*Please note that I am calling my vet first thing tomorrow morning - She only came home yesterday and I was going to make her an appointment next week anyway but will do my best to get him out tomorrow instead* I went to a local sale barn (that has a decent reputation) and purchased a donkey to be a companion for my pony now that she has moved home. I ended up with a weanling. Or so they say. I was prepared to keep my future donkey lighter, no feed, grass hay, ect. This poor little thing is skinny and terrified. You can feel her ribs by just running your hand down her side. To me it feels as though she still has her baby coat - it's very fluffy and not thick or long like the other donkeys I have met. Her eyes are clear, no nasal discharge, no sores anywhere except for where its seems her umbilical cord would have attached. She isn't 100% tame but I was putting her in sweatshirts to keep her warm until her blanket comes and felt under her tummy. It's about the width of a quarter, maybe 3/4" tall that sticks out right where the umbilical cord would have been. It felt like a matted section of hair, but turned out to have that lump there. It was oozing puss but i squeezed a bunch out and it stopped. I will add a picture when my fiance gets home to help me take it. How do I put weight on a young donkey? Slowly and carefully. She will go out on pasture from about 8-6 every day. Any idea of how old she is from these pictures? I know they have very different needs than horses. I already have a good quality grass hay for her. Would a foal feed be okay? She doesn't really understand hard feed, as I tried to give her some of Shoney's equine senior (just a tiny handful) and she wouldn't touch it. She will eat the grass out in the field, though. She has a pile of hay in her stall but she mostly ignores it. Can she have probiotics to help her appetite? I have a wormer on hand for her but am going to wait until I talk to the vet. I am worried about her and wonder if she is really as old as they say or if she was weaned too early. I can get better pictures tomorrow when I have someone to help hold her, she doesn't lead/tie very well yet. In the picture with the sweatshirt, it is only an xl if that helps give size comparison on her.