There seems to be an ever increasing number of donkeys kept in Australia, not for riding, but as family pets or, increasingly, as livestock warriors on farms - mostly to protect sheep from dogs and foxes. Donkeys are enigmatically very good at both jobs. Pet or warrior? It is probably a good thing that donkeys are rarely, if ever, ridden because it seems that most domestic donkeys in Australia have hoof problems. This is not an exaggeration; it’s just that most punters wouldn’t notice anything wrong with their donkey’s hooves.