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Hoof Abscess Dangerous Myths


PLEASE DON’T!

Here are some dangerous myths regarding hoof abscess treatment:

1. Soak the abscessed foot in bleach
2. Soak the abscessed foot in Lysol
3. Soak the abscessed foot in Apple Cider Vinegar
4. Place Tea Tree Oil on the abscessed area of the foot
5. Use an anti fungal cream on the abscessed foot
6. Walk your donkey until the abscess blows
7. Dig out the abscessed area with a pocket knife
8. Pack the hoof with Pine Tar and Turpentine
9. Ignore it, it will go away!

A hoof abscess is not a routine health issue! A donkey hoof is living breathing tissue with blood infused laminae. An abscess is a localized, internal infection, creating a pocket that is walled off within the hoof. This infection builds filling the pocket with blood, pus and fluid creating unbearable pressure in the hoof. Hoof abscesses are not external, they are internal. They are not only debilitating, but can be life-threatening!!!

Please, please don’t employ any of the mythical formulas above. Please learn how to respond to a donkey hoof abscess! Go to: Health Care Series

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Donkey Hoof Abscess Video


A MUST HAVE VIDEO!

We are proud to announce our new Donkey Whisperer Farm ‘Donkey Hoof Abscess’ Video!

Here at Donkey Whisperer Farm we get more inquiries about hoof abscesses in donkeys than any other healthcare issue. Due to this common, but dreadful hoof ailment, we have decided to share our personal experience here at the farm with you through our new Donkey Healthcare Video ‘Donkey Hoof Abscesses’.

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We have over 12 years experience treating mild to life threatening abscesses in donkeys with veterinarian guidance, as well as alone in the field. Over the years Donkey Whisperer Farm has developed a strict and successful protocol for preventing, treating and overcoming hoof abscesses.

It is vital that every donkey owner and caretaker understand that hoof abscesses in donkeys can be fatal and should not be considered a routine health problem.

In the Donkey Whisperer Farm ‘Donkey Hoof Abscesses’ Video we outline causes, prevention, do’s and don’ts, home care, pain control and recovery from donkey hoof abscesses.

This is a must have video for every donkey owner and caretaker!

Source: Melody Johnson, Kelly Probst, Scott Johnson, Richard Probst

 

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Spring Grass Is Dangerous


 

SPRING!

In many parts of the world Spring has arrived and with it bulbs are blooming and birds are singing. It is a joyous time as we all stretch our wings from a long winter slumber, BUT, Spring is also the arrival of one of donkey’s worst enemies…GRASS!

If there is any health threat that is the most difficult to understand and get across to donkey (and all equine) owners it is the extreme dangers of spring/summer grass.

Grass, whether in a pasture, field or lawn has been dormant all winter. In response to increased temperatures and more direct sun, high concentrates of sugar are produced by the root system to signal sudden growth. This sugar is carried from the roots of the grass to the stem. Grass becomes lush and green and brimming with sugar and simple carbohydrates. It is the equivalent of a rich pastry for us human beings.

Our donkey’s have been in mud, cold and gloom for months and we cannot find it in ourselves to keep them from “getting out”, “being in the warmth of the sun” and “doing what comes natural”. BUT, grass is NOT natural for donkeys and is detrimental to their health! As desert dwellers donkeys rarely have access to green grass in the wild. Their natural diet is high fiber woody materials and every inch of their anatomy is designed for this, including their gut and their feet.

The list of health ailments caused by grass consumption in donkeys are numerous, including foot abscesses, colic, Cushing’s Disease, laminitis, metabolic disease and founder. Access to grass is often the cause of death in donkeys.

Remember SAFE GRASS is an oxymoron. No grass is safe for donkeys. Please monitor your donkeys access to grass. NO grass is best, but if you must turn your donkeys out turn them out when the sugar content of grass is at its lowest: Early AM before 10AM and Early PM after 5pm. During these hours the sugar has receded from the stem of the grass back down to the roots. Sugar will be at its lowest. But remember, donkeys love to dig/root up grass and plants, so they are still getting sugar no matter what time of the day it is.

Here at www.donkeywhisperer.com we are dedicated to donkey healthcare and wish you and your donkey a beautiful Spring.

Source: Kelly Probst

GOD Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged!

Donkeys Feel Deeply


PLEASE REMEMBER!

Dear donkey lovers and friends,

Please do not forget that donkeys are not horses! One of the most profound differences between donkeys and horses is donkeys are extremely stoic and do not express fear, pain, agitation, anger or depression overtly.

We have seen donkeys standing off alone, appearing to rest, later to discover they were deathly ill. We have seen donkeys scared to death standing completely still, not moving, riveted in fear. We have observed donkeys being abused by humans without running away or fighting back.

On one hand this attribute of donkey personality is a plus, they make great trail and pack animals because they are not prone to moods, aggression and flight behavior. They would rather freeze, think about a situation and then move forward cautiously. But this same reflective, stoic behavior can be misunderstood.

Donkeys feel deeply. Donkeys feel the same pain, hurt, betrayal, fear, anger and depression that all living beings experience. They just respond and react differently. Please know the warning signs of a donkey that could be in physical or emotional distress:

1. They are standing alone outside the herd. Donkeys are not loners, they are herd animals!

2. They are lying down frequently or for long periods of time. Donkeys rarely roll or thrash about when in pain.

3. They are off food, even for one meal.

4. They are walking slowly, tenderly, leery of striding out.

5. Their eyes are sullen, depressed and their ears are down.

6. They have lost interest, enthusiasm for food, you or their friends/partners.

7. They are frozen and will not move when asked. This can be misunderstood to be stubbornness, but it is frequently fear of their environment, circumstance or mistrust for the person who is leading them or in charge of their welfare.

8. If you notice a human mistreating or abusing a donkey you will likely notice the donkey BEARING the pain and humiliation. Please intervene if possible!

Please observe your donkey/donkeys everyday for any of these signs. Only YOU truly know your donkey. Any change in behavior should be a red flag!

Thank you!

Source: Kelly Probst

GOD Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged!

Melody & Scott Johnson

Mud Madness


MUD MADNESS

It is the season! Winter wet and spring rain may bring “Mud Fever” to your barn. Here in the Pacific Northwest USA we see it nearly every spring!!

Mud fever is a skin reaction caused by the bacteria known as ” dermatophilus congolensis” which most commonly presents itself in the soft tissue of the pastern joint. We frequently see it in donkeys who live in wet areas and are stabled in muddy paddocks and pastures. Donkeys are very prone to this skin infection because their thick hair holds moisture close to the skin. Mud Fever can also present in other areas of the body, but we suggest a daily check of your donkeys pastern and fetlock joints.

Don’t ignore mud fever! This skin disease can take off on you and proliferate into a full blown infection and inflammatory disease. If you see any signs of matted hair, crusty material or scabbing on your donkeys pasterns or anywhere on your donkeys lower limbs it is time to kick into gear! Here are our suggestions for treating Mud Fever:

** Call your Veterinarian if you find scabs that are bloody, redness and inflammation, swelling and/or discomfort!

1. Carefully clip the pastern joint area and all around the matted/ infected area. You must remove all hair! The bacteria hide in and thrive in hair.

2. Clean the area well with Nolvasan or a very, very light concentrate of Betadine Scrub. Never use straight Betadine!

3. Let the area dry well. For at least 20-30 minutes. Towel dry.

4. Apply a Mud Fever product or a high quality Zinc Oxide (Baby Diaper Cream) all over the area. Zinc Oxide is a water repellent and a healer. Do this twice a day.

5. Now the difficult one: Keep your donkey out of wet pastures and wet paddocks. Bring them into a dry barn or a stall. If you cannot do this, you must wrap the pastern/leg and keep this area dry and free of exposure to the wet elements.

There are some good products out there for Mud Fever, our favorite is” Mud Stop”. Mud Stop addresses both the bacterial infection as well as the wetness.

Good luck and remember prevention is the key, check your donkeys lower limbs daily!

NOTE: This photo represents what was discovered UNDER the hair after clipping. This needs a veterinarian’s attention!

Source: Kelly Probst

GOD Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged!

Melody

So You Want To Be A Farmer


December 21st, 2016 is the shortest day of the year. 

img_8146img_7999img_7987img_8101The Donkey Whisperer Farm is a blessing. We will thank GOD for this farm forever as our farm is GOD’s blessing.

 GOD bless the farmer and his/her way of life!

Farmers work hard! No vacation time, no sick days, no time off. 

Now for the good part!

  1. Every seed we plant will grow food. Food for animals to consume and eventually humans too.
  2. The land will reward us when we take the time to give back.
  3. Never expect anything less than what you put back into your soil as composting is gold for farmers.
  4. The farmer has a big office
  5. Farmers prepare for spring in the winter
  6. The farmer must be a planner and very careful with their budget
  7. Farmers get dirty every single day
  8. Farmers breathe fresh air every single day, rain, snow, wind or hot
  9. Farmers love to share as getting be a farmer is a blessing
  10. Farmers work hard and they are planners.
  11. GOD is in control. It is what it is when the bad year comes and when the good year comes. Farmers pray to God each and every day.

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What to Consider?

  • Vision and Values: A farm is both an extension of the vision and values of the individual(s) who start(s) it, and it has to be carefully planned to make sure that it fits within that vision as well as within the particular confines of the place where it is established.
  • Place Matters: Direct market farms typically aren’t well suited for the rural heartland, and rice farming is not going to be successful on the arid plains of Eastern Washington. These are extreme examples, but there are important subtleties to every market and every plot of land.
  • Planning: New farms need to have a well designed business plan that takes into consideration individual infrastructure and financial needsthe viability of marketing strategies, and the farmer’s production capacity and knowledge.
  • Education and Experience: Preparation, knowledge, and training are essential. But so is being able adapt quickly to the unexpected, to persevere when factors beyond one’s control conspire against you, and knowing how/when/what/where to expend time, energy, and resources.
  • Managing risk: It is helpful to plan careful to manage risk through diversification, financial management, and the ability to withstand a couple of bad years.
  • Start small: For most beginning farmers, we advise starting small to allow time for details to be worked out, for additional learning to occur, and to mitigate the size and scope of problems that will inevitably arise.
  • Wait for the funding to come before you grow your farm!

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Source: So You Want To Be A Farmer

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GOD Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged!

Donkey 101 – Trains The Owner To Train The Donkey (VIDEO ON DEMAND)


BIG NEWS! http://www.donkeywhisperer.com/onlinetrainingcourse.htm

Donkey Whisperer Farm is proud to announce Donkey 101 Online Training Video Course, the first in a series of online training courses by Trainer Melody Johnson.

Donkey 101 teaches the fundamentals of resistance-free, natural training for you and your donkey. Donkey 101 offers a holistic training approach that includes insight and guidance into donkey psychology, emotion and behavior. Donkey 101 focuses on unique and proven techniques that train you, the owner, to train your donkey so you and your donkey enjoy a balanced, positive and rewarding relationship.

Donkey 101 includes 19 instructional videos and a PDF highlighting the vital aspects of donkey training for just $59.99. Videos include such topics as, building trust, staying on donkey time, teaching your donkey to catch you, introverts vs extroverts, teaching your donkey “walk-on and “whoa”.

Donkey Whisperer Farm is proud to announce Donkey 101 Online Training Video Course, the first in a series of online training courses by Trainer Melody Johnson.

Donkey 101 teaches the fundamentals of resistance-free, natural training for you and your donkey. We offer a holistic training approach that includes insight and guidance into donkey psychology, emotion and behavior. Donkey 101 focuses on unique and proven techniques that train you, the owner, to train your donkey so you and your donkey enjoy a balanced, positive and rewarding relationship.

Donkey 101 includes 19 instructional videos and a PDF addressing the topics below all for just

Introduction
A Small Training Area
Training Tools
On Donkey Time
Building Trust
Three Second Rule
Personal Space
Your Donkey Catches You
Walk-On and Whoa
You are the Leader!
How to Ground Tie
Going in and out of Stalls
Introverts and Extroverts
Backing up
Teaching “Over”
Walk-On, Whoa and Back Up
Donkeys are not Stubborn!
Going in and out of Gates
Taking Your Donkey for a Walk

We recommend each Course participant purchase a Donkey Whisperer Farm Rope Halter. Our rope halters are designed specifically for the training donkeys, not horses or mules! Our rope halters are made in the USA with high quality yacht rope and have a Visit our Online Store to purchase your rope halter and the Donkey 101 Online Training Video Course.

Visit http://www.donkeywhisperer.com/onlinetrainingcourse.htm to learn more and to register for Donkey Online Training Video Course.

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