|Posted by PrimRose on September 19, 2018 at 7:05 AM|
Donkey hooves are constantly growing just like human finger nails. The trimming needs to be done every 8-10 weeks. If they are not trimmed by a qualified Farrier they continue to grow until the animal goes lame. North American donkeys originated in Africa where the ground is rockier naturally wearing down the hooves. The soft pastures most donkeys are kept in here do not wear down the hooves at all. One of the first signs of Donkey neglect is long hooves and limping, eventually the hooves will grow and curl upward looking like Aladdin’s lamp and the animal will be constantly lying down. After trimming the animals are often still in pain until the leg bones realign back to natural and they begin to stand and walk again. At the sanctuary hoof trimming is a regular occurrence. This is a piece of trimmed hoof, by the small size likely a miniature donkey!