Before the semi-truck accident in 2010 I was riding and preparing Rio for riding as he was a bit too young to ride. We took all three in the horse trailer and went for trail walks (my husband walking the two donkeys with the surcingle attaching them together for safety) preparing them for trail riding and keeping them physically active. After the semi-truck accident they just stood around eating and putting on weight. Just like people can put on weight fast when not staying active so can animals.
Video showing my husband practicing around the farm before we went to the trail – Remember to always practice at home before going out into the woods for safety.
Wild horses, donkeys and mules walk at least fifteen to twenty miles a day along with a bit of running when a predator comes. Domesticated equine today stand around eating and are prone to laminits, founder, colic, hoof abscesses, and eventually death. “All of these things can be avoided if we understand that the equine is built to eat a little bit of grass and walk, eat a little and walk, run, sweat and move their feet. Donkeys are always easy keepers and cannot stand out in lush brush, green grass, oats and grain while being a couch potato standing around the farm.”
“If you get educated about the diet, learn how to keep your equine healthy you will save vet bills, money, tears, stress and most of all the life of your beloved equine.” Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm
Did you know laminitis is a man made problem?
* Safer Grass
Here at the Donkey Whisperer Farm I limit the amount of time our equine get to go out to eat green brush, green grass to half an hour. I know this sounds harsh but it keeps them healthy and happy they have orchard hay tested at 7% sugar in their slow feeders, clean water and loose salt and salt blocks. If we ever move to a farm with pasture they will be wearing grazing muzzles. 🙂
Each of us need to make our own decisions as what is best for our beloved Donkey, horse or mule and we must never forget the animal did not choose us we chose them. We are the smart human and it is our job to get educated and provide them with the best life possible.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!