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a member of the family Equidae, descended from the wild ass of which there are still many varieties. Characteristically gray to sable in color, short of stature, long, floppy-eared and with a bray as a call instead of a whinny. Many have a dorsal and shoulder stripes. The male participates in the development of the mule and the female in the production of the hinny. Males are jacks, females are jennies. Called also ass, burro.
an upright, narrow foot with a small sole area and usually a poorly developed frog. Works well on a donkey but in a horse expected to do fast, hard work it causes chronic mild lameness. All four feet are affected.