Irish Donkey Welfare Organisation

Working For Irish Donkeys!

CHY 21458


Thankfully very few problems arise that cannot be overcome with correct advice, support and time. IDWO can in many cases assist in resolving a problem but good ownership is providing suitable care and an environment in which problems are unlikely to occur, such as the following:

  • Allowing feet to become overgrown
  • Badly trimmed feet, i.e., non paring of the sole area
  • Severe hair loss/bald patches
  • Skin infections
  • Cuts and wounds left untreated
  • Sarcoids/warts left untreated or ignored at early stage
  • No water provided
  • Donkey is underweight/emaciated
  • Donkey is overweight/obese
  • Overgrown or decayed teeth
  • Worms or lice left untreated
  • Poor maintenance of fencing
  • Non collection of dung
  • Breeding unwanted foals
  • Non castration of stallions
  • Non microchipping/registration of donkey/s
  • Non socialising of donkey/s


  • Providing a draught free shelter with access at all times
  • Providing suitable bedding material
  • Maintaining a safe and secure environment
  • Providing fresh, clean drinking water daily
  • Feeding according to condition (weight)
  • Providing high fibre feed ie barley straw
  • Not feeding cereal based foods, bread, sweets, cakes etc or anything with high sugar content
  • Keeping fruit/vegetables to a minimum
  • Restricting intake of grass especially in Spring
  • Checking donkey/s daily
  • Ensuring any wounds, cuts are dealt with promptly
  • Worming only if necessary -consider faecal sampling
  • Castration of stallion donkeys
  • Consider carefully before embarking on any breeding
  • Keep mares and stallions separate, wean colt foals then separate from mare
  • Picking out feet regularly
  • Getting a professional farrier to trim feet 3 times per year minimum
  • Socialising your donkey