The start of a new life for Echo began when welfare adviser Jane Bruce responded to a report of a donkey with extremely long hooves. When she attended the location, she discovered Echo, a severely neglected donkey whose hooves were at least three times the length of normal hooves.
“The neglect of Echo’s hooves stands out as one of the worst cases that I have witnessed”, says Jane. “He was shifting his weight from one foot to another in order to alleviate the pain in his hooves. He could not be left to continue to suffer in this state”.
Jane immediately contacted the local Council Welfare Officer who attended and actioned seizure of the donkey. To make Echo more comfortable, pain relief was administered and following collaborations with the relevant authorities, the donkey came into our care.
Thanks to your support, we have been able to give Echo a better life
When Jane found Echo, he was just three years old and sadly his hooves may never have been trimmed in his young life. It was clear he had had little positive social interaction and as a result, Echo was mistrustful and nervous.
Our grooms worked hard to earn Echo’s trust. He received a full veterinary assessment to check his overall health. His hooves were X-rayed and his first trim removed all the excess hoof horn, after which he was like a different donkey.
“Echo has come on leaps and bounds since coming into our care,” says Jane. “He is growing in confidence and is now learning to trust humans again. He really is a lovely donkey”.
Since his first hoof trim, Echo’s hooves are closely monitored. He has received several remedial farrier trims to ensure that his hooves continue to grow correctly. Today, Echo continues to be free from any pain, lameness and permanent hoof damage.
Please help us today
We would be very grateful if you could make a donation towards the cost of Echo’s care. Sadly there are other donkeys like Echo who need our help and it is only with your help that we can continue our work. Every euro makes a difference. Thank you.