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Finally I Have My Dream Horse, Donkey or Mule Now I Need A Saddle

Finally I Have My Dream Horse, Donkey or Mule Now I Need A Saddle

Dear friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm,

Yesterday as I opened my e-mail I was surprised to find an e-mail from Mr. William Healey, a writer at sharing how much he enjoys reading my blog and FB page.  Mr. Healey shared a link with me explaining how to measure and fit a western saddle to your horse. Boy could I have used this in 2008 when I first purchased a western Billy Cook saddle for my palomino quarter horse mare Miss Lily.  I now own a beautiful western saddle that fits my body perfectly but not hers. After a few trail rides I started to notice sores and then white hairs.  I grew up trail riding western and I was determined to make my beautiful western saddle with bling (silver) fit my horse. “I even hired a saddle fitter and we shimmed my western saddle but in the end sadly nothing worked to make the saddle fit her for my four-hour trail rides and the worst part was I lost $1,400.00. Now the saddle sits in the barn collecting dust a huge waste of money and time.”



Things I learned The Hard Way

1.  Never purchase a saddle because you think it is pretty.

2. Never purchase a saddle before fitting your donkey, horse or mule.

3. Never purchase a saddle before making sure your bum fits in it. As a kid I can tell you I just hopped on and rode I did not have to think about saddle fitting as a middle-aged woman everything changed.



Here is the e-mail

Hello, Melody

My name is Bill Healey, and I am the content writer for I was searching for article ideas on an assortment of topics related to western riding and just riding in general when I came across your post, “Rio’s New Custom Fitted Saddle Australian Saddle“, from July 2013 on the Donkey Whisperer Farm Blog. Love your site and the Facebook page! I think you discuss everything there is to cover about how wonderful donkeys and mules can be; I don’t often come across great topics like this. I also enjoyed how your website was the perfect blend of entertaining and informative. Last year we created a guide to measuring and fitting western saddles that your readers may find helpful. The article covers everything from how to fit the saddle the horse, fit the saddle for the rider, how to properly evaluate the saddle on the horse and how to avoid common saddle fitting mistakes.

Select Measuring and Fitting Western Saddles

I think some of your readers could potentially find the guide pretty useful and, hopefully, entertaining.

Keep up all the great work,

Bill Healey   ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** PP


Perhaps one day will ask me to write for them?

You never know as more and more people are interested in riding a safe ride and the mammoth donkey is one safe ride.  All the photos were taken today as I got on and rode Rio around the new farm. No tune up necessary, not the same case with my horses.

Why is no tune up necessary for the donkey?

Donkeys never forget anything ever! Donkeys are smart and donkeys are into self-preservation, they know how to do the job we humans teach them they are really, really smart, I say smarter than most humans.

Why do you think they use the donkeys and mules at the Grand Canyon?

Safety is number one!  Not all mules make it to the Grand Canyon rides as personality, spirit level and training is a huge factor.


Rio is the ambassador for the Mammoth donkey as he has the perfect conformation and personality. I ride Rio with no bit, just a rope halter I trained him on the ground with my voice and words.


I am a world-wide virtual coach, consultant and trainer of the owner of donkeys, mules and horses. If you are stuck with your equine and need a fresh set of eyes and creative ideas to help get you back to your goals and dreams give me a try the first forty-five minutes to meet and greet is free. I have helped over eighty people since surviving the semi-truck accident in 2010. All were free until Jan 1st, 2014 when I started my new business Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC.

If you would like to learn how virtual coaching works take a look at my website and store. Select DONKEY WHISPERER FARM, LLC to see if virtual coaching will work for you.

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



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Need Help With Your Donkey, Mule or Horse?

Need Help With Your Donkey, Mule or Horse?

Melody Kissing Rio

I am a world-wide virtual coach of you the owner of a horse, donkey or mule. I provide virtual coaching sessions via Skype (I coach you to train your equine), my videos, your videos, and detailed home work assignments once a week for you to do with your equine. Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

If you need help with basic social skills such as;

1. Teach the equine to catch you

2. Trim the hooves without sedation, i.e., kicking, striking, running away

3. Teach the equine to go for a walk with you and not drag you around or prepare for riding, cart pulling

4. Teach your equine to load in the trailer

The first 45 minutes is free to meet and greet via the phone or Skype. My cell is 360 620-5868 and my Skype name is Donkeywhispererfarm2010.

I have three students getting ready to graduate and I can now accept three more.


Select About Melody

Select Donkey Whisperer Farm Store  for coaching prices.

I look forward to coaching you in your home to train your donkey, mule or horse.

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC


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




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Four Years Of Blogging On WordPress

Four Years Of Blogging On WordPress


You registered on 4 years ago!

Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!

Rio age 7 summer of 2013


Rocket Man our mini age 19, December of 2013


Rio giving Melody a big Mammoth donkey hug, summer of 2013!


Finally I get to ride Miss Lily no bit no spurs summer of 2013


A ride on Mr. Rio our Mammoth donkey, no bit, no spurs summer of 2013


Obo the standard donkey – I love you Obo!

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Tuba the standard donkey – I love you Tuba

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Jewel and Sampson (big doggie)


Miss Trophy our new horse age five summer 2013


Melody and the doggies on our new twenty acre farm in Sequim, WA


Melody & Scott (my husband) with our three blonde doggies on our new twenty acre farm in Sequim, WA


Thank you for reading my blog,  I pray in Jesus Christ name that my personal life, my GOD story gives you the strength to never give up or settle in this thing called life!

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


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Ride A Mammoth Donkey Save A Mini and Standard Size Donkey







Select What is the weight limit for a donkey?

Select Think Before Getting On A Small Donkey 

Select When To Start An Equine?

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



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Warning Leaving A Halter On Your Horse, Donkey or Mule


WARNING Leaving  A halter On a Horse, Mule or Donkey Can Cause Death or self-mutilation 

My horse and donkeys are very athletic they can take their back hooves and itch their face.  The halter could get stuck on their hooves, fence or other objects.

* Strangulation can occur when they get the halter stuck on something and fight to get it off

* The halter can grow into the head of the equine (horse, donkey, mule) I have personally seen this and it is abuse

* Dirty itchy halter causes the equine to scratch and work to get it off it’s not natural (think  how you would want to be treated)

Learn How To Teach your Equine (horse, donkey or mule) To Catch You!

When interacting with your equine try to make this a time to connect bring a couple of pieces of green apple with you or a carrott  to build a relationship of fair and safe leadership.  Equine work best in training programs that do not require the equine to stay in the prisoner role.  Yes, I said prisoner role, old school training techniques use fear to train equine and this is not a partnership.  Donkeys cannot be trained this way they require natural training with fair, balanced and a honest trainer!  Horses dream of being trained the way donkeys demand to be trained.

The joy you will receive when changing your training methodology is enormous and your frustration will vanish.  People say “treats make my equine nip” I say “Nope, use this as an opportunity to train” watch your timing let the equine turn their head away and then give them a reward takes just a few training sessions for them to learn how to politely accept a treat.  Creativity is the answer you can do it!

Study Parelli if you don’t know how to play the friendly game and the catching game as they can teach you and membership is free for one month.  On line videos, magazine and Parelli connect kinda like facebook but everyone is studying under the Parelli’s very positive equine support and training.  Working with equine is a dangerous sport you must be careful, have a plan, stay safe and not abuse the equine.

All of my equine come up to us every time we call them just like my dogs.  The key is setting the animal up for success if each time you have time to be with your equine you are doing things to them that are not enjoyable why would they want to come up?  Treat your equine the way you would want to be treated if you were living your life as an equine and watch the blessings start flowing freely.

The first step in training any animal is taming!  The animal must trust that you will NOT abuse them or hurt them so try to think of it from their point of view and remember awareness is the first step in change.  We subscribe to The Brayer a journal of the American Donkey and Mule Society magazine.  Take a look this is a lovely way to learn more about donkeys and mules!

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



Posted by on October 20, 2013 in 2013, Faith, GOD, Jesus, Mammoth donkey


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Whats Special About Donkeys?

Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC:

RIOSIXYEARSOLD2012This is an oldie but a goodie :)

Originally posted on Donkey Whisperer Farm Blog:


Donkeys have really long ears built for hearing the predator as they evolved in the desert.  Mammoth donkeys have big lips perfect for a little bite of a carrot every once in a while with no worries to nip their human partner fingers. Donkeys love to be loved on, talked to, and just basically be your friend any time day or night. 

Donkeys open up fast when they trust their human partner completely this takes time and effort on the humans part as so many donkeys have seen the wrong side of a human or just not seen the human.  So many donkeys are just thrown in a pasture and never given the time and effort they need please don’t do this to your donkey as they are special.  Donkeys work best with the human partner who respects them and understands they are not A to B equine they need…

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How To Take Your Donkey, Horse or Mule’s Temperature

All equine (donkeys, horses and mules) should be 99.9 anything above 101 is a fever you need to call the Vet.  Select Vital signs for more detailed information.

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



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