For those of you that sometimes question the need for
Donkey Rescue let me introduce you to one of five new arrivals at TPDR.
We have named this little miniature sweetheart Nadine.
She was sent through an auction ring presented as a great investment
for someone wanting to get into breeding small miniature donkeys.
Watching this little gal being chased around the sales arena was most
painful for us, but certainly much more so for her. There were several
others bidding on her but we had decided upon first seeing her the day
prior to the sale that she WAS coming home with us. I further suspect
she had either just recently lost or weaned a foal as her udder was
still quite distended.
days after Nadine`s arrival from the auction she made the short trip
to our veterinarians for films of all four feet and also to see the
farrier that was to begin working on her at the clinic. What a great
little patient she was. She stood quietly with her little hooves up on
blocks to have her films done. She had two complete sets of films, one
prior to any trimming and one after. The x-rays showed NO evidence of
laminitis. Just out and out neglect. Dr. Cadena estimated that Nadine
had not had any hoof care for at least three years.
Our little gal is only about seven years old. She is a
joy to be around as she has a very loving nature. She is not in the
least bit pushy and has wonderful manners. It was very clear to us
that she had never seen a donkey treat in her life. Yes, she has now
become very familiar with treats as well as just a little bit of
Nadine is still quite painful from her issues with her
hooves, but is on meds for her discomfort. She has a nice soft bed of
shavings to rest on when she wants to lay down.
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Tuesday, November first I took Nadine to Dr. Amanda
Ragon for ultrasound to determine if indeed she had been rebred at her
former owners place. Sadly she is pregnant. I would imagine crippled
little Nadine had no hope of getting away from the jack as she was
literally unable to walk on her painful hooves.
I would guess that
this little sweetheart was "gotten rid of" at the auction and the foal
that she was nursing was kept as her replacement due to the condition
of her hooves. We think she will foal sometime next summer. Hopefully
that will give her some time to continue to improve the condition of
her hooves before she gains additional weight with her pregnancy. She
had her front feet trimmed again several days ago and was not as
painful as just after her previous trimming.
She will stay with
me at this time....Sharon