Flyn is a 23-year-old grey stallion who lives alone in a separate shelter and field. He was relinquished to the Sanctuary in November 2007 as he had been suffering from serious health problems. His owner had bought him at a horse market in 2000 and allowed him to freely roam with horses and ponies.
Unfortunately, Flyn was prone to a painful hoof condition called laminitis and having free access to rich grazing led to him suffering from recurring distressing laminitic attacks.
After years of trying to escape the pain of his front feet by taking his weight on his hind limbs, Flyn’s shoulders and back are now permanently deformed and when he arrived at our Derbyshire Centre, he struggled to walk.
Our farm manager, vet and the farrier have improved his quality of life and he is now much more comfortable following a course of painkillers and remedial farriery. At first this was made more difficult as Flyn was not used to human contact, however, with patience and training the staff managed to teach Flyn to stay calm during procedures.
Now Flyn is in good health, able to stand up straight and has returned to a healthy weight. He will spend the rest of his days at our Derbyshire Centre.
As Flyn is a stallion and his health is not good enough to survive the trauma of an operation he is unable to live as part of a group of donkeys. However, he is very happy living in his own paddock where he can see the other resident donkeys.
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