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Springtime and the Danger for Your Pony

West Virginia Mountain Mama

   Everyone looks forward to spring time and animals like horses and cows rejoice in being able to get out and eat the fresh green grass. With cows we all look forward to spending less on hay and grain but in the case of your pony, ( Donkey, Miniature Horse) danger comes with each acre of fresh grass. The problem is “Founder” and how unmanaged diet of fresh green grass can end up looking like this. As you can see in the following photo this pony is actually in the process of having the excess( Horn) hoof removed. Tom has removed the toe of the front foot and reshaped it to look normal. The hind hooves show the typical slipper and curled growth of  Founder.

   “Founder or Laminitis, has been a problem associated with Equine mismanagement for Centuries.” [Founder]… “is commonly caused by over feeding, feeding large amounts of rich feed to inactive horses.” Diets high in carbohydrates including…

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2 Responses to “Springtime and the Danger for Your Pony”

  1. jolynnpowers

    Hello Melody, wow what a great blog you have here, and thank you for taking the time to reblog my post about spring and what my family faces with ponys, other small equines. Tom has been a Farrier for about 8 years now and I help out as time allows.. I started my blogg with the animals in is care in mind so we could share with all those equine lovers out their. I am sure as time passes we will have more photos and stories about some of the animals we love and their owners. Horses, always make a persons life better even if you are not able to ride… I havent in a couple of years also… not for the same reason as yours but it is ok… we still see hundreds a month and that makes it all worth while ! thank you again and I will be fallowing your story too Jolynn Powers : aka Mountainmama


    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      Nice to meet you too! I write about safe grass, testing hay, slow feeders and much, much more. I am the voice for the donkeys, mules and horses as well they need help and not much free information available. Your post was informative and helpful and I pray it will help a horse, mule or donkey from suffering from this painful and avoidable sickness.

      Hope to talk to you again,



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