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post #1 of 5 Old 04-10-2020, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Senior Donks -- stiff joints

Hello everyone,

So I took in a couple "free" small standard senior donkeys 11 months ago. This has been a long road to get them where they are now!

When I first got them they had long feet, were getting beat up by their horse friends, and had something funky going on with their skin. (photo of them looking head on together is the before I got them photo)

They are both seniors, I need to get good teeth pictures to have you guys take a guess at age. My guess is 20+ likely in their upper 20s.

So fast forward. We finally have their feet under contol. Ghost (the white one) has way worst feet. He naturally flares out and has a bow leg on both fronts. He was very ouchie on his feet/legs for a while and he's finally feeling better! I even saw him loping once in the field (trust me, big deal).

I've noticed his joints are still pretty stiff and I'm hoping there is more I can do. Does anyone have any advice on things I can try? Supplements, injections, etc?

He is looking and feeling leaps and bounds better but I'd like to keep on this path!
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-10-2020, 11:46 AM
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They both look tons better...
Feet look like feet not slippers for one.
The coat speaks of good care and time, effort given to them...

As for supplements...
I would be hesitant to give anything without speaking with a vet since donks can be so very touchy about food sources why would that not cross-over to supplements too..
At a advanced age as you are thinking I would also be cautious that there body can take such changes adding this or that could do to them...
Even injections might be risky...
If they were mine, my call would be to a qualified vet first.

They have both become beautiful animals...amazing what TLC can do.
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They both look tons better...
Feet look like feet not slippers for one.
The coat speaks of good care and time, effort given to them...

As for supplements...
I would be hesitant to give anything without speaking with a vet since donks can be so very touchy about food sources why would that not cross-over to supplements too..
At a advanced age as you are thinking I would also be cautious that there body can take such changes adding this or that could do to them...
Even injections might be risky...
If they were mine, my call would be to a qualified vet first.

They have both become beautiful animals...amazing what TLC can do.
...
This is our next step :) Just waiting on the covid stuff to calm down. My state is on lock down until 5/1 regardless and personally I wouldn't want to even try to encourage a vet out unless an emergency until the order has been lifted.

I more am just hoping to hear what has worked for others in the past, this way I can continue to research in a better direction than just shots in the dark. Their progress has been a slow road but I am so happy we are were we are. I can't wait for them to shed out for some non fluffy pictures :P
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I didnít realize Donks were sensitive to some things horses are not.

So - call the vet and do your research about feeding Cosequin or Cosequin ASU + .

There is credible study behind this oral product and the ASU+ does indeed help my horse with TWICE fractured sacrum.

Itís not cheap but nothing is, that is going to work.

I know many folks recommend injections but there is not a large animal or equine vet in two counties that would inject either of my horses.

Iím not sure if itís because they are both mid-20ís, if itís because one is IR/Cushings, or both but it was one of these vets who strongly suggested the Cosequin ASU+ For my IR/Cushings horse with the fractured sacrum.

It PLEASE follow HLGís recommendation to ask the vet - I absolutely had no idea it could be an issue:(:(

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-11-2020, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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I didnít realize Donks were sensitive to some things horses are not.

So - call the vet and do your research about feeding Cosequin or Cosequin ASU + .

There is credible study behind this oral product and the ASU+ does indeed help my horse with TWICE fractured sacrum.

Itís not cheap but nothing is, that is going to work.

I know many folks recommend injections but there is not a large animal or equine vet in two counties that would inject either of my horses.

Iím not sure if itís because they are both mid-20ís, if itís because one is IR/Cushings, or both but it was one of these vets who strongly suggested the Cosequin ASU+ For my IR/Cushings horse with the fractured sacrum.

It PLEASE follow HLGís recommendation to ask the vet - I absolutely had no idea it could be an issue:(:(
I 100% plan to get with the vet ahead of time :) No changes will be made just looking into what has worked for others so I can research more while we are in lock down and I have some stuff to ask about with the vet :)
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