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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Last edited by loosie; 02-09-2020 at 04:11 AM.