We Are Living Art, Created To Hang On, Stand Up and Encourage Others – Maya Angelou

We Are Living Art, Created To Hang On, Stand Up and Encourage Others – Maya Angelou


I have loved animals since I was a small child, got the fever for horses at the tender age of five. I fell deeply in love with donkeys and mules In my late forties.  My love for donkeys, and mules forced me to learn as much as possible for them.  

“Donkeys are not horses with long ears.” Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC







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“I quickly found a huge gap in education, health and training for these majestic equine, the under dog of the equine world a donkey.”

Why? Donkeys and mules do not bring in large amounts of money like race horses, cutting, dressage.


Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC opened for business on January, 1st, 2014

Select Virtual Coach, Trainer and Consultant for more details.  Select Donkey Whisperer Farm website  to learn more about my virtual training buisness, I have successfully helped over 55 people for free in the past three years. Select client testimonials to understand how I can help you from your home anywhere in the world without you having to leave the comfort of your home or haul your equine.

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Donkeys are unique they deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and natural training techniques, no bit, no spurs no abuse. 


Please remember “training a donkey is a challenge to learn and understand how to best communicate and train them as they do not learn like a horse.”   Donkeys are not horses with long ears. Donkeys require us humans to think like a donkey or mule and wait another day for training as donkeys are on donkey time, kinda like being a human in Hawaii everything is slowed way down.  Unlike the horse the donkey or mule can think all the time, Donkeys are always on donkey time. Slow way down when working with a donkey or mule, sit down and wait for them to come to you.

Melody teaching Rio steering using no bit or spurs


I have been a student of the Parelli home study program since 2007 right after purchasing my horse (a young filly at twenty months not trained), a nine month old baby mammoth donkey (not trained) and a mini donkey at the age of thirteen. I share honestly why the Parelli home study program works for my horse and donkeys. I am not authorized to teach Parelli as I am not an instructor.

After three short lessons with the Parelli carrot stick Rio now has steering – No bit, no spurs



I am married to my best friend and husband Scott and forever grateful to him for helping me keep my dream of farm living in the midst of trauma.  We share our life with one Mammoth donkey, three mini donkey, two rescue standard donkeys, two horses, three dogs and two cats.  Our new farm in Sequim, Washington has twenty acres, two horses, two mini donkeys, two standard donkeys and one Mammoth donkey. I am very grateful for all of the blessings and gifts GOD has provided me and my husband as each day is truly a gift, life is truly fragile and precious. 

Jesus Christ is amazing! Most importantly I share why Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and how my husband and I trust GOD to hold us tight in the middle of trauma. GOD is amazing.

Donkeys, horses and mules are healing they help us humans step out of our personal journey in life.  To know a donkey will forever change the human who wants to learn and love again.   Take a look at this article explaining the donkey much better than I can from Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.

I  am a survivor of a life threatening motor vehicle accident while riding as a passenger when the driver of the vehicle I was in ran a stop sign, a semi truck fully loaded with cow manure smashed into the passenger door where I was sitting leaving me permanently disabled.  Select GOD created a miracle for me to read about the trauma and blessings.  After surviving a life threatening car accident so many things change, we continue to thank GOD that our relationship with Jesus Christ is strengthened and reinforced.  

We continue to thank GOD for his Miracle of life and healing one day at a time.  When I am pressed on every side by troubles, I am not crushed and broken.  When I am perplexed because I don’t know why things happen as they do, I don’t give up and quit. 2nd Corinthians 4:8 I pray my transparency gives you hope and the ability to never give up most importantly make Jesus Christ you Lord and Savior.  The bible is still my favorite book. 

Animals are very healing, they help us humans be grateful for everything in our life and live in the moment. LILRUNNING2012AGE7

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“If you have something you want to do with your life get going to move towards your dreams and goals as life is fragile and precious.”

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



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Donkey Rope Halter With Matching Lead Line For Sale

Donkey Rope Halter With Matching Lead Line For Sale


Our handmade halters fit your donkey!

Select OUR STORE to order over a safe internet store managed by KEYBANK. Price includes, tax, packing and shipping in the U.S.A. Ask me for a quote to ship out of the U.S.A. We support 501c Equine rescue organizations every year.

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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC


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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in 2016, animals, donkey, hoof


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Take Action To Stop Another Donkey Basketball Game

Select Take Action to sign the petition.

Please when leaving comments keep anger out, no emotion works best to educate why the donkey should not be treated this way. All donkeys have weight limits, all donkeys should be ridden in the correct position. Donkeys are smart not stubborn. Donkeys are very difficult to rehabilitate after losing trust in humans. I teach virtually worldwide and this is the first thing all my students must overcome after rescuing an abused donkey.

Please be the voice for the donkey! You can be a human angel if you want to right now it takes 30 seconds to sign the petition.


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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC



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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC


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Posted by on February 5, 2016 in 2016, donkey, farm, garden


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Rio the Mammoth Donkey

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I am proud to announce I am now training Rio to wear a combo bit.

My goal for Rio has been to pull a cart safely. We live on a farm close to three highways. Cars, motorcycles, joggers, skate boarders, airplanes and more are passing us on a regular basis.

Rio is an introvert donkey. Meaning how I train him is 100% different from how I train extroverted donkeys and mules. We must have empathy for the introvert, give them time to adapt to change as if we place too much pressure on the introvert donkey, horse or mule they will simply lay down and not get up or explode with anger. Ulcers are directly connected to stress in equine. Please understand animals are just like people they need to have compassion and empathy when training them. We humans must stay a fair leader with a plan each and every time we enter their world. Safety is always number one in my mind when teaching and training both for the human and the equine. 

Any equine working in this situations needs a bit for safety. I am training Rio to wear the bit gently. Light hands are a must when I train my horses and donkeys.

I promise to share more updates. Thank you for reading the Donkey Whisperer Farm blog.



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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC






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Training Your Donkey Using Our Rope Halter Lead Line

Did you know training your donkey will be easier if you have a rope halter that fits your donkey?

If you purchase a halter it is measured for a horse. Our rope halter is measured to fit your donkey! Our halter is made by hand in the U.S.A. by our contractor to fit the mini, standard or Mammoth donkey. No measurement required if you own a mini or standard donkey as I have done all the work for you. Our rope halter is made from the best yacht rope available, brass screw on snap, perfect length with a leather end for training your donkey.

How Can I Clean My New Rope Halter?

Wash in a bucket or warm soapy water, let dry. Our halter will not mold.

Price includes packing, tax and shipping in the U.S.A.

Do you live out of the U.S.A. ask me for a quote to ship to your home.

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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC



Posted by on January 28, 2016 in 2016, animals, donkey, farm, pets, training


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Donkey Basketball Is Wrong – Why Do People Laugh?

Why Do People Find The Need To Laugh At The Donkey?

I am a world-wide virtual trainer to the owner of donkeys. This is what I do for a living help the owner (human) learn how to train the donkey anyplace in the world from the comfort of their home. Here on the Donkey Whisperer Farm we have one Mammoth donkey, two standard donkeys, three mini donkeys and two horses. Did you know I can ride my Mammoth donkey Rio Johnson, 16’2 with no bit, no spurs? Rio is like a big dog!

I am the voice for the most humble and smartest equine the donkey.  God created the donkey to be smart and humble, not stubborn. People who abuse the donkey make the donkey stubborn out of self-preservation.

Donkeys never forget a thing.  Trying to fix abuse of;

Riding in the wrong position

Weighing too much for the donkey to carry

Dragging the donkey by the face when the donkey is smart enough to walk next to the human when not scared to death

Withholding food and water before a game

Making the donkey buck, fall down and learning to kick out at the human is very difficult to repair.  Trust is easy to destroy and in some cases can never be earned again with a donkey.

Why? Donkeys are smart. Donkeys think all of the time unlike the prey equine the horse.

The Donkey Is Laughed At For Being A Donkey!

Seriously, people drive past our farm and he-haw and laugh at our donkeys all of the time. I really have no understanding of why people are so seriously biased against one of the most humble sweet animals GOD created?

I wonder when you watch this donkey basketball game does it look like the Donkeys are enjoying themselves?

Most Donkey Basketball events are for fundraising at public schools. I find it hard to believe that with all the bullying going on today via social media and in person a school would want students to mis-treat the humble donkey. I guess bullying is funny as long as it is against the most humble donkey.

Advocates of Donkeybasketball;

  1.  The donkey is well fed, so much better than most donkeys in our world! Really?

2.   The donkey is not going to slaughter. Well after the donkey basketball company is done they will not be able to adjust to social skills needed in our world. No doubt  slaughter is next.

3.  The donkey has vet, dental and hoof care on a regular basis, shelter and food.


Diet is outstanding, what more could a donkey ask for?

As the voice of the donkey I can clearly tell you what the donkey would ask for:

  1. Treat me with respect and dignity, do not let people pull on my face and have me in a loud noise situation, I do not like chaos
  2. Weight limits apply to donkeys as they do horses
  3. Ride us in the correct place not on the neck, rear etc, the same as a horse
  4. When we are kicking and running away it means we are not having fun!
  5. When we lay down we are scared to death or we will not move our feet. This does not mean we are stubborn.




Source Select The Dark Side Of Donkey Basketball


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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC





Posted by on January 27, 2016 in 2016, animals, donkey, education, horse


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Save The Wild Donkeys Do Not Kill Them


Wild burros on Black Mountain HMA in Arizona (photo: Marjorie Farabee)

Tonight’s show is hosted by Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

To contact us:, or call 320-281-0585

Select Save the Wild Donkeys


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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC


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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in 2016, animals, donkey, horse, news


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