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Joined: 29 Jun 2008, 19:14
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Is there anyone out there with experience of this. I'm using a product with Juniper Tar in it and it seems to be working but am having difficulty finding where I can buy it from. Farrier suggested bleach in water but the donkey didn't like it at all and proved to be difficult to do everyday. I think she could smell it (as donkeys do)! Can anyone help with a stockist of this product. Thank you. :?

08 May 2013, 10:55

Joined: 17 May 2007, 14:48
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I don't know where you can buy the product but my donkey also had this problem last year. I cleaned out the areas and washed with oxygenated water and filled the gaps with chalk powder instead. I also added rosehip and seaweed to her diet and within four months and a couple of trims her feet were back to normal.

08 May 2013, 18:27

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Thanks for your help CarolineW. Did you do this daily for the four months or just to start off with? I'll source some Rosehip and Seaweed today and hope that helps as well.

Keep your suggestions coming. Many thanks.

09 May 2013, 07:49

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I managed to do this for nearly 3 weeks every day but that is all my donkey would tolerate, not the easiest donkey with having her feet cleaned so she really did her best. Then did it twice a week for the rest of the time. When I ran out of the oxygenated water I used a mix of apple cider vinegar and water mix 50/50 which I sprayed on her feet and in the gaps before putting the chalk in. The rosehip & seaweed I got from in the UK which I used on both my horses when going through the transition to barefoot. Having just looked I see that I used the Dobson & Horrell lami free which also includes the nettle & garlic as well as rosehip and seaweed and fed at 30g a day for just over 3 months - 2 tubs needed for this. I hope this helps .

09 May 2013, 16:49

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I just wanted to add that for the duration of the foot problem she had her feet trimmed every 8 weeks . I have now decided to keep to the 8-10 weeks instead of the 12 weeks and her feet have been fine since. I have a good barefoot trimmer who does her feet so that was especially helpful during this time.

09 May 2013, 17:11

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Thank you again CarolineW.

Did you just use ordinary Cidre Vinaigre? I do feed nettles which I collect and then dry for a day or so then feed and also dandelions but fresh. Have sent for some rosehip and seaweed from England so shall start that a.s.a.p. There aren't big enough holes/gaps in the hoof to pack anything in but am still putting on the juniper oil, now every other day. What are you thoughts on oil for donkeys hooves? Does anyone else have thoughts on this. Thanks for reading.

10 May 2013, 13:43

Joined: 29 Jun 2008, 19:14
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Meant to say thoughts on Biotin as well for donkeys.

10 May 2013, 13:44

Joined: 17 May 2007, 14:48
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Location: 23 Creuse
Yes, ordinary apple cider vinegar I used. I always have a stock as I feed this to my horses daily. There is biotin in the seaweed so you should not need to add more biotin to the diet for your donkey. You could contact the Donkey Sanctuary in the UK as they must have some cases of this that they have dealt with and could give you more advice .

11 May 2013, 16:54

Joined: 09 Nov 2005, 07:46
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I bought something from my farrier called Cade Oil. I found out that is consisted of Juniper and looks like a tar so could be the same thing as you cannot find. Am using it for seperation problems on the ponies.

25 May 2013, 07:45

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Thanks for all your help on this. I have now managed to source some on a French site and it is 'Cade oil' as you said Ulf.

25 May 2013, 07:56

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Just for my information Ulf, can you describe the 'separation' problem you have with your ponies and how often are you treating it as I think another of my donkeys might have this but the farrier was here on Thursday but said it wasn't 'seedy toe'. I myself thought the two could be related. He didn't suggest anything but when I showed him the Cade Oil he said that was fine for the seedy toe. Any help always welcome.

25 May 2013, 07:59

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