Thor and Mickey found sanctuary here at Fields of Freedom after their owner went bankrupt.
The guy had found a home at a riding school for five horses he also owned, but it wasn’t as easy to find a home for Thor and Mickey. They were on their way to the slaughterhouse.
When Mickey and Thor instead arrived at Fields of Freedom and were unloaded from the horse transport it immediately became obvious that they had been grossly neglected for quite a while.
Both of them were hugely overweight, and their hooves were in a shockingly bad condition.
Thor was also suffering from a mild case of Cushing’s disease, a condition affecting the pituitary gland in the brain. Most of Thor and Mickey’s problems were caused by poor care.
Thor and Mickey had lived in a field 24/7, without pasture management or sufficient hoof care.
Most people don’t know that keeping donkeys is very different from keeping horses. Many people believe that leaving them in a field with a three-sided shelter without solid floor is adequate care for donkeys.
Sadly, this causes hoof rot and obesity in donkeys.
It is going to take some time before Mickey and Thor are again healthy donkeys, and many visits from the farrier to get their hooves back into shape.
Thor is a gentle giant and loves to play-fight with Mickey but in a kindhearted and loving way. He is the tallest of the 14 donkeys at Fields of Freedom, and at 13 years of age, he is also one of the oldest.
Mickey is the sanctuary’s oldest animal at 15 years. He is a little shy but can also be a bit naughty. He especially likes to gallop past the entrance to his stable at bedtime and try to go on a run around the sanctuary.
Both of these boys just love apples and every morning you can find them sticking their heads of the stable door looking for their breakfast treats.