Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm,
Yesterday I was able to get back on Miss Lily for a thirty minute ride, I have to use the stair steps to get on. I rode her with no bit just her Parelli rope halter and no spurs as I do not use spurs. Whenever I start a horse, donkey or mule I start them in baby steps. “The bit comes last and is never used with a beginner rider, I always put the bittless bridle on for beginners.”
Never get on a horse without making sure you have a connection “I Say Make Sure You Have Their Head”
I have been a home study student of Parrell since 2007. I am very grateful to this program as my horse and mammoth donkey are trained to not move when I board or get off. Remember mounting and dismounting is the most dangerous part if the equine spooks you can be drug in the stir up. I planned ahead and trained my equine to have a strong foundation for riding, I train using verbal words along with physical cues.
If you do your ground work and make your foundation solid no bit is required to ride a horse. The bit is really bad for beginner riders as we humans should never ever pull on the mouth when riding. Like a musical instrument the bit is to be used lightly. Miss Lily did neck reining for the first time with me on her as I have not been able to ride for over three years. I teach all of this stuff on the ground as preparation is safety and as you can guess I am into safety after surviving a semi-truck accident leaving me with thee large screws in my pelvis and pain each and every day.
Think about how you feel when pain is given to you?
All of my donkeys and horse understand verbal words they do not need to be hurt to learn they learn from clear communication along with consistent training techniques. A treat helps tremendously with the correct timing and the equine not demanding the treat.
It’s hard to see how unfit we both are after three years but with time I believe both my horse and me will get fit again.
A photo of me and Miss Lily weeks before the semi truck accident 2010
One day this dream will come true!
Thank you for all of your prayers, GOD heard them! I am truly a miracle and I am grateful to Jesus for this little thing called life, it is my desire to pay it forward and help others the best I can. If you have donkey, mule or horse questions send me an e-mail at Melody@donkeywhisperer.com. I am free until I am strong enough to start my consulting, coaching and training business. “I will be coaching, consulting and teaching the owner how to train the donkey, horse or mule with the end result of you becoming the Donkey Whisperer for your farm.”
GOD in Jesus Christ name is amazing!