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Two Years In The Making Of Our Farm


Thank you for supporting our blog and our farm!

My husband of twenty-three years and I made a life change after the semi-truck accident left me with a life-long physical disability Select GOD CREATED A MIRACLE FOR ME to read all about it. My physical therapy is our farm now in lieu of a gym as I must keep moving in order to stay out of a wheel chair. 20150301_140938

August of 2013 my hubby and I purchased twenty acres in Sequim, WA with nothing on it.  We have owned our land for two years now, thank you Jesus!

Living in a small space is extremely wonderful in so many ways, takes five minutes when we clean together including the toilet. :) We are enjoying our life 100%, squeezing everything out of it that we can.


Life is short and precious and we never know when our time is up.  Any form of trauma will change each person and relationship forever. Before the semi-truck accident I was athletic, physically active and now I still do my best to stay active but my body wears out with pain. My feet continue to go numb, rib spasms still occur and back and hip pain is non-stop. Pain is something I have learned to live with and I balance this pain with the enjoyment of my husband and all the animals on the farm.

I pray that my transparent life story helps you enjoy your life. Never give up and trust Jesus Christ for all things. I am nothing without GOD. Please understand I did not believe in GOD until I was in my forties. After I accepted Jesus into my life I have never been the same. GOD truly loves each and every one of his children. I pray you find the peace, joy and happiness in life that only you can find. Each of us has a purpose. Each of us was created to share, and love one another. I pray for peace for each and every one of you along with health and laughter.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged! Melody & Scott Johnson

Projects Completed:

Double fenced our farm as we have three highways very close to our farm in Sequim, WA.

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Farm plan to keep our farm running clean and effective (mud and bug free), recycling poop to go on the hay field


Video camera survellance



Round pen

Outdoor Arena

Donated two years in a row high sugar hay (one day we will grow low sugar hay)

High speed internet



Septic tank for our future home and our fifth wheel

Well house with a weather station

Future Projects:

Build our last home as we are in our mid-fifties now

Build our shop for the farm equipment as we will grow weed free 100% orchard hay

Construction of irrigation for the twenty acre farm to grow hay, food and more

Plant a garden for food

Start classes on the farm to teach my world-wide students in person and bring in experts in cart pulling and more

Make a training DVD series for you to train your donkey

Finish my educational book and find a publisher

Having faith in Jesus Christ is number one when working on our dream of the creation of the Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC.  Without GOD in our life this would be impossible! Owning a farm is hard work, very little money comes into a farm when starting out. We pray every day GOD will bless us and make the Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC grow and prosper.



If you have supported our farm and what we do to educate the owner of donkeys, horses and mules on the diet, hoof care, training without abuse. I would personally like to say thank you!

We are now selling my training, coaching and consulting worldwide. Artwork (ON DONKEY TIME) Donkey rope halters,  lead line, brass snap, leather end, made out of yacht rope in the U.S.A. each is hand-made to fit your mini, standard and Mammoth donkey.

If you would like to purchase a gift for a family member or purchase something for yourself select OUR STORE




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Rocket Man mini age 21 where is my dinner hurry!

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Minis coming in out of the wind






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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC



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Never Give Up




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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC



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Forgive And Heal


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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC



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A Miracle “Tiny Human” One time this was me and you




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A Human Angel For A Human or Animal In Need

Select Take Action to stop horses forced to be pregnant to have estrogen for women.

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Vaccine For Pigeon Fever

Vaccine For Pigeon Fever

What Is Pigeon Fever? Select What is Pigeon Fever Does It Have Anything To Do With Pigeons?

Preventing pigeon fever – This documentation was copied and pasted from the link below named Treatment for Pigeon Fever is not my writing Oregon Veterinary Medical Association 

  • Since flies are likely a primary means of transmitting pigeon fever, fly control is one of the most effective ways for preventing it.
  • Fly spray, sheets or repellents, as well as thorough manure cleanup, can limit the risk of disease.
  • Fly control is especially important if you have an infected horse on your property.
  • Get rid of any contaminated bedding or material used in treatment, clean stalls occupied by an infected horse and disinfect any equipment used on the horse.
  • Wear gloves when handling an infected horse, and change your clothes before handling a healthy horse. The bacteria can be carried on equipment, boots, tools or human hands.
  • Don’t use the same rakes, pitchforks or equipment to remove manure from other stalls if they were used in the stall of an infected horse.
  • Remove the top layer of soil in the area where the wound was drained, replacing it with clean soil or bedding.
  • Disinfectants such as bleach don’t work well on organic debris like dirt or manure, so don’t pour them on the ground.
  • The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association recommends examining your horse’s undersides daily for swelling.
  • Cattle, sheep and goats can also be infected with the bacteria.

–Sources: Dr. Paul Edmonds; Oregon Veterinary Medical Association

–Monique Balas;

Select Pigeon Fever In Equine for more details
Select Vaccine for pigeon fever

Select Treatment for pigeon fever

Here on the Donkey Whisperer Farm I work closely with my veterinarian to prevent any form of outbreak, all shots are administered by our vet’s to insure a basic health check is done each year along with their teeth as needed.

Why do I want my vet to come to the farm each year? Prevention is the best medicine to keeping our four-legged family members in optimum health as I am not a veterinarian nor a vet technician. I trust my vet to do his/her job to keep our equine healthy and if they do not have a yearly check-up diseases can occur that I could have prevented. No different from me going to the doctor every year for a physical. When I call my vet he/she comes asap to my farm, peace of mind is important to me.

Do you have a vet come to your farm every year for exams, teeth, shots on your farm?



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



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Questions and Answers From Rio The Mammoth Donkey

Questions and Answers From Rio The Mammoth Donkey



Hey did you know donkeys are really smart?

Did you know donkeys can think all of the time? Well most of the time while the horse can’t! Yes it’s true donkey evolved from the desert meaning they had to evolve to learn to think as they could not out-run the predator. The horse on the other hand uses his speed to survive the predator and when under stress/attack life or death will fart, poop and run.

What will the donkey do when stressed Usually not Always?

Stop and think about it and try to find a way to survive. Thus why the donkey is given the horrible name as stubborn when they are simply smarter than most humans who work with them.

What Can A Human Do To Help A Scared Horse, Donkey or Mule?

Be consistent with your training, voice, body language and never ever abuse the equine. Remember you chose the equine they did not choose you!


How Long Will It Take For My Equine To Trust Me and Respect Me As A Leader?

This all depends on the personality of your equine, sex, age, past experiences with other humans and how you treat them each and every time you are with them.

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What Is The Easiest Age and Sex To Step Into The World Of Equine Husbandry?

“If you are brand new to owning an equine the age will be different for a donkey but you will need to be patient. If you are not patient and are in a hurry I suggest purchasing a donkey that is number one full-grown and number two tall enough to hold your weight. Perhaps a mule would be best if you need a super strong equine as 16’2 hand mammoth donkeys are difficult to find.”

Back to the question, remember my mom is typing for me but this is Rio the Mammoth Donkey talking to you!

The easiest donkey is a brand new youngster that has never been abused. A clean slate, like a child your baby donkey is physically, mentally and emotionally not an adult until they are FULL GROWN like me. What age are they full-grown this all depends on the size. A Mammoth donkey like me 16’2 can take six to seven years to be full-grown.  Have empathy, youngsters are just like you were as a baby they are children in the mind and physical strength.  Baby donkeys have very short attention spans and need small lessons in imprinting (touching them all over their body).  If this is not done at a young age it is more difficult as the donkeys body gets stronger and faster and yes we can out think you. :)

A male that is gelded after he has dropped ask a professional veterinarian who has experience with donkeys to explain this to you will be so much easier than a Jenny or in the horse world a filly/mare.



A  gelding does not have testosterone interfering with learning and wants to be your buddy, take a walk with you and hang out with you. Jacks (stallions horse world) want to dominate and reproduce. Jennies (mares horse world) have a few days a month they can be a challenge as well they have the estrus thing going on you know just like women have their periods. Moody, hurt with pain and can get short-tempered faster than us geldings. I know as I lived with Miss Lily my human moms quarter horse for seven years I am much happier living with Oboe and Tuba our two new rescue gelding (standard size) donkeys as well they are not so emotional. :)

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Let’s Say You Are In A Hurry – You Want To Ride Now?  What sex and age is the easiest for beginners?

If you want to ride right now I would recommend a gelding in the horse or donkey, mule world between twelve and sixteen years old. Make sure your gelding has never been a stallion (you know having sex as this is called proud cut and can be more challenging for a beginner).  Choose a gelding that has been there and done that for all things you want to do. Oh one more thing; donkeys, horses and mules will test you to see if you are a good leader so make sure you get a coach.  Ask my mom Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC for more info.


Never Make A Donkey, Horse Or Mule Live Alone

Why? We are herd equine and us donkeys need to play; we like to grab the neck of another donkey and if you force us to live with a smaller animal such as a pig, goat, baby sheep, cows etc., we can play rough and have been known to kill smaller animals. We are not evil we just play this way and prefer to play with our own species. ” I lived with Miss Lily (quarter horse mare) and Rocket Man a 20 year old mini donkey for seven years. Believe me Miss Lily is much more happy now that she has Miss Trophy to live with. Why? Miss Lily wanted to run and I did not want to run I am a Mammoth donkey. Miss Trophy loves to run.” Rocket Man lives with our two new mini donkeys now as well I was too rough with him I am just too big for him now.

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Any more questions

Ask my mom as I mentioned above she is a a world-wide virtual coach for humans who own or want to rescue, purchase and get into the farm business of equine husbandry. Wondering why I call it this? Domesticated equine need a human who will be a husband for us, trim our feet in the spring and summer (high growing time) every six to seven weeks. Winter we can go a few weeks longer! Have our teeth done once a year, Rocket Man had an abscess and he could have died if mom and dad did not take good care of us. Miss Lily had two teeth growing in one spot as a three-year old. Get the vet out at least once a year for a physical and shots. We domesticated equine need west, tetanus and the five way shots if you are exposing us to other equine.



Diet and Care For The Donkey?

We need our hay to be tested, come in below 10% sugar as we are from the desert remember how I told you this above? We need clean water, warm in the winter, a safe vitamin talk to your vet. We need shelter and we need a blanket in case we get sick or the weather is horrific we cant take it when it get’s in the 20’s we freeze to death and well some donkeys do die from extreme cold. If we are white and have pink on our lips we can get sunburned and even get skin cancer. We need our hooves picked out every day. We need kisses, hugs and a good ear rub but be careful as youngsters ears can be broken and never stand up again. What Time Of The Day Is The Safest To Let Us Graze? Morning.




Please pick up the poop every day and compost it. We do not enjoy standing in our own poop and it brings flys. My mom uses fly predators ask her about them. Some times we need more help fly masks I like the ones with the strings on them and we need a fly sheet, even socks depending on where you live in the world.

Well that’s about it for now I am going back out to play and be a Mammoth Donkey! GOD really gave me a great forever home as I love my humans and my life. Have a great day!


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








Posted by on September 2, 2014 in 2014, animals, donkey, health, horse, news


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