This poor donkey had the most neglected hooves we have seen in years. We’re thankful to the person who tipped us off about his extremely remote location, which turned out to be near our Sanctuary in Spain.
His front hooves, without regular trimming, had grown and ‘corkscrewed’ right round, making walking impossible. When Indar did try to stand, his front legs buckled as his curled hooves made contact with the ground, and he had wounds all over his body from falling over.
After a short journey to our Sanctuary, he took comfort in his new stable where we had prepared a very deep straw bed for him. At first Indar was nervous, as he had been neglected for so long, but he soon began to trust us, responding to the kindness of our staff, their words, strokes and reassurances. His wounds were cleaned and dressed, and the farrier began a series of visits to trim his hooves.
Although a massive improvement has been made, Indar still has a long way to go. Due to long-term neglect to his hooves, he has what is called ‘ballerina syndrome’, whereby his tendons have shortened, forcing him to walk on his ‘tip-toes’. To enable him to put his hoof flat to the floor and correct his stance, he will need remedial surgery.
The suffering Indar endured is all behind him now and, whilst still on the road to recovery, he is beginning to enjoy life, and loving the care and attention given to him by our staff.
Sadly since we mentioned Indar in our newsletter, Indar has since passed away.