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GOD is Amazing – A Short Ride On Mr. Rio


Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm

“On the first day of summer we had some outstanding weather in the Pacific Northwest, Washington upper 70’s.  “I thought this is the day I will slip my cow girl socks and boots on one more time as it’s been over three years.”

GOD is amazing, never give up as GOD will never give up on you!


I am happy to share I was able to ride our mammoth donkey in the arena for fifteen minutes.

 Rio is a complete gentleman, we worked on steering as he has none due to the semi truck accident and me not being able to train and ride. I rode Rio with the Parelli bareback pad, rope halter (no bit, no spurs), carrot stick to help with steering, gloves and his legacy boots on the front as he has shoes on the front.  If my body can continue to get stronger and not go backwards I will be able to ride again. 




Did I mention how tall he is?

Rio is 16’1 at the withers not the ears the last time I stepped up on the steps to get on it was easy now he is way taller than the steps.  Riding him is smooth and easy he is complete gentleman.








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


26 Responses to “GOD is Amazing – A Short Ride On Mr. Rio”

    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      Thank you I am excited to see what GOD has planned for us next. GOD is amazing and I am grateful to have my legs, brain and have the pain under control again. I do much better in the warm weather and then when winter comes I suffer deeply but it is what it is. A semi-truck is a bad accident to live thru.


      • zannyro

        Just horrid, horrid, horrid…but I’m glad you lived through it….you are an important piece of the blogger family….


      • Donkey Whisperer Farm

        Hi Zannyro,

        Hm, interesting comment. First let me explain I would never do anything to put myself in danger ever, I did not intentionally put myself in danger when I hopped into my friends vehicle as a passenger and she ran a stop sign having a semi-truck smash into me. I will not live my life afraid to step up and try the things I love, so many people give up in life and well it is a sad way to live. I have no idea if I will ever be able to trot, canter or trail ride again but taking a walk around the arena for 15 minutes on my left brain introverted slow mammoth donkey is not a risk I promise you. 🙂

        Thank you for reading my blog and thank you for your concern and wow I appreciate being told I am important to the blogging community of so many talented writers. Have a great day!


      • zannyro

        By horrid, horrid, horrid, I meant that it is so awful that you had to go through something like you have I admire your perseverance and all that entails. If I sounded critical in anyway, please know that it was not my intent..:)


      • Donkey Whisperer Farm

        Oh my goodness I mis-understood I am deeply sorry. Well everyone of us has a story. Mine is a bit highlighted with trauma for some reason I have lot’s of questions when I get to heaven. Thank you for the explanation. 🙂


      • Donkey Whisperer Farm

        No way opinions are for everyone to have I can respect that even if what I mis-understood. Seems so many people think I am crazy to try to go back to my life and well I feel sorry for them as we can not stay stuck, we must always keep pushing to get education, physical, emotional, mental and more as we were created to soar like eagles.

        I am very grateful for our friendship and all of the people I have met via blogging, fb and my web page. Big hug! Melody


      • zannyro

        People really think that you shouldn’t go back to your life? It’s sad that they would think that way…they should be cheering you on!

        BIG HUGS! Suzanne


  1. Serenity

    Yes!!! I am soooo joyful that you were able to ride for a bit!!! 15 minutes is an awesome start!!! Baby steps…. did you hurt much afterwards? How did you feel? You looked so happy up there and I bet Mr. Rio was so thrilled to have you on his back again after so long. I was just wondering how you felt immediately after the ride and the next day, as you know my condition…
    When is your next ride??? 😀


    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      I did good, hips, lower back and ribs were sore. I need to order a custom fit saddle for Rio as I think having my legs not hanging will help my pelvis and lower back. Every day I try to do a little more but I walk a fine line of not over doing it and going backwards again. I have had way too many long back steps with back, hip and rib spasms. Not sure when the next ride is but I know it will be happening again soon. Never give up!


      • Serenity

        I bet if you keep riding and have and have that custom made saddle, you maybe able to strengthen those areas that have lost the muscle tone and they won’t spasm anymore, thus relaxing and you will be able to ride more frequently and heal better and faster not only physically but emotionally too.
        I overdo it too all the time and get scolded about it too so I totally know what you mean 😛


      • Donkey Whisperer Farm

        Yes you understand what it is like to have pain and suffering beyond our control. I am taking everything really slow just like I was taught in physical therapy trying to do more around the house and farm and not over do it. I am excited to see what the future holds I will always be disabled but I am not dead. Equine are healers so many disabled people ride for exercise and I am praying I get to become one of them. 🙂


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