Friday, September 23, 2011

Donkeys and Air Ferns

When Dr. Thacher was out, I asked her about Finessa and the never-ending battle with founder.

She said that both donkeys are too fat.  They don't get carrots, apples, cookies or a bucket of supplements.  All they eat is grass hay.  And they are still too fat.

She said Finessa won't be better until she loses some weight.  Donkeys, she continued, are like air ferns.  They can live on next to nothing.  It is difficult to take weight off of a miniature donkey, but it can be done.

It might take 10 years.  Luckily, donkeys live to be 30 or even 40.  We have time.

I called them out to break the news.  They will be getting less hay for the foreseeable future.

Big bellies

Tuffy: Did she just say LESS food? 

Tuffy: Let's run away to 7MSN Ranch.  Finessa: How soon can we leave?


  1. If it's any consolation, tell them that my dog is on a diet. She is barking at everyone to explain her displeasure.

  2. You might try slow feed hay nets. They can eat less, but it slows them down so they think their getting more. Worked wonders for my previously obese, now svelte Haflinger mare.

  3. Aww, poor donks. It's for their own good, though.

    Actually, they look quite svelte compared to my mini horse. She's as wide as she is tall. I need to get her a grazing muzzle, but I can't seem to find one in teeny tiny mini size.

    Good luck on the diets! 10 years? Yeesh, I'm glad I'm not a donkey....

  4. Humph! I think they are adorable and those are just jolly bellies. We cant all be race horse sleek ;)


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