Help My Donkey Is Running At Me His/Her Ears Back Teeth Showing

Donkeys have photographic memories. Donkeys evolved from the desert. Donkeys are seriously into self-preservation. Perhaps you are new to donkeys and at first your donkey was quiet and nice and then all of a sudden the donkey started getting pushy. Donkeys can canter like a horse, trot, and walk like a horse. But never think a donkey is a horse as they are not a horse a donkey is a donkey.


Donkeys ears can go back, forward, the flying nun or one forward one back. This does not mean the donkey is angry every time. We must learn to read the eyes, body language. Our donkeys come running to say hello with their ears back as they are thinking. When playing or fighting ears are back. Learn to study your donkeys eyes. Learn signs of relaxation and stress and more.

Never give a treat when the equine is pushing you to give it. Give the treat when they are relaxed and have earned the treat, calm and respectfully. My horse must turn her head away from me to get a treat this helps her think before trying to bully the treat out of my hand. Lot’s of ways you can get your timing ready to teach the equine to receive the treat use your creativity to plan ahead and teach them to accept the treat. All of my equine come to me when called without a food treat. Our donkeys and horses  get the physical, mental and emotional treat of me loving on them, brushing them, talking to them, picking their hooves and taking them for a walk.

Donkeys cannot kick or bite you if your timing is great, they are looking to see if you are a leader or a follower. Each time you are with your equine you are the human leader, you have the human mind put your cell phone away, job away, kids away and just be in the moment with your equine. I say “You must be plugged into your equine to stay safe and be a great leader.”

Equine are gifts from GOD be grateful for them as each day is indeed precious and fragile.

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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Behaviorist


8 Replies to “Help My Donkey Is Running At Me His/Her Ears Back Teeth Showing”

  1. We love your work here. Of course, with Weezie and Napoleon occupying their ground on our little spread, it’s easy to become enamored by others who love these guys (donkeys that is). Our miniatures aren’t much of a threat but can still get obstinate when they choose. They’ve become free-grazers on the ranch and pretty much do as they please. Weezie still comes running when I call though… so life is good. Blessings


    1. Hi,

      When I am teaching I am trying to teach to help all levels of education and experience for the human to provide the best home for their equine. Sounds like a little over training on my part when I read my stuff but people forget the equine needs us to be the smart human. The equine needs the human to have a plan each and every time they are with them. Safety is always my number one most concern for the equine and the human. Donkeys are so sweet and so smart they are special and unique. Thank you for reading my blog and taking a moment to comment. You are blessed to have these sweet donkeys in your life.


    1. Hi,

      For the beginner it is so very important to learn this basic techniques I am forever grateful for Parelli as most of my insight and learning has come from this program. Parelli really has the best natural training techniques for the equine and the human.


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