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

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Highland The Flying Horse With His Owner Linda Parelli


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I was able to attend the 1st Parelli horseanality/humanaity course in Feb of 2014 and get my certification. I met Linda in person and her beautiful horse Highland. He has come so very far in such a short time. If you would like to work with me to help you understand how best to train your donkey, horse or mule’s personality and how I train you to train your equine I am excited to work with you.  Select Donkey Whisperer Farm Our store to sign up for classes. I AM NOT A PARELLI INSTRUCTOR AND I DO NOT TEACH PARELLI. I teach my methods, based on staying safe, having a leadership plan and not drilling or using old cowboy techniques for training, I teach you how to train the way the equine learns from his/her own species. Example, body language, timing, voice, and reward for a try to correct when naughty or aggressive.

Working with equine is dangerous you need a plan to stay safe. I enjoy teaching the owner how to lead and train their equine to pick up the hoof calmly for the trimmer/farrier. Come when called on the pasture, walk when you walk, back up when you back up, send into the stall, pasture or horse trailer. Never bite, strike, kick or fight with you the leader. Equine respect the leader of their herd naturally and if we humans are just throwing the hay over the fence and not staying in the leadership role we are teaching them that they are they leader.

Please never leave the halter on as the halter can cause death and self-mutilation. Learn how to call your donkey, horse or mule and have them come to you like a dog.🙂

How Can I Train You From My Computer To Your Computer Anywhere In The World To Train Your horse, donkey or Mule?

Select DONKEY WHISPERER FARM and select Testimoinals.

How can I reach Melody?

Send me an e-mail Melody@DonkeyWhisperer.com or call me at (360) 620-5868 I am now taking home visits in the Sequim, Port Angeles, area. After our new farm is completed I will have on-site classes on the Donkey Whisperer Farm in Sequim, WA.

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Melody working Lily in the outdoor arena

Melody working Lily in the outdoor arena

 

Rio the mammoth donkey and Melody bitless riding

Rio the mammoth donkey and Melody bitless riding

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Looking For Help With Your Donkey, Mule or Horse?


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I provide worldwide virtual coaching, consulting and training from my computer to your computer. We use skype, your video’s, my videos and I will help you with basic social skills, saddle fitting, hay, diet, building a farm plan and a safe site for your equine to live. The sky is the limit.

I am excited to share I am now certified in Horseanality/Humanlity.

What does this mean for you? I can help you determine if your equine (horse, donkey or mule) is an extrovert or introvert and create a custom training plan you can use to train your equine yourself. No need to travel or send them off to a trainer. Donkeys, horses and mules learn best from the human they trust and adore with great leadership skills and no abuse, I can teach you how to stay safe and not abuse your equine, stay a leader 100% of the time. I am Not A Parelli Trainer, I do not teach Parelli.

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Ready to start coaching with me?

Select wwww.donkeywhisperer.com select our store to sign up for coaching sessions, the first 15 minutes is free.  I am taking a few more students now.  We work together once a week and I give you homework, back together the next week. I am flexible one session at a time or a break in the cost if you purchase 10 sessions.

You can do this!

Select testimonials as I have helped people in France, Norway and all over the world from the comfort of my computer to your computer.  I teach my method to you on how to be a great leader and never drill, no more than 15 minutes per training exercise is your homework timeframe with your horse, donkey or mule as drilling never works. Equine need time to soak and think about what we taught them.

I ride my horse Miss Lily an extroverted fast quarter horse (a little Seattle Slew in her) and my introverted Mammoth donkey Rio with no bit and no spurs. I point to the horse trailer and they get in. Simple stuff, I will teach you how to be the leader for your equine without abuse.

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

Melody

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Parelli Horsenality/Humanality Course


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I am excited to share I will be attending the Horseanlity/Humanality course with Linda Parelli and Dr. Handley in Ocala, Florida the end of this month.  I will be studying to understand the extrovert on steroids the donkey and of course all of the mules and horses.  This course will give me a deeper understanding of my students who I coach to train their donkeys, mules and horses.

If you would like a personal coach to help you work with your donkey, mule or horse give me a try. I work around your schedule.  Select Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC  to see how I can teach you to train your equine the basic social skills required to go on to do anything you want to do with your equine.

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Interested in what I will be learning select the Parelli Chart for more details.

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

Melody

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Donkeys Come In Two’s


Thinking About Getting A Donkey?  We purchased Miss Lily my quarter horse mare at twenty months old, a baby Mammoth donkey, and a mini donkey in 2007.  With my information technology background and project management skills I began reading, and researching everything I could get my hands on to understand the donkey.  Select Donkeys Come In Two’s to read how I learned how important it is to always have two donkeys.  When they go to the vet take the donkey buddy with them, as the donkeys will stay calmer and heal faster. LILYLICKINGRIO Horses should never be left alone either as they are a herd prey animal and they need to have another equine to feel safe, lay down and get REM sleep, play etc., It has always been my plan to get my horse Miss Lily another horse due to the semi-truck accident in 2010 this goal was put on hold.  One day she will have a horse to be with as horses need horses and donkeys need donkeys.  Lily, Rio and Rocket Man all get along well but the boys (donkeys) are very close and Lily is kinda the third wheel.  Rio will groom Lily and Lily grooms Rio like book ends they are beautiful together and will always be close no doubt. RIOLILY2012JUNESUMMER

Trail walks with the donkeys we never leave one at home all alone

013 Experience has taught me the most as I do not work, I spend most of my time studying my horse and donkeys along with training them utilizing the Parelli home study program. I find the home study program level 1 to be a must have along with the rope halter, carrot stick and the horsenalities dvd for donkeys, horses and mules.  I am training Rio our Mammoth donkey 16’1 at the withers to ride with no bit and no spurs. melodyridingrio2013june Directly copied from the Parelli website –  The mules taught Pat the importance of reverse psychology, the principle of safety and comfort as the only real incentives, and developed in him more savvy on how to get a prey animal to want to perform. They also taught him about patience!  In 1980, Pat founded The American Mule Association.

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These boys bonded after Rio (9 months in photo) was weaned from his donkey mom.  Rocket Man was 13 years old when they bonded.

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Donkey3 OURBOYS2012PLAYINGriorocketman2012july Select Boys playing to watch youtube video. Can A Donkey Live Alone Without Another Donkey? Yes, of course but the donkey will not be in optimum health, will not be happy, will bray more and can get violent towards another animal species such as a goat, cow or sheep.  Why?  Well donkeys like to play tug, grab the neck of the donkey buddy and they are very intelligent much more than the horse as they can think all the time.  Donkeys get bored much faster than a horse.

Resources:

Donkeys come in twos

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Horses, Donkeys and Mules Are Helping People With Disabilities


Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm,

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Did you know that people with disabilities are being helped each and every day by getting to spend time with an equine?

Yes, some can only help groom them, feed and pet them, talk about their problems while others can actually ride even when they can not walk due to being paralyzed.  Equine are healers, sent by Jesus Christ to help us humans navigate this thing called life.

Resources for Riding With A Disability:

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“My number one inspiration is Lauren Barwick Canadian Paralympian, 4 Star Parelli Professional”

Select Riding For Gold

Select Parelli offers 30 days free on-line training

People suffering from PTSD after serving in the war, sexual abuse, assault, and trauma

Select EAGALA  – Select What is equine assisted therapy?

Select Helping Troubled Teens

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

Melody

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How Do I Train The Abused Donkey or Mule?


Howdy,

I received an e-mail today that made me cry, made my heart ache I have been praying for this mule and his new human family and will continue to pray. We must never forget that animals just like people who are abused need time to feel safe before any form of training or education can begin. I believe animals get post traumatic stress from extreme abuse just like us humans.

Animals need to be tamed first and the human needs to stay safe, not be abused this can take lot’s of time even years.  I am a home study student of Parelli as they offer the best training tools for all equine (horses, donkeys and mules) and most importantly they teach the equine personalities.  I highly suggest learning this natural equine training method.  Parelli home study teaches in great depth the importance of taming an equine before attempting to train.

Here is the edited question:

Hi Melody! I was thrilled when I found your website. I have a three-year old gelded mule that I purchased from a stockyard auction. He has been abused badly. I would love to talk to you , perhaps you can provide some insight. I am in Mississippi and can not locate anyone to provide assistance with his training. Thanks so much, Linda.

My answer

Hello Linda,

I am here to help you for free, due to the car accident I am not able to start my business, not able to attend Parelli.  I am helping for free as my health allows me for the love of all the Donkeys, Horses and Mules in need via the website and blog.  Horrific events animals and humans endure at the hand of the cruel human.

Taming First NOT Training

This magnificent equine needs to be safe, provide him with a safe environment, fresh water, medical attention if need be, NO TRAINING in the beginning it is imperative you tame him first. Please understand no animal or  human can learn anything when they are living in fear, donkeys freeze when scared.  Does he have an equine buddy?  What is his living arrangement like now?  Photos always help me to connect so if you can send me some.  Send me the living arrangement and your plan to provide the best optimum care for this boy and I will do my best to help guide you.

Training tips:

Donkeys are visual learners the mule is half horse and half donkey – I highly suggest you take your honor horse, donkey, mule out and let the equine see them getting brushed, taking a walk for a bite of grass, picking feet. One step at a time for taming to begin, donkeys are really smart so be sure each and every time you are with them you are in the leader role and you have a plan for safety. My arena is strategically placed in front of the paddock for the donkeys to watch me training my horse the lead mare amazing how they respect me when they see her doing what I ask. smile.

Help my donkey or mule is running at me with his ears back!  Donkeys and mules are very playful, their ears go back when they are in deep thought and playing when abused anything is possible, safety is most imperative when working with equine.  Be careful keep your personal space safe.  Jumping jacks work, yelling whoa, snapping fingers, clapping and most important tool carrying your parelli carrot stick.

Learn the difference between respect and fear. Donkeys and mules are very athletic they can kick, forward, backward and like a cow.  Taming them is a necessity before attempting training.  Safety is one hundred percent the most important first step, having a plan as working with any equine is dangerous. My mare can look at the donkeys and they run out of the barn, just a look this is respect not fear, Parelli is an excellent teacher to learn these important techniques.  Body language is essential and timing think about all of these things before you go into the same space with your equine.

You can not make a donkey or mule do anything donkeys must respect not fear their leader learn what this means and execute your plan each and every time you are with your donkey, mule or horse.  This is why a relationship formed with the human teacher and the donkey and taming is the first step to success. Donkeys and mules can learn faster with leadership, love, patience and a few small pieces of carrots or apples.  Keep your training sessions short and never ever get frustrated when they don’t learn as they never learn like a horse.

Training these magnificent equine is similar to fishing you may catch a fish and you may not as you are on donkey time slow and analytical every step of the way.  Keep the training sessions short each new task is no more than three or four times of teaching the task and no more than 30 – 40 minutes total in school time.  Remember to end school with something the equine has mastered, stop school on a good note. Remember how hard it was to learn from a teacher in school that was not friendly and boring, very difficult to learn from this kind of teacher.

With the donkeys I am continuously amazed how I can come back to training, weeks, months later and the donkeys do not need a tune up thus they never forget the good or bad.  Amazing how one day they just get what I have been attempting to teach them enjoy each and every moment you get.

Withholding Water? Never this is not training in my eyes.  I highly disagree with this old school training tool, donkeys, mules and horses can colic and by the time the human realizes the donkey or mule has coliced it can be too late.  Donkeys are so strong they don’t want to show any form of pain or suffering.  Donkeys are donkeys they are not horses, mules are half donkey and half horse and depending on the mule they can have more attributes towards the donkey or the horse one thing is consistent they are indeed a mule.

Free information on feeding and care of Donkeys and Mules by Dr. Andy K. McLean, PHD, DVM.

Melody

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

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Teach Your Donkey To Pick Up The Foot


How Can I Teach My Donkey To Pick Up His/Her Foot?

Most important first step to training any animal horse, donkey or mule is taming.  Make sure your donkey trusts you and comes to you when called take your time during this process as you do not know how the donkey was treated before moving in with you.  After the donkey comes running to see you each and every time you come into his/her space you can bet the taming is well on its way.  If the donkey will not come up to you on his/her own continue working on taming the donkey and building trust.

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How can I help my donkey relax and trust me?

1.  Sit down and read a book use reverse psychology on your donkey ignore him/her

2. Clean the barn and do not go to the donkey let the donkey come to you

3.  Sit down in the pasture on a log and wait for the donkey to come to you

4. Relax your mind and body focus on your breathing to be calm and enjoy this gift from GOD the donkey

5.  Remember quality time with your donkey is the best so if you only have fifteen minutes two or three times a week make sure you are doing the right stuff.  The wrong training is really difficult to fix in a donkey as donkeys never ever forget anything ever.

5.  Feed/water your donkey on time each and every day

6.  Never beat your donkey, or abuse your donkey and do not authorize a human or animal to hurt your donkey

7.  Never over feed a donkey as laminitis, abscesses, fat cresty neck and eventually a slow death occur from over eating just like humans get sugar diabetes equine get laminitis

How would I want to be treated if I were the donkey?

Remember you brought the donkey into your life.  The donkey cannot speak your human language in the beginning!  All donkeys can learn verbal words i.e., foot, back-up, over, whoaa, NO (doing something naughty) gee (turn right), Haw (turn left), you can see the sky is the limit as donkeys are really smart, smarter than some humans.  Most important word the donkey needs to learn is his/her name.

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All wonderful relationships take time, do not be in a hurry with your donkey if you relax I promise your donkey will relax – Try it!

Next step is putting the rope halter on your donkey and touching his/her body all over while staying safe. I use the Donkey Whisperer Farm rope halter, select our store to order.  I use a training tool and our yacht rope lead line, to ensure I stay safe and the donkey learns fast.  Please never leave any halter on your donkey while not in attendance as death or self-mutilation can occur.  The flat halter will not teach as well as the rope halter in my experience to stop pulling and dragging the human around.

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Teach your donkey to stand tied and say whoaa – Eventually you will not need to tie your donkey he/she will stand without being tied and you can pick up the foot while your donkey is eating a meal.  This is how honor donkeys get the hooves cleaned out (like an honor student in human form) takes time and patience to get here.  You can do this!

Teach your donkey to understand the words you want him/her to learn Whoaa, walk-on, foot (picking up foot), back-up, gee (turn right) and Haw (turn left) used for pulling a cart, over, trot, cantor and my personal favorite “down” teach your donkey to lay down.

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How To Teach The Donkey To Pick Up The Foot?

After you have tamed the donkey and taught the donkey how to be safe with you and learn to Whoa now you can start to teach to pick up the foot.

* Rub the donkey all over and stay relaxed massage his body start around the withers not in his face, work down the front leg wait for the back legs until you are sure your donkey is your buddy and the Donkey has Respect for you.  Donkeys can kick forward, sideways, and backwards additionally donkeys can kick like an acrobat three legs on the ground and one is always landing where the donkey wants it to land.

* Start with the front feet and use your training tool on the back feet gently massaging the legs to see if the donkey will kick, never put your head down where the donkey can kick you in the head.

* Safety is number one for you and the donkey – Never try to teach a donkey to pick up the foot until you have established a clear and safe relationship with the donkey, clear leadership is essential to becoming an outstanding human leader without abuse.

* Working with Donkeys, Horses and Mules can be dangerous so be sure you understand what you are doing to stay safe and keep your donkey safe.

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

Warning Leaving A Halter On A Horse, Donkey or Mule Can Cause Death Or Self-Mutilation


Howdy,

The photo above is of me & Lily taken in the summer of 2009, truly one of my favorite photos a wonderful memory.

Did you know leaving the halter on is dangerous and can be deadly? My horse and donkeys are very athletic they can take their back hooves and itch their face.

Important considerations

*  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)

* Leaving a halter on your horse, donkey or mule will make it easier for people to steal your equine. I highly suggest using video surveillance on your farm and posting signs to avoid this. Our Video surveillance is backed off site a text is sent to our cell phone the minute anyone steps into our property, the perfect tool to be used in prosecution.

Please 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 a carrot  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 an honest trainer.  Horses dream of being trained the way donkeys demand to be trained with dignity and respect.

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 No, 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!

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Rio the mammoth donkey and Melody bitless riding

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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.

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

Melody

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