My name is Sue and I am a part-time groom at Trow Farm. This farm specialises in the care of a lot of the elderly donkeys that come into the Sanctuary due to the large area of flat land that it has been built on.
The most common problems that these donkeys suffer from are laminitis, dental disease, liver disease, respiratory problems and arthritis.
Every donkey that arrives at Trow Farm is different though and we see a variety of other health problems and challenges.
We have two types of management at the farm. The first being straw for feed and bedding. This is for the donkeys that can still manage to eat the long fibres and cope with the amount of dust that is created in this environment.
When they are unable to live on this management they are moved to our other area which is bedded on wood shavings and rubber matting. They are fed a diet of short chop Mollichaff and a comprehensive supplement to give them the vital vitamins and minerals that they need on a daily basis.
Some lucky donkeys also get extra feed by way of breakfast and dinner!
We currently house 160 donkeys at Trow Farm. Being older donkeys, they crave human attention and we need to spend as much time as we can with them and give them a little extra TLC!
Next time I'll introduce you to our second farm, Hurfords, where we have 236 donkeys. Our team covers both farms and it is a very different set up all together.