When I first started trimming my with HGM, I never imagined I would end up trimming HGM professionally....and I certainly never imagined trimming a donkey!
Donkeys are nothing like horses.....and this also goes for the trim!
Here is everything Donkey HGM I learned from Maureen.
YEP! THEY ARE CUTE. THEY HAVE MY TOTAL RESPECT!
A nice trim example
Nevada, Wild Donkey Feet.
Donkey vs Horse
When you are trimming a donkey, you have to forget all the HGM Horse trim rules!
The donkey trim rules are basically rasp the WHOLE foot flat, heels, wall and sole. No bevel angle on the wall, heels level with each other.
Angle the rasp down towards the toe, till you address the toe going through sole if it’s present.
This is removing the wedge.
The goal is to have the wall edge parallel with the horizontal peripheral loading lines.
These lines are a nice guide.
This is a trim consult of one of Maureens clients.....You can see she didn’t follow the trim instructions to well.
The toe is still long and heels weren’t taken to sole level. I’m sure the trimmer was just scared to do more because then she would have gone more into the sole. But donkey hooves are not meant to have concavity.
The blue line shows the angle of the rasp could have been more steep towards the toe.
But still a big improvement.
Yep when I first started working with donkeys, this scared me!
I hope sharing this information will help my trimming friends out there....
Please feel free to contact me if you need any support.
Happy Donkey Trimming.