All of the information I share via the Donkey Whisperer Farm is free as I have a hobby farm not a business. The Donkey Whisperer Farm team created the website, blog, twitter, you tube and WordPress with you in mind. We want to be able to share information to help your donkey, horse and mule live in peace and harmony without physical pain and suffering.
Most importantly you must have a plan each and every time you are with your equine a plan to stay safe while enjoying one of GOD’s most natural prey animals. Pat Parelli teaches us students that equine are nature in it’s finests form. Donkeys are not horses they are indeed a breed all their own unique and deserve to be cared for with dignity, respect and pain free. I have been a home study Parelli student since 2007.
Why can I not teach Parelli? I was in a life threatening car accident in 2010 and have not been physically able to attend Parelli school. I can share information and direct you to Parelli’s online free 30 day trial. Parelli works for horses, mules and yes indeed our beloved Donkeys :)
From:Victoria L Savory
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2012 8:55 AM
Subject: Website Inquiry
We chatted via email last fall and I’m writing to you now because I am concerned about Jack. I have been training him using positive reinforcement methods where when he does something correct, I click him and give him a treat (similar to dog and dolphin training methods). Last night during our training time together, I turned my back away from him because I noticed that our goats had gotten out. When I turned my back, he stood up on his back legs and put his front legs over my shoulders and came down on me with his weight. I gave him a stern no, but he continued to try to stand up on me four or five more times both facing him and walking away from him. Do you have any ideas what this type of behavior represents; is it dominance? Do you have any ideas how to stop it in its tracks in a kind way?
Thank in advance for you help!
On 2/23/12 2:56 PM, “Melody Johnson” <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I am sharing vital information with you in hopes you are not offended but learn from what I am attempting to teach you for free as it is my desire to help as much as I can but ultimately the burden lay on your shoulders to provide the best environment for your donkey. Remember you are the smart human the Donkey is in 100% need of you to learn and provide a quality life and home and be flexible to provide him with what he/she needs.
All domesticated equine need a human leader with strong boundaries for safety. I am a home study student of Parelli natural horsemanship, Parelli works for donkeys and mules not just horses. I cannot teach Parelli until I am well enough to attend Parelli school and become a Parelli certified horse, donkey and mule trainer.
Please remember an essential tool in learning Parelli “is learning how to use the rope halter and carrot stick carrot stick to create clear boundaries, learning timing, along with the friendly game to reinforce positive attributes from you to your equine.” Parelli teaches us to give the amount of pressure necessary, this means we are always analyzing the equine, learning their donkey, horse, or mule personality; we are working to keep our energy matched to the individual personality of the equine in a natural and fair way. I do not study clicker training and cannot help you with clicker training.
If your donkey is living with goats remember all donkeys are visual learners your donkey will copy what the goats are doing. If the goats are rearing up on one another guess what your donkey will too. Donkeys need to be with donkeys I would be concerned that a donkey would play too rough with a goat and could kill the goat as donkeys like to grab the neck and pull on it they do this all the time with another donkey. A goat cannot defend himself with a donkey.
This I do know donkeys and mules are very playful and this kind of playing is normal for donkeys to play with another donkey. Never ever should the donkey be authorized to play this way with the human partner as you could get seriously injured or even killed. It is your responsibility each and every time you are with your equine to stay safe, keep good safe boundaries and natural reminders as to what is acceptable and what is not. Working with equine can be a very dangerous sport.
I highly suggest you learn parelli 7 games they have 30 days free, get a carrot stick and rope halter and remember to watch your timing. No animals can jump on us humans if we are paying attention to every Nano second and using our tools created for safety. I’m sorry to tell you this is not the animals fault he is doing what donkeys do playing and he has not been taught basic social manners.
I remember your name but can’t remember your donkeys info so please get me up to speed again.
John 0r Jack (stallion) – If he is not gelded please get an experienced vet to geld him asap.
Living environment, toys and other donkeys or horse something to play with?
Please consider looking into the 30 day free trial to learn the 7 games and get your rope halter and parelli carrot stick to protect your human space. I am worried for your safety, please remember working with equine is a dangerous sport you must be plugged in each and every time you are with your equine and remain in the leadership role in a natural manner. The carrot stick is an extension of my arm and a long tale it really helps create manners and communication skills between our beloved equine and the human partner.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
From: Victoria L Savory
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2012 8:55 AM
Subject: Website Inquiry
Thank you so much for your help and advise! I agree with everything that you say and will sign up for the Parelli 30 day trial and then go from there.
10 months old
Only donkey-his sibling won’t be born until May and we won’t get him/her until the fall
Has jolly balls to play with, but doesn’t show an interest in them. I’ve tried to entice him to play with them, but no luck
Has 6 acres he does share with the goats
Has a stable
Eats 1 cup honey grain mixed with 1/2 crimped oats and minerals
Trained to do some “tricks”
I know that he isn’t doing anything wrong, and that it’s not his fault, that was why I wrote to you, so that I can correct what I am doing wrong. Your email is invaluable, and I appreciate your help and advise. If after reading his vitals, you can think of anything else that would be of help, I am a sponge and will absorb what you tell me.
Thank you, Melody!