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Donkeys Can Be Slow To respond, Slow To Move Usually, Not Always. EXTROVERT VS INTROVERT

“Donkeys need us humans to become a person with a plan, most importantly a human the donkey can respect while having no fear. A human trainer using a creative and innovative plan to make things interesting.  Donkeys get bored much faster than the horse and their ability to learn is different from the horse or mule (1/2 horse 1/2 donkey.” I own extroverted donkeys and introverted donkeys. Interesting each must be trained a little different. My two new mini donkeys from the left to right are extreme athletes and extroverts.

All domesticated donkeys, mules and horses need their hooves trimmed on a regular basis. Toe pushed back, heel low but not too low and please do not dig out the sole. Depending on the part of the world you live in trimming is done different. I live in a green state, Washington, all eight equine are trimmed every six weeks in the spring and summer and seven in the fall and winter. Why? The hoof grows faster in the warmer seasons.  If we do not pay attention to thee low sugar/protein diet and the hoof care our donkeys can get what is called white line, seedy toe and lots of pain and suffering abscesses, insulin resistance and more. Donkeys evolved in the desert. Never forget this.

 How do donkeys learn different from the horse? 

“Donkeys must be tamed before teaching them any task; riding, leading, picking up the hoof, taking a walk on the lead, and more.  Horses prefer this method too!  Please be patient and remember you are on Donkey Time “kinda like living in a vacation place like Hawaii life is easy and slow ON DONKEY TIME.


Donkeys being trained successfully require a safe, fair, loving home where they feel their human partner is the leader of their herd.  Donkeys have a very difficult time learning from a stranger or doing anything for a stranger without their human leader helping.

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People make jokes all the time to me about donkeys “oh your little or big ass.”  ” I am quick to reply Ass is reserved for the special two legged human.”  Yes  I am a donkey whisperer for humans too.  🙂

Learning how to train a donkey really helps with the humans in our life that can be an ass as it requires patience, love, boundaries and understanding.  I like to say give everyone the three-second rule to correct the behavior in a fair and practical way no abuse, this works on humans who step over boundaries too. 

Donkeys are visual learners:

If you bring a new donkey into your farm let them have time to soak, stand back and watch you clean the feet of your honor equine, ride them, brush them, you get the picture.  Donkeys learn by standing back and watching as they are visual learners. Be careful your donkey is not learning from the naughty or fearful donkey,  horse or mule bad social behavior. Our Mammoth donkey Rio learned to open the door simply by watching me and my husband open the door and shut the barn door.

Humans are natural predators

All equine can sense who is a good human and who is a bad human (abuse and natural techniques) when the donkey, horse or mule is afraid they do whatever it takes to stay safe.  I highly suggest any person who is new to training donkeys, mules and horses pick a tamed, not abused equine first. Remember all equine need a buddy to live with for their health and safety and donkeys are most happy when living with another donkey and horses are most happy when living with another horse.

Why Do I Love Donkeys and Mules?

Donkeys do not freak out or go right brain on adrenaline very often as they are seriously into counting every calorie, donkeys have a high self-preservation skill.  Donkeys can think all of the time no need to get in a hurry as they understand mistakes happen when they get into a hurry.

Donkeys when in fear can become “not always”  introverted not move their feet, thus people call them stubborn (some horses and ponies act this way with boring work and no motivation, inspiration opportunities) they stop moving their feet, sometimes they just lay down.  The need for a great leader is evident in these equine!

Why do I love horses?



“Horses are majestic and fast, my horse Miss Lily is a quarter horse. Miss Lily is a serious horse, she has some speed in her kinda like a sports car, not for everyone but exactly what I needed to get my life back on track. She is a natural leader the lead mare and if she was a wild horse she would fight to the death to stay on top.”

This is her personality and well it’s mine we are truly mirrored together and I understand her needing to move her feet and run and buck get the endorphin’s pumping as this is my personality too. Miss Lily is a lot of horse and she is always pushing the boundaries and then finally she can stop and think and go to work, in the wrong owners hands she could become a very dangerous horse. 


When I think back to all the abuse I have seen donkeys, horses and mules it makes me want to cry! Please do not think the only tool is abuse. Abuse is abuse and it is never the right method for humans or animals. SAFETY is number one.  I teach you how to be a leader and stay safe.

Most donkeys are thrown in a pasture with a horse as a pasture mate and well that’s it. “I say you are missing out”  Donkeys are good for us humans who work too much, speed around too fast in life as they make us slow down,  Donkeys help us humans live on Donkey Time, enjoy the moment GOD has placed in our life as we will never have this moment again.  The donkey, horse and mule is a healer and is used for post traumatic stress, physical therapy, and emotional wholeness. 





Donkeys are not horses with long ears


Please don’t try to make them into something they are not “old cowboy” training does not work for donkeys.   It is much easier to attract a positive result with honey than vinegar and this works with people too; family, business, work, neighbors, give it a try to remember to be grateful for everything in your life and be grateful for everything Jesus Christ has given you to steward over.  Life is a gift and we must cherish each and every moment.


Just like people have personalities, equine (donkey, mule & horse) have personalities. Teaching you the owner timing is tricky as some of my students are introverted and some are extroverted. Why does this matter? We humans must learn to control our energy, stay with our donkey. Never ever get mad if the donkey does not understand our training. If we understand how the donkey thinks we can learn to train the donkey. Donkeys are looking for self-preservation they are not a flight equine. This does not mean the donkey cannot bolt or spook. When the donkey is trained and trusts the human owner the donkey is very excited to share what the donkey can do. The interesting part of the donkey is understanding donkeys can pretend they know nothing. Donkeys size us humans up in a matter of seconds. Donkeys know if we are treat dispensers, leaders or the kind of human who will hurt them. A scared donkey will not eat a bite of carrot out of your hand. This is important never forget this.

Dogs and Donkeys

Please remember Donkeys hate dogs instinctively dogs are a predators to the donkey naturally. Plan to make the training successful when working with your donkey and dog. Never let the dog chase at your equine ever. Depending on the donkey and the dog things can work out. This takes having a plan and training the dog and the donkey. Having a plan, staying a leader is how we ensure a healthy life on the farm. Donkeys can and do kill dogs. Mini donkeys cannot defend themselves against a pack of coyotes, wolves or domesticated dogs.


 Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.  Proverbs 4:23 NIV



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




10 Responses to “Got Donkeys In Your Life?”

  1. Barbara Gronek

    Very interesting, I have had horses and mules for many years now; and I bought a standard BLM donkey late last August, as I was doing a lot of hiking and thought donkey could carry my water for me when I hike. I had no prior donkey experience; and now that I look back, I should have bought a small pony mule instead. That said its almost a year later, and it has occurred to me, that my donkey will probably never be what I was hoping to use him for. I bought him from a woman who had bought him from the BLM and had spent lots of time with him. He was trained to lead, load in a trailer, carry a pack saddle etc. Having had horses & mules in the past, I thought I could just load in trailer and put pack saddle on and hike in the wilderness. Not hardly. I still struggle to lead him, if he does not want to go with me, that is the end of that, and he has gotten away from me numerous times. Cannot see us in the wilderness on a hiking trail and have him break loose and be gone. I am currently using a web halter; would like to use a rope halter as I have on my horses and mules in the past; cannot find one that fits him. I will order one of your halters, and hopefully will help me work with my donkey. I know I have some issues; and need to go back to basics and do some retraining.



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