I have some fantastic news!
We just purchased Obo and Tuba (2 standard size) donkeys so small next to a 16’2 hand mammoth donkey, Mr. Rio. These lucky donkey boys will live out the rest of their lives with Rio on our new farm in Sequim, WA. Obo needs lot’s of work as he is strong and scared, very dangerous. Tuba will be easier as he is older and has had some handling before meeting me in 2008. Sadly I do not have any paperwork or birth dates so I will pick one for them. Our vet can tell their age by looking at their teeth.
I started working with these two boys in 2008 and planned on bringing them home in 2009 after the arena was finished here in Kingston, WA. Sadly the semi-truck accident came and well you know the rest of the story as I almost died leaving me with a physical disability 3 screws in my pelvis. I have had a painting of Obo by my bed since 2009 praying he could one day come home and live with us. Finally these boys are coming home to their forever home.
Learning to teach Rio how to pull a cart
I will be teaching these two boys to pull a cart side-by-side one day as they are matched in height. I am still reviewing Nate Bowers, Dvds really informative and has extensive training as I cant find anyone in my area to help me so I am back to home study. DRIVING is dangerous and should be taught after the relationship and leaderships is 100%. I am working on having Nate Bowers come out to our farm and give personal lessons for me and Rio and then setup classes for ten lucky students. If you are interested let me know more details to come on lodging, prices etc., very economical prices for this class with Nate Bowers.
Rio will be learning to pull a cart this summer and the hard part will be finding the equipment to fit him. Training to pull a cart comes after trust is established and a great foundation is established for the human to be the leader without violence and abuse. Lot’s of ways to stay safe without abuse.
Training Obo and Tuba to pull a cart
Will be way down the road as Obo has learned the nasty habit of dragging the human out of fear and he is a kicker. He really is a right brain extrovert/introvert and very scared I know how to help him. We will start with the relationship and slowly he will learn how to trust me and follow my training plan. After the accident Obo became so violent out of fear he had to be sedated by the care takers at MAA to have a hoof trim. This summer I worked with him 4 or 5 times short sessions and we were able to get his hooves trimmed with no sedation. He trys so hard but fear is his main problem. We will be trimming him again in three weeks with no sedation. Stay tuned…
Obo looks like a scared teenage boy to me and he has lots of scars on his face as he is a scraper with the other donkeys he lives with (2) mammoths. I have scars from the semi-truck accident we fit. I enjoy helping these two under-dogs, donkeys that were headed to slaughter.
Please ensure all of your animals are in your will find a person to take care of them if you die and ensure funding is set up for them. Too many animals are sent off to slaughter or auctions when family members do not want to care for them.
Our 20 acres of land with irrigation to grow 10 acres of orchard hay
We are grateful to Mas Ass Acres for keeping them for us until I was ready to take them home. Not that long ago I did not know if I would ever be able to take them home as my health was so bad. GOD is amazing, thank you Jesus!
Rocket Man (age 20) will get a mini and live on the other side of the fence from Rio and still play with him. So the new farm is going to have 1 mammoth donkey, two horses Miss Lily and Miss Trophy, Obo and Tuba (2 standard size donkeys) and 2 minis. We will have 7 equine on our new farm and grow 10 acres of low sugar hay. 2015 we should have low sugar hay for sale 100% Orchard hay.
Are you interested in attending a Driving Class with Nate Bowers on or new twenty acre farm in Sequim, WA? Select Nate Bowers Video
I can host ten students and this is a real cost savings to you. If you are interested I may be able to set this up this summer. Send me a note at Melody@Donkeywhisperer.com. Nate grew up training horses, donkeys and mules to drive so he is very experienced to teach us what we need to do to stay safe.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!