Until recently Sammy lived with his best donkey friend Billy down at Hurfords, which is part of Trow Farm, and is home to 230 donkeys within four barns. Hurfords is set deep in a valley surrounded by beautiful woodland. In contrast to Trow Farm, Hurfords is set up for our younger donkeys. There are very steep hills for them to climb to get to their fields and this keeps them fit and healthy.
Most of the donkeys that live at Hurfords have potential to be foster donkeys and we carry out a lot of training with them to make them safe and easy to handle for their new owners. Sadly a lot of the donkeys that arrive at Hurfords have not had a good start in life and are incredibly nervous. With time, patience and a lot of love we are able to reverse this and we have had countless success stories with our foster donkeys finding their forever homes.
Sammy was one of these terrified young donkeys. He had a danger warning when he arrived and was near impossible to handle. It took a long time but he slowly grew to trust humans again. He has turned from a donkey that would kick violently when you hinted at touching him to a loving and very affectionate young donkey. He will follow us around like a puppy now and loves cuddles!
Sadly for Sammy he suffers with a very painful condition called laminitis, a complex disease that can cause severe pain and damage to the donkey’s feet. When he was able to travel, we moved him to Trow Farm with Billy so that he can benefit from the flat land and could be restricted with his exercise and grass which is one of the main causes of laminitis. The grooms at Hurfords and Trow Farm work very closely together to make it possible for any donkeys that would benefit from the facilities at Trow Farm to be transferred when needed. This keeps the donkeys happier and healthier.