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The Movie Buck


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In 2011 we watched the movie Buck “a powerful movie explaining the importance of training a human to train the equine (horse, donkey or mule) in a natural way without physical abuse.”  This movie clearly explains how the horse is one hundred percent a reflection of their trainer and or owner.  The movie helps to explain the difference between natural training and breaking a horse.    

We must never forget that a human who will torture a child, animal, woman or man must be stopped!  Please if you see abuse have the courage to be bold and stop this abuse as each of us can be the angel GOD sent to remove the pain and suffering of another.  Never forget we live in a fallen world, good and evil, black and white.

The domesticated horse, donkey or mule is truly the mirror of the emotional intelligence and training ability of their human who owns and trains them.

I highly suggest the movie Buck, I believe each of us can learn how to have empathy if we want to learn and most importantly we can influence others by helping make this world a better place for humans and animals.

We must never forget what it would be like to have a person forcing us to do something with pain and suffering as motivation with the big whammy the person speaks in a foreign language, how very sad.  Please be an angel when you see abuse, be bold, step up and make a difference to stop abuse of any kind for humans and animals. 

Empathy is truly needed in our world for how we treat others starts within ourselves, just because we were abused is no reason to continue the horrific abuse cycle. Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer

If you know a living human or animal being abused please step in and do your best to stop the abuse and be a human angel.

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

Melody

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

Melody

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Warning Leaving A Halter On A Horse, Donkey or Mule Can Cause Death Or Self-Mutilation


Howdy,

The photo above is of me & Lily taken in the summer of 2009, truly one of my favorite photos a wonderful memory.

Did you know leaving the halter on is dangerous and can be deadly? My horse and donkeys are very athletic they can take their back hooves and itch their face.

Important considerations

*  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)

Please 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 an honest trainer.  Horses dream of being trained the way donkeys demand to be trained with dignity and respect.

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!

Rio the mammoth donkey and Melody bitless riding

Rio the mammoth donkey and Melody bitless riding

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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.

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

Melody

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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

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Donkey Basketball – Fun or Abuse?


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Thank you for reading my blog as it is my desire to help you become educated in understanding donkeys, horses and mules; education creates awareness and this new awareness may spark a fire in your soul with a direct result of a change for our world’s animals.  Will you become a voice for a donkey living in your home town “a human angel” making a difference?   

Did you know all my equine have been trained with resistance free training?

Yes, our horse, mammoth donkey and mini donkey have been trained utilizing Parelli natural horsemanship tools.  No bit, no spurs all resistance free! Lot’s of video in Youtube for inspiration. Please note I am a student of Parelli I am not authorized to teach Parelli due to a car accident I am healing.   Parelli has a free 30 day trial offer and I consider them to be the worlds best on-line educator.

Select Video School Fun Donkey Basketball to view and make your own decision. What do you think?

Did you learn something new today?   Please do your part to help teach the youngsters of our world how to respect animals.  

A few More videos with comments:

Donkey Basketball – “I think it sends a really bad message to children on how to raise them and cruelty to animals and to all beings, and what does that teach our children?” said protester Carol Guilbault.

What can you do to help stop this abuse?  Select Donkey Basketball video for more information.  Share your opinion on your social networking sites, say NO to school fund raisers abusing Donkeys!

DONKEY BASKETBALL ‘GAMES’ ENCOURAGE KIDS TO BE CRUEL

Thank you for being a human angel doing your part to help stop abuse of donkeys, horses and mules.

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

Melody

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How To Ease Yourself Through Creative Blocks


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Growth from Trauma



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Look Where Your’e Going


Howdy,

Today was a milestone for me as my physical therapist told me I am strong enough to graduate from physical therapy, I have been in Physical therapy for almost two years, this car accident has been one of the most challenging things I have ever had to do in my life.  Surviving a semi truck accident is indeed a miracle from GOD; walking and not living in a wheel chair is indeed a miracle from GOD, having the strength and courage to persevere day after day when the pain does not go away is a miracle from GOD.  GOD has placed a gift in my mind “Look Where You Are Going” and never ever give up.  The photo above is me and my horse Lily before the semi truck accident, I love this photo it is a great memory.

Now the hard work begins as I must continue to do all the exercises on my own.   No more physical therapist providing me with new exercises, I must be the physical therapist for my body now, I must push myself when I am tired to keep going to the gym, my core must stay strong or pain and suffering will return in insane amounts. 

When I lift weights to keep my core strong I wear my ariat horse riding gloves to remember what my goals are and “look where I am going” as each day is indeed a gift from GOD. I like to touch things and see things to keep motivated “look where I’m going”  just like the cross I wear around my neck to call out to Jesus.  

No doubt we must always remember where we are going in life in order to get where we want to go.   I found this excellent article Look Where you’re Going explaining how horse, donkey and mule people must look where they are going in order to mirror with their four-legged ride.  Enjoy!

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

Melody

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