One of the things I learned to do this weekend aside from removing a splinter with my teeth, was how to trim donkey hoofs. Miniature donkeys don’t require a whole lot more than love, fresh water, good hay, and the occasional hoof trimming adventure.
Luckily we have MysteryMan’s grandpa to show us how it’s done…
For some reason this part made me cringe. It was also a three-person job to convince Lulu that this was a good idea.
We tried brushing them as a distraction because they love to be groomed, but PJ wasn’t buying it.
It’s like donkey torture. Really they are just incredibly stubborn, which means they take after MysteryMan obviously, since I’m always reasonable and accommodating. Ahem.
MysteryMan’s grandpa told us to make sure we “keep the shape” of the hoof when filing. But he also said, “see, this one is a little long in the back.” And I still have no idea how to tell.
So I took a picture of the properly trimmed hoof to use as reference.
My suggestion about hoof trimming with two stubborn donkeys is to have a couple of big guys and some donkey treats handy.
We’ll also be “practicing” weekly by picking their hoofs until they start being a little better behaved when it comes to grooming practices.