Some Days It’s Harder to Be a Donkey Than Other Days

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Pocahontas and Jack had their hooves trimmed this week. They didn’t like it much. (Pictured with the hoof trimmer guy here is Jack.)


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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on September 12, 2009  

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  1. 9-12
    4:51
    am

    I didn’t know they need their hooves trimmed, interesting.

  2. 9-12
    4:58
    am

    How often do they need their hooves trimmed compared to horses. (horses need a trim about every 6 to 8 weeks depending on the season and the individual horse)

  3. 9-12
    5:42
    am

    That is the same with miniature donkeys–every 6 to 8 weeks.

  4. 9-12
    6:22
    am

    wow every 6 to 8 weeks? thats alot..costly??

  5. 9-12
    6:24
    am

    Our guy charges $25 per donkey.

  6. 9-12
    6:38
    am

    That a reasonable price, our farrier charges $45 but that’s for horses.

  7. 9-12
    7:02
    am

    I am always learning something here..thanks!!

  8. 9-12
    7:08
    am

    Thanks for the reminder, I need to get my hooves trimmed!

  9. 9-12
    7:23
    am

    What happens if you don’t trim them? What happens to wild animals hooves?

  10. 9-12
    7:31
    am

    I suppose wild animals wear their hooves down and maybe there are differences in how they grow, I have no idea. I know with the goats, if you don’t trim them, they curl under and get funky and they get gunk in there and can get infections, etc. I trim the goats’ hooves myself. We have the tools to trim the donkeys’ hooves, but I’m not so sure about even trying that. They’re miniature donkeys, but they are quite a bit larger than a goat, especially our little goats. The donkeys are stronger, too. I imagine what happens to donkeys’ hooves if you don’t trim them is the same with goats (and sheep–they have to have their hooves trimmed also–and I don’t trim the sheep either, only the goats).

  11. 9-12
    7:33
    am

    I feel the same way….but he looks like he is being a good boy here.

  12. 9-12
    8:15
    am

    wow Suzanne, that was a fast reponse!

    What someone needs to do is invent an emory stone that can be place in the field with the animals and then train the animals to file their own hooves. Eventually mama’s will teach babies how to do it so no more training is involved!

    I know, I’m out their in fantasy land again. But there really is so much responsibility involved in being an good animal caregiver. Suzanne, and all the other farm gals on this blog; How on earth do you get it all done? I read this blog everyday. It is so fun to keep up on the daily adventures, but really my knees hurt just thinking of all the work involve behind the scene.

  13. 9-12
    8:20
    am

    Don’t they know how lucky they are to get manicures? :devil2:

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