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.
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Donkeys love wood!
Please do not confuse eating wood as cribbing as its not. Donkeys evolved from the desert.
Rio our Mammoth donkey is thirteen years old 2019.
Rio age six, is 16”1 hands at the withers not the ears and yes he still has one more year of growing to do. Rio is a Mammoth donkey 100% donkey no horse he will be full-grown at age seven, the bigger the equine the longer it takes for them to mature. As the human owner it is our responsibility to learn what age the equine is full-grown and what it takes to keep them in optimum health mentally, physically and emotionally. I was only on Rio about four times for a few minutes at a time, never for hard work as he was way too young to be ridden before the semi truck accident. The accident I survived was life threatening leaving me with a screws in my pelvis and disabled for life.
Before the car accident
Many times we took Rio, Lily and Rocket Man for lot’s of walks in the woods to prepare them for trail riding and I highly suggest you do the same if your goal is to trail ride and you have a equine big enough and old enough to carry your weight. Training the equine to load (trailer and carry weight) without stress is the most important thing to do as you do not want to be trying to trailer load in an emergency. Any time you can spend with a youngster preparing them for what you want them to do as an adult is time well spent, it’s like laying a foundation on a house make it strong and solid.
If you have young donkeys, mules or horses please wait to do riding until they are full-grownas their bones, joints and mind needs time to grow up. If you wait for them to physically mature you will have a healthy and happy equine into their senior years if you push ahead too much too fast you can cripple the equine for life.
Rio (mammoth donkey) just a few days old
Rio nine months old – Look how GOD puts all the thick baby donkey fur on to keep him warm in the winter
“Rio 9 months old this is the face I fell in love with” look at those eyes 🙂
Rio at 9 months old
Rio at 1 year old
Rio with Lily at 1 year old just got home to our farm – Lily has always liked the donkeys and the donkeys have always liked her we got lucky
Taking Rio to another farm practicing trailer loading and meeting other horses – Rio is two years old here.
Going for trail walks not rides – Rio carried our lunch and water as he is still too young to ride age 3.
Rio and Melody age 3 (most famous photo) just got a bath and is wearing a cooler blanket after a bath.
Rio age 3
Lily is five and Rio is almost four here Ponying up.
Rio age 5 2011
Rio age 6 summer 2012
Rio age 7 standing at the gate summer 2012
Rio Johnson age 13 (2019) our Mammoth donkey with Melody Johnson.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Mammoth donkeys have the widest white line of any donkey. Its a fact. Keeping a Mammoth donkey healthy living in the wet and green Pacific Northwest is a challenge and is most difficult. Donkeys hooves need to stay dry. Our Mammoth Donkey stands 16’2 hands tall at the withers he weighs 1100 pounds and he is not fat. His hooves are tiny for his massive body and narrow unlike the horse his weight is compressed different into the hoof wall.
All of our donkeys and horses are on a regular farrier schedule six weeks in the spring and summer and seven in the fall and winter. During the summer of 2019 we experienced something we have never experienced white line disease eating our Mammoth donkeys hoof.
What is white line disease?
At first we thought it was an abscess so we began soaking and treating for the abscess. After three days I new it was not an abscess. The vet was called. The vet started picking at the bottom of the foot and she kept picking until the all of the rotted hoof was gone on the front of the toe.
Saving a Mammoth donkey from any serious hoof injury takes a team effort. The vet must be experienced in donkey behavior, drugs and care. The vet leads the farrier and the owner. We are blessed to have our vet as she saved Rio’s life.The first three weeks were critical as Rio needed to rest and yet he needed to stay with his donkey friends and keep walking. The big worry was how much weight the other front foot would have to take as laminitis from stress and weight is a real concern. Padding hurry and get the padding on.
When the donkey is put in a stall for rest it can be the end of life in many cases for donkeys. I personally will never choose to put my donkey in a stall without the ability to keep walking. Why? Donkeys get depressed. Donkeys give up. Way too many donkeys are sent to heaven due to this critical mistake all in trying to help the donkey.
If the donkey gets depressed and stops getting up and interacting with his buddys he or she will simply give up and not try to get up any more. Next the donkey is sent to heaven as it is the only other option for most vets. Truly tears for all the donkeys who have died from the wrong form of care. Donkeys are deep, deep thinkers and have serious emotional distress when forced to spend any time alone.
We must keep the equine healthy and not over working and yet have peace and balance. The buddy donkey is always important including if the donkey needs to go to the hospital. Take the buddy with the donkey.
My husband Scott and I worked every day to make sure the temporary hoof wrap was working and Rio had no rubs. No equine boots fit a donkey perfectly at this time. So we must be creative for the donkey. Perhaps one day businesses will build a shoe and a boot for a donkey. I reached out with our business Donkey Whisperer Farm ® begging for a boot to be made, offered to support and help sell it. I was told there is not enough money in donkeys.
Here is a video of Rio wearing the Soft Ride Boots which were way to big. We had to build internal boots and prevent the rub. We checked for rubs and changed the boots every day for three and half weeks. Finally we could have the rubber clog shoes put on Rio. Whew, we made it. Thank you Jesus!!!!
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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 worldwide. Take Melody Johnson to the farm with you using any smart phone or device. Speed Up Your Training Time!
The Donkey Whisperer Farm ® trains the owner or caretaker how to train the donkey. All videos are sold with lifetime access and a booklet (pdf).
Learn how to put the halter and lead line on with peace and harmony. These exercises create trust and relaxation for both the donkey and the human.
Teach the donkey to stand for the farrier and pick up the feet with no kick or fight.
Say the word foot and the donkey picks up the foot.
Stop the donkey from biting, nipping and swinging the head into me.
Stop the donkey from dragging the human or bolting.
Watch Our Free Video “Bringing The Donkey Home”
Take Melody Johnson to the farm via any smart device. Printout 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 betray a donkey. Learn how to be a fair leader 100% of the time you are with your donkey. If you see another human hurting your donkey or animal stop it. If your donkey watches you do nothing over pain and abuse the donkey will deem you unworthy to be a leader. The leader steps in and stops pain. Pain is ineffective in training animals and humans. Pain teaches to never trust. We want trust 100% of the time we are with our donkey. Trust is earned.
“Horses dream of being trained the way a donkey demands to be trained” Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm ®.
Donkey 102 video on demand trains the owner or caretaker how to problem solve and train the donkey. Donkey 102 teaches you the owner or caretaker how to use the stick and string (fiberglass leather tip) 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. 🙂
ON DONKEY TIME ® is our business logo! Stay calm, have a plan and be a fair leader. Never betray a donkey. Never drill a donkey. Do not bring a trainer into your farm or send your donkey to a trainer unless they have studied Donkey 101 & 102 and will never abuse or give pain to your donkey.
Donkeys follow the human they trust and respect. Trust is earned and proven. This is the person who lives on the farm, picks up poop, feeds and cares for the donkey(s).
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.
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