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Four Years Of Blogging On WordPress

Four Years Of Blogging On WordPress

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You registered on WordPress.com 4 years ago!

Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!

Rio age 7 summer of 2013

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Rocket Man our mini age 19, December of 2013

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Rio giving Melody a big Mammoth donkey hug, summer of 2013!

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Finally I get to ride Miss Lily no bit no spurs summer of 2013

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A ride on Mr. Rio our Mammoth donkey, no bit, no spurs summer of 2013

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Obo the standard donkey – I love you Obo!

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Tuba the standard donkey – I love you Tuba

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Jewel and Sampson (big doggie)

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Miss Trophy our new horse age five summer 2013

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Melody and the doggies on our new twenty acre farm in Sequim, WA

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Melody & Scott (my husband) with our three blonde doggies on our new twenty acre farm in Sequim, WA

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Thank you for reading my blog,  I pray in Jesus Christ name that my personal life, my GOD story gives you the strength to never give up or settle in this thing called life!

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

http://wwwyouversion.com/mobile

https://www.facebook.com/Donkeywhisperer

Draft new web page – http://donkeywhispererfarm.com/home/

 

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Hoof Abscess


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The Donkey Whisperer Farm is officially six years old in 2013time has literally flown by so much has changed and yet so much remains the same.  Rio is now a full-grown Mammoth donkey as he turns seven years old in 2013.  Rocket Man turns nineteen and my horse Lily is eight years young. Read my post Donkeys and hoof abscess for more information.

The most frustrating and difficult issues I have had with our Mammoth donkey is hoof abscesses. It appears that Mammoth donkeys should live in the desert with no rain poor boy was born in Western Washington with too much rain.  Each of them get their feet picked out daily and their paddock has very little mud and yet the Mammoth donkey suffers from abscess, networking via the internet I have learned this is sadly the health issues associated with Mammoth donkeys.

Before I brought all three equine home I researched, networked and read every book I could get my hand on to create the dryest paddock to prevent hoof problems as I have lived in Western Washington most of my life.  I placed 3/4 clean gravel down on the hill between the two barns to avoid mud, thrush and abscesses.  Rio has had horrific abscesses and we are now laying pin chips down (no cedar) to help him.  I made the decision to shoe Rio’s front (absessing yearly) with Dr. Hills overseeing the process this last fall.  Rio’s custom-made Mammoth Donkey shoes are helping him get more exercise on the gravel as he is running and playing again, he is much more comfortable.

I place 3/4 clean gravel in between the two barns where they walk back and forth day after day to stop the mud.  Additionally I suggest laying pin chips down so they have a place to lay outside and it is soft and dry the only problem I have noted with pin chips is it needs to be replaced at least every other year or it will turn to mud.  

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Hoof abscesses in donkeys are not the same as the horse.  Why? 

Donkeys hoof anatomy is of a donkey not a horse. Donkeys are strong and will not show any pain until it is a serious medical matter.  Here is another post I wrote explaining the emergency kit and the hoof abscess.  The horse would be limping much faster than the donkey or mule with an abscess thus the seriousness and need for a vet immediately. Please call the vet for draining a hoof abscess do not leave this to the farrier.

What can you do for your donkey, horse or mule suffering from a hoof abscess?

Call the Vet hopefully you have a vet that has experience with donkeys.   Donkeys are not horses and thus their hooves do not behave the same as a horse.  Please only authorize your vet to find the abscess and drain it,never let the farrier do the vet’s job!  Your vet will cut out a very small hole for drainage releasing the pain and pressure almost instantly.  Never authorize the farrier to do this as this is a medical need not a farrier need.

Follow up maintenance is necessary the hole needs to be kept clean, pick the stuff out of feet every day, I suggest getting a spray bottle and using Beda dine solution with some water in a water bottle to spray the hole clean every day.  We use the solo spray bottle as it gets all the gunk out and keeps it clean, Soaking a cotton ball in beda dine solution and sticking it in the hole is necessary until the hole has grown out.   The hoof will not grow completely out for at least ten months to a year so keeping the hole clean from mud and gunk is a full-time job to say the least.

One of the best things we can do as an owner of donkeys, horses and mules is keep the hooves trimmed and make sure they are being trimmed correctly.  Select Pete Ramey to learn how to trim a donkey, trimming needs to be done at least every 6-7 weeks.  I highly recommend you the owner viewing this dvd and asking your farrier to review it.  Trimming equine is not a back yard hobby and it needs to be left to professionals in my opinion as incorrect trimming will cause abscesses and sand and grit to travel into the white line.  As the owner we must be picking the hoof out each and every day and making sure no thrush is growing in the hoof.  Diet of the equine is imperative to optimum health so test your hay, do not give grain and treats to the donkey just clean water and low sugar hay.  Orchard hay around the Pacific northwest is what we use and a slow feeder is also a good idea as long as it is covered to keep the rain out.

I am trying a new slow feeder out will follow-up with the results in my upcoming blogs.

Video of a Donkey Suffering With A Hoof Abscess

Summary:

Diet, exercise, professional trimmer of hooves every 6-7 weeks, clean out hooves each and every day, clean dry padock, morton loose salt, white salt block, clean water, low sugar hay and no grazing in green grass for the easy keeper. Donkeys are always easy keepers. :)

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

http://wwwyouversion.com/mobile

http://www.donkeywhisperer.com

https://www.facebook.com/Donkeywhisperer

 

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Happy Birthday Jesus By The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir


Merry Christmas,

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Christmas is all about the birth of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Happy Birthday Jesus is a beautiful song with Christmas lights synchronized by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.  You may want to share the link with your family and friends.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

htttp://www.donkeywhisperer.com

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in 2011, Christmas, Jesus

 

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Spaaaaaaah!!! Bucket Lists Do Come True & It Can Happen To You


Select Spaaaaaaah!!! Bucket Lists Do Come True & It Can Happen To You.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in 2012, news

 

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One Lovely Blogger Award


Howdy,

What more can I say except “Thank You, Thank You Very Much!!!! Thank you for the nomination, thank you for reading my blog.  Again, thank you!

Yesterday, I received a wonderful surprised by http://empoweredresults.org/, who notified me that she had nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.

Thank you  for the nomination! 

In order to accept, there are a few rules:

Link back to the blogger who nominated you.  Post the blog award image on your page. Tell 7 facts about yourself. Nominate 15 other blogs. Let the nominees know they been chosen.

Hmmm!   Seven things about myself:

1. I have been with my husband almost twenty years, we are happily married.

2. I love the smell of the rain but miss the sun

3. One of my favorite flowers is the Lily

4. The smell of the ocean relaxes my soul, I love the smell of the ocean

5. I love all animals

6. Prayer is the most important part of my life

7.  Learning to let go and trust GOD for all things

Recently bought a coffee cup that says:

When Plan A begins to falter & life turns upside down, do you sink or swim? In the end the true test of character is how you handle plan B

MY NOMINEES

This was really hard to do because I follow a lot of blogs which should be nominated for this award. Please visit their blogs and share whatever moves you as you read!

http://www.elephantadvocacy.blogspot.com/

http://www.critterfarmgirl.blogspot.com/

http://cissyblue.wordpress.com/

http://blog.everycowgirlsdream.com/

http://bentehaarstad.wordpress.com/

http://www.tracielouisephotography.com/

http://www.the7msnranch.com/

http://donkeyparadise.wordpress.com/

http://teamdonk.wordpress.com

http://morningbrayfarm.com/2012/01/07/ellsworth-loves-his-daddy/

http://remissionary.wordpress.com/

http://www.stonewritten.com/?p=4339

Please remember to look for a human or animal you can be a human angel for today as each of us has the opportunity to help one another each and every day.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

http://www.donkeywhisperer.com

https://www.facebook.com/Donkeywhisperer

http://www.youversion.com/mobile

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2012 in 2012, Award

 

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Please Sign The Petition To Stop Donkey Roping – Get Them To Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, TX


Donkey roping is an extremely cruel “sport” where the donkey is shocked with a cattle prod until he tries to run away. Once in motion two people on horseback run the donkey down, one throwing a rope around its neck, the other around its rear legs. Once roped the donkey is then stretched between the two horses. Broken bones and death are all too common during these events.

http://www.change.org/petitions/van-horn-texas-chamber-of-commerce-donkey-roping-must-be-stopped

 

 

CANCELLED?!

I have received these emails from 2 Van Horn City administrators. I NEED confirmation from Jason as well.
EVENT CANCELLED BY THE TOWN.
THANK YOU.
Preparing for the Future with respect for the Past.
Fran Malafronte
City Administrator
Town of Van Horn
T 432-283-2050
F 432-283-2839
franmalafronte@vanhorntexas.org
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The Town of Van Horn has heard the voice of all concerned and has convinced the promoter to cancel the event. Thank you for your concern, but be aware that Van Horn had nothing to do with this event and does not believe in promoting cruelty to animal.
Gilda Morales
txmxdc45@aol.com

I responded to Ms. Morales with the link to the promo poster https://donkeyrescue.donordrive.com/assets/donkeyrescue/images/$cms$/100/1459.jpg CLEARLY indicating that this event was PROUDLY PRESENTED BY THE VAN HORN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND CITY OF VAN HORN TX. CONTINUED ON ANOTHER UPDATE

I want to recommend that Jason Owen be politely encouraged to relinquish the 45+- donkeys to PVDR.

Posted By Diana reesePetition Organizer

June 19, 2012

CANCELLED?! Continued from below update

from continued………….I also pointed out that there are photos and video (now password blocked) on http://www.justhorsinaroundphotography.com/p676930534/e17b0fa5e#h17b0fa5e clearing showing
donkeys being roped in Van Horn last July 2011.

I view this as a victory, partially. We need to get these donkeys to Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, we need a confirmation and promise from Jason Owen that he will not participate in any other donkey roping event EVER, meaning by purchasing donkeys for or promoting donkeys in a roping event.

Next we need this to stop all over Texas, and any other states that allows it. We need to pressure the law enforcement of Texas to actually enforce statue 42.09 http://donkeyrescue.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1122

ALL OF YOU ARE TO BE THANKED AND HUGGED, AND NUZZLED BY A DONKEY, FOR HELPING THESE DONKEYS. My most sincerest thanks and regards, Diana Reese

Posted By Diana reesePetition Organizer

June 19, 2012
 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in 2012, donkey

 

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Elephant Advocacy – Seeing The Elephants


Select Elephant Advocacy – seeing the elephants to read about human angels helping elephants. Enjoy!

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

http://www.donkeywhisperer.com

 
 

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