Monthly Archives: October 2012

Donkeys and Boxes

Donkeys playing and having fun select 7MSN Ranch enjoy!

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


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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in 2012, donkey


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Is It True – Mules usually only let one person ride them?

Questions, answers from our Facebook Page

Question from Pam – Is it True Mules Usually Only Let One Person Ride Them?

I have heard this several times and my mule seems to be better when I ride him but he is my first so I’m not sure.

My answer:

Each Donkey, Horse and mule is unique. Mules are 1/2 donkey 1/2 horse they can have more attributes from the horse or the donkey or swing in and out depending on the human, stress, environment changes huge circumstances can change everything for the equine. What do you mean only let one person ride?  What does the mule do when another person rides?  Need a bit more details to try to help you understand the mind of your mule.

Pam and Jethro her mule

Photo: Here is Jethro, one of the loves of my life.

Remember The best mules are used for tour rides in the Grand Canyon as they are smart and sure-footed:)

The Donkey, horse and mule will test the rider and follow our emotions if we are nervous guess what they are nervous the equine is the mirror of the human owner:) The mule can have more attributes coming out of the donkey and or the horse depending on the environment and what is being asked. This I know for sure the donkey, horse and mule learns best from the human who they respect and have a relationship with if the donkey has any fear whatsoever from the new environment or the human ‘”introversion can step out and this does not mean they are stubborn just nervous or scared.”  The donkey can pretend to not remember how to do things with a human not respected, or a human pushing too hard, inflicting pain and suffering.

I am a Parelli home student and love the fact that they do not focus on the breed horse, mule or donkey they focus on the personality and teaching the human how to read the equine in order to teach them what they wish them to do. Parelli teaches us humans how to teach the equine (horse, donkey, mule) based on their unique personalities at home and at new places as just like us people animals have default personalities and when stressed another personality. The friendly game and taming is the first step to training horses, donkeys and mules. Our Mammoth donkey Rio has been trained in Parelli by me. When my husband asks him to do a few of the 7 games sometimes Rio will pause and act like he does not know what to do. My husband understands the 7 games and can patiently get Rio our Mammoth donkey to get back on track. We must remember the human needs to understand how to ask the equine to do things, a rider that has no idea how to ask the equine to do things can confuse the horses, mule or donkey or cause fear meaning; introversion not moving feet and extraversion moving the feet. I am interested to understand what you mule is doing when another human attempts to ride him/her. Is he naughty, (moving his feet when not asked) or introverted (meaning not moving his feet)? Do you understand the mules personality? What is your mules name. Love to see a photo. Do you have more than one equine? I may have some ideas to help you along with this little obstacle.

Pam’s Response

He is really calm with me but when someone else tries to ride he gets irritated and nervous.  Enough that I usually have the person get off and say “he is just a one lady type Mule”.  This may totally by more my problem than his. I’m kind of seeing that as I type this.  I get really nervous when someone else rides him. OK this is my problem. LOL 13 hours ago·    I have only had two people try to ride him and both times he was just “nervous”. Pulling his head up and his body language changed. Both times I was holding him. I have had several people Mules were known for this so maybe I just expected it so it happened. I love the Parelli method you are talking about. Are their tapes available?

My Answer

Parelli has a 30 day free program.  Look for the 7 games and the horseanlities stuff.  I am a student and can not teach but I love to share information. Go to to see the 30 days free and look me up and say Hello.

Learn the 7 games and learn what his personality is to help him. Sounds to me like you love him and you are extremely worried for him. Good for you! I do not let anyone ride my horse she is my horse and when she has held another rider I was with her as it was to learn basic dressage something I have no experience with. If you truly want him to be able to carry other humans you can do it. The humans need to learn how to help him along when he is nervous sounds like he has more left brain extrovert horse attributes in his personality than the donkeys introvert personality. I can not tell you from this e-mail. This I do know if you do not want him to carry other humans he will not do it. If you want him to carry another human he can learn to do it. Your training, energy and plan is all he needs to be setup for success. Send me a photo of your mule would love to see him.

If you go to Parelli for the 30 days free look me up I am on Parelli connect:)  One more idea – Have you tried the Dr. Cooks bittless bridle or the Parelli rope halter for walking next to him and letting him carry a rider?  Our Mammoth donkey has been trained to ride with no bit using the rope halter and the bittless bridle they work for mules, donkeys and horses.  Sometimes new riders get scared and pull on the reins pulling on the mouth so best to remove the bit.  I am excited to see what you do with all this new information.

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


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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in 2012, animals, donkey, horse, mule


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News Wolves

Howling For Justice

Nine more wolves were reported slain since YESTERDAY, October 23.  

Wake up America!! 

Innocent wolves are dying torturous deaths. Pups, mothers, fathers, wolf families destroyed! 

This image was sent to a wolf advocate on Christmas Eve 2009 with the message: MERRY CRISTMAS!!

Get Active! Organize! This will continue until we join together to stop it!

 Howl Across America!!!

IDAHO – 65





142 Wolves Wiped Out in 55 Days


Video: YouTube: En compagnie des loups – Pour tous les Loups.wmv

Photo: Sent to Wolf Advocate 2009

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags:  wolf slaughter, wolf hunts, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Wisconsin, GET ACTIVE!!

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Posted by on October 28, 2012 in 2012, animals


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Elephants Enjoying Life

Please select Elephant Advocacy to watch the video.  Enjoy!

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




Posted by on October 27, 2012 in animals, Elephant, nature


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Living With Chronic Pain

Why write this post?

It is my hope and desire that my life story will help you have a bit more empathy for your family and friends who are suffering with pain.  Animals cannot speak our language and they depend on us humans to pay attention to how they are walking, laying and acting in life, please remember pain affects our pets too:)

What’s it like to live with chronic pain?

The smile that was once on our human face is removed replaced with little wrinkles between the eyes, breathing is shortened and more intense, hands can seem to grip tight, toes crumple up, neck is tight, and pain becomes something we learn to live with.  No longer is it fun to entertain or attend social events as pain requires our immediate attention.  Here is a link to show the faces of Pain a doctor pain scale  really sad that many times a chronic pain can turn into a tear jerking insane pain for no apparent reason at all.  Pain changes and swings in and out of our bodies.

What Can We Do To Help The Human Or Animal Live The Best Life?

Make sure the doctors have an understanding of what is causing the pain.  Pain has a reason to be sending us the signal something is wrong in our bodies, something is terribly wrong when pain makes us cry tears and we need to give our bodies the opportunity to heal.  We need to wait another day to push harder and sometimes less is more in working with strengthening our bodies muscles.

Pain is very real yes this is indeed true but beneath the pain and pain medication is the same human we use to know in a different way, same mother, wife, husband, brother, father, daughter, sister, co-worker, friend just enduring a daily battle with chronic pain.  To be free of pain is indeed a gift from GOD.  Never take for granted such a gift as it has freed you to do or be anything you want to be, no limitations if you are pain free.

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



Posted by on October 26, 2012 in 2012, Life, sick


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Thinking About Elephants

Please select Elephant Advocacy to read and learn what you can do to stop them from extinction.

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


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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in 2012, Elephant


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The Trauma Is Gone – Now What?

What happens after trauma settles and things calm down?

We try to keep our life the way it was before the trauma hit as well this is much more comfortable for most of us humans than trying something new.  All the while GOD is giving us a little nudge to be brave and step into our new life; the key is being flexible sometimes letting go of our homes, career, dreams and education to pursue a completely new life, a life GOD has created just for us full of dreams, presents and surprises way beyond our human brains ability.  GOD is able to do miracles, healing, create new jobs, save a marriage, heal a family.   Just like nature has seasons I believe life has seasons nothing stays the same.  I have learned to Trust GOD for all seasons of life as GOD is the great I am, the beginning and the end he knows what is best for his children.

We must remember to not stay in the past look at what GOD makes new every day, remember GOD placed our eyes facing ahead not behind us.  Hang on to the great memories and live in the moment, stay grateful, have a good attitude and never ever fall into the trap that this is it GOD can do no more.

Today may be your day, keep trusting GOD to help you and your family as he Loves you.

Prayer For Help

I leave my troubles with the Lord, and He will defend me, He never let’s honest people be defeated. PSLAM 55-22 (GNT)

The Lord my God holds my right hand, he is the Lord, who says Fear Not I Will Help You!  ISAIAH 41:13 (GNT)

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



Posted by on October 22, 2012 in 2012, Faith, GOD, marriage, trauma


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