"Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To Be Trained" Melody Johnson

Rio’s First Ride Outside The Arena

Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm,

Rio our mammoth donkey turned seven years old this summer, he is 16’2 at the withers not the ears.  Rio is an adult full-grown mammoth donkey now we must remember the bigger the equine the longer it takes to be full-grown.  Rio was full-grown at six years old. Select what age is my equine full-grown.

I am always looking for ways to set my equine up for success so naturally when I rode Rio out of the arena for the first time I guided him to his most favorite bush so he could eat a few huckleberries. We have been going to this bush since he was a year old.  As murphy’s law would be a neighbor drove by really fast on his new A.T.V. Rio did not move a hair, I said whoa and he stood still.  I am so proud of him as he is going to be an amazing trail donkey, carrying the most important person in my life my husband Scott and a few friends.

I think Rio was really surprised that he could carry me to the bush and then when I was done I guided him up the hill on our five acre farm to the horse trailer.  I removed his tac and gave him a carrot, we were both proud and happy, truly a wonderful day!

Rio is one here, a few weeks after we brought him home


Melody and Rio (age 2)

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Please remember to always end your training sessions with lot’s of rubbing, kisses and brushing as all equine when tamed enjoy to be loved on just like us humans.

Did you learn anything from this post today?

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





5 Responses to “Rio’s First Ride Outside The Arena”

  1. marina kanavaki

    I just love the last advice on how to end a training “with lot’s of rubbing, kisses and brushing”!!!
    I’m wondering whether I’d be able not to do that throughout the whole training!!! 🙂



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