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January 21, 2005

Hoof Boots for Mini Feet

Recently I received an email from one of our website guests with a great suggestion.

Pauline wrote, "Just thought I would give you some info about how we take care of hoof problems. We bought a Donkey that had White Line Disease. It was pretty far gone and being novices we called the Vet and Farrier. The Vet suggested having the Farrier out once a week to cut away the hoof.

We found that trying to keep the hoof covered so the medicine could work was a problem. We solved it by getting "Dog Boots". We ordered ours from Lewis Dog Boots - Tel # 580 237-1292. The XX Large size is a perfect fit for our miniature donkeys, and is made of thick durable rubber. A set of four boots costs $27 plus $6.95 S & H. We get the boots with ventilation holes. Since then we have used these boots for other hoof ailments, too.

Adam our white line disease little guy has recovered fully. It took almost a year for his hoof to grow back. We were new to having donkeys, and if we had not had the Farrier out we might never have noticed until it was too late. I would suggest at least a once a year check with a Farrier. Hope this is helpful."

Thanks Pauline for sharing that great tip! I know that it can be hard sometimes to find ways to keep our equines feet clean and dry while we are treating hoof ailments. This sounds like a really good solution for the little miniature donkeys and mules whose hooves are too small for any traditional horse hoof boots.

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at January 21, 2005 09:49 AM