Strong, solid and healthy hooves are the foundation of a healthy donkey. A healthier donkey works with ease and benefits its owner.
It’s vital to proactively protect and strengthen the equine hooves year-round. This helps avoid additional health issues, discomfort and pain in donkeys and potential long term implications.
In honouring the 2020 International Hoof Care Week, a week dedicated to caring for the hoofed animals, the Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) with support from the Donkey Sanctuary-UK, gave free farrier service to donkeys and offered free farrier training to donkey lead farmers in Linthipe-Dedza.
This year International Hoof Care week was celebrated from the 21st -24th of January under the theme; focusing on hoof care for a healthier animal. More than 200 donkeys showed up to receive treatment for the first time and other donkeys were treated on general ailments.
LSPCA’s Donkey Sanctuary Project Coordinator, Ms Esimy Chioza highlighted the need for hoof care.
“Donkey hooves left unchecked and uncared for can cause severe pain and even lameness of donkeys. It is therefore very important that donkey hooves are regularly and properly maintained.” Said Chioza.
Donkey owners in Dedza now understand that prevention is always better than cure when it comes to health of their donkeys. Responsible hoof care among others things involves: a nutritious diet with high-quality forage and grain, regular trimming, and a clean and sanitary living environment.
Donkey lead farmers hailed LSPCA for their timely intervention with the farrier training as there is a growing awareness and subsequent need for donkey farrier services in Dedza hence an opportunity for hoof care business for smallholder farmers.