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Warning Leaving A Halter On Your Horse, Donkey or Mule


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WARNING Leaving  A halter On a Horse, Mule or Donkey Can Cause Death or self-mutilation 

My horse and donkeys are very athletic they can take their back hooves and itch their face.  The halter could get stuck on their hooves, fence or other objects.

* Strangulation can occur when they get the halter stuck on something and fight to get it off

* The halter can grow into the head of the equine (horse, donkey, mule) I have personally seen this and it is abuse

* Dirty itchy halter causes the equine to scratch and work to get it off it’s not natural (think  how you would want to be treated)

Learn How To Teach your Equine (horse, donkey or mule) To Catch You!

When interacting with your equine try to make this a time to connect bring a couple of pieces of green apple with you or a carrott  to build a relationship of fair and safe leadership.  Equine work best in training programs that do not require the equine to stay in the prisoner role.  Yes, I said prisoner role, old school training techniques use fear to train equine and this is not a partnership.  Donkeys cannot be trained this way they require natural training with fair, balanced and a honest trainer!  Horses dream of being trained the way donkeys demand to be trained.

The joy you will receive when changing your training methodology is enormous and your frustration will vanish.  People say “treats make my equine nip” I say “Nope, use this as an opportunity to train” watch your timing let the equine turn their head away and then give them a reward takes just a few training sessions for them to learn how to politely accept a treat.  Creativity is the answer you can do it!

Study Parelli if you don’t know how to play the friendly game and the catching game as they can teach you and membership is free for one month.  On line videos, magazine and Parelli connect kinda like facebook but everyone is studying under the Parelli’s very positive equine support and training.  Working with equine is a dangerous sport you must be careful, have a plan, stay safe and not abuse the equine.

All of my equine come up to us every time we call them just like my dogs.  The key is setting the animal up for success if each time you have time to be with your equine you are doing things to them that are not enjoyable why would they want to come up?  Treat your equine the way you would want to be treated if you were living your life as an equine and watch the blessings start flowing freely.

The first step in training any animal is taming!  The animal must trust that you will NOT abuse them or hurt them so try to think of it from their point of view and remember awareness is the first step in change.  We subscribe to The Brayer a journal of the American Donkey and Mule Society magazine.  Take a look this is a lovely way to learn more about donkeys and mules!

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

Melody

http://wwwyouversion.com/mobile

http://www.donkeywhisperer.com

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Posted by on October 20, 2013 in 2013, Faith, GOD, Jesus, Mammoth donkey

 

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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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Blowing In The Wind


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When depression hits I work very hard to remember this is not the life GOD wants me to live.  Everything seems to be heightened my heart aches for the way things were before the car accident.  Sometimes I get angry and cry out to GOD as I just don’t understand why me.  I don’t understand why I  have to suffer with pain day in and day out, why I can’t go back to the way life was before the car accident.  Everything I do is more difficult now, grocery shopping, standing, bending, walking it’s just more work now with the large screws in my pelvis. 

GOD whisperers in my ear “Why Not You?”, I guess I thought I was the apple of GOD’s eye and he would not allow me to suffer this much.  Guess what I am the apple of GOD’s eye he not only shows up to help me he gives me the strength to encourage others.  GOD is amazing. The bible is clear that we are not to stay angry, we should be quick to forgive let GOD take care of our enemies. 

The bible is clear we will all suffer, we will all endure persecution for following Jesus but GOD will give us the supernatural strength to endure whatever is blowing in the wind. 

Psalm 3:3 says GOD is my shield, my glory, and the lifter of my  head! When life starts tossing us humans around we need to speak the word of GOD out-loud.  Remember Jesus is still on the throne and he is still in control.

I am the property of Jesus Christ, I am GOD’s witness that he and he alone is the king of all kings.  Jesus is my father in heaven and for this I am grateful. I am grateful that when I pray in Jesus Christ name GOD releases the angels to go to work on all my problems.  Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do his commandments, hearkening to the voice of his word. PSALM 103:20

When pain and suffering comes the bible is the only answer to help me.  Pslam provides the words and strength I need to endure for each day and believe tomorrow will be better.  I highly suggest the teaching of Joyce Meyers as she explains everything and her pocket-book named The Secret Power of Speaking GOD’s Word is an excellent way to combat life and stop my mind from blowing in the wind.  Each chapter has the verses added per the emotional and mental trauma we all endure navigating life today, i.e. depression, stress, death,anxiety and worry.

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

Melody

https://www.facebook.com/Donkeywhisperer

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in 2012, GOD, Jesus, Life, prayer

 

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Pressing Forward When Life Is Difficult


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I always pray, I don’t faint, quit or give up.  LUKE 18:1

When life is difficult and trauma hits we each have a decision to make dig in and stay positive or get angry and go negative leading to depression and poor choices.  I visualize this as a four-way stop sign, which way do we go?  Will I stay in the word of GOD and have a victor attitude and NOT a victim attitude. 

Perhaps you don’t know GOD, how do I move towards the light and blessings of Jesus Christ?   Will I do my best to learn from this event and help others or will I curl up in a corner and die?  Perhaps the body is not dead buried in the ground but the mind is dead as negative energy has the power to destroy the humans potential and they no longer look forward to the new day.  If you are suffering from trauma please believe me when I say the game of life is not over until we stop breathing and we leave this human body. 

Do you know the meaning of trauma? 

Do you know the five stages of grief? 

Do you know what to do after trauma hits?

Stages of Grief

Never give up, never stop believing that today may be your miracle; the love of your life may come walking in today, new creative ideas for a job or event that GOD wants you to pursue.  Pain may leave today, healing, restoration, peace and change may be coming today as every day is a new day. 

The bible states GOD gives us the strength for today we are not to think of what is needed for tomorrow as GOD has given us the strength and wisdom of today.  I think this is very difficult for personalities like mine a big learning curve as I enjoy having a plan, enjoy dreaming about tomorrow but GOD wants us to enjoy each moment one day at a time.

As soon as my mind starts to become negative I reach for my IPOD with the bible in it or my bible.  Every thought placed in our minds that is not positive is not from GOD, every thought placed in our minds that is positive is light and GOD Rebuke all negative thinking stay in the word of GOD and hold GODs right hand tight like a child holds his/her parents hand as this is our father in heaven.

Tips to kicking the worry habit

1.  Trust GOD in Jesus Christ precious name

2.  Delight – Enjoy the gifts GOD has given you each of us have so many

3.  Give GOD everything (let go it’s like bungee cord jumping scary but exhilarating)

4.  Be still (pray for everything never react before praying)

A card I received during one of my darkest times of pain and suffering:

With GOD every day is a day to hope for the very best – to believe our prayers are being heard, to have faith good news is on its way and to know that anything can happen between yesterday and tomorrow.

If you are having a hard time in life give GOD in Jesus Christ precious name a try.  Reach out to GOD he is waiting for you to pray and the best part is he is available 24×7 day a week.  Dont know where to begin? Pray to GOD in Jesus Christ precious name. 

Dear GOD in Jesus Christ precious name Come into my heart I make you my LORD and Savior, I repent of my Sins, please help me to live the best life I can and honor you.  Remember – Nothing is too difficult for GOD and we were not created to settle in life.

I pray my transparency has helped you or a loved one navigate this thing called life. GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

https://www.facebook.com/Donkeywhisperer

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in 2012, Faith, GOD, healing, Jesus

 

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Never Give Up, Never Ever Give Up


Howdy,

I’m reading a book Never Give Up by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Joyce Meyer. We picked it up at Wal-Mart for$5.98 bargain priced so shop around if you want to read it.

My physiatrist is helping me rehabilitate, change my lifestyle to accommodate my disability and much, much more. If you know someone suffering from pain ask around for the best physiatrist you can find.

The bible says over and over we are to never settle in life, never give up, never stop believing today is our miracle or breakthrough each day is a new day and the opportunity for GOD to create a blessing. 

Each day is our opportunity to be a blessing to another person or animal, each day is a new day for today will never be here again.

Since the car accident on April 13, 2010 I have suffered with some insane amounts of pain.  I have endured many days that turned into ground-hog day over and over not being able to do much of anything due to the pain.  Pain has changed me I am no longer the person I was before the accident and I will forever walk with a limp, the limp no doubt causes the sciatica pain, middle of back and lower back pain.  Nerve pain is severe and very real and each day I wake up I thank GOD he let me keep my legs, brain, ability to brush my teeth, brush my hair, and care for all the essential day-to-day things we all take for granted.

In my case the doctors just do not know what more can be done after all they fixed my collapsed lung, surgically inserted large screws in my pelvis, kidney, broken ribs, removed all the internal bleeding.  Nerve damage and disc problems, deep pain from cold and dampness they cannot fix, sadly the medical world still does not know much about nerve pain to heal it. In fact they really have no idea why or if this pain will ever end. Still I trust Jesus Christ, Never Give Up and live my life with purpose and a passion to leave this world a little better than it was before I arrived.

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

Melody

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in 2012, Faith, GOD, health, Jesus

 

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Donkey Whisperer Farm Is On FaceBook


Howdy,

If your a friend of the Donkey Whisperer Farm blog you are probably aware we are on the internet with our own website http://www.donkeywhisperer.com  we are on Twitter at Donkwhisperer we are on Youtube with our own Channel Donkey Whisperer Farm and now we have a page on facebook http://www.facebook.com/Donkeywhisperer

 Why did we join facebook?  We want to help the donkeys, horses and mules of the world and free information is always a good way to help.  People are struggling to purchase food, housing, electricity, and hay is not cheap these days!  

We want to become a free National knowledge database of information for FREE training tips, health and care of these magnificent equine and we need your help to do this. The Donkey Whisperer Farm helps provide is free information as sharing information is the best way to awareness, personal growth and change. 

Facebook Business accounts require 25 likes to be able to add a profile photo and be able to advertise.  Can you take a moment go to the https://www.facebook.com/Donkeywhisperer select Like? 

Thank you~~~~~

Melody

http://www.donkeywhisperer.com

 
 

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Horses and Donkeys Heal The Human Soul


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Horses and Donkeys heal the human soul, just writing these words sends happy thoughts in my mind directly followed by a smile.  Horses and donkeys have a presence and energy about them that helps us humans along our journey in life.  I call them “Four legged angels sent by GOD” no doubt to help us humans navigate the good and bad times of our journey in this thing called life.   

Horses, donkeys and mules are prey animals meaning they eat grass, have emotional intelligence to survive around predators.  The human is a predator and thus learning natural horsemanship/Natural Donkeyship should be a priority. Without these training tools the human will never experience the connection the horse and donkey can offer, the relationship is more of a prisoner role.  How sad for the equine and the human to never have experienced the majestic connection these equine can offer.

Many organizations have captured their healing abilities to help people with stress, depression, anxiety as these magnificent equine have a presence about them that demands your full attention.  When were connected to these magnificent animals there is no time to stress about life, bills, family, job, money the brain is free to swirl in their world releasing more creativity in the lucky human. This is how the experience is for me and my husband each and every time is special and we never forget how precious and fragile each day is as we never know when our time is up or theirs.

In the cool weather the donkeys fur is long, thick, bushy and sticks straight out to keep them warm absolutely the most beautiful coats the donkeys have. Lily is white now her summer kissed golden Palomino fur has been replaced with a thick white fur coat along with her very long whiskers. I never shave their whiskers as equine use these for feeling when navigating their surfaces in short they need these long whiskers.  When the equine breaths into the cold powerful breaths of warm air come out into the air creating a beautiful swirl around their muzzle, oh how I miss riding in the trails and our arena.  Lily is truly a magnificent horse, she is the lead mare taking care of her herd of donkeys, she is waiting patiently for me to get well and no doubt looking forward to going back to work. 

If you get a chance to volunteer, work, or the best opportunity “Have an equine as your partner” you will be thanking GOD for the creation of these magnificent four-legged angels sent to earth to help us humans navigate this thing called life.

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

Melody

http://www.donkeywhisperer.com

 

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