Cleaning hooves on Bertie the donkey

Bertie waiting patiently for a hoof cleaning session

Bertie waiting patiently for a hoof cleaning session

Stella came to help with the equines again – she’s brilliant, de-ticking everyone and cleaning their hooves. She showed us how to put on the horse collars which to the uninitiated seem a complicated mix of belts and buckles.

Stella looking on

Stella looking on

Bertie is the easiest one to do because he’s so small. We felt really pleased after we’d done it. Satisfied that the animals were more comfortable and no nasty stones lurking in their hooves that could make them lame.

Getting up close and personal

Getting up close and personal

To clean a hoof you start by tracing your hand down the inside leg of the animal and then lifting up the hoof and supporting it with one hand underneath, using the other to scrape around the ‘frog’ shape bit of the hoof. Thank you Ellie and Tony for your demonstration of this action before we came here – forever imprinted on my brain. Although they didn’t demonstrate the bottom biting bit!

Bertie, Kay and Stella

Bertie, Kay, Stella and Twiggy

Bertie's hoof - showing the 'frog'  shaped bit, you don't touch this but scrape around it to get the mud and stones out

Bertie’s hoof – showing the ‘frog’ shaped bit, you don’t touch this but scrape around it to get the mud and stones out

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2 thoughts on “Cleaning hooves on Bertie the donkey

  1. Once again a big thank you, Flirty Bertie clearly loves all your attention. Hoping his biting of your ‘behind’ is a sign of his affection and gratitude and that he wasn’t being a naughty boy!!!! Keep up the blog, loving it!

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