Texas Rescue Takes in Neglected Senior Donkey with Overgrown Hooves

Posted by Mateja Lane
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Panhandle Safe Hayven Equine Rescue

This case of neglect was one of the worst the rescue has ever seen. 

The Panhandle Safe Hayven Equine Rescue in Amarillo, Texas recently took in a donkey with horrifically overgrown hooves. While it might not be the worst case in history, this donkey had likely not seen a farrier for years.

This kind of neglect is a hard sight for the equine community.

Posted by PANHANDLE SAFE HAYVEN EQUINE RESCUE, INC. on Friday, November 3, 2017

 
The donkey is 18 years old and is not gelded, meaning he is still intact. This is a problem for the rescue as there are lots of mares living at the facility.

While the donkey is too old to fix now, he still needs a home. Here is the rescue's Facebook post:

We accepted a donkey into the rescue. He is 18 yrs old, and his feet are the worst I personally have ever seen. I have...

Posted by PANHANDLE SAFE HAYVEN EQUINE RESCUE, INC. on Friday, November 3, 2017

The donkey, named Blackjack, had an awful time simply using his feet due to his overgrown hooves. The rescue took this video:

This is how blackjack walked before we did his feet

Posted by PANHANDLE SAFE HAYVEN EQUINE RESCUE, INC. on Monday, November 6, 2017

 
Finally, it was time for the poor donkey's hooves to get a trim. And he looks so much happier and lighter!

Posted by PANHANDLE SAFE HAYVEN EQUINE RESCUE, INC. on Monday, November 6, 2017

 

Posted by PANHANDLE SAFE HAYVEN EQUINE RESCUE, INC. on Monday, November 6, 2017

 
He still has some trouble walking normally, but he is on his way to becoming a regular donkey.

This is blackjack after we did his feet!

Posted by PANHANDLE SAFE HAYVEN EQUINE RESCUE, INC. on Monday, November 6, 2017

 
The senior donkey is still looking for a home, so if you or someone you know has room on your property for this sweet guy, reach out to Panhandle Safe Hayven Equine Rescue and share this post.

 

Panhandle Safe Hayven Equine Rescue Inc. was established in 2003 when it became apparent that there were no resources for abused horses and donkeys in northern Texas. Over the years, hay and feed prices have gone up, making it harder and harder for people in the Texas Panhandle to care for their equines. The nonprofit organization, run solely by volunteers, has three different facilities in Amarillo that help with displaced horses and donkeys in the area. They describe themselves as similar to the Humane Society but work with animals on a larger scale.

Here is the company's mission:

1. Educating the public about proper horse care.
2. Offering help to horse owners in times of natural or personal disaster.
3. Rehabilitating abused and neglected equines.
4. Placing equines in approved adoptive homes.
5. Assisting law enforcement in the seizure of abused or neglected animals.

See some of their rescued horses up for adoption or sponsor, report abuse, and learn more about this amazing rescue here.

What do you think about this case of neglect? What about the rescue horse facility? Tell us in the comments. 

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