On The Farm- Hoof Care

Hoof care is important for donkeys. Picture the animal as a house and the hoofs as its foundation. If the foundation is faulty and crumbling, then the house will eventually develop structural problems. A lack of hoof maintenance is similar. It can lead to all kinds of complications.

In her previous life, our donkey Cece had minimal care…if any. And her hoofs were a disaster. The whole year she’s been here, she wouldn’t let me go near them. Finally I had the vet come and sedate her. Cece was still able to stand while Bill, the farrier, worked on her. But it will take several visits from him to get the hoofs back to where they should be. We’re off to a good start though.

(Photo- Martha Browne)