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

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They Have Hooves Not Feet – Diabetes humans vs Laminitis Equine


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Warning these photos may be too graphic as they show what happens to the feet of the human who has severe diabetes.

Here is an article explaining why diabetes in the human can cause serious feet problems.  We must never forget that over feeding or too much sugar in the equine (horse, donkey and mule) creates the same problem.   The only difference is they have hooves not feet. 

If you cannot keep your obese equine off pasture try a grazing muzzle I personally know people who have successfully used this tool to save their horses life. Keeping our equine on a healthy diet, low sugar hay, micro managing their weight to stop them from becoming obese is essential to optimum health and in many cases it is the difference between life and death of the equine.

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Please Do Not Hit A Donkey


PLEASE DON’T HIT ME

If hitting a donkey (or any animal for that matter) produced positive results there would be very few naughty or dangerous donkeys. Hitting does NOT work, in fact, hitting your donkey only makes EVERYTHING worse and you, the human, lose every time!!

Hitting a donkey creates a huge disconnect between you and the donkey. The donkey simply moves into a deeper state of indifference, distrust and resentment. And take our word for it, donkeys will remember if you have been cruel, unfair or a poor leader.

We have never met a donkey that was inherently mean and hateful! Donkeys that are simply naughty are usually frustrated that they are not being heard. Donkeys are continuously communicating with us and telling us how they feel, what matter s to them and what they are fearful of. Donkeys will always give us a warning, the question is are WE listening?

Donkeys that bite, kick or strike are in psychological pain, physical pain or a state of heightened fear. They don’t need a ‘strong hand’ or a ‘good whipping’ they need a human that understands herd mentality, donkey psychology and knows how to listen, be patient and is a confident leader.

Even in severe cases of being kicked or bitten always walk away! Don’t escalate the situation by striking back. If you react by hitting or kicking your donkey you are the only one that is going to get hurt (we have seen people break their hands and their toes). Regroup and make a plan. Don’t go back to your donkey until YOU understand donkey psychology, how to build mutual respect and the basics of natural, non-resistant horsemanship (donkeymanship).

The bottom line is: Learn, become a good leader and watch your donkey respond with respect and a willingness to please you.

Stay ON DONKEY TIME. Never drill, learn how to read your donkeys behavior. Check out our donkey rope halter/lead lines and Donkey 101 video on demand. Donkey 102 will be released summer of 2017.

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Source: Kelly Probst & Melody Johnson, Trainer

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Donkey Rope Halter Yacht Rope, Brass Snap For Sale


The Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC is proud to provide custom donkey rope halters with matching lead lines made to fit your donkey. You can purchase our standard or mini donkey halter using our measurements or you can measure.  Each of our standard and mini donkey halters are adjustable to fit any mini or standard donkey from four-months to full-grown. If you would like to measure let us know we will send you the template to measure and our contractors will make your halter to fit your donkey, mule, or horse.

We offer the best donkey, mule or horse halters and lead lines in the world as we sell all new halters and lead lines with a lifetime warranty. Free shipping in the U.S.A. Ask us for a quote to ship anywhere in the world at our e-mail info@donkeywhisperer.com or visit us at www.donkeywhisperer.com.

Here is a photo of a custom standard size halter our contractors made.

The Donkey Whisperer Farm contractors work in the U.S.A. Each halter is custom-made with quality material. We sell a lifetime warranty with each new halter and lead line. Lead lines and halters come in mini, standard and Mammoth sizes. Lead lines come in 6ft, 9ft and 12ft.

  1. Yacht rope will never mold. Dirty? Wash in a bucket of warm soapy water and let dry. No mold! Yacht rope is soft and will last a lifetime.
  2. Brass screw on snap for training your donkey and to add a longer or shorter lead line quickly.
  3. A leather popper on the end of the lead line to touch your donkey in training not hit your donkey.

Please never leave any halter on your donkey while not in 100% attendance to avoid death or self-mutilation. We teach the owner how to train the donkey. Select Donkey 101 video on demand.

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Apples and Pears Are Ripe In Sequim, WA


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Apple Season has arrived! As great as they may be for humans this is not great for the domesticated Donkey, Mule or Horse. In fact this may cause DEATH from Colic and/or a huge amount of stress, tears, vet cost or even burying the beloved equine (Donkey, horse or mule).

Never feed grass clippings or bread to your horse, donkey or mule. PLEASE NEVER FEED ANOTHER ANY ANIMAL THAT IS NOT YOUR ANIMAL. Some animals have a form of insulin resistance, most must have a slow change of diet or they can founder, hoof rots out abscess or colic or worse die. 

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Donkeys, Horses and Mules get Sick, belly aches and gas from eating too many apples! Eating too much human food can increase their risk for colic.

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Hay For Sale Sequim, WA


Organic no pesticides – Orchard/Alfalfa Mix 70 pound bale

All of our hay is dry and safe in the shelter.
Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC
360 620-5868 Melody & Scott Johnson 360 620-2636
8115 Old Olympic Hwy, Sequim, WA 98382

 

Please do not feed alfalfa hay to donkeys.

The desert equine the donkey is a easy keeper. Alfalfa will slowly kill your donkey. In the future we will sell 100% orchard hay tested to come in below 10% sugar. This is beautiful clean fresh hay and it’s stored in a dry space.

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On The Front Line Of EPM – Donkey, Horse and Mule


Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) doesn’t make headlines as often as it once did. But this potentially debilitating neurological disease remains a threat to horses all over the United States. If anything, its range is spreading.

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Therefore, a primary objective in disease prevention should be to minimize stress so a horse’s immune system can operate at maximal capacity. Witonsky comments, “At this time, we still don’t know why some horses develop disease, although based on studies and on my clinical impression, stress from showing, shipping, training, etc. seems to be a risk factor for increased incidence of disease. As a trainer or owner, it is important to be sensitive to what one’s horse believes is stressful, and try to be observant for subtle changes in behavior and performance which could be due to EPM. If a horse does develop disease, hopefully it will be detected early in the onset of disease. In that way, an infected horse can be started on treatment as early as possible to minimize and prevent horse losses and to improve overall outcome with regard to return to overall health and performance.”

Bill Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor and chair in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University, and his colleagues investigated risk factors for development of EPM. In this study they acknowledged the important role of the immune system in fending off disease.

“When animals are stressed, suppressive proteins produced by the central nervous system are released and lead to suppression of lymphocyte production and function,” said Saville.

This, coupled with elevated cortisol levels related to stress, might increase a horse’s risk of developing EPM.

Control Measures to Reduce Risk

Saville’s comprehensive study (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2000) revealed the following findings that tell us how we can more effectively prevent EPM in our horses:

Age The highest risk of infection occurred in horses aged 1-5 years. This could be due to the use of young horses in competitive situations and the associated stress.

Opossums Presence of opossums on a farm poses an increased risk.

Location Horses on farms with previously EPM-infected horses had a higher risk of developing EPM, likely due to the presence of protozoa in the feed or water and increased likelihood of exposure.

Seasonal effects More EPM cases occur in spring, summer, and fall, possibly related to hot weather acting as a stressor, as well as this being a time of increased travel to competitions with accompanying transport stress affecting the immune system.

Stress An association of stressful events (such as injury, accidents, foaling, surgery, transport, and illness) with increased risk might be related to suppression of a horse’s immune system.

Natural water source Presence of water sources (creek or river) on the farm provided a preferred habitat for opossums away from the horse barns, thereby decreasing exposure and risk.

Food storage Securing feed and water sources from opossum fecal contamination is important in limiting exposure and risk.

It is important to limit opossum presence since sporocysts (the infective stage of the protozoon) are able to survive for as much as a year in the environment. Additionally, birds feed on insects and plant material in the feces of opossums, thereby serving as a vehicle to disseminate sporocysts in the environment. David Granstrom, DVM, PhD, one of the pioneer researchers of EPM when he worked at the University of Kentucky, emphasizes how environmental management can go a long way toward limiting infection.

“It looks like the only way to clean barns that is effective and will not destroy the barn is by the heat of steam cleaning.” –Dr. David Granstrom

“It’s most important to protect feed and the local environment from contamination with opossum feces,” states Granstrom. “Protect livestock feeds and hay from opossums. Keep the local area free of anything that attracts opossums, such as pet food, garbage, and carrion.”

Saville says it isn’t easy to kill the parasites in the environment, and sporocysts are resistant to even the most intense disinfectants.

Granstrom adds, “It looks like the only way to clean barns that is effective and will not destroy the barn is by the heat of steam cleaning.”

Because disinfectant foot baths will not impact sporocysts, it is suggested to change boots or use disposable boot covers in areas where there is the potential for barn contamination.

 

Source: The Horse & Equis links are attached to this blog.

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