First off I would like to thank GOD in Jesus Christ name for healing my body and giving me this opportunity to help others all over the world. In 2010 I survived a semi-truck accident leaving me with a life long disability three large screws in my pelvis. I was told by the doctors I am a miracle. Select GOD created a miracle for me to read all about it. Never give up as GOD will never give up on you!!!!
My husband Scott and I of twenty one years just moved to our dream farm in Sequim, WA a couple of months ago and boy has our life changed. We are now living in our 5th wheel while we wait for our five acre farm of thirteen years to sell in Kingston, WA on Trophy Lane, select five acre turn-key equestrian farm for sale. We built everything on our new farm for the animals first and our home will come last. This is how much we love our animals.
Around the farm eight is enough:
One Mammoth Donkey age 8 Rio Johnson, FB (we have had Rio in our life since he was nine months old)
Two horses one quarter horse, Miss Lily, Palomino age 9 (We have had her in our life since she was 20 months)
Aubree getting ready to go for a ride on Lily with me leading
One black saddlebred mare age 6 had her living with us since we moved to the new farm, my new project horse
Three mini donkeys; Rocket Man age 20 (living with us since 2007, sitting down), Maximus black on the left and Roy on the right.
Roy age 4, moved in last month, Roy is now in my pocket every where I go. He walks all around the farm with me and when we took him we were told he would need a special human. Well he found me and I love him dearly as I do all of our animals we also have two cats. Jasmine and Purcilla both rescues of course as Oboe and Tuba are they are the two standard donkeys one is red and one is the same color as Rio, a mini me. Roy is in the photo on the right from the breeders farm I need to get another photo of him to share of the two of us exploring the 20 acre farm. I am on intstagram RIOTHEMAMMOTHDONKEY, Facebook, Riothemammothdonkey and Donkey Whisperer Farm. I created a group for horse, donkey and mule owners on FB named ON DONKEY TIME with over 2k members since Feb of this year come on over and smile every day.
Maximus age 2, and Roy age 4 moved in last month, black donkey gelded in May. More training required here.
Accepting New Students For Donkey, Horse and Mule Training, I am a world-wide virtual coach, consultant and trainer of you the owner. I teach you how to lead, train with no abuse. I train you to train using resistance free methods. “Violence has no place in our personal lives or with our animals. Melody Johnson.” Please select my business page Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC and go to our store for my prices. Select our store for cost you can pay by credit card or money order to P.O. Box 248, Sequim, WA 98382.
A testimonial of one of my current students abut to graduate.
My name is Cindy Testerman, Oklahoma 7/24/2014
I have two standard large donkeys, Billy a gelding and a jenny named Mandy. My husband bought them for me in March of 2013. Let me tell you these donkeys were scarred and wild. Not having a clue with what to do with them other than type of shelter they needed and what to feed them.
For a month ever day I would walk out into our pasture, locate them, follow them, sit down as close as they would let me. They would look at me and walk away. Finally we decided that they needed to be in a smaller area. We were able to coax them into a small paddock with hay and carrots of course and close the gate. After a couple of days I was able to pet and brush them. That was all I could do with them for quite some time.
First farrier visit was stressful and horrible as my donkeys were scarred.
I’m most certain that they had never had their hooves trimmed prior to that. They did get better with the farrier with time but not how I wanted them to be better as I had to tie them. When I asked for their hooves it was certainly not like today it happened but it was stressful. I had fallen in love with my donkeys and loved spending time with them, brushing them and hugging them but I knew that I wanted more out of our relationship and knew I needed a professional trainer. Not a lot of donkey trainers here in Oklahoma. None to my knowledge anyways but I belonged to a group called “On Donkey Time” on face book and thought I would try Melody Johnson’s virtual training.
I started working with Melody on April 9th, 2014 and I can now trailer load my donkeys and take them for walks. Next summer I will be coming to Melody’s farm for a cart pulling class with National teacher Nate Bowers, Parelli. All of the foundation has been laid so I am now ready to teach my donkeys to pull a cart after I learn. Melody has explained to me that having a foundation for cart pulling is key to the success and for the safety of me and my donkeys.
Now I know it seems strange to have a trainer that lives over 1000 miles away but with today’s technology, you don’t even have to leave your home.
Once a week, unless something in life gets in the way and prevents it, Melody and I meet, we see one another via skype and it’s a personal trainer face to face, much cheaper than hiring a local trainer if you have that option. I make video of myself working with my donkeys (homework assigned by Melody) and then send it to her email with my IPhone. Sounds simple enough right?
The First Time I Met Melody
She wanted to know what I could do with my donkeys without getting hurt and specifically what my goals and dreams were. At that time I was able to pick up their feet and clean their hooves while they were tied up to a tree and I could halter them and that was it. I told her that my goal was cart pulling and taking them for walks.
Currently I am more than half way done with a 10 lesson personalized training program and after seven lessons I am able to clean their hooves ground tied, meaning they are not tied up to a tree anymore. When the farrier comes they are not tied up. They are haltered and have a lead rope on and I hold them and bury their head into my chest. Oh it’s so less stressful and what a bond I now have with them as I am the leader they come to me for safety.
After working with Melody my donkeys understand what whoa, walk on, back up, foot and over means. Gee and haw (right and left) is coming along. I am able to send them into their stall and they turn around and lower their head for me to take their halter off. Currently we are working on trailer loading and before I met with Melody this last session my husband drove the truck and trailer into the pasture so that the donkeys could look at it, smell it, check it out. I used what Melody had taught me so far and we slowly walked out to the trailer, carrots in hand and I said to Billy, walk on and before I knew it he had all four feet on the trailer and not even scarred. I gave him a carrot and told him good job and then said back up. He did it!! I was shocked! Wow! Mandy will soon follow. She has gotten 3 feet on and she too can back up like a pro!!!
I am so amazed how far we have come in just seven sessions.
My once wild donkeys are becoming partners to me with me staying in the leadership position without abuse my body language, voice, and words and they are well trained donkeys, TRAINED BY ME. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences ever. I think it’s so rewarding because donkeys, horses or mules will give back to you if you love them, respect them and train them the way they should be trained. I will always be grateful for what Melody has taught me. Melody loves her donkeys and horses. She also enjoys teaching. If she feels like you’re not learning or not understanding what she’s teaching you, she really takes it to heart. She wants me and her other students to be successful.
So, for anyone who is reading my review, I highly recommend Melody Johnson’s virtual training program.
Cindy Testerman, Oklahoma
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!