Happy Birthday To Rio The Mammoth Donkey


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Rio turned 13 years old! Wow time has flown so fast as Rio came into our life at 9 months.  Rio is a Mammoth donkey, not a mule.  Rio stands 16’2 hands at the withers.

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Tallest Mammoth Donkey


Select Tallest Mammoth Donkey Romulus is 12 years old and has been measured at 17 hands (68 inches, 173 cm) from hooves to withers, two inches taller than the former tallest donkey, Oklahoma Sam. Romulus weighs about 1,300 pounds (590 kg). Romulus and Remus are American Mammoth Jackstock donkeys, the world’s largest donkey breed.

Breed: American Mammoth
Title: World’s Tallest Donkey
Height: 68 in (172.72 cm)

Got Donkeys In Your Life?


We are all about donkeys

Donkey Whisperer Farm ® is all about donkeys! We celebrate, educate and promote these magnificent and intelligent beings. We are dedicated to building public awareness about equine personality, behavior and are deeply invested in educating and empowering you with safe, holistic, resistance-free training methods that foster a strong bond between you and your equine.

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm ® Trainer is an expert in donkey behavior modification. Melody trains the owner or caretaker to train the donkey via Donkey 101 & 102 Video On Demand. Take Melody to the farm with you using any smart device.

Melody has trained thousands of students via Donkey 101 & Donkey 102 E-VIDEO ON DEMAND Series. Every student who comes to Melody Johnson wants the same issues resolved quickly:

  1. Catch The Donkey! The Donkey Whisperer Farm trains the owner or caretaker how to train the donkey. Donkey 101 & 102 Video On Demand with a written booklet to study and learn donkey behavior.

2. Teach the donkey to stand for the farrier and pick up the feet with no kick or fight.

2. Say the word foot and the donkey picks up the foot.

3. Stop the donkey from biting, nipping and swinging the head into me.

4. Stop the donkey from dragging the human. 

New Video “Bringing The Donkey Home” https://youtu.be/077l2ySsgQQ Learn how to set your farm, shelter, fence up for success. Donkeys are intelligent, we must have a detailed plan to stay a fair leader. Stay On Donkey Time ® meaning never get upset, end on a good note, never betray a donkey, abuse a donkey.

Take Melody Johnson to the farm via any smart device. Print out our book attached to each training video. Stay On Donkey Time ® as donkeys cannot be forced to do anything. We cannot bribe a donkey and we cannot punish a donkey to follow us. The donkey must form a relationship with the human and most of all the donkey must trust us at all times. Never abuse a donkey, never let the donkey see you watching the donkey get hurt or abused. Donkeys will think, and think until they find away around the unfair human.

Donkey 102  video on demand trains the owner or caretaker how to to train the donkey. Our fiberglass stick and string is a training tool used to touch the donkey never hurt the donkey. A tap to keep on when walking, a wiggle to stop the bolt, desensitizing to prepare for the farrier and more. This stick is a must have for your shelter and farm. Seriously an extension of your arm. 🙂

“Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To Be Trained” Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm.

Select Train the owner of a donkey to train the donkey 101 & donkey 102 – Video on demand

ON DONKEY TIME ® is our business logo! Stay calm, have a plan and be a fair leader.

Sadly donkeys who have no social skills are at high risk for re-sale and meat buyers. Please take the time to learn how to train your donkey. Peace and harmony are guaranteed to come back to the farm. It’s all about the human. Preparation is the key to training a donkey. Donkeys learn at the release of pressure not from pain. The donkey has trained the human. Some donkeys are rescue donkeys meaning they have met the worst kind of human. Donkeys have photographic memories. Donkeys never forget good or bad. Fixing a donkeys that has been abused will take Donkey 101 and Donkey 102 and time. No donkey is a throw away donkey.

Stay ON DONKEY TIME ® never drill or stress your donkey out. Tomorrow will be a better day.

Select OUR STORE to look at our Donkey Sot Yacht Rope Halter/Lead Lines. Donkey Tack.

Select Donkey Halter For Sale, Matching Lead Lines.

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All domesticated donkeys, mules and horses need their hooves trimmed on a regular basis. Six weeks in the spring and summer. Seven weeks in the fall and winter. Toe pushed back, heel low but not too low and please do not dig out the sole. Depending on the part of the world you live in trimming is done different. I live in a green state, Washington, all eight equine are trimmed every six weeks in the spring and summer and seven in the fall and winter. Why? The hoof grows faster in the warmer seasons.  If we do not pay attention to the diet of our the desert equine the donkey our donkey will get sick and can die. The diet for the desert equine the donkey is a dry paddock full-time, grazing time on lush grass is limited for exercise but never to eat 24 x 7. Hay must be tested to be 10% or lower in sugar/protein. Donkeys who are fed alfalfa hay, green grass, trees, brush all day and night will get sick. Here are a few things just a few that will happen; White line, seedy toe and lots of pain and suffering abscesses, insulin resistance and more.

Donkeys evolved in the desert. Never forget this. Feeding the desert equine takes having a plan and ensuring the donkey is getting exercise. Never starve a donkey. Clean water is a must. Salt is a must. A vet check once a year is imperative to your donkeys health. Teeth checked at least once a year. Fecal Samples for parasites. Never guess as over worming your donkey will create resistant free parasites worms. The donkey will get really sick and it is very expensive and difficult to cure.

Donkeys digest drugs different from a horse. Never give any drug to your donkey without an experienced donkey vet. Why? Donkeys die from drugs and there is no do over for the donkey. Make sure before you sedate your donkey your vet has the reversal drug and is trained in donkeys drug digestion.

Jacks, a jack is an intact donkey. Most donkeys are not breeding material. These donkeys must be gelded in order to have a forever home. Re-homing a jack is difficult. Jacks are not for the beginner donkey owner.

Jennies a female donkey. This donkey has estrus and will have mood swings. Simply understand this.

Geldings are Usually the easiest to train and care for. If the gelding is recently gelded understand testerone will take up to 6 or 8 months to leave the donkeys body. Next comes behavior modification this is all about you the owner learning how to be a fair leader and train the donkey.

What A Donkey Needs


 

Take a look at our new Free Video “Bringing Home A Donkey”    Coming Soon!

The Donkey Whisperer Farm trains the owner or caretaker internationally how to set the farm up, train and care for donkeys via our on-line courses with videos and books.  Select Our Store to enroll in our courses. Take us to the farm via any smart device including your smart cell phone.  Donkeys evolved from the desert, please learn everything you can to set your farm up, train and feed your donkeys. Donkeys are not horses with long ears. “Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To Be Trained” Melody Johnson, Trainer.

Donkeys come in two’s. After purchasing our donkeys I learned really quickly how limited information is available for the health, care and training of donkeys and mules thus the beginning of the Donkey Whisperer Farm a virtual hot spot of detailed information.

We were going along pretty good with our donkeys and horse until Melody Johnson survived an almost fatal car accident.  Suddenly we could no longer take the donkeys out for long walks. Our donkeys started getting really fat. A fat donkey will suffer serious health issues and eventually death.  Horses need to have their weight monitored too or they will get the same health issues.  Donkeys tend to gain weight much faster than a horse and do not show any sign of illness until they are limping and can’t walk. Donkeys are stoic meaning they will not show pain until it is too late.

Why Share This Information?  Honestly donkeys do not make much money in our world unlike the horse with all the unique professions.  Vet’s really do not have much experience with donkeys in Vet school and the donkey is a left with people guessing what is needed.  Thanks to the horse world the donkeys are starting to benefit from all the equine science medicine.  Please do your part and share information to help a donkey or mule living in your part of the world.

The donkey who is free to eat brush, trees, deep grass will get sugar diabetes insulin resistance, laminitis the hoof falls apart, white line, abscesses and colic.  This is all preventable if we understand owning a donkey is like owning an exotic equine we must understand how much hay and what kind of hay to stay healthy.  Donkeys require a low sugar diet with clean water and salt along with exercise.

It is not wise to make donkeys live apart from their buddy. Donkeys bond for life. If the donkey needs to go to the vet take his buddy. 

Donkeys evolved in the desert GOD gave them big ears to hear the predator and to swoosh and cool them down in the hot desert heat.

Donkeys Care:

Please keep two donkeys, never one donkey. Donkeys are intelligent and get lonely and bored very easily.  Additionally, donkeys play different with another donkey than any other animal. Donkeys grab the neck in play and in battle. Donkeys need safe toys, a orange traffic cone, rubber bowl, jolly ball. Donkeys grab the neck and play tag and tug.

Low sugar hay no alfalfa hay ever no need for grain if they are not working hard.  Clean water, some clean loose salt keep dry in the shelter.

Hoof trim on a reg. basis just like the horse, vet checkup at least once a year. Dental at least once a year.

Hooves trimmed every seven weeks

Do not leave the halter on – teach the donkey to catch you

Need to see the vet at least once a year

Sedation can be tricky – Make sure your vet understands how much and the proper doses as death can occur or allergic reaction such as sweating and sneezing

Gelding a male donkey is vital to a happy life for a donkey, gelding is tricky  Make sure you have a donkey vet. Donkeys must be tied off and some can react odd to drugs.

Need the human to be have a friendly relationship with donkey before attempting to train – This does not mean letting the donkey boss the human around it’s all about balance and humane leadership

Need fecal test performed with the vet to see if they need to be wormed – I suggest not worming unless they need it have the fecal test confirm they need it

Shots West Nile is absolutely needed along with tetanus, please let the vet help you as each donkey and farm is unique

Shelter to get out of the heat, wind, rain and harsh weather

Equine Dentist at least once a year – Just like us people equine need the oral part taken care of or great infections, loss of life can occur resulting in a bigger vet bill with more tears

Meals to be on time.  We like to use the slow feeder they are never ever screaming and crying for more food as our current paddock is a dry paddock.  Be careful to get a slow feeder the donkey will not eat and chew on on.  I just found this slow feeder at Valley vet and it works perfectly.

Talked to, loved on and they make great counselors for us humans

Donkey Whisperer Farm, E-TRAINING take us to the farm with you. Select Donkey 101 & 102 VIDEO ON DEMAND.

Donkeys need the human to understand they think different and react different from the horse.  Donkeys are smart not stubborn. You can not force a donkey to do anything.  Donkeys are seriously into self-preservation. Feet do not move when scared and if really scared they will not eat or drink. Donkeys can be extroverted and over react. Donkeys can jump, kick and rear.

Stay ON DONKEY TIME ®. Never drill, betray or abuse your donkey.

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

Melody Johnson

http://www.donkeywhisperer.com

 

God Created A Miracle For Me


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GOD, Jesus Christ and his angels spared my life in what can only be called a miracle.

April 13, 2010 I survived a life threatening motor vehicle accident when a large farm truck I call it a (semi-truck hit) full of cow manure slammed into the passenger door of the vehicle I was sitting in. Sadly, the driver of the small truck I was riding in ran a stop sign, leaving me with a life long disability in a matter of seconds.  Before the accident I was trail riding three times a week for 4 hours, I was happy and physically fit.

This disability has left me with the inability to have any core strength. This is a challenge for sure. I suffer from rib spasms, pain in my back, pelvis and my feet go numb. Still I am blessed to be here and write to you. GOD is amazing as I started the Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC on Jan 1st, 2014. The first item I sold was “ON DONKEY TIME ® steel sign. 

I was flown by emergency helicopter to Critical Care Hospital in Seattle, WA with life threatening injuries; I remember praying and asking GOD to let me live, I was scared I would die.  My injuries can only be called a miracle from God to be alive, God is great, God creates miracles and I am living proof of his great work.

Injuries:

Three surgeries and blood transfusions in two days as I was dying

Eight broken ribs right and left side some in three places

Four chest tubes inserted in-between the broken ribs

Collapsed lung – Difficult to breathe

Grade V  kidney Tear – Stint Installed and removed

Grade 5: Shattered or devascularized kidney, ureteropelvic avulsions, complete laceration or thrombus of the main renal artery or vein

Broken collar-bone 

Three large pelvis screws

 Pelvic bone shattered three large screws surgically installed as the surgeon told my husband he could bend my pelvis up together like a banana.

Things I am grateful for:

I am most grateful to God for his love, strength, mercy and miracle to save my life and provide me with the opportunity to recover, the strength to endure this pain.  I am very grateful to my husband Scott! The team of doctors and nurses that worked on me as they saved my life.  Several surgeons told me I am a miracle and blessed to be alive. One doctor asked me if I believed in God and I quickly told him about deep faith in Jesus Christ. I was in intensive care for at least 7 days and the hospital for 12 days.  Finally I could go home but once I got home my life was no longer the same as I had no ability to do anything without help and twenty-four hour care in our home not set-up for a person in a wheel chair.

I am grateful to all of the people in my life that helped with our farm, my husband and a close girl friend and her close friend stayed with me day and night in the hospital taking shifts to never leave me alone in the hospital.  Food was brought into our home, prayers, cards, calls, text messages, flowers, balloons and so many visits and prayers.  In the middle of trauma God created a unique support system for us one only GOD could create.

I was unable to put any weight on my right leg or walk confined to the wheelchair for almost three months I slept in a lazy boy chair with pillows propping me up for at least four months and then the hard work began, physical therapy moving from the wheel chair to the walker, from the walker to the cane and then finally I could walk on my own.  I am grateful for my relationship with Jesus Christ as I do not believe I could have physically taken the pain without Jesus holding my right hand. I attended physical therapy three days a week for three years. I wore my equine riding gloves to lift weights. Never Give Up! Today my physical therapy is the farm. The body was made to keep moving. The only problem is when we have a disability we must rest and get up and try again. Never give up, never.

It is my hope that sharing this event will help you believe in Jesus Christ our savior for all things.  I have a gorgeous sign in my home a gift given to me by my close friend “Expect Miracles.”   I believe that nothing is too big for our God nothing…. This is my testimony for Jesus Christ and his mercy and grace. The car accident has left me with pain and a life long physical disability. Disability is real. Some disabilities cannot be seen quickly, all disabilities are real. I have learned to enjoy my life disabled. Some days are better than others. Each day is a gift from GOD as life is fragile and precious.

 

Lily & Melody June 2010

Melody Kissing Rio

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

Melody Johnson

http://www.donkeywhisperer.com

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Mammoth Donkey


Meet Rio our Mammoth donkey. Rio has been in our life since he was nine months old he turns thirteen this summer.

Interesting fact; Mammoth donkeys are rare as they are man-made. Standard or burro donkeys are the normal size donkeys. Miniature donkeys are man-made too. Rio is my riding donkey he stands 16’2 hands tall at the withers not the ears.

Donkeys are human healers. If you ever get the chance to meet a donkey I highly recommend it. Donkeys are truly gifts from God.

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American Mammoth Jack Opening The Barn Door


 

Donkeys Evolved From The Desert.

Thinking about bringing home a couple of donkeys?

Donkeys are smart not stubborn. Donkeys are visual learners meaning; Donkeys can watch you do something repetitively and repeat the process. Donkeys are wood eaters. Make sure you have excellent fences, gates and locks.

Donkeys love wood!

Please do not confuse eating wood as cribbing as its not. Donkeys evolved from the desert.

Select Donkey Whisperer Farm to learn more.