think It may help people give better suggestions.

Also, how long has it been since your mini donkey and horse has foundered?
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I will have to get pictures tomorrow its dark now :( but we had the farrier out just recently and they grow like crazy and it doenst help her walk since here my lot for them is mainly hill and mud sadly. and I have no idea how long shes been foundered it's been like that for as long as we have had her so 7 years at least.

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Yes she is standing in a mud hole. They have a building to get in that's dry but they never go in and it's been raining for days. Also we dont neglect her this is how bad her feet are they chip so badly and the farrier cant do much when he does come. And parts of her hoof are hollow I have no idea what happened to her before we got her and I know no one will want her because of her feet I've even tried giving her to people that raise mini donkeys and breed them that we know and they didnt want her. If I could afford it I'd have a farrier out here every week lol but sadly I cant.

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post #5 of 15 Old 02-06-2020, 07:14 PM
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From what can be seen of feet,there in serious need of a good trim. There's plenty of hoof that can be trimmed off.

If they were done recently it sure doesn't look like it.
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That looks painful for the poor animal. If I couldn't afford to treat those hooves properly, I would end the suffering.

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I know :( everytime its trimmed it chips the same and it hurts her more they dont even feel like normal hooves they're like hollow I think that's why they chip so badly

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That looks painful for the poor animal. If I couldn't afford to treat those hooves properly, I would end the suffering.
I just feel so bad that we cant afford someone to keep coming out here every month. And I cant find her a home because of It :(

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If I try to learn how to take care of her hooves myself would her hooves still hurt her long term? She was foundered bad and during the winter when we are at this house she chips them bad because there is tons of tree roots sticking up

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post #10 of 15 Old 02-06-2020, 08:22 PM
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I don't know If they would consider it, but is there any rescues that may be willing to take her on? Founder can be quite an ordeal to overcome, but it can be done if the damage isn't too severe. That does require consistent farrier visits though and vet involvement. However, admittedly 7 years is a long time to go with those hooves.

How many weeks between farrier visits is she going and how long ago has she last seen the farrier? How many times has the current farrier seen her?
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