... do you notice you can't trot around like you used to? Well, age is creeping up on me but I'm still getting up to mischief when I can! Out on the yard a few days ago, I noticed that my left hoof was a little painful, so my grooms made an appointment for one of the vets to drop by to take a look.
Along came Sophie who took off my plastic shoe and told me she'd found a small abscess and not to worry. After cleaning it all up she wrapped a poultice round my hoof to help draw out any infection.
My long ear friends tell me that it can take a little while to get better but while my hoof heals I'm wearing a padded bandage - can you see it in my photo? Does the colour suit me? I was thinking next time I might be cheeky and ask for a different colour!
I'd like to just say thank you to the lovely lady called Judy who spotted me on the webcam and sent in a message asking if I was OK. I did look a little sorry for myself didn't I over the weekend! But today I'm up in the field behind the Main Barn with a donkey called Dixie keeping a close eye on me.
We're both the same age - I'm 34 and Dixie's 31 - so a pair of geriatrics together!
Footcare - abscesses
Usually as a result of a wound that penetrates the sole or white line, an abscess can develop in the foot when the wound is infected and pus builds up. Such wounds can be a cause of tetanus: ensure that the donkey is protected by vaccination or ask your vet how to protect the donkey.
If you suspect an abscess, you should seek veterinary advice.